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NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio Cycle Review

Quick Summary

The new NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio Cycle invites you to combine “home sweet home” with serious spin bike exercise. This tech-rich ride is among the first to stream spin class videos from an iFit Coach studio. These expert-led workout programs show on a 10” monitor (or your big-screen TV) and can control the bike’s resistance. Other highlights are incline/decline and various iFit Coach features, from energizing Google Maps workouts to sleep reminders. Details are below in our full NordicTrack S10i review.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack
Commercial S10i Studio Cycle
Rating

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92.50%
List Price

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

$2,299
Best Price

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$1,899
Resistance

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

22 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.

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.

16 lbs.
Frame

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

Heavy-Duty Steel
Seat

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

Adjustable horizontally and vertically
Pedals

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

Toe cages, universal design
Programs

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

iFit Coach
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 Telemetry and Grip Sensors
Display

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

10" HD touchscreen
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).

55"x 21.9"x 54.8"
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: 92.50%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.50/100. Spin for fitness at home! The Commercial S10i Studio Cycle with 10” screen introduces NordicTrack’s best spin bike collection for 2018. This new ride lets you train in the comfort of home, but with digital connections to energizing workout environments: an iFit Coach spin studio and countless destinations charted by Google Maps. The special S10i mix of fun features and convenience can be an effective recipe for fitness success.

Bikes in the new Commercial Studio Cycle Series are unique for allowing uphill and downhill exercise: They have power incline from -10 to a steep 20 percent. Like simpler NordicTrack bikes, these advanced models also have the iFit Coach app for comprehensive personal training. iFit Coach is a key to NordicTrack’s popularity, as it offers everything from custom-tailored workouts to personalized diet tips and sleep reminders. For those riding the new S10i Studio Cycle, video of iFit Coach spin studio classes is a favorite feature.

iFit Coach spin bike classes let you enjoy the best of two worlds: a high-end gym and your comfortable home. Class videos can stream to the S10i Studio Cycle’s 10-inch HD screen or your home entertainment system. The wider the view, the more you’ll feel immersed in a high-end gym environment! (You can also get a bigger view by choosing the S22i, which is identical except for its 22-inch monitor.) iFit Coach spin classes cater to all fitness levels, and Commercial Studio Cycles have 22 resistance settings to customize your challenge.

Spin class videos are a new iFit Coach feature. Our longtime favorite feature of iFit Coach – riding with Google Maps Street View – is also a big perk of choosing the S10i. You can ride a new Google Maps route with interactive views anytime. Escape to Europe, New Zealand, Antarctica or anywhere else that Google’s street team has filmed. The world is at your feet! Pedaling with power incline/decline, you can virtually experience distant topography along with scenic views.

All in all, the new S10i Studio Cycle appeals to shoppers who like exercise programs and lots of variety. With iFit Coach membership you can train with spin class videos on-demand or tour the world. You can enjoy your favorite soundtracks too; the bike’s iPod-compatible sound system can play MP3s.

Full price for the new NordicTrack S10i is $2,299 including delivery. An additional cost at check-out is the membership fee for iFit Coach spin classes and other personal training. This purchase is protected with a standard warranty for the frame, parts and labor as detailed below.

Pros:

  • Enabled for spin class videos and other iFit Coach features
  • 10″ HD touch screen
  • 22 resistance levels
  • Power incline/decline from -10 to 20 percent
  • Adjustable padded saddle
  • Multigrip handlebars
  • Caged pedals
  • Three-pound dumbbells for upper-body exercise
  • iPod-compatible MP3 speakers
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Water bottle holders
  • Cooling fan
  • High weight capacity (350 pounds)
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Costs more than the average cycle trainer
  • Assembly involves many steps and requires two people; we’d pay extra for professional setup
  • Lacks built-in workouts; requires iFit Coach for programming
  • NordicTrack has a reputation for slow customer service

Introduction

NordicTrack’s Commercial S10i Studio Cycle is a home exercise bike with 10” touch screen and wifi. It can stream videos filmed in the iFit Coach spin studio, and it can synchronize Google Maps Street Views with your workout pace. Other perks include 22 resistance levels and steep maximums for power incline/decline. Below are specifics about available workouts, other features and the manufacturer’s warranty.

