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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle Review

Quick Summary

NordicTrack’s top cycle trainer for 2021 is the Commercial S22i Studio Cycle with the iFit Coach app for personal training. A luxury model, the Commercial S22i provides NordicTrack’s widest display – a 22-inch HD touch screen – for virtual escapes to iFit Coach spin classes and for biking with interactive Google Maps Street Views. Another special feature is power incline and decline; this ride can tilt for uphill/downhill training! Overall the new S22i is a digitally connected exercise bike that’s optimized for workout variety. Details are below in our NordicTrack S22i review.

Specifications

Model NordicTrack
Commercial S22i Studio Cycle
Rating

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95.1%
List Price

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

$2,999
Best Price

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$1,999
Resistance

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.

Silent Magnetic Resistance
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.

Belt
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.

22" 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).

63" L x 22" W x 60" H Footprint
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 Years
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 95.1%

NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle: The Value Proposition

The NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle picks up where the S15i leaves off as that brand’s entries into the race for home exercise bikes. A luxury ride equipped with a vibrant 22-inch swiveling screen built to view iFit Coach workouts, it also brings 24 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance to the home for $1,999. This price has to be considered along with the 30-Day iFit Family Membership which comes along with it. Given that, the S22i price stands tall amongst the competition. For those familiar with the S15i, consider this model as nearly identical except for the 22-inch screen as opposed to 14-inch, and 24 levels of resistance as opposed to 22. The S15i is priced at $1,599, less the 30-day iFit subscription. So for an extra $400, one gets eight inches of bigger screen and two more resistance levels.

Recently the MYX Fitness Bike entered the category as a more affordable alternative at $1,299 (read the full review of the MYX Fitness Bike here). We’d also suggest that the ProForm Studio Bike at $1,499 offers a good comparison/contrast with the NordicTrack bikes. In terms of value, the S22i does bring a solid 10-year warranty on the frame, two-year guarantee on parts, and one year on labor. Compared to other models these days, that’s very respectable, although everyone would love to see lifetime guarantees across the board. Built with comfort in mind, the 2021 model also features new Bluetooth headphone capability so riders can better interact with their live iFit training community, or enjoy music. A solid, commercial steel frame with a maximum user weight of 350 pounds, the S22i is certainly at the upper end of its category in terms of price, but it is bringing quality to the counter.

One of the most unique value-added benefits of the S22i is the fact that it features a -10% decline and 20% incline option which works in conjunct with the iFit program. For an inside studio bike to offer incline and decline is rare enough, but for it to work in conjunct with the trainer-controlled programming is quite impressive a feature. For serious riders seeking the hills and hollers of road bikes, this in and of itself may make the decision for them.

 

Bike Build Quality

NordicTrack brings a reputation for solid machinery, and in the case of the S22i that appears to be the case once more. The maximum user weight of 350 pounds serves as an indicator overall durability. Measuring 63 inches in length, the bike is 22 inches wide, and 60 inches high of commercial grade steel. A 22-inch Smart HD Touchscreen with tilting display and a full 360-degree rotation is also a big draw for the those seeking multiple uses of the bike. The tilt and rotation allow riders to hop off and perform floor work with the included three-pound dumbbells, or yoga, or simply stretching. The bike’s resistance is generated by way of Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR), and the 24 levels are digitally controlled. What this means is that as a magnet is drawn closer to, or pulled away from, the flywheel, the resistance changes. Magnetic resistance is rated as among the smoothest of styles on the market.

The bike is also built for comfort, equipped with an ergonomic padded saddle and vertical, as well as horizontal, seat adjustment. The non-slip, multi-position handlebar also helps ensure riders of varying heights can use the bike. The AutoBreeze Workout Fan is a nice touch, as are the two two-inch digitally amplified speakers. An upgrade for the 2021 model is new Bluetooth headphone and heart rate connectivity and twice the RAM as in previous models. For the price offered, one does expect and receive these types of features with the S22i.

