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ProForm X-Bike Duo Review

Quick Summary

Like no other home exercise bike, for under $250 the ProForm X-Bike Duo lets you 1) choose between upright and relaxed riding positions, and 2) virtually ride outside with Google Street View workouts. While the Google workouts cost extra (you need iFit Coach membership), 14 bike routines are provided on the console. Get details below from our full ProForm X-Bike Duo review.

Specifications

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Model ProForm X-Bike Duo
Rating

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82%
List Price

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

$249
Best Price

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$249
Resistance

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

14 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.

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.

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.

Pedals with Straps
Programs

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

14
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.

no
Display

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

Large LCD Display
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).

40.25" x 20.25" x 49"
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: 90 days
Labor: 90 days

Rating: 82%

Our Rating

Rating: 83/100.  The ProForm X-Bike Duo is a unique two-in-one exercise bike with iFit Coach readiness. It works as an upright stationary bike, plus it converts for recumbent rides that are gentler on your body. For just $249 the Duo is a bargain… for some. The happiest riders are beginners who aren’t ready for stronger resistance systems.

For exercise guidance you get two choices:

  1. Fourteen workout routines are built into the console. Each program directs the bike’s speed and resistance to help you use time efficiently. Data are shown on an attached screen with adjustable angle.
  2. Unlimited iFit Coach workout programs are available by download with iFit Coach membership. The most exciting iFit Coach programs are interactive videos and Google Maps routes with street views: Seated on your X-Bike Duo, you can virtually experience Tour de France segments and infinite other routes worldwide. iFit Coach bike workouts are shown on your mobile device or computer, but they control the bike’s speed and resistance just like on-board programs.

Favorite features of the X-Bike Duo are iFit Coach readiness and a convertible design. We also like the bike’s compatibility with Bluetooth chest straps for wireless heart rate monitoring.

The majority of X-Bike Duo owners seem pleased with the machine. Still, despite the positive reviews be aware that any exercise bike under $500 will have some cheap components. The warranty for the Duo is very short to match the low sale price. We consider this a “starter exercise bike” and not a fitness machine for long-term use.

Pros:

  • Two-in-one fitness machine (Upright bike + recumbent bike)
  • Needs very little floor space
  • Folds and has wheels to assist with storage
  • 14 digital resistance levels
  • 14 preset workout programs
  • Ready for iFit Coach
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Ledge for smartphone or tablet computer
  • Padded seat with vertical adjustment
  • Pedal straps for safety

Cons:

  • Light resistance
  • Not for long-legged people
  • Weight limit is 250 pounds
  • Short warranty on the frame, parts and labor
  • Slow customer service from the manufacturer

Introduction

The ProForm X-Bike Duo is a convertible exercise bike for beginners. Depending on its seat position, it works as an upright or recumbent exercycle. This space-saver is smaller than typical home exercise bikes and also folds for storage. Read on for details about built-in workout programs, iFit Coach readiness, bike components and ProForm’s warranty.

Workout Programs

This bike is loaded with 14 classic training programs and is ready for iFit Coach personal training.

The 14 preset programs can control the bike’s speed and resistance. You can override the program if desired, and you can stop pedaling to pause a workout. Your progress is shown in graph style. As you ride, you can scan statistics for calorie burn, distance, time, speed and heart rate. RPMs are shown as a pacer to help you reach targets.

As a bike that’s “iFit Coach ready,” the Duo can access iFit Coach through a smartphone, tablet or computer. With an iFit Coach membership you have on-demand access to infinite personal training workouts, and you can virtually tour the world with Google Maps Street View as you pedal. Also included in the iFit Library are HD video workouts.

iFit Coach can track your data for bike rides and other activities. Using your fitness stats, it will make customized suggestions about exercise, diet and sleep.

Stationary Bike Features

The X-Bike Duo converts between recumbent and upright styles. Making the change involves repositioning the seat.

The bike seat is padded and sized for comfort. It is vertically adjustable and provides lumbar support.

Magnetic resistance is used for quiet operation. With digital controls you can move among 14 tension levels. The resistance levels are meant for beginners or people seeking gentle rehabilitative exercise.

For stability at high speeds, the pedals have shoe straps.

The console has a heart rate receiver. Wearing a chest strap, you can see your pulse data as you ride.

The X-Bike Duo frame can collapse for storage. Transport wheels are attached.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm X-Bike Duo indoor bike warranty includes:

– Frame: 5 years

– Parts: 90 days

– Labor: 90 days

ProForm bikes are sold with 30-day money-back guarantees.

Conclusion

The X-Bike Duo is among the lowest-priced bikes we’ve reviewed. Even so, it tends to earn positive ratings from owners. This bike isn’t meant for experienced trainees but it can be a satisfying starter bike for people who aren’t very heavy or long-legged. We recommend getting a monthly iFit Coach membership to help keep your exercise motivation high.