Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine
The Concept2 Model D rowing machine features an advanced PM5 Performance Monitor, improved ergonomically designed handles, adjustable foot-rests, and a flywheel designed for smooth movement with minimal noise. The Model D has a comfortable 14″ (seat) height with an aluminum I-beam monorail and stainless steel track for a consistent back-and-forth slide.
Designed to fit most users: 14-inch seat height, 500lb user capacity, adjustable footrests and ergonomic handle. Users with an inseam of 38 inches (96.5 cm) or more may require an extra-long monorail.
Rowing machine dimensions: Assembled: 8 ft x 2 ft (244 cm x 61 cm) With Clearance for Use: 9 ft x 4 ft (274 cm x 122 cm) For Storage: 25 in x 33 in x 54 in (63.5 cm x 83.8 cm x 137.2 cm).
Separates easily into two pieces for storage; caster wheels make it mobile; easy to assemble with only eight screws.
Track your progress with real-time reliable data; the Performance Monitor 5 (included) self-calibrates for comparable results; connect wirelessly to heart rate belts and apps (not included).
Installation is very do-able on your own, but I used this helpful article which included video walkthrough, tips and step-by-step instructions: www.reviewsbylance.com/concept2-setup
In my opinion, most people won’t need help, it shouldn’t take you more than 15-20min, but might take longer if you’re not used to putting things together, etc. The article I mentioned also had a lot of helpful advice on whether to get a mat or not and which ones work best w/ the Concept2 rower (it’s length makes it a bit too long for several of the popular exercise mats) as that was something I wasn’t sure I wanted to have under the rower or not before putting it together. Honestly, instead of paying for a pro to install, I would do it yourself as it’s not like trying to install a treadmill. There are a few parts of the installation that could be confusing if you’re just trying to use the included instructions, but you can check the walkthrough in the article and you’ll definitely be able to tell if it looks like something you could do on your own or not. Hope that helps!
I am 6’5″ (with a 36″ inseam) and this is the machine I prefer. I use the Model D and Model E at my local YMCA (Which is why I am here looking to buy one). If you need a more exact answer; according to Concept2 themselves, the default monorail is made for users who have a 38″ or shorter inseam. If your inseam is longer than 38″ you should purchase the extended rail available through Concept2. The only difference between the Model D and Model E is the height off of the ground, and the adjustability of the arm that holds the Performance Monitor (computer). The rail is identical.
PM5 is the newest monitor with all the bells and whistles. You can see what the 5 has here http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/performance-monitors
And comparisons here http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/performance-monitors/compare
Mainly it has Bluetooth Smart, USB logging, more games, upgradable, etc. I just got the pM5 and I’m happy I spent the extra $. Polar heart rate monitor syncs up great and all in all, worth the extra if you plan on connecting a phone in the future.
If you do want a mat, you don’t need a full size one measuring the entire footprint of the rower, about 8 feet long by 2 feet wide. Instead, get a couple of pieces of half inch thick heavy duty exercise mat to go under the two parts of the rower that actually touch the floor. There is no reason to buy an expensive mat which probably isn’t as thick and which is much larger than necessary. The mat at the front should measure about 25″ x 12″. The one at the rear is smaller, around 16″ x 8″ possibly even a little less.