This is our second exercise bike. The electronic display on our last one failed. We are experienced cyclists and use an exercise bike to keep our fitness levels up during the winter when we don't get on the road as often as we'd like. Our last machine had a very smooth action and was 'all electronic' - so once the display failed, we couldn't adjust the resistance level.
We never used any of the other programmes, pulse monitor etc, so we thought we'd buy a 'basic' model with cable controlled resistance. BIG mistake! We returned it to the retailer the same day, and researched the current crop of machines that is available. We opted for the Reebok ZR10 and Sweatband was the cheapest source. We ordered on Thursday night and it was in our local City Link depot on Saturday morning. We collected from there and had the machine assembled in about 25 minutes. The only fiddly bit is attaching the handlebars - don't over tighten the allen key or you won't be able to adjust them.
We like the fact that the saddle mount has a proper 'pillar' so we can attach a proper bike saddle. We also fit shimano spd type pedals. Sweatband supplied natty 'foam' tiles so we can have the ZR10 on the carpet without marking it.
Our first impressions of the machine are all positive. Very smooth action. The electronics all work as they should, although we prefer to use the machine in manual mode. The fore/aft saddle adjustment is great - something we didn't have on our previous machine. Assuming the machine is durable and reliable I don't see any reason why you should pay more for an exercise bike. Oh, and Sweatband were a pleasure to do business with.