The Tunturi C55-F elliptical trainer is a front-drive variant of the Tunturi C50. Along with the E50 and E60 exercise bikes, it is part of the ‘Performance’ series.
The Tunturi C55-F Performance is a home-use cross-trainer with heavy-duty construction. It has 32 levels of eddy current resistance, a super-heavy internal flywheel, and 20 training routines to choose from.
The i-Console+, Fit Hi-Way, and Kinomap fitness applications are compatible with the console’s Bluetooth capabilities.
It’s a great machine for low to medium-intensity cardio, muscular toning, increased stamina, weight reduction, and interval training.
A heavy-duty steel frame with ovalized and cylindrical bars supports the Tunturi C55-F. The pedal trays, drive system covers, and a few other minor covers are the only non-steel pieces in its construction.
The majority of the frame’s steel bars have a rust-resistant and chip-resistant paint finish; the primary color is black, which is the only color available for this trainer (at least for the moment).
The railing bar on which the pedal wheels glide is the lone exception. This component has a chrome finish.
Even though it is not a cross-trainer meant for club use, it is built with substantial weight.
It weighs around 162 pounds (73.6 kg). Its transportation, however, necessitates at least two people. However, because the machine’s front base incorporates a pair of transport wheels, it can be moved with ease by only one person after it is fully completed.
You won’t have to handle more than around 1/3 of the unit’s total weight if you raise it from its rear base and use the transfer wheels.
This weight is a positive since it adds to the unit’s stability. In addition, the levelers on the foundation bars may be adjusted. There are six of them, with two in the back, two in the center, and two at the front.
They’re also rubberized to minimize slipping and harm to the floor. The Tunturi C55-F Performance Crosstrainer is also a substantial piece of equipment.
The frame is about 76.8″ (195 cm) long and 29.1″ (74 cm) broad when fully assembled. For safe functioning, it’s also a good idea to leave at least two feet of clearance all around it.
It might not work well in a tiny space. The cross trainer’s pedals are hooked to a set of sturdy steel bars.
The pedal trays are composed of heavy-duty ABS plastic, while the bases are two metallic plates.
They’re made to hold people weighing up to 297 pounds (135 kg). Their surface is rubberized and textured to give better adhesion. The pedals use industrial-grade wheels with sealed ball bearings and a rubber coating to reduce noise.
The machine has two sets of handlebars, one moveable and the other fixed. Long rubberized grips are on the movable handlebars. They have a center connection to the console mast and a bottom connection to the pedal bars.
Small ball bearings are included at the connecting points to smoother action. The console mast is directly soldered to the fixed handlebars.
Their grips are shorter than the mobile arms’. They do, however, include pulse sensors and a pulse reading feature on the console.
Step-up Height and Stride
The Tunturi C55-F Performance Crosstrainer does not feature an inclination mechanism, which is significant.
Neither the position of the elliptical route nor the length of the stride may be changed. So, if you’re searching for a comparable machine with an inclination mechanism, the Schwinn 430 is a good option.
The front of many front-drive crosstrainers has a slightly raised elliptical path.
As a result, pedaling would appear like ascending a very gentle slope. For the Tunturi C55-F, this is not the case. It features a perfectly horizontal route and pedaling action that is quite natural.
The unit has a non-adjustable stride length of 19″ (50 cm). It should comfortably accommodate users up to 6’0″ – 6’2″ – 6’2″ – 6’2″ – 6’ (183-188 cm).
Taller users should be able to utilize this trainer, but they will not be able to exercise to their full range of motion.
It’s also worth noting that the distance between the pedals is around 5.1 inches (13 cm).
This is a relatively low Q-Factor, resulting in natural foot placement and alignment and a reduction in lateral stress on the knees and ankles.
The pedals add around 16″ (40 cm) of height above the floor level at their maximum point.
So you should use this cross trainer in a room with a ceiling at least 20″-25″ (51-63 cm) higher than your height.
An eddy current resistance mechanism is included with the Tunturi C55-F cross-trainer.
On the other hand, the resistance adjustment can only be done from the console.
It’s also automated; the pedal tension will be adjusted automatically based on the current program section if you utilize one of the onboard programs.
The machine will need to be linked to a power supply. Because Tunturi machines are made in the Netherlands, the packaging contains a 9V/1A adaptor, which may have an EU configuration.
