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NordicTrack Commercial VR23 Review

Quick Summary

It’s a crowd pleaser.

For many recumbent bike shoppers the Commercial VR23 by NordicTrack has it all: comfortable seating, smooth performance, plenty of training programs and some modern tech.

Sale priced at $799 with a three-year parts warranty, the Commercial VR23 is affordable too.

Read our full review to decide whether it’s the best exercise bike for your budget.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack
Commercial VR23
Rating

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82.5%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,299
Best Price

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$799
Resistance

The flywheel in an exercise bike is what creates resistance. You can choose the level of resistance to increase your workout intensity.

24 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance shows what kind of flywheel is being used (if any), and its weight if the manufacturer provides it.

Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
Type

Type refers to the style of the ride: Recumbent bikes allow you to lay back, while Upright bikes are more like road bikes (lean forward).

Recumbent
Drive System

The bike's drive system is how your pedaling interacts with the rest of the bike (flywheel) to give you a good workout.

23 lb. Flywheel
Frame

It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.

Recumbent Frame
Seat

The most important part for comfortability during your workout, the seat should be adjustable and have ample cushioning.

Adjustable w/ Lumbar Support
Pedals

Pedals are the driving force for an exercise bike, and should be comfortable, adjustable, and easy to control without slipping.

Extra Wide Ergonomic
Programs

Bike Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

32
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips & Wireless (Compatible)
Display

Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

7" Backlit iFit Display
Max. Weight

Max. User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that the bike can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

61.2" x 23" x 68"
Accessory Tray

Some bikes include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Cooling Fans

Portable?

Some exercise bikes can fold up and/or have wheels that make it easy to roll them around for convenience and to save space.

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame & Brake: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 82.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 82.5/100. What’s in a name? NordicTrack named its Commercial VR23 bike after three key features: the commercial steel frame, recumbent seating and 23-pound flywheel. These specs create a good first impression for a $799 home exercise bike — and the perks haven’t even been mentioned. Super-comfortable seating, lots of preset workouts and easy iFit integration are among its other selling points.

But is this the best bike for your budget? Here are pros and cons to consider before choosing the NordicTrack Commercial VR23.

Pros:

  • Commercial steel frame
  • Step Thru™ frame design (Easy on, easy off)
  • Padded seat with ventilated back support
  • 23-pound drive
  • 32 built-in workouts
  • 7″ backlit display
  • Works with iFit (Shown on the basic 7″ screen or your own computer)
  • iPod-compatible (Port and 2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate receiver (Chest strap sold separately)
  • Grip pulse sensors on handlebars
  • Convenient handlebar-based controls for resistance
  • Workout fan
  • Low sale price ($799, full price is $1,299)
  • Three-year parts warranty

Cons:

  • iFit-enabled but the default monitor is basic (Use your mobile device instead)
  • For the heaviest training a bigger drive is needed
  • NordicTrack’s customer service frequently gets negative reviews

Introduction

Ride a bike, pain free! Recumbent exercise bikes like the NordicTrack Commercial VR23 help you burn calories, tone your lower body and keep your heart healthy… all without aggravating your back, knees or ankles. NordicTrack Commercial recumbent bikes are particularly comfortable according to customer reviews, thanks in part to smart bike seat design (padding plus a ventilated back). All in all, for the average trainee the Commercial VR23 bike can comfortably support everything from ultra-light rehabilitative training to vigorous cardio workouts.

Two main display types are available. Included is a 7″ LCD, which gives access to 32 preset workouts and can download new workouts from iFit. (iFit membership required.) To enjoy iFit at its best though, wirelessly connect a second display: your own computer or smartphone. A tablet computer holder is integrated with the console.

NordicTrack Commercial VR23 Workout Programs

Train with guidance from 32 built-in bike workouts. Designed by a certified personal trainer, each program helps you focus on calorie burn, intensity or performance. You can spend each exercise session knowing that your workout is efficient and designed by a pro.

The NordicTrack Commercial VR23 is also iFit-enabled. With an iFit membership you can download new workouts at any time. One option is to download personal training workouts, which are similar to those preloaded on the console and tailored to your body and fitness goals. Another option is to download the incline/decline of any Google Maps™ route and virtually experience it as your bike adjusts its resistance. These new workouts can be shown on the 7″ console screen, but that display isn’t so enthralling compared with what your own mobile device can offer. A better option is to add your own mobile device. That way, Google Maps™ workouts will include interactive street views! With a tablet computer you can also use iFit’s video workouts and otherwise benefit from iFit at its best.

Recumbent Bike Features

The Commercial VR23’s special features help maximize the effectiveness and fun of indoor cycling. The most obvious feature to some shoppers is the tablet computer holder. While your tablet can serve as an iFit monitor, of course it can also serve as your movie screen, social media connection and so forth to help workout time fly by.
If you’re motivated by music, you’ll also like how the NordicTrack VR23 exercise bike is iPod-compatible. Enjoy rich sound by using the console’s port and 2″ speakers.

To help you train in your best heart rate zone, the Commercial VR23 bike provides grip sensors on the handlebars and (for the best accuracy) can be used with a wireless chest strap. The data can be shown on the 7″ console or your tablet computer if iFit is used.

Finally, another boost for endurance comes from the console fan. As an AutoBreeze fan, it’s designed to automatically adjust to your workout intensity.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Commercial VR23 recumbent bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack Commercial VR23 is among the best recumbent bikes under $800. It’s comfortable, has useful workout programming and holds up well under regular use. While elite athletes and heavy trainees would benefit from a stronger drive, for most people the VR23 offers a perfect level of challenge.