What do you get when you put a recumbent bike, rowing machine, and exercise pulley together?
No, it’s not a museum exhibit or an entire gym membership!
You get the Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower 15-9003.
It’s a multi-functional exercise machine that uses adjustable magnetic-resistance to give you a full-body, challenging workout!
Whether you’re using it to row, bike, or strength train, the Conversion II Recumbent Bike & Rower has got you covered.
It takes only seconds to switch between rowing, biking, and strength training modes and it can quickly fold up for storage when not in use.
It’s a great 2-in-1 exercise bike/rowing machine but can it really do all 3 functions flawlessly? I cover all the pros & cons of this bike rower combo below!
Plus, I give another option that costs slightly less but has a few less features.
What is a Recumbent Bike/ Rower?
Before I start the review, I want to quickly cover one thing. For those who don’t know the difference between a recumbent bike/ rower and a traditional exercise bike/ rower – the main difference is the seat position/ comfort.
- A traditional exercise bike mimics a traditional bicycle. The user sits upright on a stiff, hard seat that’s uncomfortable.
- A recumbent bike has the user sitting low to the ground in a semi-reclined position. It uses a comfortable, wide-bucket reclining seat.
- A traditional rower has no back rest on the seat.
- A recumbent rower has a bucket seat with a semi-reclined backrest.
- NOTE: There are a few more differences and I discuss those further in the ‘comfort’ section below.
Ok, now back to the regular Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower review!
The Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Bike Rower combo is a magnetic-resistance machine.
This means the resistance is controlled by moving a magnetic closer or farther from a spinning flywheel.
The closer the magnet is to the flywheel, the harder the resistance. The further the magnet is from the flywheel, the easier the resistance.
It’s that simple!
Users can control the resistance by adjusting the tension knob on the center console.
I hope I didn’t lose you there! In case I did here is a video to show you how magnetic resistance operates.
This resistance type produces virtually no friction, so it’s very quiet. I can’t tell you how many reviews I’ve read that people love to use this exercise machine in front of the TV because it’s so quiet!
There are 8 resistance levels to choose from by selecting your desired level on a manual dial conveniently located near the base of the machine.
The adjustability makes it great for people of varying fitness levels whether you’re a beginner or someone who works out regularly.
The range of resistance is great and is challenging enough for most users. Most reviewers used the resistance levels between 4 & 6 for biking and rowing.
Many users also commented how they loved being able to use it for bicep curls and other workouts!
Plus, people who had to use the Stamina Conversion II could do so during the morning while their family’s were sleeping or while watching their favorite TV show!
Due to the exercise machine only taking a few seconds to change from rower to bike to exercise pulley, it’s perfect for cross training and adding more variety to your workouts.
This is extremely beneficial when you’re trying to bust out of a plateau. For example, if you’ve been working out regularly, seeing good results, but have stopped progressing. To start seeing results again you need to periodically change-up your workout routine!
To do this, just mix in a little exercise bike, rower, or strength training to your routine! What better way to do this than with the Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower 15-9003!
There were very few negative mentioned about the resistance but a few users did mention the machine doesn’t provide enough resistance.
One user mentioned they were not very strong but already started at level 4 and were concerned if level 8 would be challenging enough later on.
Other users claimed they already use the machine at the highest level and just wished there was 1 or 2 more resistance levels.
It should be noted that none of the people were dissatisfied, they just wants a little more resistance.
I feel this combo bike rowing machine is ideal for people who are at the beginner to intermediate fitness levels or who are rehabbing from injury.
I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are at the advanced fitness levels because it won’t be challenging enough.
Below are what I base fitness levels on:
- Beginner: Someone who is just starting to work out or someone who used to work out regularly but hasn’t worked out in the past 3 months.
- Intermediate: Someone who is fairly active in sports/ exercise and does this regularly 2-3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each session.
- Advanced: Someone who is very active in sports/ exercise, has been keeping up with their routine for the past 6 months, and has been doing it at least 4 times a week.
As you can see, the 2-in-1 exercise bike/ rowing machine is great for a majority of people looking to be able to switch between rowing, recumbent biking, and a few pulley exercises.
While it may not be the best in each category, when you combine the 3 it makes for a great workout!
The Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower comes with a large, easy to read LCD fitness monitor.
The monitor tracks important workout data such as:
- Calories burned
As you can see, the monitor is built into the machine housing, so it looks clean and sleek.
It has a large display that’s easy to read and has multiple buttons that make navigating through the menu simple.
Workout data is displayed one at a time and can be changed manually or with the monitor’s ‘scan’ feature. All data is automatically rotated by displaying each statistic for 6 seconds.
Some other quick things to mention:
- Powered by 2 AA batteries (included)
- Turns on by moving one of the foot pedals or by pressing any button on the face of the monitor
- Turns off automatically after 4 minutes of inactivity
The pulse monitoring is a great feature on the machine and is easily activated by selecting the ‘pulse’ mode on the monitor.
