NordicTrack Exercise Bike Reviews – 2020

Last Updated: February 12, 2020

NordicTrack is one of the fitness industry’s oldest manufacturers. In 1975, Edward and Florence Pauls built a ski machine in their garage in Chaska, Minnesota. Ed wanted to train indoors during the brutal Minnesota winter. The ski machine was so successful, the Pauls found themselves running a thriving manufacturing business that expanded to include treadmills, ellipticals and other cardio equipment. In 1998, NordicTrack was acquired by IconFitness located in Logan, Utah. Icon is also the parent company of ProForm, iFit, and FreeMotion and still one of the largest manufacturers of health and fitness equipment.

Commercial Studio Series


Nordictrack Commercial S15i Studio Cycle

The s15i is NordicTrack’s base-model studio bike. Unlike the Grand Tour bikes that combine an upright frame and vertically angled handlebars, the s15i is designed like a road bike. It has a narrower seat, flat, gently padded horizontal handlebars, and ergonomics that encourage riders to sit forward in an aero position. The benefit to this design is riders engage glutes and hamstrings even more as the torso is brought low. The seat and handlebars are roughly parallel, so riders can stand up out of the saddle and ride with the shoulders over the hips, which takes some of the pressure off the knees and adds training positions. The s15i features incline and decline created by a motor on the rear stabilizer that lifts and tilts the bike. It also has a 15” attached touchscreen, one touch controls for both speed and resistance on the bevel, 22 resistance levels, and a whopping 350lb max user weight. This weight is impressive for a bike that inclines and declines!

  • 14” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership**
  • Two 2” Digitally Amplified Speakers
  • Inertia-enhanced Flywheel
  • -10% decline to +20% Incline
  • 22 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 350 Lb. User Capacity
  • OneTouch® Controls on screen bevel
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • Two 3 Lb. Dumbbells Included
  • Compatible with Standard Road Bike Pedals and Seat
  • 55.75” L x 22” W x 61” H Footprint

Nordictrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle

The s22i is NordicTrack’s premier studio bike. It has 20% incline and -10% decline as well as 22 resistance levels all of which is automated in iFit. This means the bike will automatically adjust incline and resistance for you while you ride. A workout fan under the screen is a huge bonus and really cools you off while riding. Two dumbbells are included which sit on a tray above the handlebars for convenience. The footprint is relatively compact as well at just 55” long and 22” wide. iFit has over 16,000 workouts that include both indoor studio classes (like those on Peloton) as well as hundreds of outdoor routes filmed all over the world. The 22” touchscreen makes it feel like you are right there, riding outdoors with a trainer through the backroads of Thailand. We love the s22i for its innovative design and expansive functionality.

  • 22” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership**
  • Two 2” Digitally Amplified Speakers
  • Inertia-enhanced Flywheel
  • -10% – 20% Incline
  • 22 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 350 Lb. User Weight Capacity
  • Resistance and Incline quick controls on handlebar
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • Two 3 Lb. Dumbbells Included
  • 55.0″ L x 21.9″ W x 56.9″ H Footprint

Grand Tour Series


NordicTrack Grand Tour Exercise Bike

The Grand Tour has a more traditional bike frame with the seat and handlebars roughly in alignment so riders sit over the pedals and lean forward over the handlebars. This aerodynamic position resembles outdoor road bikes which utilize more glute and hamstrings as well as quad muscles while pedalling. You get some nice options on the Grand Tour with a 7” touchscreen, iFit free for one year, a comfortable seat, silent resistance and included dumbbells for upper body work. The wheel is a freewheel clutch, so it doesn’t hold and maintain rotation. This works best for riders who want to be in control of pedal motion at all times; with a freewheel, the wheel automatically stops whenever you stop pedalling.

