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NordicTrack Commercial VU19 Review

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Keep fit in modern style!

The NordicTrack Commercial VU19 is an upright exercise bike loaded with high tech amenities: a full color touch screen, an Android browser, the newest iFit technology and an iPod-compatible sound system.

Sale priced at just $999 with a competitive warranty, it’s easily become a popular exercise bike for home gyms.

But is it your best exercise bike?

Read on for a full NordicTrack Commercial VU19 review.


Model NordicTrack Commercial VU19

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

24 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.

19 lb. Flywheel

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).

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.


It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.


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

Oversized & Cushioned

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

Extra-Wide Ergonomic

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

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.

CardioGrip Wireless & Wireless Strap

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

7" Color Touch Screen
Max. Weight

Max. User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that the bike can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

60" x 24.8" x 41.25"
Accessory Tray

Some bikes include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Cooling Fans


Some exercise bikes can fold up and/or have wheels that make it easy to roll them around for convenience and to save space.


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: 93.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.5/100. Vivid colors, your favorite songs, social media… They’re all aboard the NordicTrack Commercial VU19. This upright exercise bike is tech-rich to enhance your exercise experience. One highlight is the 7″ full color touch screen, which not only shows workout data but also lets you browse the web. Some other perks are an iFit-enabled console for unlimited workout variety and extensive data tracking, a set of iPod-friendly speakers and lots of built-in bike workouts. That’s impressive for a $999 exercise bike! To keep the price low, NordicTrack has included a not-so-heavy drive and some other non-premium components, such as plastic housing (instead of metal housing) for the flywheel. The result is an affordable exercise bike that’s most suitable for beginners. It’s a good fit for many shoppers, but it’s not aiming to satisfy advanced cyclists.

Here are pros and cons to consider before choosing the NordicTrack Commercial VU19.


  • 19-pound drive (Good for beginners)
  • Comfortable gel-cushioned seat
  • Adjustable seat (Up/down, forward/backward)
  • 32 built-in workouts
  • Enabled for iFit (Shown on a full color touch screen)
  • Tablet computer holder (Removable)
  • iPod-compatible (Port and 2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate receiver (Chest strap included)
  • OneTouch™ controls (No scrolling to change resistance)
  • Workout fan
  • Water bottle holder
  • Low price ($999 on sale, $1,499 MSRP)
  • Three-year parts warranty
  • Practical size for most homes (Footprint is 60″ x 24.8″)


  • Not powerful enough for stronger cyclists
  • Grip heart rate sensors aren’t accurate, but a wireless pulse monitor is included too
  • Lower quality parts could break (Plastic flywheel cover, for example)
  • NordicTrack customer service can be slow


NordicTrack has packed lots of potential into the Commercial VU19. This upright exercise bike is equipped to train and entertain not-so-advanced cyclists. Time flies by with help from an Internet browser, iPod-compatible speakers and your own tablet computer. (A tablet holder is included.)

This bike has a 19-pound drive, which is light but not ridiculously light — a good choice for beginners who aren’t interested in paying for force they might never use. Workout training includes preloaded programs and the option to use iFit.

NordicTrack Commercial VU19 Workout Programs

Burn calories, build endurance and improve your overall athletic prowess. Training programs included on the Commercial VU19 help you make the most of each exercise session. There are 32 workouts to choose from. It’s quite a menu, but navigation is simple with the bike’s touch screen.

For literally unlimited workout variety, you can use this stationary bike with an iFit membership. Download a new and customized workout every day, train along with high definition videos featuring world-class personal trainers, and virtually bike any route that’s in the Google Maps™ system. As you ride along, the bike’s resistance will change to simulate the sensation of riding the terrain. An interactive Google Street View adds to the virtual touring experience.

Stationary Bike Features

Stay connected or tune out during workouts. With your tablet computer along for the ride, you can go either way. The Commercial VU19 has a removable holder for your tablet computer. It also has an iPod-compatible port and 2″ speakers.

A wireless chest strap is included. With continuous heart rate feedback, you can adjust your exercise to stay on track toward your goals. Also provided is a CardioGrip™ heart rate monitor. This system uses contact sensors and isn’t as reliable as the wireless option.

Keeping hydrated and cool can help your endurance. The Commercial VU19 has an integrated water bottle holder and a fan that automatically adjusts according to your output.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Commercial VU19 upright bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.


When avoiding boredom is a priority, the NordicTrack Commercial VU19 is a star. This bike provides ample training support, physical power and digital distraction to help novice bikers achieve higher levels of fitness. This earns a solid rating due to the highly competitive price point and value.

1 Comment

  • Michele Bunting January 24, 2021 at 8:43 am from Downingtown, PA
    I just tried my brand new NoridcTrack VU19 Bike today and regulary attend gym classes to spin. I could not stand up on this bike to spin - it was almost impossible. Is it because it is much harder than gym spin bike as the rest of the class was fine.?

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