To begin measuring, users grab the pulse sensors on the handlebars located on both sides of the seat with both hands.
Users commented how accurate the integrated heart rate monitor is on the Stamina Bike/Rowing Machine because they compared the data on the fitness monitor to a separate external heart rate monitoring device and saw both results were identical.
One thing to note on the integrated heart rate monitoring, your hands have to be gripping the handles located underneath the seat to work so you won’t be able to monitor your heart rate while rowing.
Basically your hands can’t grip the handles underneath the seat and the rowing handles to row at the same time (unless you have four hands).
Overall, users felt the monitor on the Stamina Conversion 2-in-1 Bike Rower was enough to track all the fitness data someone would need.
While it may not be as accurate as some of the rowers over $1000, it was able to track more than enough information for the average user.
Stamina is known for making strong, durable pieces of exercise equipment. The build quality of the recumbent bike/ rower is solid with a sturdy steel frame and an extruded aluminum-rowing beam.
The handles feel sturdy in your hands while you’re rowing, the pedals feel strong when you’re biking, and the nylon strap used to pull the flywheel when you’re rowing or strength training is durable.
Everything feels like it will last a long time!
Overall, it feels like a solidly built machine (as it should for the price!) which is consistent with what most users commented.
See other Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower build quality comments here.
Although it wasn’t much of an issue, a few users mentioned that the front-end of the machine tends to move a little when the intensity level of their rowing is extremely high. Most people seldom row with that much force so it won’t happen often.
When it does happen, it’s easy to fix! All you need to do is put something heavy on top of the legs near the flywheel housing and wala – issue fixed.
One thing users praised about the Stamina Recumbent Bike/ Rower is that it’s very quiet. This is a big bonus for people who like to workout in front of a television or read when they’re using the recumbent bike.
See the Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower 15-9003 in action in the video below!
One of the main reasons people buy recumbent bike/rowers are due to the comfort!
Due to the piece of equipment being a 3-in-1 exercise machine, I had to split up the comfort section. I felt each part and function should be addressed separately.
The recumbent rower/ bike comes with a bucket seat and backrest that allows the user to exercise in a semi-reclined position.
The seat is padded and is comfortable to sit on for regular biking/ rowing sessions.
A few users, however, mentioned the seat could be uncomfortable when working out for longer periods of time. Primarily because you can feel the metal rods used to attach the backrest to the base of the seat.
It appears it’s not that much of an issue though. Users suggested a quick fix by using a towel to cover the metal rods so you won’t feel them while sitting and it makes the seat more comfortable.
The straight-bar handle is attached to a nylon strap that’s used for rowing and upper-body strength training. It is foam-padded and comfortable to grip while working out.
The handles right next to the seat that are used to grip while biking are also comfortable to grip.
There were no user complaints about the handles.
There are 2 separate sets of footrests. One is used while rowing and the other is used while biking.
The footrests for the bike mode are perfectly fine and there are no user complaints about them being uncomfortable.
The footrests for rower mode are oversized and will fit most shoe sizes. They also pivot to allow the user’s feet to move naturally throughout the rowing stroke.
As far as overall comfort for the rower footrests, a very small percentage of users mentioned the footrests don’t secure their feet enough while rowing which causes some discomfort. With that in mind, the users that complained about this said it’s a minor issue.
Biking/ Rowing/ Weight Training Functionality
Due to there being 3 different workouts you can perform on this exercise machine, I wanted to briefly discuss each.
The recumbent bike mode of the Stamina Recumbent Rower/ Bike is superb and users raved about its performance and functionality.
Simply put, it looks and feels like a recumbent bicycle because it functions like one extremely well.
The rowing machine mode on the Stamina Conversion II performs similarly to a traditional magnetic-resistance rower.
The motion is smooth and fluid, from the starting catch phase to the finish recovery phase.
Although this performs similarly to a traditional magnetic rower, there are key differences between the two that traditional rowing machine users will be able to distinguish right away.
Mainly they deal with the backrest on the seat and the location of the footrests.
Here are the main differences:
The backrest on the seat:
- As mentioned earlier in the review, although it provides comfort, it also restricts a traditional rowing motion.
- Traditional rowing is meant to have a backwards lean at the end of the stroke which is prohibited by the recumbent seat.
The location of the rower footrests:
- The rower footrests on this machine are placed lower than on traditional rowers.
- Besides feeling different, the lower placement of the footrests slightly reduces the effectiveness of the leg portion of the rowing workout because you can’t fully extend your legs the way you can on a traditional rower.
Because of these differences, I would not recommend this machine for people who have either used a traditional rowing machine before and/ or have rowed in a shell on water.
If you are planning on using the Recumbent Bike/ Rower primarily as a rower and are expecting it to feel 100% like a traditional rower you may be disappointed.