Consequently, you may require a US adaptor. A magnetic brake and a servo motor are the major resistance factors.
The servo motor changes the magnetic pull as you alter the resistance from the console, resulting in the greater or less pedaling effort.
Additionally, the resistance parts do not come into contact because the brake is magnetic, resulting in a very smooth and silent flywheel movement.
There are 32 levels of resistance available on the machine.
Light workouts are provided in the initial stages. The internal flywheel, on the other hand, is relatively substantial, so the pedaling action is pretty steady even at the lowest tension setting.
The 32nd degree of resistance, on the other hand, gives significantly greater pedal tension, which is ideal for anybody looking to increase strength stamina, or attain a high heart rate much faster.
The internal flywheel is a hefty, perimeter-weighted beast. Having said that, it maintains a constant momentum. It also increases the pedaling motion’s steadiness. It’s bi-directional, so you may bike backward with the same resistance as when you’re pedaling ahead.
Because a chain might interfere with the internal magnetic field, most elliptical trainers or exercise cycles with an eddy current resistance system feature a belt transmission.
This is not the case with the C55-F cross-trainer. It uses a strong, stretch-resistant v-belt to incorporate a big pulley and a belt drivetrain.
It does not require lubrication, just like any other belt drive system. In comparison to a chain drive, it also produces less vibration.
The console on this elliptical cross trainer is essentially the same as on the C50 model.
It comes with a good number of features. To begin with, it is adjustable in angle and has a machine holder on which you may rest your phone or tablet.
A 5.5″ LCD with LED illumination and big digits is included. The display is split into many windows to show all of the exercise stats at once, so you won’t have to use the scan feature to switch between them.
It displays all of the key training stats, such as time, speed, watts, RPM, pulse, distance, and calories burnt.
A telemetric HR receiver is included inside the console.
Consequently, it can detect your pulse using a 5–5.4 kHz chest strap. This machine is not included. However, you can still get a pulse reading by hanging on to the sensors embedded into the fixed handlebars if you don’t want it.
In addition, you may specify the speed in MPH or km/h, as well as the distance in miles or kilometers.
There are additional options for setting goals. So you may set a time, distance, and calorie goal. Once you’ve chosen a goal, the unit will show you how much longer you have till you attain it.
Bluetooth is included in the console unit. You may connect it to your tablet or smartphone to track your progress online using various fitness programs.
It works with the i-Console+, Fit Hi-Way, and Kinomap systems. These applications also include a variety of additional fitness routines and the ability to go on a Google Maps-based route.
Based on the ups and downs of the selected virtual path, the machine will automatically alter the resistance.
The console offers 20 built-in fitness routines in addition to the internet applications.
One Manual, four Starter, four Advanced, four Sporty, four Heart Rates, and one Watt.
There’s also a BMI Program and a Recovery Program. The Recovery program measures how long it takes for your pulse to return to normal after an exercise and assigns an F1 (Best) to F6 (Worst) grade based on the outcome.
This feature is useful for determining your fitness level. Body mass index (BMI) is a body fat calculator. It can compute your body fat % based on your weight, height, age, and gender. The interface on the console machine is fairly simple to use.
There are five buttons on it. The BMI function is started with the top left button, the Recovery function is started with the top right button, the bottom left button resets all the values to zero, and the bottom right button performs the Start/Stop functions.
The central MODE button has several uses. You can use it to navigate between programs and modify resistance, and you can also use it to pick values by pressing it.
Even though the machine’s drive and resistance parts are already completed, mounted to the front section of the frame, and hidden by the ABS covers, the rest requires almost complete installation.
To put it another way, you’ll need to join the rear rail bar to the front section of the frame, as well as the front stabilizer, console mast, moving arms, pedal bars, pedals, console, and a few other components.
It might take up to two hours to complete this task. The manual, on the other hand, has extremely clear assembly instructions as well as all of the necessary tools.
Keeping the machine’s rail bar clean is critical to avoid damage to the wheels during maintenance.
Its joints may need to be lubricated on occasion. It’s also a good idea to check for loose bolts and pieces regularly. Internal lubrication or other maintenance should not be required for a long time; all internal components are pre-lubricated from the factory.