I’m a big guy! I needed a cardio trainer that was easy on my knees and durable enough to handle my 265 pounds. I also wanted something that would be strong enough to stand the pounding (literally) and at less than $1K would be a decent price. I shopped the local fitness stores here in Seattle and really liked the help the Precor guy gave me but price was out of this world. I found a form online talking about the Xterra races and looked for their fitness equipment. Great price and features were outstanding!