For everyone else who’s looking for a great overall workout machine, the rowing function is great and should be considered a bonus!
It will allow you to work out your body in ways a traditional stationary bike and exercise pulley can’t while providing more variety in your workouts.
The machine is easily converted to strength training mode by moving the seat all the way back on the seat rail.
You can use the rowing handle to do various upper-body exercises such as shoulder presses, front shoulder raises, overhead tricep extensions, bicep curls, forearm curls, and more.
By attaching the handle to the seat, you can perform various lower-body exercises such as leg extensions, reverse leg presses, and more.
The seat rail will be between your legs but won’t affect your workout because your legs are usually at shoulder width apart when working out the upper-body. With the exception of having to watch your step it functions just like an exercise pulley.
The Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower has great mobility and can be moved around easily.
It comes with caster wheels that make moving it into another room or into the corner very simple.
Plus, it can fold up in seconds, which saves a lot floor space when not in use!
Per the manufacturer’s website the maximum user capacity is 250 pounds.
Based on my experience reviewing plenty of stamina machines, their given weight capacity is usually conservative. With that being said, I still advise to follow Stamina’s stated limits but feel a user 300 lbs. could use this model.
Users of all sizes have used this machine comfortably. The only limitations would be if your legs were too long to fully extend while rowing or too short to reach the pedals while biking.
Based on users comments if you’re taller than 6’4” or shorter than 5’1”, to be on the safe side, I recommend going to your local sports store to try out the machine in person to make sure you can use it without any issues.
I would hate if you ordered the Stamina Recumbent Bike Rower online and after spending some time to put it together you find out you can’t use it comfortably and end up having to return it!
However, one user commented that his son-in-law who is 6’7″ uses the rower.
- In-Use (L x W x H):
- 74.5″ x 20.0″ x 27.0″
- Storage/ Folded (L x W x H):
- 37.0″ x 23.0″ x 56.0″
- Shipping Weight:
- 102 pounds
According to most users, assembly is fairly simple with most people being able to put the unit together in about an hour.
The same users that left these comments include senior citizens, single mothers, and people with little-to-no experience working with tools.
So if you can read directions and have patience knowing it will take a little work, you should have no problem assembling the rower/ bike.
In addition, the box includes all the tools you need for assembling the unit.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent value since you’re getting 3 machines for the price of 1 (bike/ rower/ exercise pulley)
- It takes seconds to switch between bike, rower, and strength train modes
- Exercise pulley used during strength training is capable of working out both upper and lower body
- Magnetic-resistance produces no friction so it’s very quiet
- 8 resistance levels
- Fitness monitor has big display that makes data easy to read
- Integrated heart rate monitor
- Unit folds within seconds to save plenty of floor space when not in use
- Caster wheels make moving the machine around easy when needed
- Padded bucket-style recumbent seat makes biking/ rowing more comfortable compared to traditional bikes/ rowers
- Integrated heart rate monitor only works when using the recumbent bike
- Rowing machine mode doesn’t quite mimic a traditional rowing machine
- Provided resistance not adequate for people with advanced fitness levels
- A few users mentioned the rower footrests don’t completely secure your feet while rowing
- A few users mentioned the front of the machine moves a little bit when rowing really hard
Users raved when comparing the relatively small price tag to the total value they received with this multi-functional machine.
They loved that it takes seconds to change the unit from bike to rower to strength training mode and felt the build quality of the machine overall was excellent.
Read more here: Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower build quality
Average Rating: 4.4
- Frame: 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Parts: 90-day manufacturer’s warranty
While I always like to see more than a 90 day parts warranty, this is the same warrant that Stamina has on all of their products. Their customer service is pretty good, but just keep an eye on the 90 day period and make sure nothing seems borderline before this warranty runs out.
Stamina Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower Price
The price of the Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower 15-9003 doesn’t vary too much depending on where you buy it.
Stamina seems to use Amazon as their main supplier and I feel they have some of the best prices on all rowing machine models.
They also have great consumer protection, easy to use checkout, and will usually have free shipping on qualified orders.
Stamina Conversion II Bike Rower Combo
As you have read, this combination bike/ rowing machine is great if you are looking for a 2-in1 exercise machine (actually 3-in-1).
While it may not be the “best” recumbent bike or the “best” rowing machine, they are both really good at what they do!
If you are looking for a Bike Rower Combo, then this is one of the best options! There is another option offers by Stamina called the Stamina “Avari” Conversion II Recumbent Bike Rower.
It is almost the exact same machine but it has the monitor on a mount and doesn’t have the footpads on the floor to step on when doing the pulley exercises. You can checkout my review of it here.
If you have decided that maybe the recumbent bike/rower combo isn’t right for you, then check out the #1 bestselling magnetic rower here.
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I hope you enjoyed my Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent Bike/ Rower review! If you want to ask any questions leave them in the comment section below.