The Experience: Resistance and Ride

The 24 levels of digitally-controlled magnetic resistance is a big draw for many, but the real gem here is the bike’s incline/decline option. Not many bikes offer this feature, but the S22i sports a -10% decline and 20% incline, and this can be controlled from remote by the professional trainers of the iFit community. When participating in iFit classes of any kind, whether with live trainers or pre-programmed, the bike can auto-adjust accordingly. With this incline/decline function, riders get the real feel of mountains, trails, or hills. New Quiet Drive technology makes this function smooth irrespective of the degree of angling or intensity of the ride. All of this is managed easy with One Touch controls.

Unlike older friction resistance models, the magnetic resistance is considered by quiet and smooth. With the bike’s measurements, one can gauge its stability as high. Regardless of one’s level of ability, the 24 levels combined with incline and decline options, pretty well guarantee a well-earned burn. With the 22-inch screen’s ability to swivel and tilt, combined with the adjustable seat and handlebars, users of any height and weight up to 350 pounds should be able to hit the workout as hard as they want.

 

NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Bike Vs. The Competition

In the battle of the indoor bikes, the S22i is certainly among the higher-priced models, although not by much with all things considered. At $1,999, the purchase price comes with a 30-day iFit Family Membership. The other NordicTrack model, the S15i, is priced at $1,599 with the same iFit deal. For the extra $400, one gets an extra eight inches of screen and two additional levels of resistance.

We’d also mention the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 would serve as a comparison/contrast here. Priced at $1,299, the bike also comes with a 30-day iFit program, and in many ways, would seem like the same bike. Both offer 24 levels of magnetic resistance and a 22-inch screen which swivels, as well as other basic features. One big difference of course is the ProForm bike does not offer the incline/decline function, and instead of a 350-pound weight max, it offers 250 pounds. Both bikes even offer a set of three-pound dumbbells with the purchase and the warranty offered is the same. With this bike we’d say the big trade-offs would be the lower maximum weight and the fact that the S22i offers incline and decline in conjunct with the iFit program.

The MYX Fitness Bike is another lower priced alternative to the S22i (read the full review of the MYX Fitness Bike here). Priced at $1,399, the MYX Fitness Bike brings its own proprietary workout app with more than 500 classes as opposed to the iFit community’s trainer-led workouts. The MYX app is $29 per month, as opposed to iFit at $39 after the trial membership is up. Equipped with a 21.5-inch screen which swivels, its weight max is also 350 pounds. The big difference is in the resistance offered, as the MYX Fitness Bike uses a 41-pound flywheel, as opposed to magnetic. The warranty offered is also a big difference with one-year as opposed to the NordicTrack family’s 10 years for frame, two years for parts, and one year for labor.

 

Pros:

  • iFit Coach enabled for spin class videos and interactive workouts
  • 22-inch touch screen with high definition
  • 24 resistance levels
  • Bluetooth headphones and heart rate connectivity
  • Quiet magnetic flywheel system
  • Slope settings from -10 to 20 percent
  • Adjustable padded saddle with universal stem
  • Caged pedals; also compatible with road bike pedals
  • Multigrip handlebars
  • Set of three-pound dumbbells for upper-body exercise
  • Two water bottle holders
  • Auto-adjusting workout fan
  • 350-pound user weight capacity
  • Transport wheels

 

Cons:

  • Costs a lot more than the average home exercise bike
  • iFit Coach membership is required for using the model
  • NordicTrack has a reputation for slow customer service

Nordic Track S22i Spin BikeWorkout Programs

While the S22i comes with no built-in programs of its own, the bike can be used without the iFit Coach program in manual mode. Or, users could always park it in front of a smart television, or use another app. That said, the iFit program is successful for a reason.

With any NordicTrack cycle trainer, 24/7 personal training from iFit Coach is a highlight. The iFit Coach app is built into the NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle, and iFit can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices. The mobile apps offer a host of benefits, effectively providing ‘round-the-clock health and fitness coaching. For starters, upon waking each morning one can check an estimate of calories burned while sleeping. The app also provides a calorie intake suggestion for the day and automatically calculates and logs calories burnt for walking, swimming and other activities if it’s paired with a wearable activity tracker.

