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ProForm Tour De France 1.0 Review

Quick Summary

The new ProForm TDF 1.0, now on sale for $999, is a feature-rich exercise bike for all skill levels.

It’s the most affordable of three indoor cycle trainers in the ProForm Tour de France series, but it has the same performance essentials as the higher models.

Highlights include a 48-pound flywheel, 26 configurable gears, 15% incline/decline and iFit technology.

You may not be in Le Tour De France, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience it.

Learn more from the complete ProForm TDF 1.0 review below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm TDF 1.0
Rating

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88.2%
List Price

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

$1,999
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.

n/a
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).

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.

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.

Oversized & Adjustable
Pedals

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

Pedal Cage & Straps
Programs

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

24
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 heart rate receiver
Display

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

Round Watts LED Display
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).

53.2” X 24.7” X 53.7”
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: 88.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 88.2/100. ProForm teamed up with Le Tour de France organizers to design the ultimate collection of indoor cycle trainers. Compared with alternatives from other brands, which are generally very basic, indoor cycle trainers in the ProForm TDF series are especially packed with features that enhance the training experience. It provides ultra-smooth rides with help from a 48-pound flywheel, and it can offer the right amount of resistance whether you’re a novice or an experienced competitive cyclist.

To make workout sessions especially true to life, the TDF 1.0 has an automated ramp. Its uphill/downhill range is an impressive -15% to 15%. ProForm has included 24 training programs that make the most of this feature by synchronizing it with video of scenic tour routes. Additionally the bike is iFit enabled so that unlimited Google Maps training routes and other downloadable programs are available any time.

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • 48-pound flywheel
  • Quiet magnetic resistance
  • Customizable electronic gears (26)
  • Pedals with toe cages and clips
  • Adjustable seat and handlebars
  • Power incline/decline (-15% to 15%)
  • 24 built-in workouts that simulate topography of real-life bike routes
  • iFit®-enabled
  • Watts display shows exertion level
  • iPod-compatible (Jack and 2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Two water bottle holders

Cons:

  • Customers report that replacement parts aren’t readily available
  • ProForm’s customer service sometimes gets negative reviews

Introduction

The new ProForm TDF 1.0 for 2016 is the entry level exercise bike in its series, but it’s packed with power and special features. It’s the best Tour de France exercise bike for shoppers who are satisfied with a simpler console and wouldn’t use the ultra-steep slope options of higher models (the TDF 4.0 and 5.0). Impressive specs range from a 48-pound drive to immersive workout programs that make the most of varied downhill/uphill slope settings. Read on for details about a variety of features.

TDF Programs

The TDF 1.0 has 24 preloaded workouts that replicate Tour de France segments. Each program adjusts the bike’s settings to help simulate specific routes.
Additionally the TDF 1.0 is iFit-enabled. Although it lacks the TDF 5.0’s built-in touchscreen display, it can work with a tablet computer or smartphone running the iFit mobile app. iFit members can virtually train anywhere worldwide by using workout programs designed with Google Maps™ technology. Also available through iFit are customized personal training workouts, video workouts featuring celebrity personal trainers, automated data tracking and other benefits.

ProForm Tour De France 1.0 Features

Compared with other stationary bikes, ProForm Tour de France bikes especially operate like street bikes. For smooth operation the TDF 1.0 has a 48-pound flywheel, and the 26 electronic gears all have customizable ratios. The handlebars are like those on outdoor race bikes and have a non-slip surface. Also to help replicate the outdoor training experience, the ProForm TDF 1.0 has a power incline and decline. It can tilt from -15 percent to +15 percent with electronic controls.
To help riders feel secure at high speeds and on steep inclines, the TDF 1.0 is equipped with pedal cages and foot straps.
The default for data readouts is the Watts Display. It calculates Watts per kilogram and shows readouts in three zones (Endurance, Tempo and Peak) to help the rider stay on track. A full-color touchscreen is an option too; add your tablet computer or smartphone and access iFit workout programming that syncs with the fitness machine. A secure tablet holder is provided.
For heart rate monitoring the ProForm TDF 1.0 is compatible with Bluetooth chest straps.
For MP3 players the bike has an iPod-compatible port and a set of 2″ speakers.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm TDF 1.0 indoor cycle trainer warranty includes:
– Frame: 10 years
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

ProForm offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

While most indoor cycle trainers are bare bones, the new TDF 1.0 pairs its heavy drive with data readouts, iPod compatibility, a tablet computer holder and much more. This bike is appropriate for cyclists at all skill levels too… so on sale for $999 with a three-year parts warranty, it’s one of the most enticing bikes in its price class.