The Tunturi C50, the E50-R recumbent cycle, and the E60 upright bike are part of the Tunturi ‘Performance’ range of exercise equipment. It has the same console as the bikes and a magnetic resistance mechanism.
Although it is not one of the most economical elliptical trainers for home use, it does provide several advantages over other models, including Bluetooth connectivity, compatibility with various online fitness applications, and an extra-heavy internal flywheel.
The Tunturi Performance C50 is an elliptical cross trainer suited for home-usage.
It does, however, have a somewhat substantial frame, weighing in at over 128 pounds when assembled (58.3 kg).
This weight contributes to the unit’s general sturdiness, which is evident in its overall stability.
For increased aesthetics, the frame blends ovalized and cylindrical steel bars.
The steel bars are also coated with a long-lasting powder coating that resists corrosion and chipping.
Of course, the machine contains several ABS plastic components.
The covers for the flywheel and resistance components, the pedal trays, and a few more minor covers are among them.
The Tunturi C50 is a significantly smaller cross trainer than other rear-drive cross trainers, such as the Precor EFX 222. It does, however, measure around 57″ (114 cm) long and 26.4″ (67 cm) wide.
In addition, Tunturi advises allowing at least 40″ of space all around the unit for safety and accessibility. Therefore, it might not be the best option for a tiny room or apartment.
The ovalized base bars of the unit is fitted with adjustable stabilizers, allowing you to correctly level the machine on any type of floor.
They’re also rubberized to protect the floor and provide the machine a better hold on the ground, preventing it from rolling forward or sideways.
Although the machine is somewhat heavy, it is not difficult to move after being completed.
Its front base is fitted with huge wheels that make moving it much easier.
You won’t have to lift more than 30% of the unit’s total weight if you raise it from the back.
The Tunturi Performance C50 has two movable handlebars and the other fixed.
The fixed handlebars are multi-grip and have pulse sensors built-in. Therefore, if you keep them in your hands, the console can keep track of your pulse.
Long, broad, and rounded grips are featured on the mobile handlebars. A coating of rubber foam material is applied to both sets of handlebars to give improved grip and comfort.
The machine’s pedals are connected to a pair of heavy-duty steel bars. The pedal trays are composed of strong ABS plastic, and each pedal includes a steel plate at the base.
The pedals are rated for a maximum user weight of 297 pounds (135 kg). They feature a rough surface for better adhesion, but no additional cushioning is included.
Ball bearings are used between the pedal bars, crank arms, and movable handlebars.
Therefore, the arm and pedal movements are incredibly fluid.
Step-up Height and Stride Length
Like the Tunturi Cardio Fit C30, this elliptical cross trainer has a 16″ stride length (40 cm).
This is a stride that falls somewhere in the middle. It should easily accommodate users up to 6’1″ – 6’2″ – 6’3″ – 6’4″ – 6& (185-188 cm).
Taller users should also utilize this machine, although they may not get the full range of motion.
The Tunturi Performance C50, like many other rear-drive cross-trainers, has an elliptical path that is slightly slanted forward.
Even though it is only one or two degrees inclination, the pedaling action may give you the impression of descending a gentle ramp.
The machine delivers a little better glute exercise. There is no inclination system on this elliptical trainer.
Therefore, the elliptical path’s location cannot be changed. In addition, the stride length is set and cannot be changed.
This elliptical trainer’s pedal step-up height is about 10″(25.4 cm). In addition, the pedal’s highest position is around 15″(38 cm). Therefore, the machine should be used in a room with a ceiling at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than your height.
The weight of the internal flywheel is an important factor to consider when discussing the Tunturi C50’s driving system.
The flywheel on this machine is extra-heavy at 61.7 lbs (28 kg). It’s a lot heavier than most spin cycles. Due to its weight, the machine delivers a highly constant velocity and pedaling action.
Its weight also helps the machine’s low center of gravity, improving overall stability.
Because the flywheel is bi-directional, you can pedal backward if you like.
Therefore, you may engage additional muscle groups while maintaining a more consistent exercise by alternating regular and reverse pedaling sessions.
The Tunturi C50 is fitted with a motorized eddy current system for resistance.
This indicates that the machine requires external power. Because Tunturi machines are made in the Netherlands, the packaging contains a 9V/1A adaptor, which may have an EU configuration.
Therefore, you may require a US adaptor.
The machine’s resistance can only be changed from the console.
The trainer will also auto-adjust its resistance if you opt to work out using one of the preset routines.
A servo motor and a magnetic brake make up the machine’s resistance system.
When you alter the resistance from the console, or when the console automatically adjusts the resistance, the internal magnets’ pull changes, increasing or decreasing the flywheel’s drag.
There are 32 resistance settings on the cross-trainer.
The pedal tension is rather mild in the first several levels. However, you must take into account the flywheel’s weight. Essentially, the weight of the revolving piece provides the first degree of resistance.
The highest resistance settings simulate a steep climb and deliver significantly more pedal strain, resulting in a larger burn and better aerobic workout.
The machine’s console has a lot to offer in terms of functions.
To begin, it contains a tablet holder and an angle-adjustable mount. It sports a 5.5″ LCD with LED lighting and a 5.5″ LCD diagonal.
The unit’s display is separated into many sub-sections to show all the exercise stats at once, eliminating the need to utilize the scan function to switch between them.
Time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, watts, and pulse are all tracked. Both metric and imperial units are available for speed and distance.
You may use the embedded sensors to measure your heart rate, or the unit contains an internal telemetric receiver that can detect your pulse from a 5–5.4 kHz wireless chest strap transmitter (not included).
Bluetooth is included in the console unit. Therefore, 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.
Of course, you are under no obligation to use these applications if you do not choose to.
There are 20 training routines pre-installed on the console. 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 console is simple to operate.
The knob in the center covers the resistance adjustment and program selection operations.
There are separate buttons for the BMI and Recovery programs. There’s also a Reset button that resets all of the console’s values to zero. Finally, a Stop/Start button is provided.
The trainer’s base frame, as well as the driving and resistance parts, are pre-assembled.
However, the base bars, front mast, moving arms, pedal bars, pedal trays, console, and many coverings must be added.
The handbook includes all of the necessary equipment and comprehensive assembly instructions and diagrams.
You merely need to maintain the machine clean, keep liquids away from the console, and check for loose parts regularly for maintenance.
There is no need to lubricate the internal mechanism. However, a few drops of lubrication may be required from time to time.
The Tunturi Performance C50 is a home-use elliptical cross trainer with heavy-duty construction.
All included a strong frame, 32 levels of eddy current resistance, and an extra-heavy internal flywheel.
Its console has 20 training routines and is Bluetooth compatible with i-Console+, Fit Hi-Way, and Kinomap fitness applications.
Although it isn’t the most economical trainer, it is solid equipment ideal for full-body cardio exercise, muscle toning, endurance improvement, and weight reduction.