  • 7” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership**
  • CoolAire™ Workout Fan
  • Oversized Cushion Seat
  • Extra-Wide Ergonomic Pedals with Adjustable Straps
  • Freewheel Clutch
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 24 Digital Resistance Levels
  • -10° to 10° Incline and Decline
  • 350 Lb. User Capacity
  • Included 3 Lb. Dumbbells
  • 59.2″ L x 23.3″ W x 56.2″ H Footprint
  • 350lb max user weight

NordicTrack Grand Tour Pro Exercise Bike

The Grand Tour Pro is a step up with more resistance levels, a higher weight capacity and larger screen. Again, this bike is designed to combine the comfort (wide seat, wide pedals) of an upright bike with the more rigorous forward leaning position of a road bike. iFit is included for the first year free, so you’ll get lots of classes and training options both on and off the bike. Weights are also included, which sit on a tray just in front of the handlebars for easy reach. The wide saddle is significantly more comfortable than regular spin or road bike saddles, and the pedals have a wide, flat surface with a strap so they work with any athletic shoe.

  • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership**
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • -10° to 10° Incline and Decline
  • 375 Lb. User Capacity
  • CoolAire™ Workout Fan
  • 2–3 Lb. Integrated Dumbbells
  • 57.5″ L x 23.5″ W x 62″ H Footprint

Upright Series


GX 4.4 Pro Exercise Bike

Upright bikes allow riders to sit vertically with the spine erect and feet over the pedals. This is a comfortable, ergonomically efficient position as riders get the benefit of body weight when pedalling, but don’t have to hunch over the handlebars. The GX4.4 Pro has a 5” backlit display with 30 onboard workouts preloaded on the bike. A compact 42” L x 23” W frame makes it easy to fit in nearly any room or apartment. You get a lot of bang for your buck with the GX4.4 Pro. It is iFit compatible, so iFit will sync from your personal device to the machine! You can view and enjoy iFit programs right on the bike.

  • 5” Backlit Display
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • NordicTrack iFit® Membership Compatible
  • Two 2” Digitally Amplified Speakers
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • Extra-wide Ergonomic Pedals with Adjustable Straps
  • Oversized Cushion Seat
  • 16 Lb. Inertia-enhanced Flywheel
  • 25 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 30 On-board Workouts
  • 42″ L x 23″ W x 61.5″ H Footprint
  • 300 Lb. User Weight Capacity

NordicTrack Commercial VU 19 Exercise Bike

The VU 19 is an upgrade from the GX 4.4 with a 7” touchscreen, one free year of iFit included, slightly heavier flywheel, a 325lb max user weight, and 32 onboard workouts. It retains a compact footprint approximately 44” long and 25” wide. The Commercial VU19 is a comfortable ride with iFit functionality built right into the console. An integrated tablet holder provides the perfect place to set your device while riding. A working fan in the console is a nice touch. There are EKG pulse grips on the handlebars and it even comes with a heart rate chest strap included!

  • 7” Smart HD Color Touchscreen
  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership**
  • Integrated Pivoting Tablet Holder
  • Two 2” Bluetooth® Compatible Speakers
  • 19 Lb. Inertia-enhanced Flywheel
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 24 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 325 Lb. User Weight Capacity
  • EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Monitor
  • NordicTrack iFit Bluetooth® Smart Chest Strap
  • Oversized Cushion Seat
  • Extra-wide, Ergonomic Foot Pedals with Adjustable Strap
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • 32 On-board Workouts
  • 43.6″ L x 24.9″ W x 59.4″ H Footprint

Recumbent Series


NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Exercise Bike

Take your comfort level up a notch with a recumbent bike like the VR21. This is a great bike for riders who may have joint or mobility issues. A step-thru frame design makes it easy to get on and off the VR21. Recumbent bikes position the seat behind rather than over the pedals, so riders can sit low, closer to the ground. This reduces joint strain on the knees and ankles. A cushioned, oversized seat with back support further enhances comfort. The VR21 is perfect for any rider looking for enhanced cardio and muscle conditioning but requires additional lumbar support. An integrated tablet holder will hold your device securely, and the 5” backlit display is easy to read with large numbers and buttons. 32 onboard workouts provide lots of training options.

  • 5” Backlit Display
  • NordicTrack iFit® Membership Ready
  • StepThru™ Design
  • 20 Lb. Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
  • 25 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 350 Lb. User Weight Capacity
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • Oversized, Lumbar-Supported Seat
  • Extra-wide Ergonomic Pedals with Adjustable Straps
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • 32 On-board Workouts
  • 61.1” L x 24.2” W x 54.6” H Footprint

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Exercise Bike

The slightly upgraded VR25 gives you just a few more options on a recumbent bike. The VR25 adds a 7” full color touchscreen, free 1-year iFit membership, a heartier 25lb flywheel and 35 onboard workouts. The included chest strap syncs directly to the screen for accurate HR readings and a workout fan in the console is well-positioned for comfort. Here again you can take advantage of the recumbent position but still get a great workout with iFit built right in to the screen. A large, oversized lumbar backrest supports the back and lower spine. The 350lb max weight capacity is impressive too and should support most riders.

