Nordictrack Grand Tour Pro Exercise Bike Review – Pros & Con’s (2020)

Kristen (Kacey) NelsonKristen (Kacey) Nelson

Last Updated: October 27, 2020

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The Grand Tour Pro offers the perfect combination of comfort with innovative tech found on more expensive bikes! Angled handlebars, an upright design, and wide saddle keep you comfortable while you ride. It also includes built-in -10% decline and +10% incline, similar to the NordicTrack s22i and s15i. A motor under the bike frame lifts and tilts the bike to create actual grade in addition to resistance! It also has a nice 10” full-color touchscreen display. There are some exciting features on this affordable bike. Take a look at the Grand Tour Pro today!

Who It’s For: Riders looking for impressive specs on a comfortable upright bike

The GrandTour Pro is uniquely positioned in a crowded indoor cycling market. It is best for users looking for:

  • Upright design for comfort
  • Extra-wide pedals
  • Large padded saddle
  • Touchscreen to display iFit programs
  • Built-in Incline/Decline
  • Freewheel clutch so bike pedals stop when you do

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Pros
  • Innovative design includes automated -10% Decline and +10% Incline
  • Full-color 10” High Def Touchscreen with readouts for wattage, speed, calories, duration, etc.
  • The Autoadjust feature will automatically adjust incline and resistance while you ride. (You can override this at any time with manual settings.)
  • Powerful, well-placed fan built into console has four power settings for optimal air flow.
  • Bike frame offers 3 adjustment points for maximum comfort (seat moves up/down and forward/aft, handlebars move up/down)
  • V-Shaped frame design offers additional torso and leg room for tall riders
  • Extra-wide cushioned seat is one of the most comfortable on any spin bike
  • Manual control buttons on console allow you to set your own incline and resistance
  • Forward and Rear stabilizers with adjustable feet help hold the bike stable while you ride.
  • 1-year subscription to iFit Coach is included free for one year. ($15/month after the first year.)
Cons
  • Handlebars are not padded.
  • 16lb flywheel is a freewheel design, so it is one of the lighter-weight wheels we tested. It can feel a bit jerky when standing out of the saddle.
FeaturesSpecifications
    • +10% Incline to -10% Decline
      • A motor on the rear stabilizer lifts and tilts the bike to simulate outdoor grades. The combination of incline and 26 levels of magnetic resistance makes it feel as close as you can get to outdoor riding. This feature also significantly increases training variables.

 

    • Magnetic Resistance
      • Magnets oppose the motion of the flywheel to create frictionless resistance.
      • Magnetic resistance is silent and easily regulated electronically through preset resistance levels. It does not cause wear on the flywheel.

 

    • Digital Resistance Controls
      • Digital resistance is calibrated and consistent. Many cycling bikes still use friction resistance that is adjusted via a tension knob. One problem with this type of resistance is the tension is variable and hard to calculate. Digital resistance allows riders to find and achieve the same level of resistance each time on each level.

 

    • 10” HD Touchscreen
      • Boasting a lovely 10” touchscreen, the Grand Tour Pro features crisp graphics and high resolution. The screen keeps you interested and engaged.

 

    • iFit compatible
      • iFit is NordicTrack’s signature program that offers over 16,000 different workouts led by personal trainers. On the Grand Tour Pro, you can join a studio-based cycling class and ride alongside other cyclists — or you can select from any number of gorgeous outdoor routes filmed all over the world. iFit provides a myriad of interesting and abundant training options.

 

    • Comfortable Seat
      • The wide, well-designed seat on the Grand Tour Pro is a welcome addition for those looking to be comfortable while they ride. This seat provides both support and padding.

 

    • Wide, ergonomic pedals
      • Extra-wide flat pedals with adjustable straps will keep your feet in position. Straps also allow you to “pull up” at the top of the pedal stroke, engaging glutes and hamstrings, so you get more out of the full pedal rotation.

