Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine (With PM5) Review

Concept2 Model E Rowing Machine (with PM5)
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Concept2 has been making world-class rowing machines since 1976. Used commercially and privately, Concept 2 rowing machines have found favor with CrossFitters and “real” rowers who often use them for indoor training. Concept2 rowing machines are also synonymous with the sport of indoor rowing and are used in the world indoor rowing championships.

Type and Model

The Model E indoor rower from Concept 2 is available with a black-grey finish.

Using Concept 2’s unique chain and fan resistance system, you can instantly vary the drag of each stroke by opening or closing a damper located on the side of the fan housing.

The seat slides on highly polished rails and duel rollers provide a smooth rowing action. Your feet are comfortable but firmly secured in flexible footplates fitted with quick-adjust foot straps.

The rower is 96” long and 24” wide but differs from the Model D rowing machine by being significantly higher off the ground with 20” seat height. This provides better all-round visibility and presence; it’s hard not to spot a Model E indoor rower in even a crowded gym.

Weighing in at 65 lbs. the Model E is 8 lbs. heavier than its’ Model D counterpart but unless you are going to move your rower regularly, this difference is not especially important.

The Model E can be split into two parts for easier transport or storage and can also be stood upright when not in use to save space. This is a useful feature if you exercise at home.

Features and Functions

Like all Concept 2 rowing machines, the Model E features a nickel-plated drive chain and enclosed fan which are both hardwearing and easy to maintain. The rowing handle is ergonomically curved for comfort and the seat is contoured for the same reason.

One major feature that sets the Model E apart from rowers made by other companies is the PM5 performance monitor.

The monitor displays information about every aspect of your workout including stroke rate, stoke power, speed, calories burnt, predicated workout finishing time, and elapsed time. It is also compatible with most heart rate monitors and will display your heart rate if you wear a heart rate chest strap.

You can then download your workout stats into a USB flash drive to send it direct to your PC or tablet via blue tooth. PM5s can also be linked to allow head-to-head races.
The PM5 monitor is pre-programmed with several workouts and you can also create and save your own.

Price and Value

The Concept 2 Model E with PM5 performance monitor costs slightly more than the model D but, given its larger size and more luxurious finish and appearance, it’s easy to see why.

While that might seem like a lot of money, it’s important to remember that Concept 2 rowers are backed with a 2-year standard guarantee, a 5-year frame guarantee, and are very hardwearing. Used properly and serviced when regularly, a Model E rower from concept 2 should last a lifetime.

Final Thoughts on the Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine

The Concept 2 Model E with PM5 performance monitor is a top-quality exercise machine that looks as good as it functions. It’s slightly more expensive than the Model D but, if you want a better looking, higher-profile rower, the Model E is a great choice.