We decided to try to do this the right way. Before we made a decision on buying something, we put a list of important considerations together. The Free Style 5.6e ended up doing quite well across the board, which was :
1. Sturdy construction. No reason to pick up something like this if it's cheap and ready to fall apart, right? Once we got it all set up and put together, there hasn't been a problem. And the frame has a lifetime warranty on it.
2. Easy to use. Too many times in the past, we fell in to the trap of buying complicated gear and then never touching it once it was in the house. If you can't understand the basics of getting it to do what you want, you won't ever use it. The controls here are really easy to figure out, and I really liked the second set of controls on the handlebars themselves.
3. Comfortable. If it beats you up, you won't use it. That's another lesson learned in the past. The pedals are nice and big and cushioned, so you don't get that stress in the joints you sometimes feel when you work out. We also liked that the whole piece was designed to be mechanically sound. Natural movement means healthy weight loss.