 

    • Four different controls for incline and resistance
      • QuickTouch preset buttons on the console flank the screen. Resistance is on the right with Incline on the left.
      • Manual +, – buttons on the extension grips are easy to reach.
      • Additional +,- large buttons sit at the bottom of the console.
      • Touchscreen controls also allow riders to increase or decrease resistance and incline

 

  • Three points of adjustment with large knobs
    • Horizontal saddle adjustment (via seat knob)
    • Vertical saddle adjustment (via carriage knob)
    • Vertical handlebar/console adjustment (via stem knob)

Construction

  • Articulating Cycle with Upright Design
  • 3 Piece Crank
  • Freewheel Clutch with 16lb Flywheel
  • Oversized Levelers
  • Wide, Cushioned Seat
  • Vertical Seat Adjustment moves the saddle up and down
  • Horizontal Seat Adjustment moves the saddle forward and aft
  • Nice wide pedals with straps will accommodate any athletic shoe
  • Wheels under front stabilizer help you roll the bike out of the way
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Total Footprint: 57.5″ L x 23.5″ W x 62″ H

Console

  • 10” Touchscreen with High Definition display
  • Tablet holder with adjustable clip for any size device
  • Aux Port for music
  • Two Speakers in console provide clear sound
  • Workout Fan in console with four power settings

Functionality

  • Automated -10° Decline to +10° Incline
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance for frictionless and quiet flywheel motion
  • 26 Levels of Resistance, digitally calibrated
  • Easy Button Controls for both resistance and incline on the console
  • Two 3 Lb. Dumbbells are included
  • Max User Weight: 375 Lb.
  • 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® membership is included with bike purchase
  • 35 Preset workouts included (these do not require an iFit subscription)

Warranty

Frame: 10-Year Warranty

Parts: 2-Year Warranty

Labor: 1-Year Warranty

In-depth Review of the NordicTrack Grand Tour Pro


Construction

Frame: Welded Steel

  • Material: The Grand Tour Pro frame is black powder-coated steel. Welded support beams and stabilizers hold the bike securely. Black plastic molding protects the flywheel and drivetrain. The handlebars are a combination of powder-coated steel bars with plastic molding on the corners and ends of the grips.

Geometry: Upright Articulating Cycle

    • Upright Design: The Grand Tour Pro is an upright, articulating bike. You can set the seat post and handlebars as low or as high as you want. If you like to stay upright, this is a natural fit. However, you can also bring the seat and handlebars into alignment, decreasing torso angle, for a more aerodynamic position.

 

  • Vertical Angle of Stem and Handlebar post: Both the seat post and the handlebar post are angled out, so the higher you position the seat and the handlebars, the wider the span between the two. This should enable riders of all sizes to find the right adjustment.

FlyWheel: 16 Pound Freewheel clutch

    • FlyWheel weight & functionality The Grand Tour Pro uses a freewheel clutch, so it feels different than other cycling flywheels. This flywheel is only 16 pounds, as opposed to 32 pounds on the s22i or 50 pounds on a commercial spin bike. When a weighted flywheel gains speed, inertia keeps it spinning. This is why on many spin bikes, when you stop pedalling, the pedals keep rotating — there is stored energy in the flywheel from inertia. The negative of this design is some of the effort made when pedaling is lost in the momentum of the flywheel. By using a freewheel clutch, the Grand Tour Pro eliminates the inertia-propelled momentum inherent in weighted flywheels. This means that when you pedal, all of your effort goes into moving the flywheel — it won’t keep spinning on its own. One negative of this type of flywheel is it can feel jerky when you first get used to it. It can also make riding out of the saddle more challenging. However, because more energy is required to move the pedals — you never feel like the bike is pedalling you.

 

  • Type of Resistance: The Grand Tour Pro uses magnetic resistance which allows the bike to feature 26 digital resistance levels. Magnetic resistance is silent and accurate — and usually a feature found on more expensive bikes.
    • Specific resistance levels are nice on an indoor cycling bike. Many spin bikes have a tension knob, but no specific resistance settings, so you can’t regulate or measure the resistance. It is hugely beneficial to be able to select any of the 26 resistance levels on this bike. It translates into more accurate wattage stats and allows the rider to always find the same resistance at the same setting.
    • Resistance can be adjusted manually on the handlebar controls or on the touchscreen.
    • When using an iFit or onboard program, the resistance will automatically adjust for you. Manual controls override automated controls when needed.

Saddle: Adjusts up/down and forward/aft

    • Comfort: The saddle on the Grand Tour Pro is wide, padded and comfortable. The saddle cannot be swapped out for a different seat, but that’s not an issue because it is comfortable and well-designed.
  • Adjustments: A knob on the carriage bar under the seat allows the seat to be moved forward and aft. A knob on the seat post allows the seat to be raised or lowered as needed. Large notches in the steel post hold the seat post securely and the tension knob tightens easily.

