Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike Review

Reviewer: Ned Taylor

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The recumbent bikes have become extremely famous as the exercise and fitness equipment that offers a great workout and fitness experience for people of all ages and levels. Above all, the recumbent bikes offer fitness and workout without compromising comfort. The recumbent bikes are great for professional and home usage, alike. For this reason, we are sharing the Nautilus R616 recumbent exercise review; a bike that’s known for its amazing features and great comfort.

Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike




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If you want a workout bike that aligns with basic as well as advanced workout needs, R616 by Nautilus is definitely the right choice for you. We wouldn’t mind saying that this recumbent bike is a combination of affordable price and superior quality. This recumbent bike is integrated with 25 resistance levels, hence offering high customizability for the workout routine.

The R616 recumbent bike is designed with a heart rate monitor that strikes with fitness and health goals while keeping heart rate in check. The recumbent bike has a stable frame, hence a comfortable workout.


  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Bike’s Weight : 92 lbs
  • Power Source: Battery 110v
  • Resistance Levels: 25 (magnetic)

Notable Features

Build Quality & Design

To begin with, the Nautilus R616 recumbent bike is designed with a pretty solid frame, along with an attractive design. The bike weighs around 105 pounds, which may seem heavy for some people. There are transport wheels in the recumbent bike that help with the storage and movability of the bike. The bike’s frame has steel construction and it’s safe to say the frame is durable enough to last decades. There is crossbar tubing with an outsized design for improved durability and stability.

Nautilus R616 recumbent bike is integrated with adjustable pedals (there are straps for feet positioning). There are ergonomic handlebars in the bike, so you have better control over fitness. Even more, the pedals and handlebars are adjustable. It has a contoured seat with a padded design for comfortable seating. There is a vented backrest with a seat for zero overheating issues. The users can adjust the seat with the aluminum sliding rail system.

We wouldn’t mind saying that it’s the high-quality fitness equipment and promises stability through the huge footprint. The users can access the smooth workout through the perimeter weighted flywheel.


Assembly of any equipment can be frustrating, however, Nautilus R616 recumbent bike comes with a pretty easy and straightforward assembly. Generally, the assembly process will take around one hour. The essential tools required for bike assembly comes as part of the package. Also, the recumbent bike has an elaborate instruction manual for easier assembly. Even more, they have numbered the screws and bolts for quick and convenient assembly.


The console is an important part of every recumbent bike and Nautilus R616 recumbent bike is integrated with around 29 workout programs. As a result, this recumbent bike has something for every fitness geek. The users can connect to various apps through this console, such as MyFitnessPal and NautilusConnect for downloading and transferring the workout data. Besides, 25 resistance levels enable users to choose different fitness intensities.

The console is designed with a dual-track two LCD system for keeping an eye on fitness information. The LCDs are designed with a blue backlight design that helps with higher visibility during low light conditions. On one LCD, the users can access the workout information while the other can be used for entertainment purposes. The console has a USB charging port that can be used for data transfer and mobile charging. For better synchronization and transfer, Bluetooth connectivity is available.

Workout Programs

There are 29 preset training programs designed in this recumbent bike that brings something for the user. There are four user programs and profiles available with which recumbent bikes can be used for four different people at a time. Also, there are twelve profile programs, such as mountain rides, challenges, and fun rides that align with different users’ needs. There are nine heart rate programs for people who need to keep track of heart rate.

There are two fitness test programs for advanced as well as beginner users. The recumbent bike has one manual program and one recovery program. As for the preset programs, there are various options while the customizable systems allow the user to store their fitness data; it can store the user profiles. With the Bluetooth connectivity in Nautilus R616 recumbent bike, users can utilize the goal tracking feature. Also, it can be connected to MyFitnessPal and Nautilus Trainer 2 apps.

The users can share the fitness data with the apps for better tracking of the fitness programs. As a result, the users can check if they are achieving the fitness goals.


Nautilus R616 recumbent bike has been designed with ten years warranty for the frame while one year warranty is available for electronics. Also, the parts have a two-year warranty. On the contrary, the labor warranty is only for 90 days.

Other Notable Features

  • Inertia design system
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Stereo speakers
  • USB & Bluetooth for better connectivity
  • Bottle holder

R616 Recumbent Bike Review

Nautilus R616 recumbent bike is loaded with features without compromising on affordability. For instance, the built-in speakers help add rhythm to the workout routines. With this section, we are sharing our stance on this exercise bike, such as;


First things first, it has twenty-five magnetic resistance levels that are suitable for intense and low-impact workouts. Nautilus R616 recumbent bike has an eddy current brake system. Also, the resistance levels can be optimized through the console button on the console.


The recumbent bike has a contoured seat with a padded design. On the contrary, the backrest is vented that promises a better comfort level. Also, their seats are adjustable and can be locked in place with the aluminum seat rail system.


There is a belt drive system in this recumbent bike that promises smooth and noiseless workout operations. Also, the perimeter weighted flywheel has a high-inertia system for a consistent and smooth workout.


Pedals hold great importance for the recumbent bikes and this bike is designed with oversized and steel pedals. The pedals are designed with an adjustable strap with which users can stabilize the position on the pedal.

Weight Capacity 

The recumbent bike has a solid frame construction of steel, hence higher weight capacity. That being said, Nautilus R616 recumbent bike has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.

Heart Rate Monitoring 

There are heart rate sensors designed with the handlebars that offer better heart rate monitoring. There are contact pulse grips with telemetry features for better monitoring. Also, the heart rate monitoring works great with wireless chest straps for better heart rate control through the constant features.


Smartphones and tablets have become essential for everyone which is why a recumbent bike has a charging port. To illustrate, it has a USB charging port for better charging and connectivity.


For optimizing a better workout experience, the recumbent bike is designed with a media rack. With a media rack, users can hold the tablet or smartphone. Also, the water bottle holder helps keep people hydrated during workouts. Also, the three-speed cooling fan promises a cool workout.

In a Nutshell

Overall Score


  • Higher weight capacity
  • Well-built
  • Consistent workout
  • Speaker for a rhythmic workout


  • Chest strap isn’t available
  • Weak resolution

The Final Verdict

For every workout enthusiast who wants a smooth yet consistent workout, this Nautilus recumbent bike will fit the bill. We love the tech-savvy features, such as Bluetooth and USB connectivity for better data transmission. Besides, these connectivity options can be used to connect the speakers. On the contrary, a chest strap for heart rate monitoring is not available and it’s to be bought separately. Overall, it’s a great bike for people looking to up their fitness level without compromising on the comfort.

About the Author

Hey there, my name is Ned and I am on a mission to provide you health and fitness advice that are rational (i.e. back by scientific evidence) and sustainable ( means practical enough to be incorporated in normal people's routines with busy lives).

Ned Taylor