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ProForm 290 SPX Review

Quick Summary

ProForm first became a major contender on the home fitness market with quality revolutions in the treadmill market and, like most fitness manufactures, eventually expanded into the world of ellipticals and exercise bikes.

The ProForm 290 SPX, one of their exercise bikes, is an example of a quality trainer that provides a new way of working out with the trademark ProForm reputation.

The ProForm 290 SPX is a basic yet effective exercise bike with adjustable resistance, quiet chain drive design, non-slip handlebars and cushioned seat.

Learn more in our full ProForm 290 SPX review below…

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm 290 SPX
Rating

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71.5%
List Price

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

$699
Best Price

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$299
Resistance

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

Adjustable
Resistance Type

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

Undisclosed
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 Drive
Frame

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

Durable Steel
Seat

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

Padded & Adjustable
Pedals

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

Toe Cages
Programs

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

None
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.

None
Display

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

None
Max. Weight

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

250 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).

48.6" x 19.9" x 46.5"
Weight: 157 lbs
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: 5 Years
Parts: 3 Months
Labor: 3 Months

Rating: 71.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 71.5/100. Portable upright exercise bike ideal for basic cardio workouts. Trainer skips some luxuries like built-in display, heart rate monitor, and pre-defined workout programs. Chain drive system is further complimented by toe cage pedals and adjustable padded seat.

Pros:

  • Upright exercise bike w/ Chain Drive system
  • Comfortable padded seat that also adjusts
  • Toe-Cage pedals also flip for advanced users
  • Compact and portable exercise bike
  • Non-slip handlebars with grips also adjust
  • Accessory tray includes water bottle holder

Cons:

  • No way to monitor heart rate
  • No display system, no pre-defined workout options
  • Only 90 day guarantee on parts and labor

Introduction

First and the foremost, the ProForm 290 SPX is means to a productive cardiovascular workout.

The trainer features adjustable resistance with multiple challenges while delivering smooth and quiet operation. The exercise bike is pretty comfortable and equipped with an adjustable seat as well as toe-cage pedals.

Additionally, the ProForm 290 SPX is compact and portable with built-in transport wheels.

It is, however, not the most advanced or sophisticated exercise bike on the market.

Workout Programs

The ProForm 290 SPX is very affordable, which usually means that sacrifices were made on various phases of production never more true than with the pre-defined workout options.

The ProForm 2980 SPX does not offer any workout programs, including no access to new resources like iFit Live.

You’ll need to scour the Web if you are looking for workout guides, though that might be a huge deal since pre-defined workout programs are not nearly as important one exercise bikes as they may be on, say, treadmills.

Exercise Bike Features

The ProForm 290 SPX provides multiple fitness challenges in order to really burn that unwanted fat.

The adjustable, non-slip handlebars work hand-in-hand with the cushioned seat and cage-toe pedals in order to offer a comfortable workout experience.

Adjust the seat horizontally or vertically to find your ideal fit.

Designed to keep your feet in place, these pedals are built with toe cages to increase stability. For added intensity and advanced users, the pedals can be used with the opposite side up.

Conveniently store your water bottle with the built-in holder. The ProForm 290 SPX uses a chain drive system to deliver a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride.

Move the bike from place to place with the built-in transport wheels on a compact trainer that weighs 157 lbs.

Unfortunately, the ProForm 290 SPX does not feature many other luxuries so no display, iPod dock, built-in speakers, wireless heart rate monitor, etc, etc.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm 290 SPX exercise bike warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: 5 Years
– Parts: 3 Months
– Labor: 3 Months

ProForm offers a 30-day trial period on all products. If you are not satisfied for any reason call 1-866-896-9777.

Conclusion

If you want something that is compact and efficient the ProForm 290 SPX will certainly get the job done. The trainer is portable when not in use and performs well during an intense exercise. Sure, you can pay more for additional features on the higher priced models, but the ProForm 290 SPX is a quality exercise bike in the entry-level market.