Our old NoricTrack cross trainer recently threw in the towel (rest its soul) after nearly 7 years of loyal and dependable service so we started looking online to see if we could find something similar. Alas, there didn't seem to be anything within our budget that offered a similar stride length and features to our old x-trainer. Then we came across this model and on paper it looked the ticket. Having already spent nearly 2 weeks looking for the right thing we bit the bullet and went for it. Delivery was impressively fast for something so big (next day). Assembly was easy enough and took just under 45min and it only needed two people at a couple of stages in the build. On first use, it was love at first sight/use?? What a lovely machine. :) My partner is considerably shorter than myself (I'm 6ft, she's 5'6") but we both find it really comfortable to use. We both use it 4 to 5 times a week and whereas I just get on and press start my partner avails herself of the various pre-set workouts and has been really impressed by what's available. To sum up, we're delighted with our new purchase and would definitely recommend this machine. If it lasts anything like as long as our old one, and there's no reason to think it won't as it's very solid indeed, then this will be one of the best bargains ever. Thanks, Sweatband!