Elliptigo Meb 8S Elliptical Bike Review (Discontinued)

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Pros The 8S combines the best of both worlds, offering the price point closer to that of the 8C but the endurance and performance features of the more elite 11R model. This limited edition model still features 8 speeds like the 8C but includes the lighter carbon fiber drive arms and folding steering column of the 11R. The model is also closer in weight at only 40 pounds, versus 44 pounds of the 8C (which is the heaviest in the series).
Cons There are few “cons” for this model other than perhaps the additional $500 you pay from the 8C, but it does include features the 8C does not. A few drawbacks are the climbing grade, which is still at 20-30%, and the cruising speed of 15 mph, despite the jump in price and additional features making this trainer lighter in weight and smoother to use.
Summary The ElliptiGo “Meb 8S” is an ideal trainer if you are looking to save a bit of money but get the performance features of a more elite trainer. The 8S is very similar to the 8C model except for a few additions making the trainer lighter and easy to maneuver than the lower level models in the series. However, despite these changes, the climbing grade and speed capabilities remain the same as the mid-level models that are less expensive. The 8S is a limited edition trainer for 2014, allowing users to still have a mid-range trainer but with a few other features that they would not normally get unless they purchased the more expensive 11R. Overall, the 8S is a uniquely designed, mid-level outdoor elliptical bike for advanced cross-training, and a low-impact, cardio workout, with the performance of an elite trainer.

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Elliptigo Meb 8S Elliptical Bike Detailed Overview (Discontinued)

The ElliptiGo “Meb 8S” is a limited edition mid-level model, similar to the 8C and 11R, in the line of outdoor elliptical bikes by ElliptiGo, offered for $2,999. This model honors Meb Keflezighi’s victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon, featuring his signature and motto, “Run to Win,” along with a patriotic-themed design and pain job and decaling. Just like the 8C, the 8S has the ability to go up to 25 mph, with a comfortable average cruising speed of 15 mph. Users can also choose from eight levels of resistance, or speeds, and climb up to a 20-30% grade. The 8S features a 306% total gear range, which means that for the same pedaling speed, a user could travel over three times as fast in top gear as bottom, and a 17% difference between levels. When it comes to the frame, the 8S aluminum frame weighs at 40 pounds, just a few pounds heavier than the elite 11R model, and comes in between 50 to 58 inches in height when in operation. Also like the 11R, the steering column is foldable and can be folded and and shortened to 32 inches, perfect for indoor storage. The front and rear brakes are a linear pull rim brakes system, with two-finger brake levers and 53-tooth chainring (the most in the series). The Ergon GC3 multi-position grips are comfortable are just in reach. Both the front and rear wheels are 20 inches total, with 28 spokes in the front and 32 at the back, and a Sturmey 8-speed geared hub and integral aluminum track system.  The 8S also features a dual leg aluminum kickstand.

Our Favorite Features

  • Adjustable stride from 16 to 25 inches
  • Sits higher up than a traditional bicycle
  • Ergonomic design with adjustable steering column
  • Foldable steering extender, removable front wheel
  • Ergon GC3 multi-position ergonomic grips with integral bar ends
  • 8 levels of resistance, 306% total resistance range, 17% difference between levels
  • 40 pounds (second lightest in the series)

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No water bottle holder
  • Open track for rollers can allow for debris to get in track
  • Price (cheaper than 11R but still pretty costly for an elliptical trainer)

The Bottom Line

The ElliptiGo “Meb 8S” is a step up from the Elliptigo 8C model, with some of the performance features of the 11R, but without the price tag. The 8S is a perfect compromise if you want some of the advanced performance features of the elite 11R model but don’t want to spend the money. While the 8S is about $500 more expensive than the 8C, the extra cost is worth it if you plan to purchase the 8C anyway.

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