Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer

Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer

Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer Elliptical trainers provide an effective cardiovascular workout that combines upper and lower body flexibility and coordination into one impact-free motion. By emulating the natural motion of your foot while supporting your heel throughout the stride, elliptical trainers are much easier on your knees and joints. In addition to feeling more natural while working out, regular use on ellipticals will increase heart and lung capacity while improving your health and burning calories.

The Schwinn 431 accommodates a wide variety of users, with a full-sized 18-inch stride length and bi-directional pedaling action that lets the user pedal forward or backward depending on the targeted muscle groups. Users will also appreciate the variety of workout programs, including three heart-rate controlled programs, a calorie goal program, a time trial, a fitness test, 10 profile programs, two custom programs, and a manual option. And thanks to the Eddy Current magnetic brake resistance system, the Schwinn 431 is smooth and quiet. Other details include an backlit LCD display with such feedback programs as Recovery Mode, Results Mode, and BMI; hand-grip heart rate monitors; a water bottle holder; and bottom wheels for easy transport. The Schwinn 431 measures 59 by 26 by 68 inches (L x W x H), weighs 165 pounds, and carries the following warranties: 15 years on the frame, two years on the parts, one year on the electronics, and 3 months on the labor.



A blue backlit LCD display allows you to track your progress with feedback programs such as Recovery Mode, Results Mode, and BMI.


A built-in cup holder helps you stay well hydrated while exercising.

Key Features:

  • Schwinn BioFit console design includes an integrated MP3/portable media compartment, on-console towel hook, fan and oversized cushioned footplates
  • Schwinn BioDyne performance system includes a 25-pound (11.3 kg) steel flywheel and computer controlled drive system that provide high inertia for smooth strides
  • Transport wheels for convenience, and oversized stabilizer tubes for rock-solid steadiness; biomechanically designed linkages to provide a comfortable movement of the foot throughout the elliptical motion
  • Multi-program and feature-packed Schwinn BioConnect computer allows users to input data, measure a variety of workout results, and track progress
  • Oversized bottle holder fits most beverage containers and may be removed and cleaned separately

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 59 inches long by 26 inches wide by 68 inches tall
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Power Requirements: AC Adapter
  • Performance Features Resistance Levels: 16
  • Resistance System: ECB (Eddy Current Brake) Resistance
  • Drive system: Computer Controlled
  • Workout Programs: Manual, Profile, Calorie Goal, Time Trial, Heart Rate Control, Fitness Test, Custom
  • Feedback Programs: BMI (Body Mass Index), Recovery Mode, Results Mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Computer Features Display Type: Blue Backlit LCD
  • Display Readout: Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance

Manufacturer's Warranty
Frame - 15 years, parts - 2 years, electronics - 1 year, labor - 3 months

What's in the Box?
Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer, user's manual, warranty information








Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer

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Schwinn A40
Schwinn 420
(2012)
Schwinn 425 (2013)
Schwinn 431 Schwinn 450 Nautilus E514
(2010)
Nautilus E514c
(2013)
Schwinn 520
MSRP
599.00
799.00
799.00
999.00
999.00
999.00
999.00
999.00
Number of Programs
7
10
10
19
10
15
21
3
Workout Programs
1 Manual, 6 Profile
6 Profiles, Fitness Test, Custom, Results, Quick Start
6 Profile, 2 Feedback, Custom, Quick Start
1 Manual, 10 Profile, Calorie Goal, Time Trial, 3 Heart Rate Control, Fitness Test, 2 Custom
8 Profile, 6 Heart Rate, 2 Custom, 2 Feedback, Quick Start, Distance Goal
1 Quick Start, 8 Profiles, 1 Distance Goal, 1 Custom, 4 Heart Rate Controlled
8 Profile, 6 Heart Rate, 2 Custom, 2 Feedback, Quick Start, Distance Goal
Time Goal
Calorie Goal
Distance Goal
Performance Tracking
No
No No No Schwinn Advantage
Nautilus Advantage
Nautilus Advantage
No
Stride Length
Fixed 17"
Fixed 18"
Fixed 18" Fixed 18"
Fixed 20" with 6-Position Ramp Adjustability
Fixed 18"
Fixed 18"
Fixed 14"
Heart Rate
Contact
Contact
Contact
Contact
Contact
Contact and Telemetric chest strap
Contact and Telemetric enabled
Contact
Display Type
LCD
LCD Large LCD
Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD
Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard
Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD
Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard
Enhanced Resolution LCD
Resistance Levels
8
16
16
16
16
16
16
Infinite
Eddy Current Brake
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Power
Battery
(not included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
Fixed and Moving Handlebars
Moving only
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Other Features
Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, 2-speed Fan, Transport Wheels, Built-in Console Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, 2-speed Fan, Transport Wheels, Built-in Console Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Ventilated seat back, extra padded seat, single stage high torque belt drive, oversized footplates for multiple positions, non-intrusive console placement
Dimensions (L x W x H)
59" x 23" x 64"
62" x 26" x 71"
62" x 26" x 71"
59" x 26" x 68"
68" x 26" x 70"
62" x 26" x 71"
62" x 26" x 71"
62" x 28" x 40"
Product Weight
91 lbs
164 lbs
150 lbs
172 lbs
230 lbs
165 lbs
165 lbs
120 lbs
Warranty
Frame: 2 years
Mech & Elec: 6 months
Wear Parts: 30 day
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: N/A
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 6 months
Labor: 6 months
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 6 months
Labor: 6 months
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Max. User Weight
275 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs




Rating:
List Price: $999.00
Sale Price: Too low to display.

Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2499 user reviews
Exercise Equipment Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer Elliptical trainers provide an effective cardiovascular workout that combines upper and lower body flexibility and coordination into one impact-free motion. By emulating the natural motion of your foot while supporting your heel throughout the stride, elliptical trainers are much easier on your knees and joints. In addition to feeling more natural while working out, regular use on ellipticals will increase heart and lung capacity while improving your health and burning calories.

The Schwinn 431 accommodates a wide variety of users, with a full-sized 18-inch stride length and bi-directional pedaling action that lets the user pedal forward or backward depending on the targeted muscle groups. Users will also appreciate the variety of workout programs, including three heart-rate controlled programs, a calorie goal program, a time trial, a fitness test, 10 profile programs, two custom programs, and a manual option. And thanks to the Eddy Current magnetic brake resistance system, the Schwinn 431 is smooth and quiet. Other details include an backlit LCD display with such feedback programs as Recovery Mode, Results Mode, and BMI; hand-grip heart rate monitors; a water bottle holder; and bottom wheels for easy transport. The Schwinn 431 measures 59 by 26 by 68 inches (L x W x H), weighs 165 pounds, and carries the following warranties: 15 years on the frame, two years on the parts, one year on the electronics, and 3 months on the labor.



A blue backlit LCD display allows you to track your progress with feedback programs such as Recovery Mode, Results Mode, and BMI.


A built-in cup holder helps you stay well hydrated while exercising.

Key Features:

  • Schwinn BioFit console design includes an integrated MP3/portable media compartment, on-console towel hook, fan and oversized cushioned footplates
  • Schwinn BioDyne performance system includes a 25-pound (11.3 kg) steel flywheel and computer controlled drive system that provide high inertia for smooth strides
  • Transport wheels for convenience, and oversized stabilizer tubes for rock-solid steadiness; biomechanically designed linkages to provide a comfortable movement of the foot throughout the elliptical motion
  • Multi-program and feature-packed Schwinn BioConnect computer allows users to input data, measure a variety of workout results, and track progress
  • Oversized bottle holder fits most beverage containers and may be removed and cleaned separately

