Last Updated: January 7, 2021
We love a great exercise bike! In this Spec review, we’ll take a look at the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22, which is a new bike from ProForm that just hit the market. Indoor cycling provides a calorie-burning low-impact workout that is quiet and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Cycling helps develop cardio efficiency, burns calories and develops core, back and leg muscles. The addition of 3lb weights also helps with upper body training. The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is a fantastic option for anyone who wants to burn calories on a compact, lightweight bike with an attached touchscreen and subscription content.
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro has a 22” touchscreen, and silent, automated resistance with 24 resistance levels. Magnetic resistance is created with magnets inside the bike that oppose the motion of the flywheel. This does not cause friction and is silent when in use, so the Pro 22 is a good option for those who need something quiet. The bike also has a compact footprint of just 22” wide, 57” deep and 54” high which makes it a good option for riders who are space conscious. The ProForm Studio Pro 22 indoor exercise bike has three adjustment points for comfort, flat pedals with cages, and included weights for strength training on or off the bike. The Studio Pro 22 is reasonably priced and comes in around $1000 less than a Peloton Bike+. It also includes iFit free for the first year with indoor training classes and outdoor routes all over the world. iFit also includes off bike classes for strength training, yoga, stretching and even meditation.
Who It’s For: Riders who want a compact, quiet bike that has a screen and subscription content
ProForm has manufactured the Studio Pro 22 with several key features that make it a good buy for users who:
- Are looking for a bike that includes quality cycling content that is displayed on the attached touchscreen
- Need a low-impact workout that can be done at home
- Can sit up on the bike and maintain balance
- Appreciate the value of the iFit app which includes classes such as cycling, strength training, yoga, stretching, even meditation and TED talks
- Want something sturdy and durable that sits securely on the floor
- This bike is great for anyone who lives in an apartment, condo or upper floor unit since it is compact and relatively lightweight. It also doesn’t make any noise to disturb neighbors.
- Want something with varied training content that can replace a gym membership
- Are willing to continue to pay for iFit after the first year. If you don’t want a subscription, we recommend looking at a bike that doesn’t include an attached touchscreen.
- 22” Touchscreen
- Fully integrated with the bike, the 22” touchscreen adds impressive functionality to the Studio Pro 22. You can adjust volume,
- screen brightness, and resistance levels all on the touchscreen which reduces clutter and buttons on the bike or screen bezel. You also select your iFit or other training program right on the screen.
- Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal
- Handlebars have a protective coating that keeps them sweat resistant and comfortable while riding. There are multiple hand positions for various riding styles.
- Magnetic Resistance levels 1-24
- The resistance is silent and doesn’t create any friction. You have a total of 24 resistance levels on the Studio Pro 22.
- Three adjustment points
- Seat up/down and forward/aft, Handlebars up/down and forward/aft
- Bluetooth enabled to sync with wireless headphones
- You can now sync your wireless headphones with the Pro 22 to listen without disturbing those around you
- 3lb weights, included
- 3lb hand weights are easy to reach but still out of your way. These are tucked behind the saddle.
- Armband heart rate strap compatible
- Less invasive than a sweaty chest strap, the arm band HR monitor can be used by any rider to transmit your HR to the console or compatible app. The armband is not included with the purchase of the bike, but it is available as an add-on.
- Frame: Steel frame welded for stability
- Stabilizers: Front and rear stabilizers hold bike securely
- Saddle: Light padding, racing style seat; not replaceable
- Pedals: Flat with cages
- Flywheel: 32lb Inertia-enhanced weighted
- Handlebars: Coated, multi-position
- Footprint: 22” Wide x 57” Deep x 54” High
- Max Weight: 250lbs
- Bike Weight: 125lbs
- 22” Touchscreen attached
- Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal
- Silent Magnetic Resistance
- Digital Resistance levels 1-24
- Three adjustment points: Seat up/down and forward/aft, Handlebars up/down
- Bluetooth enabled to sync with wireless headphones
- 3lb Weights included
- Requires power source to activate console
- Requires internet connection to run apps
- All external apps require their own subscription
- Armband heart rate strap included
- 10 years frame
- 2 years electronics/parts
- 1 year labor
The ProForm Studio Pro 22 bike is a great option if you are looking for something affordable with extensive video content. We are impressed with the high-quality, low-impact training options on the Pro 22. You can enjoy cycling classes or opt for outdoor rides in any location all over the world. The bike itself features silent magnetic resistance so you should be able to ride it at any time of day or night without disturbing those around you. The Pro 22 is a good option for those who live in apartments and are concerned about both space and noise issues. The Pro 22 will fit in pretty much any room and has wheels so you can tilt and roll it out of the way when needed. Cycling is an exceptional cardiovascular exercise that conditions your lungs and heart as well as strengthens and tones your leg muscles with limited impact.
