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NordicTrack Grand Tour Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack Grand Tour bike lets you pedal indoors with real incline/decline, plus it’s enabled for iFit Google Maps workouts to deliver the visuals of outdoor paths.

This tech-rich stationary bike features a 7” touch screen that serves as an all-in-one display for standard bike workouts, iFit workouts and the web.

On sale for less than $1000, the Grand Tour is an especially feature-rich find for its price class. Learn more from our full NordicTrack bike review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack
Grand Tour
Rating

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88%
List Price

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

$999
Best Price

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$999
Resistance

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

24
Resistance Type

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

Magnetic
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).

Indoor Cycle
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.

16 lbs.
Frame

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

Welded Steel
Seat

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

Adjustable horizontally and vertically
Pedals

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

Extra-wide
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.

Wireless Telemetry
Display

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

7” touchscreen
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).

62" L x 23.5" W x 62"H
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: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 88%

Our Rating

Rating: 88/100. The Grand Tour bike with 7” display is the original model in NordicTrack’s Grand Tour Series, which also features the Grand Tour Pro with extra-wide screen. Both exercise bikes can simulate dramatic mountain climbs but are sized small for convenient home use. The maximum uphill and downhill angles for the bike are 10 degrees.

As for training guidance, the available workout diversity is excellent. More than 30 preset workout programs support calorie burn, speed, heart rate and other fitness goals. For infinite workout variety and on-board personal training, the bike’s built-in monitor is iFit Coach enabled. The Grand Tour can also interact with the iFit app run on your own tablet computer; the bike’s adjustable shelf can hold most full-size mobile devices.

To comfortably fit just about any rider ages 14 and up, the NordicTrack Grand Tour has up/down and forward/back seat adjustability. It also has a 350-pound maximum weight load. This model provides 24 increments of resistance to help riders find a just-right match and progress from level to level with relative ease.

Other specs of note are iPod-compatible speakers and a wireless heart rate receiver. (Bluetooth chest strap sold separately.) To support total body training the Grand

Tour is paired with three-pound dumbbells that can be stored at the front of the console.

This exercise bike’s full price is $1,999 including a three-year parts warranty and one year of labor. With luck or a bit of patience you can buy it for less than $1,000. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • 10-degree power incline and decline
  • 7″ HD viewing screen with touch control
  • iPod-compatible MP3 speakers
  • Adjustable saddle
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • 32 built-in workout programs
  • Enabled for iFit Coach
  • 24 resistance levels
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Small footprint (60″ L X 23.5″ W)
  • Water bottle holders
  • Cooling fan
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Assembly is time-intensive and requires two people
  • Occasional maintenance by the owner may be required, such as tightening screws and adjusting the drive belt
  • The manufacturer has a reputation for slow customer service for parts replacement

Introduction

The NordicTrack Grand Tour is a fun-to-use exercise bike that’s iFit Coach enabled to let you virtually explore real parks, cities and villages. At any time, in any weather, you can experience the ups, downs and interactive views of real-life routes. This unique bike’s incline and decline settings range from -10 to 10 degrees to benefit your muscles and your mind. Resistance is broken down into 24 increments and is provided by a magnetic drive system with force equivalent to a 16-pound flywheel.

Besides being iFit enabled, the Grand Tour bike provides 32 training programs to support your goals for heart health, calorie burn, incline training, exercise intensity and speed.

Here are details about the NordicTrack Grand Tour bike workouts, features and factory-direct warranty.

Workout Programs

Workout options with the Grand Tour bike include manual mode, preset workout programs, and an endless variety of routines available through WiFi with an iFit Coach membership.

Preset workout variety includes 32 training programs. To make program selection easy, NordicTrack groups the choices by main workout goal: calorie burn, incline, intensity, heart rate and speed.

Optionally the Grand Tour bike can be used with an iFit Coach membership. You can sign up for iFit Coach by the month or year. Benefits range from diet guidance to sleep time suggestions, but as for workout programs there are several categories:

  • Google Maps workouts with or without Street View that match your preferences for distance, elevation, calorie burn and more
  • HD video workouts led by world-class personal trainers
  • Standard bike workouts tailored to your goals
  • Online bike races built in Google Maps by the iFit user community

Each iFit subscription supports multiple member profiles and makes it easy to wirelessly log and track fitness data.

NordicTrack Grand Tour Features

A main attraction of the Grand Tour bike is the frame’s 10 degrees of both incline and decline. Power adjustable, the angle can easily be changed in the middle of a workout.

The integrated 7” display screen uses touch technology. Essentially it’s a built-in tablet computer with apps for workouts and the web. In full color it can show built-in workouts and iFit workouts, including those produced with HD video and Google Maps.

Helping you add your favorite entertainment apps to workout time, the Grand Tour bike has a tablet holder attached to the far end of the console. It can securely hold most full-sized tablet computers and has adjustable angle.

iPod-compatible, Grand Tour exercise bikes have sets of 2” speakers for MP3s built into their consoles.

The console also has a storage space for two three-pound dumbbells, which are included to make whole-body cross training more convenient.

Finally, to help regulate your temperature this bike has a two-speed fan and two water bottle holders.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Grand Tour upright bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Moving Parts & Electronics: 3 years
– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The original Grand Tour bike is a good value for many shoppers seeking feature-rich cardio trainers under $1000. The pricier Grand Tour Pro might endure for longer, but after several years you’re likely to “graduate” from this series anyway if you exercise regularly. All in all the NordicTrack Grand Tour can be a reliable and well-liked fitness machine for the average household, providing realistic outdoor biking simulations that aren’t easy to find for the price.