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NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro Review

Quick Summary

Could a $499 exercise bike meet your needs?

NordicTrack designed the GX 4.4 Pro especially for newer indoor cyclists seeking discount stationary bikes.

This upright bike isn’t built for the long term, but its power and programming could help you advance from “novice” to “intermediate” status before it wears out.

Read on for the full NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro bike review. It includes pros, cons, alternatives and more.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro
Rating

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69.8%
List Price

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

$799
Best Price

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$499
Resistance

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

22 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.

19 lb. 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).

Upright
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.

Chain
Frame

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

Upright
Seat

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

Oversized & Cushioned
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.

28
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.

CardioGrip Wireless & Wireless Strap Compatible
Display

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

5" Backlit iFit LCD
Max. Weight

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

300 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).

60" x 24.8" x 41.25"
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: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 69.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 69.8/100. It has “Pro” in its name, but NordicTrack’s GX 4.4 Pro is an exercise bike for beginners. The $499 sale price is ultra low – most exercise bikes cost double or more – so what should you expect? Here’s a pattern we’ve observed over years of preparing exercise bike reviews: A very cheap stationary bike can have some but not all of these qualities: a heavy drive for smooth cycling with good resistance, many built-in workouts, flashy features and a decent warranty. As for the GX 4.4 Pro, NordicTrack gets praise for making compromises in each area without going too far.
Highlights of this upright exercise bike include a respectable drive size, built-in workouts plus iFit availability, and a two-year parts warranty. Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • 19-pound drive (Good for beginners)
  • 28 built-in workouts
  • Enabled for iFit (Shown on a low-tech 5″ screen or your own computer)
  • Tablet computer holder at eye level
  • iPod-compatible (Port and 2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate receiver (Chest strap sold separately)
  • OneTouch™ controls (No scrolling to change resistance)
  • Workout fan
  • Water bottle holder
  • Low price ($499 on sale, $799 MSRP)
  • Two-year parts warranty
  • Good size for most homes (Footprint is 60″ x 24.8″)

Cons:

  • iFit-enabled but the display is minimal (Use a tablet computer instead)
  • Not powerful enough for stronger cyclists
  • The seat is hard and uncomfortable (Can be covered or replaced)
  • CardioGrip™ heart rate sensors on handlebars aren’t accurate (Use a wireless chest strap instead)
  • Lower quality parts could break (Plastic flywheel cover, for example)
  • NordicTrack customer service gets negative customer reviews

Alternatives

Our review of the NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro continues below, but maybe you’re ready for alternatives. Two suggested upright bikes are sale priced at $799. Although they cost more upfront, they are better values in the long run.

NordicTrack Commercial VR23 – Steel frame, 23-pound flywheel, wireless heart rate receiver, 32 preset workouts, same iFit setup as the GX 4.4 Pro, 3-year warranty on parts.

Sole B94 – Gel seat, 26-pound flywheel, wireless heart rate control, 10 programs, 3-year warranty on parts and electronics.

Introduction

The NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro has an ultralow sale price ($499) yet offers good resistance and training programs for less experienced cyclists. One selling point is its 19-pound drive, which is relatively light but fine for beginners. Another strength is its programming, which includes preloaded workouts and an iFit-enabled console. Read on for details about the workouts and other features.

Workout Programs

What are your fitness goals? Training programs built into the GX 4.4 Pro can help you lose weight, build endurance and improve your performance. There are 28 workouts to choose from. Ten are focused on calorie burn, nine are for performance, and nine are for endurance. These are shown on a backlit 5″ LCD.

Unlimited workouts from iFit are available too. With an iFit membership you can download a new and personalized workout program every day and view your progress on the basic 5″ LCD. However, iFit is best enjoyed in full color on a modern display. We recommend integrating your tablet computer or large-screen smartphone. (The 4.4 Pro has a tablet computer holder.) In this way you can enjoy high definition video workouts featuring world-class personal trainers, virtually bike anywhere with a Google Street View, and get other fitness benefits.

Stationary Bike Features

Keep your apps and files handy while you ride. The GX 4.4 Pro has an integrated tablet computer holder. It’s at eye level for a perfect view of iFit workouts, movies and more.

iPods and other MP3 players are also invited along for the ride. This stationary bike has an iPod-compatible port and a set of 2″ speakers.

To help you exercise efficiently, this exercise bike is compatible with Bluetooth Smart chest straps for wireless heart rate monitoring. Another pulse monitoring option (which we’re not wild about) is the CardioGrip™ heart rate monitor. It’s convenient to use — grip sensors are on the bike’s handlebars — but it’s not medically accurate.

Staying hydrated and cool are keys to a good workout experience. To that end, the 4.4 Pro has an integrated water bottle holder and an Autobreeze fan. The fan can automatically adjust its strength as you speed up or slow down.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro upright bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 2 Years
– Labor: 1 year

NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

In the short term the GX 4.4 Pro is NordicTrack’s most affordable iFit-enabled upright bike. In the long run a more durable bike could be more cost-effective. This bike’s best fit is a beginner who’s committed to spending $500 or less. Exercise bikes in the $799 sale price category are more highly recommended.