The iFit program includes dozens of LiveCast spin class videos, plus an unlimited number of virtual outdoor bike workouts with Google Maps street views. All iFit Coach workout files, including the bike class videos, can control the S22i resistance and incline to support the workout goals. With HD resolution this extra-wide display can help riders immerse in studio bike classes or take mini-mental vacations with scenic Google Maps footage.

The outdoor rides are excellent with IFit Coach as you are riding behind a real rider in various locations around the world. The live-streamed rider/instructor advises on posture, cadence, resistance, and can adjust the bike’s controls from remote.

Fitness App Compatibility

On an exercise bike already fitted with an integrated screen and iFit streaming, there’s no need to start looking at workout apps that focus on training instruction of any sorts. That said, if you’re looking for more in-depth training metrics to complement your fitness journey, we have some options for you. At top of mind, the Strava App has become a go-to for cardio enthusiasts of all sorts. Runners and cyclists alike will use the app for tracking rides and runs. This app is especially helpful if you also enjoy running outdoors (weather permitting), both because you can compile all of your workouts in one place, and because the community aspect of the app will help outdoor runners find new and challenging routes that have been shared by other users.

Read Our Strava App Review

 

In a similar vein, Google Fit—the simple fitness tracking software that’s compatible with countless Android smartwatches—could also prove useful to you. Use it to track your cardio and other workouts (yoga, strength, HIIT, and others), and maintain an easy-to-digest record of your progress. While both Strava and Google Fit are free, Strava does gatekeep some of its “premium functionality” for paid subscribers.

Read Our Google Fit Review

 

Features

The most prominent feature of the S22i is the 22-inch swivel screen with full 360 degrees of rotation. That said, the bike also brings the unique offering of -10% decline and 20% incline which can be controlled via the iFit program, or manually. Built to work with iFit, the purchase comes with one year of the family plan. The bike can be used without it manually, or with another app, if the rider chooses to discontinue the service at some point.

In terms of the bike itself, the unit measures 63-inch x 22-inch x 60-inch and can support up to 350 pounds in user weight. Equipped with Silent Magnetic Resistance and 24 levels, digitally controlled, the 2021 model also brings Bluetooth headphones and heart rate connectivity. Built for comfort, riders will find an ergonomic seat, adjustable both vertically and horizontally, as well as two water bottle holders, and two three-pound dumbbells. Other added features include two two-inch digitally amplified speakers.

The new 2021 model also brings improved HD graphics performance with added processor cooling, as well as faster dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity. Double the RAM and faster connectivity are also upgrades to this year’s model.

 

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Bike comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame, two years for parts, and one year for labor.

 

Is It Worth It?

Top-notch among NordicTrack cycle trainers, the Commercial S22i Studio Cycle has big appeal to luxury shoppers. It’s the only NordicTrack spin bike to supply a 22-inch HD monitor along with uphill/downhill slope to make the most of iFit Coach cycling workouts. This ride’s full price is high in relation to the warranty, but price isn’t the main concern of its intended riders. If you like this bike but balk at the price, maybe check out the cheaper S15i as a fun and effective alternative. Overall though we’d it’s worth it.

 

What’s Changed for this Year

Each year manufacturers upgrade their models by adding more features, particularly to the tech and screen elements. This can be confusing for those shopping online. Occasionally one might see the same bike offered with different features, and this might be what’s occurring. Below is a breakdown of the new features added to the 2021 model up from the 2020.

New for 2021 over 2020

  • Better Screen: The 22-inch Smart HD Touchscreen features improved HD graphics and added processor cooling.
  • Faster Connectivity: Improved dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Connectivity make for faster performance, along with 2X more RAM.
  • Improved Access: The 2021 model features improved Bluetooth headphones and heart rate connectivity.