Pedals: Wide and flat with adjustable straps

    • Included Pedals: Flat, extra-wide ergonomic pedals are included on the Grand Tour Pro. These feature a strap that holds your foot securely in the pedal. The strap helps facilitate greater hamstring and glute engagement as you ride, so you can pull up at the top of the pedal stroke.

 

  • Can they be swapped: Pedals cannot be swapped out, but you won’t need to. They can be used with any athletic shoe.

Console/Controls

Screen: 10” Touchscreen

    • Size: A 10” HD touchscreen is large and clear. As with other NordicTrack machines, the touchscreen is designed to be the central feature on the console. It is flanked by preset speed buttons on the right and resistance buttons on the left. A white state bar at the top of the screen keeps track of your incline, wattage, duration, distance and resistance. You can toggle through screen settings to choose which stats to display. NordicTrack has enhanced and enlarged the screen so you get the most out of iFit training. Whether following a trainer on an outdoor route or in a studio class, the screen makes you feel like you are right there.

 

    • Screen Movement: The screen does not move. It is embedded in the console and connected to the handlebar stem.

 

    • Resolution: Resolution is clear. From the main menu icon in the top left corner, you can go to equipment settings and adjust the resolution as needed. I like mine set at the highest resolution. The graphics are crisp and the videography — especially on the outdoor routes — is eye-catching and impressive.

 

  • Touchscreen: It is so nice that this screen has touchscreen capabilities! The screen is centered between the handlebars, right in your line of vision and within easy reach. From the screen, you select your workout or iFit program as well as manipulate resistance and incline.

Handlebars: Multiple Grip Positions

    • Design: There are multiple grip positions available. A horizontal grip bar extends in front of the weight tray at the base of the console. From here, two grip bars extend alongside the console so you can lean forward. There is plastic molding at the corners and the ends of the grips.

 

    • Comfort: This is not the most comfortable handlebar set. The steel bars are powder coated, but they do not have a spongy grip to cushion resting hands or arms. The plastic molding on the corners is sturdy but not soft and I found the weight tray to get in my way on more than one occasion. This is easily rectified by placing a towel over the bars — many riders do this anyway to catch sweat and provide additional padding. However, in general, handlebar comfort is one area the Grand Tour Pro could improve.

 

    • Span between Handlebar Grips: There is a 20” span between handlebar grips.

 

    • Depth of Handlebars: Handlebars are 20” in length. They extend 10” from the horizontal grip bar and then angle up at 120 degrees with another 10” in depth.

 

  • Span from Screen to handlebars: There is 6” from the horizontal grip bar and the bottom of the console. A weight tray with two, 3 pound weights rests in between the bar and the console.

Accessories:

    • Speakers: The speakers are situated directly under the screen. I like that the speakers are on the front of the console, so you don’t have to turn the sound up too high. Speakers create clear sound.

 

    • Shelf for phone/tablet: There is a shelf under the screen just above the speakers that is wide enough to hold a phone or tablet. The shelf has a little lip on the outside to keep items from falling forward while riding. From this position, any device would slightly block the screen.

 

    • Fans: One fan at the bottom of the console is positioned well and provides adequate air flow.

    • Weights: Two, 3-pound weights are included. These sit in a tray in between the handlebars and the screen. It’s nice the weights are included, but they got in my way a few times while riding. I like to ride with my torso low, so I bumped the weights with my elbows a few times. Changing bike set up would fix this, but I think the weights would be better attached to the back of the saddle rather than right in the front. Not every rider is going to use the weights for every ride.

 

  • Tablet/Phone holder: There is an included tablet holder secured just above the screen. It has an adjustable clip to securely hold any device. This is a nice addition because your device won’t block the screen in this position.

Storage: 2 Water Bottles

  • Storage Pockets: Two large water bottle holders attached to the back of the seat carriage and should hold most sized bottles.

Functionality

Incline / Decline range

  • The NordicTrack cycles are the only bikes on the market that provide incline and decline in addition to resistance. This combination makes these bikes much more realistic and functional. You feel like you are really riding outside as the incline/decline automatically adjust for you.
  • The incline/decline also adds variability to your training routine. Rather than just ride in a linear plane with variable resistance, you now have to compensate for body angle as the bike moves. This engages and strengthens the powerhouse muscles of the lower body.
  • Incline/Decline also enhances calorie burn when combined with resistance because it makes the workout more challenging. You get more metabolic stimulus in a shorter amount of time when incline is combined with resistance.