Overview of ProForm Studio Pro 22 Bike
- The ProForm Studio Pro 22 consists of a steel frame with welded junction points, front mounted wheels, a plastic drive cover and steel handlebars coated with a spongy grip material.
Three Points of Adjustment
- Seat raises up and down
- Seat moves forward and aft
- Handlebars lift up and down
Flat Pedals with Straps
- The Studio Bike Pro 22 has flat pedals with straps to hold your shoe in securely. These pedals will work with any athletic shoe — you don’t need a special cycling shoe. If you want to exchange these pedals for SPD pedals or others that have a cycling cleat, they can be swapped out.
- The ProForm Studio Pro 22 requires a power outlet to operate. However, the resistance knob is magnetically calibrated so it does not require a power source. If you want to ride without power, the bike will function — you just won’t get any data from the console.
The 32lb flywheel on the Studio Pro 22 is a good indication that you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth pedal stroke and fluid motion while riding. Since an indoor studio bike does not have any external momentum to keep the wheel spinning, these bikes are designed with a weighted flywheel that gains and maintains inertia as it spins. If a flywheel is underweighted, it can lag on the backend without enough momentum to pull it through the full rotation. Less expensive bikes typically have lighter flywheels which may translate into a jerky pedal motion. The 32lb flywheel on the Studio Bike Pro 22 is a good weight and the inertia-enhanced design will keep it fluid and feeling smooth throughout the pedal stroke.
Weighted flywheels also provide more support (due to the added weight) when standing out of the saddle. For those riders who like to stand up, having a weighted flywheel helps in this position as well.
Comfort and Design
The ProForm Studio Pro 22 saddle is lightly padded. This saddle is relatively standard for an indoor bike. Wide padded saddles can lead to an increased risk of saddle sores and raw spots and an overly slim saddle with minimal padding will obviously be uncomfortable for most riders. The saddle on the Pro 22 is preferable for long rides or consistent use as it reduces friction points on the inner thigh and groin area and reduces sweat and/or moisture build up. If you are new to indoor cycling, the saddle may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but after a few rides (and increased glute definition) you will get used to it. You can always add a gel seat cover if desired.
Two Seat Adjustments
You can raise and lower the saddle as well as move it forward and aft. Ideal positioning keeps a gentle 25-35 degree bend in the knee with the foot flat in the pedal. Seat adjustment on the Peloton is adequate. There are measurements on both the seat tube and saddle carriage so you can find the right setting each time. This is especially helpful for households with multiple riders. The Pro 22 uses pop-pin levers to adjust the seat up and down as well as forward and aft. Once you have adjusted your saddle where you want it, pull the pin out and you should be able to twist the lever back out of the way so it doesn’t graze your leg while riding.
This large touchscreen is the same size as on the Peloton Bike+ and NordicTrack s22i. This is about the largest screen we see on exercise bikes — and certainly all you’ll need. We like touchscreens because they have several benefits. First, a touchscreen reduces cockpit clutter from buttons, dials, etc. All the bike functionality is pretty much embedded in the touchscreen. This keeps the handlebars clean and reduces the likelihood of sweat dripping down on electronic controls, etc. You select your iFit program, adjust volume and screen settings and other info all on the touchscreen. A white metric bar at the top of the screen displays your ride stats like time, distance, calorie burn, wattage, heart rate, cadence, etc. iFit also includes a Leaderboard and other features that connect riders to each other.
There is no tablet holder on the Pro 22. The bike is designed to only use the touchscreen so there’s really no where to place or use a tablet.
Bluetooth Enabled for Wireless Headphones
The Pro 22 touchscreen will sync with Bluetooth headphones. This is a relatively new update from iFit that we absolutely love!