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 59 inches long by 26 inches wide by 68 inches tall
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Power Requirements: AC Adapter
  • Performance Features Resistance Levels: 16
  • Resistance System: ECB (Eddy Current Brake) Resistance
  • Drive system: Computer Controlled
  • Workout Programs: Manual, Profile, Calorie Goal, Time Trial, Heart Rate Control, Fitness Test, Custom
  • Feedback Programs: BMI (Body Mass Index), Recovery Mode, Results Mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Computer Features Display Type: Blue Backlit LCD
  • Display Readout: Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance

Manufacturer's Warranty
Frame - 15 years, parts - 2 years, electronics - 1 year, labor - 3 months

What's in the Box?
Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer, user's manual, warranty information








Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer

Compare These Elliptical Trainers











Schwinn A40
Schwinn 420
(2012)
Schwinn 425 (2013)
Schwinn 431 Schwinn 450 Nautilus E514
(2010)
Nautilus E514c
(2013)
Schwinn 520
MSRP
599.00
799.00
799.00
999.00
999.00
999.00
999.00
999.00
Number of Programs
7
10
10
19
10
15
21
3
Workout Programs
1 Manual, 6 Profile
6 Profiles, Fitness Test, Custom, Results, Quick Start
6 Profile, 2 Feedback, Custom, Quick Start
1 Manual, 10 Profile, Calorie Goal, Time Trial, 3 Heart Rate Control, Fitness Test, 2 Custom
8 Profile, 6 Heart Rate, 2 Custom, 2 Feedback, Quick Start, Distance Goal
1 Quick Start, 8 Profiles, 1 Distance Goal, 1 Custom, 4 Heart Rate Controlled
8 Profile, 6 Heart Rate, 2 Custom, 2 Feedback, Quick Start, Distance Goal
Time Goal
Calorie Goal
Distance Goal
Performance Tracking
No
No No No Schwinn Advantage
Nautilus Advantage
Nautilus Advantage
No
Stride Length
Fixed 17"
Fixed 18"
Fixed 18" Fixed 18"
Fixed 20" with 6-Position Ramp Adjustability
Fixed 18"
Fixed 18"
Fixed 14"
Heart Rate
Contact
Contact
Contact
Contact
Contact
Contact and Telemetric chest strap
Contact and Telemetric enabled
Contact
Display Type
LCD
LCD Large LCD
Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD
Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard
Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD
Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard
Enhanced Resolution LCD
Resistance Levels
8
16
16
16
16
16
16
Infinite
Eddy Current Brake
Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Power
Battery
(not included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
AC adaptor
(included)
Fixed and Moving Handlebars
Moving only
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Other Features
Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, 2-speed Fan, Transport Wheels, Built-in Console Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack
Articulating Foot Plate, Speakers, 2-speed Fan, Transport Wheels, Built-in Console Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack
Ventilated seat back, extra padded seat, single stage high torque belt drive, oversized footplates for multiple positions, non-intrusive console placement
Dimensions (L x W x H)
59" x 23" x 64"
62" x 26" x 71"
62" x 26" x 71"
59" x 26" x 68"
68" x 26" x 70"
62" x 26" x 71"
62" x 26" x 71"
62" x 28" x 40"
Product Weight
91 lbs
164 lbs
150 lbs
172 lbs
230 lbs
165 lbs
165 lbs
120 lbs
Warranty
Frame: 2 years
Mech & Elec: 6 months
Wear Parts: 30 day
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: N/A
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 6 months
Labor: 6 months
Frame: 15 years
Mech: 2 years
Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 6 months
Labor: 6 months
Frame: 5 years
Mech & Elec: 1 year
Wear Parts: 90 days
Labor: 90 days
Max. User Weight
275 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs
300 lbs




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10 Responses to “Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer”

  • Mike M.:

    Rating

    ***Update 12/21/2007***

    Well, I’ve had this machine for about two weeks now and it works great. I am completely satisfied with this purchase. I was a little concerned about shipping, but mine came in perfect condition. Like others, it took me little under 3 hours to put it together. If you can put a screw in and follow directions, you’ll be able to put this together. The machine is so smooth and quiet. It’s no problem for others in the room to watch TV at the same time. After a week, I started to notice a clicking sound and it turned out I had tightened the screw that connects the handle bar to the foot pedal bar too tight. Loosening it a little fixed the problem.

