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Old 02-19-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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Model C v. Model D and E

I have an opportunity to purchase a Concept 2 Rower Model C. How does it compare to the newer models D/E? I understand the upgrades are easy to complete, but what about the quality of workout? Does the older model provide similar resistance?
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:14 PM   #2
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

Yes. There are differences between the C and the D, but the workout is identical.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

https://www2.concept2.com/VIA/index.jsp

Been lookin at the D or E myself.
Im sure youve looked at the site but here ya go anyhow.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

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Any experience with the E model?
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

I have had Cs and a D. My C's have had PM2 and PM2+ monitors. The D has a PM3.

Rowers: Both are fine and work great (equivalent). The D is quieter, smoother, with less chain noise. It comes with the Ergo handle, can't speak to that so much, I have only rowed 5K and 10K on the C models with no discomfort.

Monitors: The PM2 or PM2+ are fine, basic. PM3 has more bells and whistles, takes longer to navigate to "row 500m". The fish game is kind of fun.

I like my D just for the lack of noise and the smoother feel. There is something about the simpler PM2 monitors, it seems like they count up differently, like with a higher sample rate, I don't know, but the feedback seems more responsive on the PM2, maybe it's less realistic to water, who knows.

E is a taller D with some tweaks (I think) probably very similar to D.

C is fine and if purchased at the right price, re-sale is as easy as $600+ shipping on Ebay if you want to upgrade some day.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:13 PM   #6
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

If you can get the C for "cheap" then by all means go for it. Also, if you look at the comparison charts between D/E on the C2 web site, you'll see there is very little difference that is worth paying for, unless you are buying equipment for a particularly active gym and multiple users.

They all will do you just fine (even down to the Model B). If the difference is a few hundred $$, then definitely settle for the older Model.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:55 PM   #7
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

Great responses! I appreciate the information and based on such will purchase the Model C.

David.

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:40 AM   #8
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

No, I don't have any experience with the Model E. Besides the height, though, the E comes with the PM4 monitor (although you can get the PM4 on the D if you want to pay extra -- and the extra you pay for the E includes paying for the PM4 anyway).

The PM4 has more memory than the PM3 that comes on the D. The PM3 is maxed out, so any new games or other features that C2 develops will be limited to the PM4. If all you are doing is straight rowing, you don't really need the extra memory. A friend of mine is a beta tester for new C2 games -- some of them sound kind of fun, but not hundreds of dollars'-worth of fun. Both monitors support a heart rate monitor function if that is important to you (but the PM4 uses a different brand than the PM3).
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:20 AM   #9
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

I have a model b that we up graded with new handle, foot straps and mp3 monitor. my son uses it for crew and I for crossfit workouts. we both enjoy using it.
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Re: Model C v. Model D and E

Cool.Appreciate it.
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