The Xterra FreeStyle 5.6e is an entry to mid range elliptical by Xterra Fitness. It's just $999.99 and you get quite a lot of elliptical for your money. Unlike Xterra's cheaper ellipticals this one has a 20" stride length.
This also has the electronic resistance and incline going up to 20 levels. It has the lowest distance of pedals between the feet which is only 2". This makes for a more comfortable ride and that is the aim of the 5.6e. Get you to achieve your goals in a more natural way.
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Xterra FreeStyle 5.6e Elliptical
The console is the same as the 5.4e and I quite liked it so it gets 4 stars as well. I like the heart rate profile guide. This is helpful because you should work out at a percentage of your maximum heart rate. The profile guide shows you this in bars to indicate your level between 50% and 100%. I've not seen this on another console ever and I think it's great.
The controls you need are on the console but you also get some on the fixed handlebars. These are not the handlebars you move to exercise the upper body these are just below the console and within easy reach. These have the heart rate pulse sensors and additional controls in a handy thumb style button. You can see them in the "Hand grip controls" picture near the bottom.
This 5.6e has exactly the same programs as the 5.4e. This is not surprising as they're very similar in price. I thought they were quite good so it gets the same 4 stars. I think whatever your workout aim you should be able to find a program for you. I recommend giving them all a try as they're very different. A different challenge is good for the body, it's good to keep it guessing.
I like the Xtreme program. This has you exercising while the resistance keeps rising and rising. It keeps going up until you're nearly 75% of the way through the program. You can choose the maximum resistance before you start. The incline rises to and stays at about 60%. So the resistance is the killer for your workout. At the peak of the resistance the levels go down and you get a warm down finish.
Another good program is called Adventure. This is another hard one. One thing is, you can make the programs hard or as easy as you like so they're good for everyone. The Adventure has you on a big rise to near maximum resistance and then it drops slightly 3 times. The incline rises just to about 30%. This one is very good if you want to build more muscle and a shape to your body.
This is a mid range elliptical so you don't find things like varying stride lengths. This you'll only find on high end machines. While it can be useful there are features like that which you don't really need. The 5.6e does quite well in the features you do need.
As with all ellipticals the 5.6e requires little general maintenance. Ellipticals are better then treadmills in this regard because with a treadmill you have to keep lubricating the belt. When assembling the 5.6e make sure you tighten every nut and bolt to prevent any squeak from developing. Also clean any dirt build up on the rails. This is often where noises come from.
Like most ellipticals the 5.6e has built in maintenance and diagnostic software. This helps you to diagnose any problems yourself before contacting manufacturer support if something goes wrong. You access this by holding down the start, stop and enter keys for about 5 seconds. It is very detailed and you participate by pressing buttons when instructed to do so to make sure everything's working. It's always good to see this feature.
The maximum user weight is 375 lbs or 170 kg. This is very good for the price. I've not see one at $999.99 that has such a high maximum user weight. Even high end ellipticals have just 25 lbs higher so you can be confident that the 5.6e is a sturdy elliptical. Because I have seen higher it get's 4 stars and not 5 but it's still impressive.
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The warranty is lifetime for the frame and brake, 5 years parts and 1 year labor. This is reasonable at the price. I do like to see 2 years of in home labor but one year it is. The warranties do let down Xterra Fitness as even their high end machine still has 1 year labor. I think lifetime on the brake is good because it's a component that's used a lot.
At the time of writing the FreeStyle 5.6e is $999.99. This is very good value. To get the electronic incline at this price is pleasing. I always say go for this price at a minimum and higher if you can afford to. This is quite a good elliptical so you won't be disappointed if you choose it. Xterra Fitness are a good brand.
This is one of the highest scores I've given to an elliptical at this price. There is another Xterra elliptical that gets a higher score which is the 5.8e but that is $300 more expensive. That elliptical only gets 4% higher as well. So I think this 5.6e is possibly the best Xterra elliptical. If you only have a thousand dollars to spend then go for this.
When you see the 5.6e you'll notice that it is quite a large elliptical, it takes up a lot of space. Make sure to assemble it in the room you're going to keep it in. At 209 lbs it may have transport wheels but you may not enjoy having to use them. The standout features are the maximum user weight, the electronic incline and the value. The 5.6e has a lot going for it.
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