The ProForm Studio Pro 22 bike is designed like a road bike with the saddle roughly in line with the handlebars so riders hinge at the hips and lean forward. The saddle also sits directly above the pedal cranks and the handlebars are just above the flywheel. This “square” design makes for a very evenly spaced fit that feels much like an outdoor road bike. Users should find the design of the Studio Pro 22 to be familiar and easy to use.
Water Bottle Holder
A water bottle cage is attached to the downtube so you can set a water bottle here. It may get in the way when you are getting on or off the bike, but it is within easy reach.
3lb Weights Included
Two weights are included and sit behind the saddle. Personally, I like having the weights close by, but not in the way. Behind the saddle is slightly more difficult to reach than right in front of you, but since most riders will only occasionally use the weights, I prefer to have them out of the way. I can grab them when needed, but they’re not on my handlebars and in my face during every ride.
Since this is a Spec Review, we can’t give you a personal assessment of how this bike performs and feels. However, the overall design and geometry of the Studio Pro 22 are impressive and we like the use of magnetic resistance as well. We’ll dive deeper into functionality and performance when we are able to test the bike in person.
Incline / Decline range
There is no incline or decline built into the Studio Pro 22 bike. The NordicTrack s22i and s15i offer incline and decline, but the ProForm bike sits firmly on the ground. It will not create any incline while riding.
Magnetic resistance creates frictionless resistance is the type of resistance found on high-end bikes because it is quiet, there are no friction points and therefore less wear and tear of the flywheel and brake pads. Magnetic resistance is also very quiet. Since there is no contact, you don’t feel or hear any squeaking or rubbing noise when pedaling — regardless of resistance level.
Digital Resistance Levels 1-24
Another benefit of magnetic resistance is it allows for precise digital levels to be calibrated so you can find the exact amount of resistance each time. The Studio Bike Pro 22 has 24 magnetic resistance levels which is plenty.
The Resistance is automated in iFit, so if you are riding a class or outdoor route, the resistance will automatically adjust to match either the terrain of the route or whatever the instructor has set for the class. You can always override the resistance if desired by adjusting it yourself. This will override the automation. In manual mode, the rider controls all the resistance.
Magnetic resistance is quiet and the Studio Pro 22 should be relatively silent when in use.
Typically, iFit includes several free, preloaded workouts that don’t require a subscription. However, if you are looking for a bike that doesn’t require a subscription, we’d recommend looking at the Bowflex C6 or Sole SB900 bikes. These also have magnetic resistance and an LCD console that will display basic ride metrics but they don’t require a subscription. When buying an exercise bike with an attached screen, the main feature is the touchscreen and subscription content. There are lots of good options to consider if you don’t want to use iFit — but on the Pro 22 we recommend using iFit to get the full experience and all the benefits that have been included with this bike.
iFit is included free for the first year with up to five profiles. The s22i is designed to feature and respond to iFit rides and classes. 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. Trainers are engaging and 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. These classes are not live like they are in Peloton; iFit classes are pre-recorded and music is pre-set. But class participants are real people so you feel like you are part of a class. iFit will keep track of your stats for you, but there is no real-time Leaderboard.
Outdoor Routes all over the world
This is where the s22i really shines. 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. Peloton has a handful of outdoor routes but they are filmed from a drone, not a cyclist, they do not include direction from a trainer and there is no accompanying sound.
Cycling & Strength Combo Classes
These include options where you ride for part of the time, get off the bike and do weights or plyometrics, and then ride again. They are filmed the same as the all-bike classes with other participants and background music.
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.
As mentioned above, the ProForm Studio Pro 22 bike uses magnetic resistance which is very quiet. There is no noise while pedaling or braking.
Storage / Folding
The Studio Pro 22 bike does not fold up. There are wheels under the front stabilizer so you can tip the bike and gently roll it out of the way. REMOVE ANY WEIGHTS BEFORE DOING THIS! We made the mistake of rolling the bike without removing the weights first and they came tumbling down towards the screen and our toes.
We also recommend removing your tablet before you tilt and roll the bike. A bike mat under the bike will keep it secure on the floor (so it doesn’t walk) and it will reduce floor vibration and noise as well.