Workout Programs

NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycles use iFit Coach for workout programming. The selection is literally infinite! iFit Coach workouts aren’t built into the fitness machines; you download programs of interest. Main choices include bike studio videos and interactive Google Maps programs.

Bike studio videos are the best-advertised feature of the new S10i. Videos are recorded in the iFit Coach gym, which looks like a typical high-end spin studio. Each class is led by a world-class instructor, and each workout video automates your bike’s resistance and incline/decline to follow the coach’s plan. (You can override the controls anytime.) Several dozen iFit Coach spin class videos are available at the time of this review writing, and new productions are underway.

Upper-body exercise is included in many iFit spin classes. Occasionally the instructor will guide you through exercises that use lightweight dumbbells included with the bike.

Google Maps workouts bring unlimited possibilities. iFit Coach suggests specific outdoor paths, but you can create your own map workouts too. The setup process is easy; basically you type an address or city name into Google Maps, then tap your bike’s touch screen to set the start point and finish line. iFit Coach shows the distance and elevation as you draw, so it’s simple to choose a path that fits your preferences.

Each time you ride the S10i Studio Cycle, the 10” screen will welcome you with suggested workouts. These suggestions reflect your general workout preferences, such as riding 10 miles with a moderate elevation change. The suggestions also respond to your activity log. For example, the day after an especially intense ride, iFit Coach might suggest a gentler workout.

Non-bike workout videos are also included with iFit Coach membership. You’ll have on-demand mobile access to hundreds of high quality workout classes. Using iFit Coach is akin to being a gym member, but minus the commute!

Each iFit Coach membership supports up to four user profiles.

S10i Studio Cycle Features

The Commercial S10i is named for its 10-inch workout monitor. The monitor has a touch screen and shows iFit Coach workouts in high definition. Screen size is the only difference between the S10i and the higher-priced S22i.

The 10” monitor has a small ledge for holding a mobile device. The fitness machine is also iPod-compatible; it has a plug-in port and speaker system.

Power incline/decline is exceptional on this bike. Few fitness brands build exercise bikes with incline, and the S10i has NordicTrack’s steepest bike incline range with extremes of -10 and +20 percent slope. You can adjust the incline with buttons or let it be controlled entirely by an iFit Coach spin class video or other workout program.

Pedals for this bike have toe cages, so you can train at high speeds without worry of losing your footing. You can also replace the pedals with those of any road bike.

The S10i bike saddle is padded but rather small. It could be made more comfortable with a gel cover. We like how the saddle has a universal stem; you can replace the seat if desired.

A pair of three-pound dumbbells is shipped with the bike. These can be stored behind the handlebars for easy access as you pedal.

Two options are provided for heart rate monitoring. Contact sensors are built into the Studio Cycle, and you can pair the bike with a wireless chest strap (sold separately).

For help regulating your body heat, the S10i has a multi-speed fan that adjusts to your workout intensity. It also has two bottle holders.

Transport wheels are attached to the bike frame.

Warranty & Guarantee

The standard warranty for the NordicTrack Commercial S10i Studio Cycle includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 years

– Labor: 1 year

Additionally all new NordicTrack exercise bikes have 30-day guarantees. During the first 30 days of ownership you can return the S10i for a refund.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack S10i Studio Cycle is unique for combining a 10” HD monitor, generous incline/decline settings, and iFit Coach personal training. At full price this new model isn’t a bargain, but the S10i is a fun option for households with cash to spare… and sometimes “fun” is essential motivation. The mix of in-home convenience and dynamic workout settings can be a great formula for reaching fitness goals.