Octane Elliptical Trainers
What makes Octane different from other elliptical trainer manufacturers is that they make nothing else but ellipticals. They build both residential and commercial models. There are four residential series ranging in price from $1999 to $4199 retail. Basically all of them are the same with few exceptions. The Q35 and Q37 have fixed stride lengths of 20.5” and the big front drive design for which Octane has been known six years. The Q45 elliptical has an adjustable stride length form 18”-23” and the Q47 adjusts from 18” to 26” in length.
Each elliptical machine is built with the same four-bar linkage front drive system. This is a unique design in which the pedals are close together (only 2" apart) and this system ALMOST mimics the feel of a rear drive. Octane uses concave rollers which ride on chrome round bars to attempt to simulate the rear drive feel. It is not really the same as a pure rear drive unit, but it is the cream of the crop in terms of front drive elliptical trainers. They feature eddy current braking systems and oversized closely-spaced pedals. The club units have self-generating brakes and do not have adjustable stride length. (Pro series)
Octane elliptical trainers are also known for their electronics with the X-Mode feature. Randomly generated intervals direct you to perform one, two or three cross training activities such as squat, reverse, push arms or pull arms for one minute each. Then you get a two-minute recovery period before the work begins again. This allows you to focus you exercising on different muscle groups. In addition, you will find a converging path set of handles which has three different grips to choose from.
Users have called the elliptical's design everything from huge and bulky to sleek. Basically the overall length is pretty good compared to a lot of other ellipticals in this price range but the front shrouds are an overkill.
Warranty is 3 years parts and 1 year service.
Manufacturer's web site: www.octanefitness.com