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DKN RoadRunner I Folding Treadmill Review
Originally launched in 2011, the RoadRunner from DKN quickly established itself among the best running machines on the market and a firm favourite with our review team. In 2015, the 2nd generation was launched which increased the specifications whilst remaining at the same price point and now in 2017, we have the 3rd generation of this highly acclaimed machine. Naturally, we’re quite excited and have updated our review!
Having assembled the machine (not complicated, but does need two people to make it easy), the first difference with the previous versions becomes apparent: The new RoadRunner I is far more aesthetically pleasing than the original! The design of the upper part is completely new and has an extremely premium feel about it. We particular like the soft to touch material used on elements such as the handlebar – it’s so much nicer than the shiny rigid plastic found on most treadmills!
One of the things we loved about the first series of the RoadRunner was the power of the motor and the way in which the machine was almost silent when the button start button was hit (thanks to a powerful motor). So, we were very surprised back in 2015 that one of the major differences of the 2nd version was that DKN has actually upgraded the motor! The upgraded motor was rated at 2.8 horsepower continuous duty with a peak output of a whopping 4.5 HP. In addition, the upgraded motor has energy efficiency features, so it’s a tick in the green credentials box. We’re happy to report that the motor at the heart of the 3rd generation RoadRunner is the exact same one! This is really good to see, considering that so many other brands are quietly reducing the specs of their machines to try to stay within previously achieved price points….
The ‘magic’ of the both of the previous RoadRunner machines was in the main running areas. From what we can tell, this latest 3rd generation has identical configuration and components – if it’s already awesome, don’t change it! The RoadRunner I is fitted with a 3.3mm orthopedic running belt and features a particularly responsive deck. The combination of the belt, deck and elastomer cushioning make for an absolutely fantastic running surface – nicely cushioned to look after the joints without feeling mushy.
The running deck itself is nice and big and with the machine itself weighing in at over 105 kg, it feels rock solid and sturdy when being used. With its generous dimensions and substantial bulk, the RoadRunner I is well suited for even the tallest of runners to sprint all the way to the top speed of 20 kph (around 12.5 mph).
For those more interested in weight loss, rather than performance training, there are 15 levels of powered incline on offer to enable burning up those calories speed walking or jogging on a decent incline. Like most DKN fitness machines, the RoadRunner I has user profile functionality allowing the age, weight, gender and height of two users to be stored on the machine to get more personalised calorie consumption estimates.
The console on the machine is large and clearly organised. There is a big, easy to read back-lit LCD display at the center which is divided into segments. Smaller segments along the left side and bottom of the display provide standard information such as speed, incline, exercise duration, calories consumed and heart rate whilst there is a decent sized segment on the top right which displays a quarter mile (400m) track and when needed is used to scroll instructions to the user. In terms of controlling the speed and incline, there are one-touch keys on the console as buttons on the handlebar.
There are plenty of pre-set programmes (24) and the duration of each is user-defined to fit it with training goals. For those planning very specific types of training (such as interval training), the console allows two user-defined programmes to be created and stored. In addition, there’s a heart rate control programme built-in. This 3rd generation RoadRunner has seen an upgrade from a standard Polar compatible receiver to a Bluetooth receiver, which is great as this provides a much more stable connection in comparison with Polar T31 uncoded receivers previously used. Use of the heart rate control programme requires a chest strap (any Bluetooth heart rate transmitter strap will work) and takes the user through an initial warm up, then varies the speed and incline of the treadmill every 10-15 seconds based on the user’s heart rate in order to help the user stay close to the target heart rate entered at the start of the programme.
As expected, DKN has kept their interactive control Bluetooth chip in this 3rd generation if the RoadRunner. There are two free apps available: DKN-Run (tablet only) which basically replicates all of the functionality of the console and enables control of the machine through a tablet and DKN iWorld (smartphones & tablets) which makes use of Google maps to allow a course to be selected anywhere on earth and the incline of the treadmill to simulate gradients. There are other 3rd party apps available and our favourite one is called BitGym which provides stunning rolling videos even though it doesn’t make use of the BT chip to vary the inline.
The speakers are also pretty decent for a treadmill and the treadmill folds to a surprisingly compact size. As expected, the folding mechanism has a hydraulic soft drop. We’re really pleased that DKN haven’t cut any corners at all with this new version of the RoadRunner treadmill and have continued to use really high quality components (big rollers, amazing belt etc.) on the latest RoadRunner I.
We loved the previous RoadRunner treadmill and this latest generation is an improvement on the old! We're rather surprised that with the upgraded specifications that this machine hasn't taken a jump upwards in selling price. At its current price, this is a very, very good treadmill.
DKN RoadRunner I Specifications
- 2.8 CHP motor
- Speed range: 0-20 kph (0-12.4 mph)
- Incline range: 15 levels
- Console with a large, blue back-lit LCD display
- Console feedback: speed, incline, time, distance, calories, pulse
- Running deck size (W x L): 53cm (21’’) x 143cm (56’’)
- Belt thickness: 3.3 mm
- Programmes: 28 (24 pre-set, 2 user defined, 1 HR control, 1 manual/target)
- User profiles: 2 (age, weight, gender, height)
- Heart rate measurement via hand grips and Bluetooth wireless receiver (chest belt optional)
- Audio: iPod®/mp3 compatibility, built-in speakers
- Soft Drop folding system
- Extras: DKN Run and DKN iWorld apps compatibility, transportation wheels
- Max user weight: 130 kg (286lbs)
- Product weight: 108 kg (238lbs)
- Warranty: 2 Years
DKN RoadRunner I Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
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