    ***Original review***

    – I should start by saying I just bought the Schwinn 431 from Amazon, but haven’t received it yet so my total usage of it is only the 15 minutes or so I spent trying a demo model at a store. However, I spent a lot of time demoing various brands and some of my research may help you decide what’s best for you. My price point was also under $1000. You can definitely find better, but you’ll pay for it. First, just some general things I found while demoing ellipticals.

    * Machines with the wheel in the front seemed to have a better, more natural feeling movement than those in the rear.

    * Stride length of 18″ worked best for me (I’m 5’5″). Some low end models had 16″ stride, but I found this to be too short. Others had 20″ or 21″ but these were too big for me.

    * I don’t think you’d want to buy an elliptical for less than $500. They’re just too cheap feeling.

    I narrowed my search to three brands, based on the reviews I read on Amazon and also on a website that has lots of reviews of treadmills and ellipticals (“treadmill sensei”).

    Horizon

    Most chain stores carry the Horizon brand. I looked at two models: Horizon Ex56 (Horizon EX55 seems to be the older model) and Horizon EX66. These two are basically the same, with the EX66 just having a few more bells and whistles (i.e. more programs, etc.). I believe the internal mechanisms to be pretty much the same. These were well sized to fit into my smaller house. $600-$800. Overall, these seemed like a nice machine, and I almost bought the ex56, as I didn’t think the extra $200 really gave me much more. The EX66 does look a bit more sleek and has 2 extra support legs that could provide better stability.

    Sole

    I wanted to try the Sole 25, but the store I looked at only had the next model up, the 35. These machines are a bit pricier, actually the 25 was “on sale” for $999 with a MSRP of $1999 (I don’t think anyone every pays the MSRP though) and the 35 is more. Both have a 20″ stride length, and this was just too big for me. For a taller person, this might be fine. The machine itself is bigger and I would have a harder time fitting it into my house. In general, the motion was very smooth. This seems like a well built machine if you have the space and money. Sole seems to have a pretty good warranty too.

    Schwinn

    I didn’t expect Schwinn to make ellipticals. Actually, they don’t. This brand falls under the Nautilus brand, which also makes bowflex, nautilus and stairmaster. I looked at the 430 and 431, (431 seems to be the later model and has more bells and whistles, like more programs, a fan and rubber pads on the foot pedals instead of just hard plastic ones on the 430, a bigger cup holder!). Consumer reports actually recommended the 418. The model numbering is strange, the 418 and 438 go together, and the 430 and 431 are similar. The 431 is smaller in size, about the same as the Horizon EX56. The price for the 430 is $600 and the 431 $800. I ended up going with the 431 (there is a promotion going on for a $100 gift card so that brings the price closer). In general both the 430 and 431 felt the same, except the rubber pads on the pedals did feel nicer with better grip for your shoes. This machine actually feels better than the horizon line due to the 25lb flywheel, vs. only 14lbs for the Horizon. This really makes the stride feel smoother. This machine also felt more solid than Horizon. The only problem with this brand is that it was hard to find a demo machine. Another potential drawback is the warranty, which is 15 year frame, 1 year parts, and 6 months labor.

    Your best bet is to actually get on the machine and try them out before you buy! Good Luck!

  • H. Brown:

    Rating

    I did quite a bit of research online (and a few store trials) before settling on this machine. The price was great (with the $100 Amazon gift card) and the free shipping was fast. We got it in January and assembly was a snap except that one of the pre-threaded holes stripped during assembly. I called Schwinn directly and had a replacement handlebar in 2 days.

