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ProForm 740 ES Commercial Review

Quick Summary

ProForm’s most durable recumbent exercise bike is the 740 ES Commercial.

Designed for home use, it motivates regular exercise by letting you access built-in training programs, immersive iFit workouts and digital entertainment from a comfortably reclined position.

Now sale priced at $799 with a three-year parts warranty, the ProForm 740 ES Commercial is a top value too.

Read our full review of this popular ProForm bike below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm 740 ES Commercial
Rating

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81.3%
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.

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Resistance Type

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

Freewheel Clutch
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.

20 Lb. Effective Inertia-Enhanced 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.

Commercial-Grade Steel
Seat

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

Easy Glide, Lumbar-Support Seat
Pedals

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

Extra Wide Ergonomic Foot Pedals with Straps
Programs

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

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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.

EKG Grip Pulse with BLE Compatibility
Display

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

7" Full-Color 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).

52" x 22.25" x 58.9"
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 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 81.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 81.3/100. Enjoy biking like never before! Made for pain-free and enjoyable exercise, the recumbent ProForm 740 ES Commercial is a customer favorite for home training. Plenty of perks are along for the ride, which isn’t so common in a $799 exercise bike. Highlights include 34 preset workout programs, an iFit-enabled console with full color 7″ touch screen, an Android web browser, a tablet computer holder, music speakers… and we’re just getting started. Here are lists of many pros and a few cons about choosing the ProForm 740 ES Commercial for your home gym.

Pros:

  • Padded seat with ventilated back support
  • Seat adjusts with Easy Glide control
  • 20-pound drive
  • 34 built-in workout programs
  • 7″ touch screen with full color
  • iFit-enabled
  • Tablet computer shelf
  • iPod-compatible (Jack and 2″ speakers)
  • USB charging station for phone or MP3 player
  • Wireless heart rate receiver (Chest strap sold separately)
  • Grip pulse sensors on handlebars
  • Workout fan with two speeds
  • Step Thru™ frame design (Easy on, easy off)
  • Transport wheels
  • Compact size (52″ x 22.2″ footprint)
  • Low sale price ($799, full price is $1,299)
  • Three-year parts warranty

Cons:

  • For the heaviest training a bigger drive is needed
  • Occasional light maintenance could be required
  • ProForm customer service frequently gets negative reviews

Introduction

The expression “No pain, no gain” can take a hike. Recumbent bikes like the ProForm 740 ES Commercial make it possible to keep fit without straining your body. With comfortable low impact cycling you can whittle away extra pounds, tone your lower body and exercise your heart. ProForm recumbent bikes are particularly comfy thanks to smart bike seat design (padding plus a ventilated back) and oversized ergonomic pedals. Powered by a quiet 20-pound magnetic resistance system, the 740 ES Commercial can help the typical trainee achieve everything from very light rehabilitative training to intense cardio workouts.

Workout Programs

This recumbent bike is preloaded with 34 workouts designed by a certified personal trainer. These take the guesswork out of designing an efficient training session, and choosing a program is quick and easy with the colorful touch screen display.

For unlimited workout choices you can use the ProForm 740 ES Commercial with an iFit membership. The bike’s 7″ color touch screen is iFit-enabled, so it can use your home’s wireless Internet connection to access new workout programs anytime. Get customized personal training routines, watch iFit’s HD video workouts featuring famous trainers, and virtually ride your bike along any Google Maps™ route accompanied by a Google Street View.

Recumbent Bike Features

iFit helps sell lots of ProForm exercise bikes, but other tech features contribute to your ride. One is a tablet computer holder built into the console. Another is iPod compatibility: Enjoy your favorite music through the bike’s 2″ speakers instead of earbuds. The ProForm 740 ES Commercial can also charge your MP3 player or mobile phone with its USB port.

Like any good recumbent bike, this ProForm has comfortable seating. The bike seat is oversized and nicely cushioned. It has a tall back for good support, and the seat back is ventilated to help you keep cool. An Easy Glide adjust system helps the bike fit a wide range of trainees.

To maximize your workout efficiency, train within your target heart rate zone. The 740 ES Commercial makes it easy to get pulse data through grip sensors on the handlebars or (for more accuracy) from a wireless monitoring system. Compatible Bluetooth Smart chest straps are sold separately.

Other features include a console fan and transport wheels.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm 740 ES Commercial recumbent bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 Years

– Labor: 1 year

ProForm also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

Comfortable, feature-rich and now having an extra-low price, the ProForm 740 ES Commercial is a top value among residential recumbent bikes. It might require occasional maintenance such as tightening the bolts, but most owners don’t mind considering the bike’s overall benefits. In sum, it’s a very appealing ride for people seeking low impact exercise and a bike with a not-so-heavy drive.