DKN RoadRunner I Folding Treadmill Review

The original DKN RoadRunner has been one of our favourite treadmills of the past two years. We were rather sad that the model was discontinued in late 2014 as it represented one of the best value treadmills in the market. So, we were seriously excited to hear that DKN have brought out a new version of this model and couldn’t wait to get our hands on it to see how the new version stacks up!

Having assembled the machine (not complicated, but need two people to make it easy), the first difference with the original version becomes apparent: The new RoadRunner I is far more aesthetically pleasing than the original with most of the boring grey colour of the original with a rather stylish black. The new version is still a very substantial machine with the dimensions remaining unchanged.

One of the things we loved about the original 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 that one of the major differences of the new version is that DKN have actually upgraded the motor! The new motor is rated at 2.8 horsepower continuous duty with a peak output of a whopping 4.5 HP. Apparently, this new motor is also more energy efficient than the original, so it’s a tick in the green credentials box.

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 large, 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 requires the use of a Polar compatible chest belt 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.

In addition to the upgraded motor and better colour scheme, the new RoadRunner has one more major difference with the original and the clue is in the product name having an ‘I’ in it! The console is fitted with a Bluetooth chip and is compatible with a whole bunch of Apple and Android based tablets and smartphones. 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) and makes use of Google maps to allow a course to be selected anywhere on earth and the incline of the treadmill to simulate world gradients. In addition, iWorld offers ‘street view’ of the course being running with the image being updated every few seconds as you progress. This feature is quite nice as it makes it easy to forget that you’re exercising whilst exploring the views of interesting places!

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 new RoadRunner I.

Best Price

The DKN RoadRunner I is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

We loved the original RoadRunner treadmill and the new 'I' version is a fairly significant improvement! We're rather surprised that with the upgraded specifications that this machine hasn't taken a big jump upwards in selling price, we're even more surprised to see the price DROP! At its current offer price of just £909 direct from DKN you're going to be hard pushed to find better value anywhere out there at the moment.

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 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

DKN RoadRunner I Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Quiet operation
  • Superb feel of the running deck
  • User profiles
  • Tablet and smartphone compatibility

The Cons

  • Not much to fault this machine!
  • Only suited to those with the space for a substantial sized treadmill
DKN RoadRunner I Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 9
Appearance - 9
Running Area - 9
Comfort - 9.5
Reliability - 9.5
Noise - 9.5
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Controls - 8.5
Warranty - 7.5
Value for Money - 8.5
Best Price

The DKN RoadRunner I is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

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