2100 HR Elliptical Trainer Review

Eclipse 2100 Elliptical Trainer

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  • Length: 4.8' (58.5 In)
  • Width: 2.1' (26 In)
  • Height: 5' (61 In)
  • Weight: 96 Pounds

The eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer has about the same dimensions as the 4100 hr and a little larger in length than the eclipse 1100 hr a elliptical trainer.

The longer length is due to the fact that the elliptical base is slightly larger than the eclipse 1100 hr a which means a better range of motion, especially with the upper body workout.

Yes, the eclipse 2100 hr a elliptical trainer is very compact and easily transportable since the unit comes with castor wheels at the base.

And since it’s only 96 pounds, you can easily transport this unit from one room to another.

Simply park the elliptical in front of your T.V, watch you favourite show for a half hour or so, and wheel it back to the corner of your room.

Adjustable resistance/peddles

  • Electronic magnetic variable resistance
  • No peddle adjustment

Resistance changes automatically based on the program you choose. The variable magnetic resistance system is quite reliable and allows the user to adjust from 12 different preset programs all at the touch of a button. This is a very nice feature of the eclipse 2100 hr a elliptical trainer which is ideal for every member of your family. So, there are 10 preset programmes and 2 customizable programmes which you can choose from.

I like the fact that you can either choose the resistant levels. This way, depending on your level of fitness, you can gradually increase the resistance levels until you can program the challenges.

Lately, I’ve been hearing some complaints about people who slip on the peddles of certain elliptical trainers. This can be a hassle. Fortunately, the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer has slip resistant peddles. I’ve had an opportunity to try the eclipse 2100 hr a elliptical trainer and sure enough, the peddles are very large and slip resistant.

At first, the peddles seemed to large but as I got going on the elliptical machine, I noticed that the my feet were not constricted and they didn’t slip as I thought they would. Very nice.

Elliptical stride

  • 15" Diameter stride

As with most eclipse ellipticals, the Eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer uses a patented orbital linkage system. That is, the peddle motion is fluid throughout the entire elliptical path. The orbital linkage system provides you with an easy, low-impact stride that follows a smaller elliptical path. This is the reason for the smaller arc on the elliptical stride.

Now, this can have an effect on the effectiveness of your workout. For anyone who is over 6 feet tall, this stride is simply too small. For anyone who is over 6 feet tall, your legs are simply going to be too long to get the most from the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer. Remember, the longer the elliptical stride, the better your workout is going to be.

For this reason, anyone who is over 6 feet tall, you are better off going with an elliptical trainer with a larger wheel base and longer elliptical stride. Some strides, such as the Diamond Back 1100 EL elliptical trainer can reach 21" or certain star trac models which can reach 24".

Display/control panel

  • LCD screen
  • Speed
  • Distance travelled
  • Time
  • Calories burned
  • Hand pulse

The display/control panel is an easy to read LCD screen. The Eclipse 2100 hr a elliptical has more than enough features on the control panel to help you with your fitness needs..

The Eclipse 2100 hr a elliptical trainer features feedback indicators located on the console that keeps track of your speed, time, distance travelled, approximate calories burned, and pulse. This way you will always have instant feedback on your progress. The console is powered by 4 C batteries.


  • 10 Pre-set programs
  • 2 Heart rate controlled programs

As with most Eclipse elliptical’s, there are numerous programs to choose from. The 2100hr a is no exception. This particular elliptical trainer has an expanded electronics package which includes heart rate programs - Hence the hand pulse sensors located on the upper hand rails.


  • Sturdy and durably constructed
  • Compact, solid construction. Made from solid steel
  • Maximum user weight: 275 pounds

The frame is very sturdy and solid. Given that the actual weight of the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer is only 96 pounds, it’s construction will only have to be of solid steel. And, according to the listed user capacity (275 pounds), the frame will have to be quite solid to support that kind of weight. However, I would be hesitant if I weighed more than 260 pounds to give this particular elliptical a good run for any longer than 6 months.

Heart rate monitor

  • No
  • Pulse sensors on the handle bars

Although the 2100 doesn't come with a chest attachment, it does have pulse sensors located on the handle bars which will give you your heart rate.

Dual action handle bars

  • Yes

The Eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer gives you the option of using the linked action system, dual action handlebars or the stationary focus bar. It depends on the kind of workout you want. Basically, the linked action handle bars are directly tied into the foot peddles and do not act independently. You move your right peddle forward, and the and the right handle bar moves.

Warranty and service

  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Delivered within 5 to 10 days via UPS
  • 30 day money back gaurantee
  • Assembly required

Given the price of this elliptical, the warranty is pretty good. To be honest, most ellipticals in this price range only have a 90 coverage period. However, the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer can only be shipped within the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii without additional shipping costs. So, for anyone living outside of the States you can contact Fitness Quest directly for alternative methods.

Now, if you do have any problems with the elliptical machine, you have 30 days to return to merchandise. The product must be:

- requested in ‘new’ or ‘like-new’ condition;

- requested by phone at (800) 718-1710 (details below); And

You pay delivery and return shipping costs (a scheduled pickup at your request)

You will be responsible for the actual delivery and return shipping fees incurred to transport your specialty product. Now, I don't really like the return policy because you as consumer, will have to pay additional costs for a defective item that you paid for in the first place. However, you don't have to pay a re-stocking fee that some manufacturers charge you. Just beware that if your eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer is defective, you are responsible for paying the shipping costs there and back.

Price/cost effectiveness

  • $395.00 includes shipping to U.S residents only (excluding Hawaii and Alaska). Additional shipping costs may apply to other countries.

At a price of $395.00, you’ll be hard pressed to find an elliptical trainer with the same durability and variety than the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer. Dollar for dollar, this elliptical trainer is hard to beat. Anyone who is hard pressed for a quality elliptical trainer for under $500 may want to take a look at the 2100hr a. It's not a commercial grade elliptical trainer that you may be used to in the gym but for under $500 it can definitely get the job done.

If you are on a tight budget and need to find an elliptical trainer that's tough enough to last with the necessary programs to keep you entertained, than the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer may be for you.

With that being said, this elliptical does have some draw backs. Firstly, if you are over 6 feet tall, this elliptical trainer will simply be too small for you to get a proper workout on. You are probably better off getting an elliptical trainer with at least a 16 inch plus elliptical stride. If you are over 260 pounds, you may also want an elliptical trainer that weights at least 150 pounds and can support over 300 pounds on the stated fact sheet.

Special features

As with other Eclipse models, the 2100hr a uses an orbital linkage system that is supposed to provide a full elliptical range without the drop off feeling while keeping the range oval instead of up and down.

Alot of cheaper elliptical models don't offer a reverse motion. However, the eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer offers both forward and revers options which words different muscle groups.

The Eclipse 2100hr a also has caster wheels underneath the frame for easy transportation. If portability is an issue, this elliptical trainer only weights 96 pounds and can be easily transported from room to room.

Overall the eclipse 2100hr a is a pretty good elliptical trainer.

If you are looking for solid elliptical trainer for under a $500 than you might want to consider the Eclipse 2100hr a elliptical trainer. The main difference between this elliptical trainer and the eclipse 1100hr a elliptical trainer is the base length. A longer base length offers a better range of motion.


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