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Old 08-04-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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Alternative to C2?

I'm pretty uninterested in the electronics.

What's a good rower from a mechanical perspective without the hoochy koochy internet internet racing for a fair price?

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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Re: Alternative to C2?

I can't answer your question, but do you mean hoity toity?
Unless, of course, you're looking for a rower that somehow involves "erotic suggestive women's dance" (per dictionary.com)...

If you DO end up finding a rower like this, be sure to let me know!
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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Re: Alternative to C2?

The Concept2 rowers are a standard for a reason - nothing else comes close in quality or movement.

No clue what hoity toity electronics you're talking about - the basic PM2 display on the Concept2's is nothing special. It gives you feedback about how hard you're working, how much work you've done, and how much work you have remaining.

Yeah, you can pay extra for the computer interface & race online, but that's all extra, you don't have to pay for it.

The only other real alternative to a Concept2 is a water rower:

http://www.waterrower.com/ (wfs)

I've never used one but it's supposed to more closely simulate the on-water rowing experience, and be quieter. OTOH most CF'ers aren't looking for a realistic rowing experience It's also more expensive than the Concept2 rowers.
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:11 PM   #4
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Re: Alternative to C2?

Well that leaves me with bidding on an older used one rather than a shiny new one.

I'm really quite surprised that there are no comparable air units out there.
A niche of 1 seems unusual.

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Old 08-04-2008, 07:35 PM   #5
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Re: Alternative to C2?

For another option, you can look at www.rowperfect.com also. A rowing instructor friend of mine swears by it.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:03 AM   #6
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Re: Alternative to C2?

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The Concept2 rowers are a standard for a reason - nothing else comes close in quality or movement.

No clue what hoity toity electronics you're talking about - the basic PM2 display on the Concept2's is nothing special. It gives you feedback about how hard you're working, how much work you've done, and how much work you have remaining.

Yeah, you can pay extra for the computer interface & race online, but that's all extra, you don't have to pay for it.

The only other real alternative to a Concept2 is a water rower:

http://www.waterrower.com/ (wfs)

I've never used one but it's supposed to more closely simulate the on-water rowing experience, and be quieter. OTOH most CF'ers aren't looking for a realistic rowing experience It's also more expensive than the Concept2 rowers.
I rowed in college and also for several years at a club in Atlanta. Concept 2 is definitely the way to go. I've been on the water rower, and to be honest, it's a piece of crap. The distances and times do not match up accurately to what you would do on the water. Also, if something goes wrong with it, it is more expensive to fix.

Concept 2's are fairly low maintenance and will last you for many years. Go with what's tried and true. If you walk into any serious rowing facility, you will only find C2's.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:20 AM   #7
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Re: Alternative to C2?

I had an "Integrity" rower as an entry-level thing. Air resistance, very basic monitor. Good enough for rowing for fitness, and the power curve is similar to how a C2 feels, though you can't have as long a stroke ... so your technique will never be optimal.

The Integrity is decent for what it is. FWIW though, I later bought a used C2 model B for the same price I spent for the Integrity when it was new. It is a FAR better piece of equipment, utterly bulletproof (I'd had some minor breakages with the Integrity), and I wish I'd bought it first.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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Re: Alternative to C2?

From what I can tell the only alternative to a C2 that you won't find everyone hating is a real boat. Since I have a place to row I've been thinking about picking one up. Some day I'm going to post a row 500m time of over 1 hour - you will know that the fishing was really good that day.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:41 AM   #9
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Re: Alternative to C2?

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From what I can tell the only alternative to a C2 that you won't find everyone hating is a real boat.
I think you could justify some hate for a real boat around here, too. Unless you have one that tells you stroke rate, power, time, speed, etc. in real time and can be mounted or dismounted in seconds in the midst of FGB/Jackie/etc. And has the fish game for my son to play.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:54 AM   #10
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Re: Alternative to C2?

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For another option, you can look at www.rowperfect.com also. A rowing instructor friend of mine swears by it.
They sure are ashamed of the price at that web site. Any ballpark figure to gauge the 'H'y C'y ness' of the row perfect?
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