  • 7” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership**
  • Integrated, Pivoting Tablet Holder
  • 25 Lb. Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 350 Lb. User Capacity
  • iFit Bluetooth® Smart Chest Strap Included
  • Oversized, Lumbar-Supported Cushion Seat
  • Extra-Wide, Ergonomic Foot Pedals with Adjustable Strap
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • 35 On-board Workouts
  • 68″ L x 21.75″ W x 60″ H Footprint

In addition to exercise bikes, NordicTrack also offers treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, and other fitness equipment. Check out our analysis of NordicTrack’s line of exercise bikes here.

Pros / Cons of NordicTrack Exercise Bikes

Pros
  • NordicTrack bikes are well-built and designed for different riders with different needs
  • Recumbent bikes work best for riders with joint or back issues who need an easy step through design and reduced joint impact
  • Upright bikes are perfect for riders who want to sit upright, over the pedals for more power but still retain some comfort
  • The Grand Tour series combines the comfort of an upright bike with the functionality of their studio bikes so you get incline and decline on a wide, padded saddle!
  • The studio bikes have innovative technology and impressive touchscreens that enhance your training by adding a ton of rides and routes.
  • We love how the consoles and navigation of NordicTrack bikes are all similar, which makes upgrading easy.
  • NordicTrack has been making exercise equipment for decades, so they know what works when it comes to new designs and features
Cons
  • The studio bikes can be heavy since they contain extra motors for incline/decline

iFit Review:

iFit is IconFitness’ subscription service. It currently costs $33/month for a family plan (up to 5 profiles), and $15/month for an individual plan (1 profile). Often, NordicTrack will include the iFit family plan for free for the first year with the purchase of any exercise equipment. This typically saves buyers up to $400 that first year. iFit includes over 16,000 different workouts and classes for both on and off the treadmill. A few of the features we love:

  • Automated incline/decline and resistance
    Bikes that have touchscreens or are iFit compatible will automatically adjust incline and decline and resistance per the iFit class or outdoor route. This is hugely beneficial because it allows users to ride hands-free like they would outside. You don’t have to be constantly adjusting and manipulating your variables as you ride.
  • Abundant indoor class options both on and off the bike
    iFit classes are not limited to cycling on the bikel. There are also floor classes, interval training, resistance training, yoga, stretching, aerobics, combo classes, HIIT classes, etc. You can log into iFit on your machine or from any personal device so you can take a class at any time in any location.
  • Outdoor running and walking routes all over the world
    iFit has both road and mountain biking routes all over the world! Outdoor routes are led by a personal trainer who gives instruction, cues upcoming inclines or speed changes, and offers informative tips about local culture or geography.
  • Professional personal trainers lead and instruct as you work out
    Each class, indoor or out, is led by a professional personal trainer. These trainers are engaging and make the content and programs helpful and interesting.
  • Updated and engaging content
    Class content is updated regularly. New classes and routes will show up daily. Series classes may take you through various stages of an event, such as the Tour of Utah. You can select one of the different filmed routes in that event.
  • Leaderboard and other community features
    iFit does have a Leaderboard, which connects users who are taking the same class. Filters on the Leaderboard allow you to adjust who you compete against and manage the leader criteria.
  • Affordable for what you get
    iFit is one of the more affordable fitness subscriptions on the market when you consider that it is automated with your machine, has thousands of classes, and can be used on any personal device at any time.

Overall Rating of NordicTrack Exercise Bikes:

NordicTrack is well-known as a treadmill brand, and we love their well-designed exercise bikes too! The incline and decline feature on the Grand Tour and Studio series bikes is impressive. It takes riding indoors to a whole new level. Rather than just manipulate resistance and try to increase your speed, you can now ride an incline and track your elevation gain! iFit’s outdoor routes and rides all over the world are of tremendous value. We are impressed with NordicTrack’s continued innovation with their impressive lineup of exercise bikes.

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