    ** A few days after putting it together it started squeaking horribly in the middle of a workout (usually 5-10 minutes after beginning). I was able to isolate the noise and found that it came from the main axis that connects the lower handlebars to the unit. Although the instructions say to “thoroughly tighten these connections” I found that slightly loosening them (only a quarter turn if that) made the noise disappear completely and it hasn’t come back. **

    It’s quiet and rides great. My wife uses it almost everyday and I should be using it much more! :-)

  • Brenda L. Kupchick:

    Rating

    I started looking at the Schwinn product through Consumer Reports, which gave the 418 model their best buy label. After reviewing all the Schwinn Elliptical’s, you find they are all made basically the same; some have additional bells and whistles.

    I read every review on each of the four models, the 418, 430, 431 and the 438. The reviews were so helpful in making a good decision. We should all appreciate the reviewers who take the time to give lots of details for products. I decided to go with the 431 for several reasons. I originally was interested in the 438 model but after the New Year when I went to purchase the price jumped up to $100.00 more than it had been before Christmas. So, I decided on the 431. It was 799.00 and free super saver shipping from Amazon.

    It was delivered ahead of schedule like other reviews said it might be, but the delivery company called and we set up the date and time for delivery. It was a local company. I had them deliver it into the attached garage. My husband opened the box in garage and brought parts into the den as he needed them, much easier that way. They usually will only deliver ground level or a few steps. It actually comes in a small box.

    My husband put it together while he was watching a football game, 3 1/2 hours. He said it was easy, everything was clearly marked and they give you the tools you need. We were worried about the height issue that other reviewers commented on. However, we have no problems. My husband is 5’11 and the ceiling in our den is 7’4″ and it’s perfect. There’s room above his head.

    This model has the back light which is very nice and multiple programs which are great for me because I like to mix it up. There are also multiple user modes so we can both track our progress. The 431 is more compact than the others and fits perfectly in our den. We used an extra piece of carpet from when new carpet was installed in the den and put it under the machine instead of buying a mat and it works great and matches the carpet.

    We have both used the machine for two weeks now and we both really love this machine. It’s smooth, quiet, and gives a good work out. My legs were sore after my first use. The programs are fun and easy to use. It gives read outs like the gym model which I like. My husband is a big guy, weights over 200lbs and the machine is very sturdy.

    If this machine holds up like most of the reviewers said, we will be a very happy and slimmer couple.

  • M. E. Moore:

    Rating

    I originally received this machine in bad shape. The shipper (Eagle) had apparently dropped it from a truck or lift. The case was cracked, the heart rate monitor didn’t work, and the transformer was bad. Contacted Amazon and they were helpful by submitting a replacement order. I got another transformer and was able to use it for a couple of weeks. It worked great except for the looks and heart rate monitor. Finally got the replacement 2 days ago and put the new one together. It shipped by ABF and had no issues. Have been using it since. Great machine and you can’t beat it along with the $100 gift card and free shipping. The machine is smooth as silk with the heavy flywheel and has lots of program options.

  • Mary:

    Rating

    When shopping for an elliptical, I was a little skeptical with the price point on this machine. Buying through Amazon though, I felt like if it was horrible I could return it and so took the risk.

    I’m completely happy with this machine. There is no difference between the quality of workout with this than any gym machine. It’s solid, and feels really well built. I can’t really stress how well this compares to the $4000 machines at the gym. Well, except for that I find the resistance somewhat higher than the gym machines, but level 1 is still easy enough to use.

    I did have a little trouble to begin with – nothing bad enough to drop even one star though. It does take a bit of time to put together but it was fairly simple and the instructions were very easy to follow.

    IMPORTANT:

    1. Buy some white lithium grease before you assemble it. This is the lubricant recommended by Schwinn. I had a lot of squeaking problems and this fixed everything. I don’t think the pre-lubricated parts are adequately lubed. Just fix this while you put it together. Hit all eight pivot points.

