CRW900 Pre-Assembly Instructions and Pack Checklist
Use the following procedures to unpack and assemble your CRW900 water rower:
- Position the shipping carton so the heavy end is located at the bottom.
- Cut the straps then lift the box over the unit and unpack. Remove foam inserts and all parts from the shipping carton, then use the parts list to verify that all parts are included in your shipment.
- Locate the hardware package. The hardware is separated into steps. Remove the tools first. Remove the hardware for each step as needed to avoid confusion. As you read through the assembly instructions, any number that is in brackets [#] refers to the item number from the corresponding assembling drawing.
Before beginning assembly, please note the following:
- All tools required to assemble the rower are included within the packaging.
- If you are missing any of the parts listed above, inspect the packing material and the box for items that may have been overlooked.
- If parts are missing, or if you have any operational questions, please call your local Spirit Fitness’s service department or the distributor whom sold you the product. Please see the back of the manual for a listing of international corporate offices and locate the office nearest you. Have your serial number ready.
- Damage to the rower during assembly is not covered as part of the limited Spirit Fitness warranty. Take care not to drop or lean the rower on its side. Carefully stand the rower up in the normal upright position on a stable surface so it will not tip over during assembly.
- Protect the environment by not disposing of this product with household waste. Check your local authority or approved waste center for recycling advice and facilities.
CRW900 Step-by-Step Assembly Instructions
1. Rear Brace and Transport Wheel
|Side Rail Left / Right |
|Rear Brace |
|Bungee Hook Mount |
|Transport Wheel Assembly |
|4 x M6 x 15mm Bolts [#10]|
a. Start with the Rear Brace  and on the underside you will find a pre-installed bolt, remove the bolt. From the hardware kit, take the Bungee Hook Mount  and install it onto the Rear Brace  as shown. Please note the orientation of the Rear Brace  and Bungee Hook Mount  must be correct in order to hold the end of the Bungee Shock Cord  as depicted by the arrow in the illustration, which points toward the front of rower.
b. Rotate the Rear Brace  to correct orientation before assembling onto Side Rails .
c. Next, connect the Left/Right Side Rails  using 4pcs M6x15mm Bolts [#10] and Rear Brace . DO NOT TIGHTEN. Note: The "Bump Stops" should be facing towards each other for proper assembly.
d. Once the Rear Brace  and Side Rails  are assembled, mount the Transport Wheel Assembly  onto the Left/ Right Side Rails  using the M8 x 60mm bolt [pre-installed], M8 washers [pre-installed], Nylon nut [pre-installed], & Transport Wheel. Note: Place one M8 Washer [pre-installed] on the outside and one M8 Washer [pre-installed] on the inside of the rail when mounting the Transport Wheel .
e. The Transport Wheels  must be mounted on the outside of Side Rails  as shown. Do not over tighten the transport wheel axle as it may inhibit Transport Wheel  rotation.
2. Installing the Seat
a. To install the Rower Seat , spread the Left/Right Side Rails  slightly and drop the Rower Seat  into the track. Make sure to fit the lower seat guides into the track. It will be sitting somewhat loosely on the track until the Mainframe  is installed. Note: Seat indentation must face rearward as noted in the illustration above.
Adjusting Seat Height
The Rower Seat  comes fully assembled, however the cushioned seat can be mounted at various heights for added comfort and usability. The use of Spacers  is optional.
To mount the seat in a higher position, remove the pre-installed 4pcs of M8 x 130mm screws and the cushioned rower seat. Place the Spacers  in between the cushioned rower seat and the seat frame before using 4pcs of M8 x 160mm screws  to secure everything in place.
Keep the 4pcs M8 X 130mm screws removed from the seat if you ever want to return the seat to its original (lower) position in future.
3. Main Frame
|Main frame |
|Side Rails Assembly |
|16 x M8 Washers |
|8 x M8 Standard Nuts |
|8 x Nylon Nuts |
|8 x M8 x 45mm Bolts |
a. Install the Mainframe  onto the Side Rail Assembly  . You will need 8pcs M8x45mm Bolts , 16pcs M8 Washers , 8pcs M8 Standard Nuts  and 8pcs M8 Nylon Nuts .
b. Secure the front most lower bracket first, then the footboard brackets but DO NOT TIGHTEN. You may find that the footboard bracket bolts can be difficult to access. Simply align and loosely thread lower bolts and nuts during this step (Once the rower is standing in the vertical position in Step Four, these bolts can be tightened). Note: Clean wheels & tracks weekly with a soft dry cloth in order to decrease the rate of wear on both wheels and track.
4. Attaching the Bungee Cord
a. Once the Bungee Shock Cord  is attached to the Rear Brace , tighten the bolts holding the Footboard , the Mainframe  to side rail bolts as they are easier to access from the vertical position.
b. Lower the rower back to the horizontal position and test for proper bungee recoil.
c. Check seat rollers/runners for dirt or debris before sitting on the rower seat. Small objects captured between the seat rollers and runners can damage the wheels or running surface. Check runners for debris prior to each use and clean regularly. Note: The rower frame bolts require periodic checking for tightness. Do this at the end of the first month of use and again every 12 months.
d. The rower frame can be polished with any high grade furniture polish to further highlight the rich luster of the wood finish.
e. Install supplied 2 AA batteries  and check computer function. Further details regarding console operation can be found in the "Computer" section of this manual.
f. Choose a flat, level surface on which to use your rower, to avoid rocking and potential premature wear.
5. Bumpers and Elevated Brackets
a. Stand the rower vertically.
b. Remove the M6x20mm Bolts [pre-installed] and the front and the rear bumpers from Left and Right Rail .
c. Mount the Front and Rear Support Bracket  as pictured. Insert and secure with the 4pcs M6x20mm Bolt  on each.
d. Mount the Elevated Leg  as pictured. Align the Elevated Legs  with the bolt holes and secure them all with 12pcs M8x45mm Bolt , 24pcs M8 Washer , 12pcs M8 Nut [8 and 12pcs M8 Nylon Nut . CAUTION: The arched sides of the legs should face the middle of the rower as shown.
e. Reinstall the bumpers to the bottom of the Elevated Legs  with the previously installed M6 x 20mm Bolts (as shown on page 28).
Heart Rate Receiver Installation
|Heart Rate Receiver |
|3pcs Cable Ties |
|3pcs Cable Tie Mounts |
a. After confirming all parts are present. Find the flying lead cable on the Mainframe  of the rower just behind the upper Footboard  and attach the harness.
b. Run the wire under the Footboard  to the side rail.
c. Paste the Heart Rate Receiver  to the location as indication label using double-sided tape, and please be aware on the direction, keeping the wire in the downside. Note: Don’t affix permanently until signal in this location is tested. Mount the Receiver low enough to avoid the lower Seat Rollers.
d. Use the Cable Tie Mounts  to secure the wiring out of the way of any moving parts. Trim excess.
- You will have an excess of wire which you can tuck out of the way behind the metal frame bracket.
- Maintaining a consistent signal on a rower can be a challenge due to the varying distances experienced during the rowing stroke between the receiver/transmitter.
- If you are experiencing difficulty, make sure the batteries on your chest belt or other device are fresh, and that the frequency of your transmitter is 5.3 KHz.
- Environmental conditions, as well as proximity to other machines can also interfere with a clean signal. Feel free to experiment moving the heart rate receiver into different positions for best performance.