I have been using a Concept 2 ergometer since 2016. I row about 9km a day on average. To me this has been a great piece of gym equipment. Being a rower for 4 years, I have gotten very used to using the concept 2 erg Model E.
There are many features about the erg that I love and others that I would like to be a bit different.
PM4 vs PM5 Concept2 Monitor
To start, I use the pm4 monitor to setup my erg with my workout.
The interface is easy to use and can be set up very quickly. However, unlike the PM5, the PM4 monitor is not backlit, so that may be difficult for some users to see.
I myself have never had any problems seeing it though. The erg has many functionalities to setup a workout. The monitor shows many different categories of data such as, pace, watts, stroke rate and calories.
Workout Setup Is Easy
You can create a workout for intervals: time, or distance, or just single or distance. The erg comes with a fully adjustable drag factor on the right side of the erg. It has a scale of 1-10. 10 being the hardest drag.
This makes it very easy to adjust the drag on the erg for a person’s ability.
One problem I have with this, however, is that when I am setting the drag factor on the screen, the numbers on the screen are at 110 – 125 depending on who is rowing.
These numbers have no correlation to the drag slider on the side. This makes it difficult to guess accurately with the external slider. I would prefer if these number dials and interface had a relation to make it easier to setup.
Handle And Foot Stretchers
The handle on the erg is ergonomically designed to fit all rowers’ hands and at a 10° angle, the handle feels in a natural position like on the water. The handle is made of plastic, so it is easily cleanable if required.
The foot stretchers on the erg are fully adjustable to fit all shoe shapes. It has an adjustable length plate and strap to make it tighter or looser.
Weight and Measures Of The Concept2 Model E
The ergometer itself is made of stainless steel and is robust and sturdy, that is very easy to maintain. The erg is quite compact measuring 244cm (91in) in length and when folded up it is only 137cm long as it splits into 2 pieces.
This greatly reduces its footprint on the floor and is very easy to separate and store when not in use. This is a very useful feature in homes where there isn’t a lot of storage space.
The machine weights 26kg when assembled, however, it has two wheels on the fan end to easily move it around. The erg has rubber covers on the legs to reduce slipping on hard floors. The chain on the erg is very durable and rarely needs to be oiled.
Extra Accessories To Make It Better
Because this is the most sold erg in the world, there are many aftermarket products you can buy to help make your experience on the erg more enjoyable and motivating.
Some of these accessories include:
- A phone mount
- A cover to direct fan air towards your face
- Gel pads for the seat to make it comfier
I think that these are a great addition to the whole experience. However, there are also some products you can buy for the erg like sliders to attach to other ergs to row in time, or the rollers that make it feel more water rowing like.
Both these are sold officially by concept 2.
Drawing My Conclusions After Years Of Use
Overall since I began using my Concept 2 erg, I have really enjoyed the machine and I feel that is very beneficial to use to get distance in rowing instead of going on the water.
I feel that has really benefitted my fitness and helps me to keep in shape.
I would highly recommend this erg to anyone interested in buying and erg. After all, it is the bestselling erg in the world that is used in homes, gyms, rowing clubs and more and I can see why!