The NordicTrack CX 990 is a discontinued elliptical model. It originally was introduced in 2003. The CX 990 is designed for in-home use only. It is significantly heavier than newer NordicTrack elliptical machines. Oddly, the CX 990 also has a lower maximum user capacity. Because of the weight of the CX 990, you may want to consider a different elliptical if you are using it upstairs.
The CX 990 is a rear drive elliptical machine with an 18-inch stride. It has upper body arms and a power incline ramp. Pulse sensors on the stationary handlebars allow you to check your heart rate. The console includes a fan, a water bottle holder and iFit technology. The CX 990 retailed for around $1000 in 2003. It is no longer available as a new product, although as of January 2011 you can find used machines for sale online.
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The power incline ramp on the CX 990 is adjustable between 10 and 30 degrees. The console has five quick-select incline buttons: 10, 15, 20 25 and 30 degrees. Change the incline with the touch of one button. Select from 10 levels of pedal resistance to make your workout more challenging. Ten quick-select buttons allow you to change the resistance quickly and easily. The CX 990 offers 10 built-in workouts that control the incline and resistance settings for you.
The CX 990 elliptical machine weighs 325 lbs. This is heavier than current NordicTrack elliptical models with the same basic design and features. In January 2011, the elliptical machines featured on the NordicTrack website weigh between 150 and 250 lbs. The E7.1 a rear drive elliptical, priced at $749, weighs 225 lbs. The Audiostrider 990, priced at $1000, weighs 245 lbs.
The CX 990 has a maximum user capacity of 250 lbs. This is significantly less than the machine's actual weight of 325 lbs. Newer NordicTrack machines weigh less and have higher maximum weight limits. The E7.1 can handle up to 300 lbs and the Audiostrider 990 can handle up to 325 lbs. However, the website Fitness Equipment Reviews cautions that NordicTrack and other manufacturers overstate the user weight limits. For the Audiostrider 990, the website recommends a weight limit of 240 lbs.