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Old 06-13-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

I'm completely aware of the old adage, "You get what you pay for." And I'm certainly not a cheap person by any means.

But I'm wondering what the value add is for a Concept 2 rower vs. something like a Stamina rower is: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stamina-35...chine/17463829 (WFS)

I can find used Stamina rowers on Craigslist for about $100, but I've never used one. I've used the Concept 2 at my gym a lot and am curious what aspects of a rower would make the price differential so large. They are both AIR rowers so their operation has to be rather similar (I guess).

Is it simply the name and its association with Crossfit in general? Is it build quality? Is it reliability?

Just curious to hear from those of you who own/have used "cheaper" rowers.

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Old 06-13-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

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I'm completely aware of the old adage, "You get what you pay for." And I'm certainly not a cheap person by any means.

But I'm wondering what the value add is for a Concept 2 rower vs. something like a Stamina rower is: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stamina-35...chine/17463829 (WFS)

I can find used Stamina rowers on Craigslist for about $100, but I've never used one. I've used the Concept 2 at my gym a lot and am curious what aspects of a rower would make the price differential so large. They are both AIR rowers so their operation has to be rather similar (I guess).

Is it simply the name and its association with Crossfit in general? Is it build quality? Is it reliability?

Just curious to hear from those of you who own/have used "cheaper" rowers.

Thanks!
I must admit to not every having seen one of these. Looks like they are certainly trying to copy the C2 to an extent. I would imagine , guessing, that the build quality is substantially lighter less durable. C2 's are very solid and smooth.

I can speak to how "bomb proof " the C2 is , how easy and inexpensive it is to repair and get replacement parts. Made in the USA means something for sure.

I have had mine for 5 years in my garage gym , outside banged around and it works amazing. Worth every $$ in my opinion .
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

Concept 2 are very well built, professional quality rowers. Are they the be all, end all of rowers? Not really. There are a couple other companies offering professional quality air rowers, but they cost roughly the same as C2 (sometimes even more).

Think of Concept 2 like you would Chevrolet. Chevy makes good quality cars at a price that is middle of the road. Some companies offer similar levels of quality at similar prices, such as Ford and Dodge. Some companies offer super premium vehicles, like BMW and Mercedes while other companies offer decent vehicles at cheaper prices.

What the C2 (and Chevy) has in its favor is that it is a trusted, proven design with lots of parts availability if something breaks/wears. Not every brand has that level of support.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:55 PM   #4
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

I've been looking for a less expensive rower, too...I would love a C2 but I just don't have the money to drop on one...Anyway, I found this site (http://www.rowingmachineking.com/) and it's been a helpful resource.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:45 PM   #5
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

I made the mistake of getting the Air Stamina rower. At the time I didn't want to spend the money for a concept 2. Biggest waste of money ever. For starters there isn't a damper. It also doesn't have meters. You have to constantly use wd-40 because the wheel will stick. The plastic rollers for the seat cracked, and I only weigh 110lbs. I hated it. Finally spent the money on the Concept 2. If you have never used a concept 2 rower you probably wouldn't care, but this rower is not a good replacement.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:58 AM   #6
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

Elizabeth - thanks, that's unfortunately what I was expecting. Looks like the premium is worth it, it's good to know.

And John - thanks for that link, that appears to be extremely informative.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:36 AM   #7
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

If you are on this forum (as opposed to a regular fitness/weight loss/general forum) you really shouldn't even consider anything other than a C2

Given the C2 is the 'official' rower of crossfit , it would be hard to use anything else if your a serious crossfitter
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:20 PM   #8
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

the way i look at is like this: yes, the C2 is not cheap BUT it will last you a lifetime (even the stuff that can go bad are easy to fix) and if you find that you don't need it anymore, you will get your money back no problem.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:19 PM   #9
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

The C2 is not only the official rower of CrossFit, it's the official rower (erg) of the rowing world for off water training.
Collegiate rowing programs will put literally millions upon millions of meters on a rower during it's lifetime, something a CrossFit gym is unlikely to ever approach. It's the gold standard, even if there are more expensive (perhaps some would consider better) examples.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:02 AM   #10
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Re: The Premium on the Concept 2 Rower

Categories: Rowing Machines for Sale Date Posted: 06/07/2014
Ad Number: 43595
Contact: John
Hingham, MA 02043
USA Telephone:
E-Mail: jtbuckley @comcast.net
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Description
Model C. In good used condition. $500 cash only. Pickup only.
Located in
Hingham MA
Oars and Equipment For Sale: Oartec Slider
Categories: Rowing Machines for Sale Date Posted: 06/03/2014
Ad Number: 43532
Contact: Isa
543 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Telephone: 5185876697
E-Mail: Isa_Abdur-Rahman@alumni.brown.edu
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Description
For Sale 1 Oartec Slider. Asking $800.
Slider is in excellent condition. Pictures available upon request.
Rowing Machines for Sale: Selling Concept2 Model D's
Categories: Rowing Machines for Sale Date Posted: 06/01/2014
Ad Number: 43508
Contact: Daniel
Berlin, NJ 08009
Telephone:
E-Mail: danshidlovskiy@aol.com
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Description
I have 6 Concept2 Model D rowers for sale ranging in price from $650-$700. These ergs are all in great condition and were used primarily by a girl's high school rowing club. You can reach me at 856-210-2818 or my email (danshidlovskiy@aol.com). Thank you.
Rowing Machines for Sale: Gamut Ergs
Categories: Rowing Machines for Sale Date Posted: 05/31/2014
Ad Number: 43498
Contact: Isa
543 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Telephone: 5185876697
E-Mail: Isa_Abdur-Rahman@alumni.brown.edu
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We have 6 Gamut ergs available for sale asking $400 to $500 each. Purchasing more gives the lower end on price. We have pictures/video available upon request.
Rowing Machines for Sale: Concept 2 Model D Erg $800
Categories: Rowing Machines for Sale Date Posted: 05/23/2014
Ad Number: 43413
Contact: Margaret Boze
Seattle, WA
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E-Mail: maggieboze@yahoo.com
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has been sitting in the basement for about 2 years. Used maybe a
handful of times. Cleaned after every use. Comes with memory card
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