Resistance Levels

  • The Grand Tour Pro features 26 levels of magnetic resistance. This is a significant upgrade because magnetic resistance is consistent, reduces noise, and doesn’t cause any friction or wear on moving parts.
  • Resistance can be adjusted on the QuickTouch control, on the bar grip, or on the touchscreen.

Pre-programmed workouts

The Grand Tour Pro features 35 onboard workouts that are not a part of iFit.

    • Manual Workout: A white track and stat bar display stats and distance. You can manually adjust the incline and resistance to create your own workout.

 

    • Maps: Select from an array of full-color Google map images anywhere from Lake Como, Italy to the beach in Cambodia. Display options include: Street View; Map View; Satelite; and Rotate (which toggles between views). The images update every few seconds as you ride. The bike will automatically adjust resistance and incline to match the geography of each location. There is no audio included, so these are a great option when you want to listen to your own playlist or podcast.

 

    • Featured Workout of the Day: This is one of the Google map locations featured for that day. The white state bar can be displayed at the top while you ride, or you can select full screen mode

 

    • Interval, Strength, Speed, Calorie Burn: Pre-programmed workouts display a graph of the overall routine. The bike will adjust incline and resistance to match your selected workout. These are of varying length and intensity.

 

  • Tour de France images and stage maps: More Google map images for specific stages in the Tour de France.

Subscription Options

  • iFit is included free for the first year with up to five profiles. The database of over 16,000 options is impressive and the graphics on the outdoor rides are unmatched. Workouts include the following:
      • Personal Trainer Led Cycling Classes: These classes are filmed in a studio with a trainer on a bike in front of you and other participants riding alongside. Class options include a range of options such as: Intervals, HIIT, hill climb, calorie burn, sprint sessions, etc. The bike will automatically adjust to whatever the trainer is doing. If you begin a hill climb, your bike will automatically incline for you. Resistance is also automated in iFit. You control your speed. Manual controls on the screen or handlebars will override automation at any time should you need to adjust it. iFit will keep track of your stats for you, but there is no real-time Leaderboard.

      • Outdoor Routes all over the world: No other program can compete with the extensive iFit rides all over the world. You can select a route in Bangladesh, London, or even just the mountains of Southern Utah. A trainer rides a bike ahead of you while another cyclist rides behind with a camera. You follow along from this perspective so you can see and hear what the trainer is doing. Again, incline and resistance is automated on the bike to match the terrain and grade of the ride. The videography on these rides is impressive. You not only watch from the perspective of the second rider, iFit will also occasionally add a drone shot or overhead view of the city or landscape while you ride.

     

      • Cycling/Weight Combo Classes: These include options where you ride and do weights at the same time. The 3-pound weights are easy to grab during strength-training portions of the workout.

     

    • Studio-Based Classes for off the bike: Other classes such as strength training, yoga, stretching, or even classes for pregnant mothers can be accessed through iFit and watched on your screen or from any computer or tablet for convenience.

Noise Level

    • When pedaling: The Grand Tour Pro is mostly silent. The magnetic resistance doesn’t create much noise at all while pedalling or when braking.

 

  • When adjusting incline: There is a motor noise when the bike adjusts incline, but this isn’t constant and it isn’t too loud. I would compare it to the noise made by a treadmill when it inclines or declines.

Storage / Folding

The Grand Tour Pro doesn’t fold up, but it has wheels on the front stabilizer so you can tip it towards yourself and pull it across the floor. One person can move it easily. With the tablet holder on the top, and handlebars raised to full height, the Grand Tour Pro stands 62 inches high and is 57.5 inches long.


Items of Note

The Grand Tour Pro is a quality machine with some great tech on an upright bike. I found the handlebars to be slightly uncomfortable, and it might take some riders time to get used to the lightweight flywheel. This can make the pedal stroke feel jerky, but it enables riders to get the most out of each pedal stroke without any loss of energy in the flywheel.


Recommendation

The NordicTrack Grand Tour Pro is a comfortable upright bike. We love the design and comfort of the seat and pedals. The V-shaped frame design offers plenty of space for taller riders. Automated incline and decline add exciting variables to your training! We recommend the Grand Tour Pro for any rider looking for some great tech on a padded saddle.

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