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ProForm 8.0 EX Review

Quick Summary

An ideal fit for newcomers to indoor cycle training, the $499 ProForm 8.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike mixes low resistance with professionally designed workout programs.

Riders can choose from 30 preloaded apps for calorie burn and cardio training – plus this bike is iFit-compatible for downloading new workouts any time.

Read on for FitRated’s full upright exercise bike review…

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm 8.0 EX
Rating

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73.8%
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.

18 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.

Silent 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).

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.

16 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.

Upright
Seat

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

Adjustable, 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 w/ Straps
Programs

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

30
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.

Dual-Grip EKG™w/ BLE Compatibility
Display

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

5" Backlit 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).

61.5" x 23" x 42"
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: 73.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 73.8/100. To your health! Starting a new fitness habit – and keeping it going – is made easy with the ProForm 8.0 EX. This upright stationary bike is designed to motivate. Its preloaded workout programs offer a certified personal trainer’s guidance, and its iFit-compatible console gives you the option of downloading custom-tailored bike workouts at any time. Now priced at just $499 (down from $799) and carrying a two-year parts warranty, the ProForm 8.0 EX is a best buy in its price class. But will it fit your needs? Here are pros and cons to consider before bringing this exercise bike home.

Pros:

  • 16-pound drive (Chosen for beginners)
  • Cushioned seat with adjustable height
  • 30 built-in workouts
  • Backlit display
  • iFit-compatible
  • Tablet computer shelf (Removable)
  • iPod-compatible (Port and 2″ speakers)
  • USB charging station
  • Supports wireless heart rate monitoring (Chest strap not included)
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Two-speed workout fan
  • Water bottle holder
  • Low price ($499 on sale, $799 MSRP)
  • Two-year parts warranty
  • Practical size for most homes (Footprint is 61.5″ x 23″)

Cons:

  • Not powerful enough for stronger cyclists
  • Grip heart rate sensors aren’t so accurate, but a wireless pulse receiver is included too
  • Calorie count is only an estimate (Cannot tailor to user profile)
  • Requires occasional light maintenance by owner
  • ProForm customer service can be slow

Introduction

A fun bike for newer indoor cyclists, the ProForm 8.0 EX helps entertain as it trains. For distraction you can dock your tablet computer or use the bike’s iPod-compatible sound system; the preset workout programs will control resistance and keep track of time. Thirty workout apps are on board, plus the 8.0 EX is compatible with iFit.

Adding an iFit monitor literally opens a world of workout possibilities: Using iFit with Google Maps™ you can virtually bike in your own neighborhood or tour the globe. Here are details about this stationary bike’s workouts and other features.

Workout Programs

This stationary bike makes it easy to spend your workout time efficiently. Choose one of 30 training programs — all designed by a certified personal trainer — and you’re off! The ProForm 8.0 EX will automatically adjust its resistance to support your goals. The programs’ four training categories are labeled Calorie, Incline, Intensity and Performance.

When you’re ready for even more variety, you can attach a full color iFit monitor to the console. An iFit membership will let you access new workout programs whenever you please. One option is to get customized personal training programs. These are similar to the 30 programs built into the bike, but they’re tailored to your physical data and fitness goals.

Another iFit option is downloading Google Maps™ workouts. Virtually tour the world! Just draw a route and the bike will adjust its resistance to simulate the topography — plus a Google Street View will add to the immersive experience.

Some other iFit member benefits are an online workout calendar and access to hundreds of HD video workouts featuring famous personal trainers.

Stationary Bike Features

Stay socially connected or let workout time be “me time.” With your tablet computer aboard the 8.0 EX, you can go either way. A removable tablet shelf can securely hold your computer at eye level during exercise.

There’s also a jack for your MP3 player. A set of 2″ speakers are built into the stationary bike’s console.

Preset workouts take the guesswork out of training, but you can also monitor your heart rate to make sure you exercise in your target heart rate zone. The ProForm 8.0 EX is equipped with a CardioGrip™ heart rate monitor and is compatible with Bluetooth Smart wireless chest straps.

With cool comfort in mind, ProForm has also included a water bottle holder and a two-speed CoolAire™ fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm 8.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike warranty includes:

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

ProForm exercise bikes also have a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The ProForm 8.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike can be a new biker’s best buddy. This exercise bike offers the comfort, training and entertainment to help novices reach higher levels of fitness. At just $499 it’s a best buy.