    2. Do NOT over-tighten any of the screws or bolts. It will cause squeaking. The troubleshooting guide says you can have these up to three rotations from completely tight without compromising performance. I found loosening only half a turn was enough.

    That’s it! It’s a great machine.

  • Dave:

    Rating

    I paid $749 through Amazon (with a $100 off promotion) and received the machine a week ago. (An earlier delivery date was somehow missed by the shipping company CEVA.) It initially took me about 2.5 hours to assemble plus additional time once I looked over my work and discovered a few minor mistakes. See assembly tips below.

    I had to decide between the 430 and 431 and included some observations. Someone noted in a post that the 431 model might be built using a little thicker tubing although I didn’t see them side by side to confirm. Schwinn claims the 431 is built for up to 300lbs versus 275lbs for the 430. The mechanics on the two models are the same with a 25lb flywheel providing great stability. In addition to holding more weight, the 431 has more upgrades of which a few seemed worth the extra $150 in my case….the padded pedals, backlit console, a bigger, user friendlier bottle holder (which will hold a lot of other things like a remote!), and added aesthetic touches. The fan is below average at best as it just doesn’t produce much of a breeze. The 431 looks more high end than the 430 due to the covers on the arm pivots and underneath the console. They hide a lot of the welding work.

    The machine itself is very sturdy and feels solid. I’m 6′ 210lbs and it doesn’t sway or move. Very quiet! The level settings give a nice range of resistance and options so you won’t outgrow this machine. The smaller footprint compared to other makes and models is a huge plus if you have limited space. Also of note, the length of the labor warranty is not 6 months as the description states but 3 months according to the Schwinn website and manual.

    Overall, despite the mechanical issue noted below, I like the machine and it seems to be just want I was looking for. I’m torn on the rating because if the tracks weren’t an issue, it’d be an easy five. I’ll give it a five anyway. Customer service seems to be more than accommodating from what I’ve read from other posts.

    When I contact and get a response from Schwinn, install new tracks, and put some extensive exercise time on it, I’ll update the post.

    ———————————————————————-

    AN IMPORTANT MECHANICAL ISSUE WITH MY MACHINE:

    —For those who bought or are going to buy this or another model, take careful notice of how the wheels lay in the tracks (Schwinn calls them Extrusion Assemblies). I got on the machine facing backwards and wanted to make sure the wheels moved equally well. They don’t on mine. I noticed even with my full weight on the machine, one wheel (the left one) on each pair didn’t move with the same force as the other in it’s pair

    In exercise position, I can actually move the 2 wheels in question with my hand. This could lead to major issues in the future!!

    I lifted the machine from the back as if I was going to move it and I can see one wheel of each pair is not touching the track. One of them is very high off and the other slightly. The one track actually looks like it is leaning left compared to the other. I reversed the tracks to see what would happen and the problem followed the track. The higher wheel is now part of the other pair.

    After putting the machine down, I ran my fingers under the sides of the tracks and felt a distinct difference in clearance on the left side of the worse rail which confirms what I saw earlier……one track leans left! Hoping it is just bent tracks and not a frame issue, I’m going to call Schwinn and ask for 2 new tracks.

    It’s not the kind of thing that’s noticable unless you look for it. I don’t think the machine will sustain operating properly with most of your weight on 1 of the 2 wheels per side. It could also put strain on other parts.

    Take a look at your machine!

    ————————————————————————

    A few points to keep in mind when assembling:

    1. When you put the arm pivot rod on, it may take some hits with a hammer or preferable a mallet. As I hammered in, I noticed the black spacer coming out the other end so watch for this. It’ll have to be put back in place. You also have to equal out the rod by eyesight.

