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ProForm TDF PRO 4.0 Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm TDF Pro 4.0 is the official indoor training bike for the Tour de France.

Priced at $2,999 and loaded with features for serious cyclists, it makes a good first impression… but then it disappoints.

Get the details from our full review of the ProForm TDF Pro 4.0 below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model ProForm TDF PRO 4.0
Rating

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78.0%
List Price

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Resistance

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

40+
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.

Electronic Shifting Controls and 30 Gears
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.

Traditional Indoor Cycle Seat
Pedals

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

Pedals with Toe Cages and 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.

ANT+ and BLE Wireless Technology Compatible
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 Touch 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).

64" x 25" x 56"
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: 10 year
Parts: 1 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 78.0%

Our Rating

Rating: 78.0/100.  ProForm developed the TDF Pro 4.0 with input from Le Tour de France organizers. This indoor cycle trainer looks great in ads: It has everything from a heavy flywheel to built-in video workouts that feature the race route. In home gyms though, this bike has been trouble. The TDF Pro 4.0 is associated with so many problems that ProForm’s warranty provider will barely back it up. Thus for $2999 you can get this bike will all the impressive features on our “pros” list below — but the product carries a mere one-year parts warranty! That’s the sort of backup usually reserved for a low budget beginner’s exercise bike.

Pros:

  • 48.5-pound flywheel
  • Quiet operation
  • 30 customizable gears
  • Pedals with toe cages and clips
  • Adjustable seat and handlebars
  • Power incline/decline (-20% to 20%)
  • Full color 7″ touch screen
  • HD video workouts featuring segments of the 2013 Le Tour de France route
  • 24 preset Google Maps™ tours
  • iFit®-enabled
  • Watts meter
  • Android web browser
  • iPod-compatible
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Two water bottle holders
  • Assembly is easy

Cons:

  • High price for an indoor cycle trainer ($2,999)
  • Poor warranty on parts for the price (One year)
  • Adjusting the seat is time consuming (Requires wrench)
  • iFit isn’t well-integrated with this bike (Often crashes)
  • The incline/decline feature doesn’t always work
  • The workout data are sometimes very inaccurate
  • Parts are sometimes damaged during shipment
  • Customers report that replacement parts aren’t readily available
  • ProForm’s customer service draws negative reviews

Introduction

The ProForm TDF Pro 4.0 is part of a three-bike series. The three TDF bikes are very similar to one another, with the main difference being their monitors. The TDF Pro 4.0 is distinguished by its 7″ full color touchscreen, which is enabled for iFit.

Several factors help this stationary bike feel like a street bike. The TDF Pro 4.0 is equipped with a 48.5-pound flywheel and lets you customize its 30 gear ratios. Shifters are located on the handlebars and you can simulate uphill and downhill rides with help from a automated incline/decline. The pedals have toe cages and clips. Read on for details about its workout programs and other features.

Workout Programs

The TDF Pro 4.0 doesn’t feel so “stationary.” It arrives with 24 Google Maps™ workouts that take the bike along famous tour paths. It also has high definition video workouts featuring segments of the 2013 Le Tour de France route.

This ProForm is iFit-enabled too. With an iFit membership you can get unlimited Google Maps™ workouts, which include Google Street Views and automatically adjust this indoor bike’s incline to replicate the topography. Some other benefits of iFit are unlimited personalized workout downloads, advanced data tracking and virtual racing.

Unfortunately a frequent complaint about ProForm TDF bikes is that the iFit electronics are faulty.

Indoor Cycle Features

The Pro TDF 4.0 is designed to feel like an outdoor bike. You can customize its gears to be like those on your own street bike, and the shifters are on the handlebars. The pedals have toe cages and clips.

TDF bikes have the widest incline/decline range of any ProForm exercise bikes. The TDF Pro 4.0 can tilt from -20 percent to +20 percent with electronic controls.

The console features a full color 7″ touch screen. This screen is the control center for workouts and also has an Android web browser. The workout feedback includes the typical fields (speed, distance, etc.) plus there’s a power meter to help you maintain your desired output. Heart rate data can be shown if you wear a wireless chest strap (sold separately).

This bike also has an iPod-compatible port and 2″ speaker set.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm TDF Pro 4.0 indoor cycle trainer warranty includes:

– Frame: 10 years

– Parts: 1 Years

– Labor: 1 year

ProForm offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The ProForm TDF Pro 4.0 sounds excellent but often fails to perform as advertised. Since it costs $2,999 and is only under warranty for a year, it doesn’t earn a positive FitRated review. If you’re determined to buy a ProForm TDF bike anyway, then we recommend choosing the lower-priced TDF 2.0.