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Weslo Momentum G 3.1 Elliptical Review

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Weslo Momentum G 3.1 Elliptical Detailed Overview

Editors Summary: The Momentum G 3.1 is ideal for the budget-conscious lifestyle, with basic offerings and an inertia-enhanced flywheel.

The Momentum G 3.1 elliptical trainer is an affordable trainer by Weslo, retailing for $199. Weslo offers a 90-day warranty on parts and labor, and as with all other elliptical trainers by this brand, the G 3.1 is a rear drive designed model with a lightweight flywheel and low weight capacity.

With a unit weight of just around 70 pounds, the G 3.1 is incredibly lightweight and compact with a footprint of only. 44”x21”x54.5”. In addition to the compact design and lightweight frame, the model is also equipped with transport wheels for easy storage. The frame on this model features attractive plastic coverings and longer upper-body grips for a more ergonomically-sound design.

The G 3.1 offers bare basics with a shorter than average 12” fixed stride and manually adjustable resistance option using a turn dial. If users want to monitor their heart rate, they can do so using the built-in contact grip Easy Pulse(TM) sensors, and heart rate, along with other basic readouts like time, calories, etc. are accessible via the LCD window display. Users have an RPM meter which displays revolutions per minute, and two built-in workout programs to choose from, as well as a target pacer feature to help users keep track of progress and make changes accordingly.

The console area is also designed with a water bottle holder but lacks a reading rack, accessories tray, or audio features.
Weslo does not disclose the flywheel weight, but we assume it’s fairly lightweight, well under the average of around 15 pounds, based on the 250 pound user capacity.

Our Favorite Features

  • Affordable at just under $200
  • Adjustable resistance
  • Easy Pulse(TM) built-in contact grip heart rate sensor
  • RPM meter display tracks revolutions per minute
  • Target pacer helps users monitor progress
  • Step Thru(TM) design adds safety feature
  • Compact frame with transport wheels
  • Inertia-enhanced flywheel

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Flywheel weight is “undisclosed”
  • Short 12” stride (average should be between 18” and 22”)
  • Manually adjustable resistance
  • Low weight capacity at just 250 pounds
  • Minimalistic console lacks entertainment or audio options
  • Limited 90-day warranty on parts and labor only

The Bottom Line

You might want to jump at the chance to purchase a piece of workout equipment for under $200, but you will get what you pay for: an unreliable trainer with a weak warranty and shabby drive system. The rear-drive design is nice, and the price tag even nicer, but there are more budget-conscious models by better brands. For example, consider ProForm’s SmartStrider 535, a rear-drive elliptical trainer under $700 that features a spacesaver design, adjustable leveling feet and Silent Magnetic Resistance Technology.

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