    2. When you put the black movement arm wire cover on, don’t force it. One side snapped right into the pivot shoulder cover while the other just didn’t sit well hitting one or more of the bolts. If you loosen the bolts holding the arms (there is some play there) and retighten it in a slightly different position, the cover should fit better.

    3. When you attach the console, make sure you run the long wire though the center and run the fan wire up though the hole at the top and connect both wires to the back of the console. For those who’s fans don’t work, you may have plugged into the wrong connectors. I did this the first time and thought my fan was broken. Test everything before you attach the console. Save yourself time and aggrevation.

    4. Like many, I used white grease where I thought it would help.

    5. I didn’t tighten bolts on movement parts all the way as this seems to eventually cause squeaks. I aimed for a quarter or have turn away from fully tightened.

  • Frank Finney:

    Rating

    I have just recently purchased the Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer. I did quite a bit of research on the various models before making my decision. I can only say that this Elliptical Trainer is the very best for its’ price range. In fact, it is better than many of the higher priced machines that are available. One of the deciding factors is that this model has the 25 lb. flywheel, which makes the operation very smooth and helps to stabilize the machine. It is very well constructed, very smooth, and very quiet. I put it together in an hour and a half. It was money well spent! I would definitely recommend this model for in-home use. Best of all, it’s made in the U.S.A.

  • Mike:

    Rating

    $999 is not the correct list price–there is no 20% savings. Check out the Schwinn website http://www.schwinn.com and you will see a list price of $799.00 (99 cents cheaper). Most places offer it at a similar price.

    Price aside, this is a wonderful machine. Near club quality. Easy assembly, good craftsmanship. Smooth and sturdy with a small space requirement for an elliptical. You won’t be disappointed.

  • R. Mcneil:

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    I am so glad that I finally made a decision about which elliptical to purchase. After pratically ruining my ocular nerves from the hours and hours of internet searching, I bought the Schwinn 431. I normally will shy away from brand new models- however, the heavier flywheel is what really sold me. And what a difference it makes! Like many others, I’ve tried various other ellipticals, and I actually bought this one sight unseen. At $799 a pop, I think one word my wife used to describe me was, “Crazy!”. It arrived within the time-frame quoted, and the box was not damaged. The only damage occured with the shroud covering the flywheel. It’s made of plastic and must have cracked sometime between China and my house in CA. (I’ll let you know how replacing it was once I’m finished with that.) I had that thing built in just under 3 hours, alone. I added white-grease on all the points that move. My wife and I have yet to put it through hours of work, however, based upon what use it has had, this is one smooth, solid piece of equipment. The frame is thick and feels solid. The only time I felt a bit uneasy was when I tried it backwards. Nothing huge, but something to be noted. Lastly, the stride length of 18″ is great for both my wife and I. I’m 5’11”, and she’s 5’5″. Both of us are comfortable and confident we made the right decision. More to come once we use it more.

  • Mojoski:

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    I just bought one of these from a local “Play It Again Sports” location and I must say I’m impressed with the sturdy manufacturing. (I’d recommend you ask your local store for a price. I saved $100 over Amazon’s price!) It has a very smooth ride and feels very sturdy even when I ride it at a quick rate. I’m 215 lbs and I have it set up on Berber carpet and it still feels very sturdy!

    The assembly took me about 2 hours and it wasn’t very difficult. Schwinn (er, Nautilus) did a good job of packing all of the nuts and washers in a very organized way where there is no doubt what is what. The instructions were very easy to follow and didn’t require any tools other than the ones included in the box.

    I’m very happy with this unit. It has a wonderful selection of 20 different programs built in and has 16 levels of resistance as well. The heart rate monitor is well placed and seems to work well for me. The lack of a chest strap compatibility feature wasn’t a big deal for me since I don’t use a chest strap and have never liked them, but be aware of this short-coming if that option matters to you.

    Overall, I think this is a good deal and a solid machine. Now I just need to start getting up and using it every morning!