Simple, Spartan, bare – these aspects are not often used to describe a manual treadmill, and often don’t lead to a great result.
But what if we told You that they can actually be a great thing?
Simplicity is not often a bad thing. And this manual treadmill from Phoenix Health & Fitness is exactly the proof we need to back that statement up.
By producing a simple, straight forward treadmill that follows a tried and tested design, the manufacturer can focus to make that design much more thorough and well made – instead on focusing on a variety of high end details.
And it is this very piece of equipment that is the perfect example of this. Robust, sturdy, and perfectly designed, it is perfectly suited for your basic needs. In our Phoenix 98516 manual treadmill review you will realize that a truly Spartan design still has value to offer, and can perform its role with surprising success.
Phoenix Health & Fitness has been in the fitness equipment business since 1998, and already have quite a few years under their belt, enough to garner enough experience to know just what works right and what does not.
The Phoenix 98516 is a good example of how enough experience and an economic, straightforward design can work together to produce an efficient manual treadmill.
From the get go you will spot that this treadmill is as simple as can be, and also very neat as such. The outer frame is made from quite thick steel and compared to the overall size, it adds a lot to the balance and the durability. The robust look of the whole machine is immediately striking, indicating a very good manufacture.
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The hand rails at the front are well designed, albeit a tad bit short in length, but still providing enough of needed balance for the user. It also sports a small user display at the front.
With a single button you can shift between speed, distance, calories burned, and time passed. A great and simple addition that gives you an option to track your progress and lead a diary in which you can write your daily accomplishments. Over time you can observe the improvements.
The running belt is sturdy and supported with a single heavy duty fly wheel. This helps with the fluid movements of the belt, and minimizes the possible noise to a great degree. The incline is fixed, but steep enough to provide a good challenge for those looking for a basic workout.
The Phoenix 98516 also has the useful option of folding vertically. With a very simple mechanism you can fold the entire treadmill and wheel it wherever you want. For users with limited space, this feature is a fantastic space saver, giving you a very viable option when you’re choosing your new treadmill.
The treadmill comes with warranty – 90 days for the running parts, and a year for the frame. The 90 day seems very short for running parts and could be a major sticking point for some.
But the durability is reflected in the max user weight of 250 pounds – an all round decent capacity which caters to most users.
And moreover, the Phoenix 98516 comes almost entirely assembled once you purchase it. With a minimal amount of setting up required, every user can appreciate the simplicity, and begin a personal exercise routine in no time whatsoever.
The treadmill belt is also completely adjustable in any way you want it. Whether you demand a more left or right positioning, you can fine tune it by use of two simple allan screws at the rear.
In summary, the Phoenix 98516 is a really surprising manual treadmill. A single glance at this simple and bare piece of equipment might deter most and the warranty is not the best, but it can certainly do a job at the cheaper end of the market.
Whilst it has some thing we are not particularly keen on there is certainly not anything functional wrong with this treadmill. It has a nice smooth walking action with good sturdy hand rails for support.
Looks can indeed be deceiving, and a simple and Spartan treadmill such as this one certainly has its own benefits to offer – especially for the beginner user that simply doesn’t ask for much.
And with its affordable price, this treadmill is certainly a good investment for the casual user.
Hi I’m James and I’m a self confessed fitness fanatic. When I’m not personal training I enjoy multi discipline endurance events, mma and hitting the gym. I also love to write about my passion and I’m a firm believer in healthy body healthy mind.