 

 

20 Comments

  • Jill December 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm
    We are considering this bike, but are hesitant to buy without trying first? We currently have a Tour de France Proform. It is oretty uncomfortable, wobbly and very hard to adjust. The ease of adjustability is a big factor for us, as there is a 1-foot difference between me and my husband! Can you tell me your experience with this?
    • FitRated December 16, 2020 at 2:27 pm
      Hi Jill, this bike is quite easy to adjust. There are 2 knobs that you turn to loosen the seat to be adjusted vertically, forwards, and backwards. NordicTrack has an assembly video for this specific bike on their product page, so you can see the adjustment knobs in action. Hope this helps!
  • ken williams July 7, 2020 at 8:29 pm from los angeles
    I was considering purchase of this bike, so, I called to ask some questions. I was on hold 2 hours before hanging up. I purchase another brand.
    • FitRated Editorial Team August 11, 2020 at 12:14 pm
      Hey Ken, Sorry to hear about your experience. Quite a few fitness brands have been overwhelmed by the pandemic and are still struggling to keep up with consumer requests. Not making excuses for them, and we have called out NordicTrack's poor customer service in the past, but things have been challenging for several brands for the majority of 2020. We hope you found a bike that you're in love with!
  • craig white March 18, 2020 at 8:42 pm from Los Angeles
    Hi there, I'm trying to figure out which bike is best for me. Peloton or Nordictrack S22i I think live classes and a leader board are cool because I'm competitive but I also get bored easy so I like that you can switch things up woth the S22i Any advice?
    • FitRated Editorial Team August 11, 2020 at 12:17 pm
      Based on your comments, we'd lean towards the S22i. The Peloton is very much loved by its devout following, but it's likely that you'll appreciate the diversity of the S22i a bit more. In addition, we like the fact that you get a longer warranty on the NordicTrack, and that it has a power incline/decline function.
  • Edward Denkin January 4, 2020 at 9:13 pm from Wilmington, NC
    I have been trying to find this bike on display in a store somewhere, but have been unable to do so. My wife has great interest in it, but she is only 4'11" and does not always fit comfortably on a standard stationary bike. She rides a Giant Sedona XS frame size, but I cannot get anyone from NordicTrack to give me info about who has it on display for her to try. I'm told I should try Dicks Sporting Goods, but the ones in my area don't have them. So as much as we want to order one, and NordicTrack has a 30 day return policy, they also charge $250 shipping and a 10% restocking fee. So if she doesn't fit, I'm paying $450 just to see if she would fit on it. Solid products from what I've seen, but a fail on customer service in this instance.
    • FitRated Editorial Team August 11, 2020 at 12:24 pm
      You're in a bit of a tough situation there, I understand. Unfortunately with stocking issues caused by the pandemic, retailers are having a hard time keeping exercise bikes back in stock. Given the cost of shipping these large pieces of equipment, I can understand any brand's position of not offering free shipping/returns. It's a bit different than ordering something that comes in a 2-foot square box from Amazon! That said, we hope you're able to find a bike that fits your wife comfortably. One suggestion comes to mind; the MYX Fitness bike has more adjustability than this or many other competitors with streaming training/display screens, which allows the handlebars to be moved back closer to the seat. If I were to hazard a guess, while the NordicTrack ergonomics might still suit her, the added adjustability of the MYX could be beneficial.
    • cat September 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm from West Covna, CA
      What city and state are you located in. I too wanted to try on for size and check out the features. Found Johnson Fitness stores have them on the floor to try on, and order when ready as there is a backlog
  • Howie Long December 11, 2019 at 10:48 am
    After the first year, if I don't continue the iFit subscription, what do I have access to on the screen?
    • FitRated December 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm
      Hi Howie, After the first year, you have the option to renew your subscription and the renewal price is $468. This is optional, but you lose all your iFit features if you do not renew. The machine will still work fine without iFit, and there are daily workouts that stay with the machine. You will also have manual mode available to you.
  • Ginger marquardt August 12, 2019 at 11:15 am
    We purchased this bike so we can do the video bike rides — more interesting than just looking at TV when doing stationary biking. And one feature we were looking for was an automatic resistance adjustment. Luckily for us, the bike is working and we can use it. However, the preset resistance levels, even in the “beginner rides” are significantly too difficult for true beginners. We can and do change the resistance to match our current abilities, but then the automatic adjustments are cancelled. I wish there were a way to change the resistance and have the bike automatically adjust around the new set level. I’ve tried to contact nordictrack but they haven’t been helpful. And I can’t find anything in the manual. While the videos are interesting, the resistance issue is a definite disappointment.
