The Flex Mini® vs. Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL

While most stationary exercise bikes provide users with a seat and a set of handlebars, the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL provides neither. This unique apparatus is merely a small floor unit with a set of pedals attached to a gear shaft. The user sits in a chair of his or her choice, straps into the pedals, and goes to work. The stationary cycle does feature an adjustable tension control for changing the level of resistance.

The minimalist approach to the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL is apparently an effort to save consumers money and space. This apparatus is 19 inches by 12 inches by 15 inches and weighs nine pounds. Like any normal stationary cycle, the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL will provide cardiovascular benefits as well as toning benefits for the lower body. One particular online seller markets this Stamina product and they charge approximately $40 for the device plus about $10 for shipping and handling to the contiguous U.S. and about $14 to Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping and handling costs for customers outside the U.S. will vary. There is no explicit mention of a warranty and the 30 day return policy offered by this online seller appears to only includes unopened items.

 The Flex MIniStamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL
How much does it cost?The Flex Mini costs $199.99.$40 plus $10 shipping and handling to the lower 48 states. S&H costs for AK and HI residents are approximately $14.
Does it require assembly?No, the Flex mini does not require assembly. It comes ready to go.NO. Equipment does not seem to require assembly.
Are there any 3rd party clinical trials to back up the claims?YES there was a very comprehensive clinical study conducted. The results showed that 100% of users said it worked in some way. 92% said it was easy to fit into their daily return. 90% were more toned and firmed.NO. We saw no mention of published 3rd party studies regarding the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL.
Is it FDA cleared? Please note that most products are not required to be FDA Cleared. This is a status that makes the Flex Mini unique.Yes the Flex Mini is the first and currently the only of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for Toning, Tightening and Lifting the Butt and Backs of the Thighs.NO. However, the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL is not an apparatus that would require such clearance.
Do you need exercise while using it?NO. You put the FLEX MINI on, turn it on, and it does all the work for you using electronic muscle stimulation to perfectly contract and work all the muscles in your butt and backs of the thighs.YES. You must actually work out with the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL.
Do you need to focus on your form?No you dont need to even think about form. The FLEX MINI keeps track of the intensity and duration of the concentrated muscle contractions for you.NO. Stationary cycles are fairly straightforward in this regard.
When can you use it?You can get a concentrated rear end workout while you are doing your make-up, at work, watching TV, surfing the net, folding laundry, cooking, talking on the phone, helping the kids with their homework...virtually anywhere and anytime.When you have the time to sit and pedal with the Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL.
Can you tone other parts of the body?YES, you can add accessories to your order that are specifically designed and fitted to be worn on other parts of the body. There is one for the stomach and another for the arms. These accessories are individually FDA Cleared for toning, strengthening, and firming their specific body parts. Click here to learn more about the Flex Range of products.NO. This device works the lower body.
Is it portable? How big is it?YES, is it very portable. It is about the size of a pair of shorts. It comes with a free travel pouch and weighs less than one poundYES. The Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL is 19x12x15 and weighs 9 lbs.
Is it discreet?YES, the Mini is very fitted to the buttocks and back of the thighs and not bulky in any way. The remote is very small and tucks away in a small pouch on the side. You can wear it discretely under clothing and while doing virtually anything.NO. You might be able to store it easily, but while using it you will not go unnoticed.
Does it require hard work or motivation?NO, you do not need to exercise or break a sweat during a toning session. You dont need to find time for the gym and it requires no energy to give your entire rear end a very concentrated workout.YES. You must be motivated to put it to use.
Does it require batteries?No. It comes with a rechargeable power supply unit.NO. The Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL requires no batteries.
What is the "Satisfaction Guarantee" period?For a full 60-Days any order can be returned for a full refund.30 Days with the product unopened.
What is the "Product Warranty" period?If there is any problem with your Flex Mini it can be exchanged for a new unit for a full Two Years from your original purchase date.None specified
Do they ship internationally?YES. The FLEX Mini is currently shipped to over 100 countries. Check our order page for a list of all the countries we ship to.YES.
Do they have toll free ordering and customer service?YES: (800) 222-7154. Our friendly customer service staff is available to help you between 9am 6pm MST.NO.
Is there bonus material with your order?YES! Your Flex Mini Order Comes with a full 1-Year subscription presented by our sponsors to either Fitness or Elle magazines (A Retail Value of $50!).None specified
What is the delivery time for domestic orders?1 week or less.Approximately one week