  • Charles Shall April 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm from IN
    Do not ever purchase this bike. Nordic track has the worst customer service I've ever dealt with. When we received our bike and paid for white glove delivery and assembly, the guys who delivered it put it together wrong. After we called customer service, we were on hold for over 45 minutes they tried to get us to fix it ourselves. Finally we got a tech to come out, but that took over a week. Instead of fixing it then we had to file a claim, and wait over 3 weeks for the tech to come out. Then the incline/decline stopped working. After the tech came out again, with another week of waiting the part was on back order. After all this we decided it was time for a refund. Again my wife called only to be on hold for over 45 mins again! This was at the beginning of April. It is April 22 today and the company Icon fitness still hasn't picked up the bike and I had to call them! My wife has called 3x this month, on hold over 30 mins at least on every call. This is an expensive product, Nordic track should back it up with great customer service. Instead it has left a very sour taste in my mouth and I'll never purchase another item from them.
    • Courtney Grafton April 26, 2019 at 6:34 am
      Hi Charles, we are so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with NordicTrack. We hope you will consider some of the other models on the market as there are many great brands that would better suit you.
  • Josh April 16, 2019 at 6:27 pm
    While I much prefer going out for a bike ride in the great outdoors, sometimes, that just isn’t possible, for a variety of reasons. That’s why I picked up the NordicTrack S22i. I love the huge touchscreen, the interactive classes that I can do whenever I want, and the fact that the classes don’t stop at cycling. I can do loads of other workout routines, like cross training and yoga, whenever I want to do something that’s a little different and can challenge my body in new ways. A great feature: the screen tilts, so you can exercise off of the bike, too. It’s also worth mentioning that my entire family loves using this machine. And the fact that I can store multiple user profiles in it makes it possible for everyone to make the most of what this NordicTrack product has to offer. The more I use this machine, the more I notice my muscles strengthening and my stamina increasing. My only problem with it is that the seat can be a little uncomfortable. My kids don’t find it as comfortable as I do, so I bought a little cover for it, and they’re fine with it now.
    • Courtney Grafton April 18, 2019 at 9:59 am
      Hi Josh, we are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the NordicTrack. It is a great machine!! Bike seats can definitely take some time to get used to but keep in mind they can be interchangeable if you end up deciding to go with a different seat for the bike in the long run. We hope you continue to love the programs!
    • brad schofield November 25, 2019 at 9:07 am from NY
      Can you aggressively spin in the standing position withoutwobbling?
      • FitRated Editorial Team August 11, 2020 at 12:26 pm
        Sorry for the delay here, Brad! Someone missed this previously. So long as the bike is on a flat and level surface, the S22i is designed for hard use. Getting up and out of the saddle is a non-issue on this bike.
  • Brianna April 16, 2019 at 6:27 pm
    I’m the type of person who gets bored with traditional workouts really easily. So I figured a stationary bike that I could use at home, and that came with interactive features, might be a good way to motivate myself to get moving. That’s where the NordicTrack S22i came in. This machine is perfect for anyone like me. Just set it up with the iFit subscription so that you can get cycling classes and really neat scenery with Google Street View. What I really like most is the variety of workouts that I have whenever I get on this machine, so I can do something different every day and keep things interesting. Again, for someone who easily gets bored like I do with stationary bikes and other workout equipment, this is definitely a perk! I’ve used the machine a lot since I got it, but what I like most so far is the trail run option, as the bike will actually adjust automatically, which is another fun feature that you can’t get on other stationary bikes. Bottom line: if you’re tech savvy, if you want to stick with fun workouts that really challenge your body, and if you want to be able to exercise at home while still receiving guidance from trainers, this is the machine you’ve been searching for. At least, in my opinion.
    • Courtney Grafton April 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
      Hi Brianna. We are thrilled to hear that you are loving the NordickTrack. It is definitely a great machine and we love hearing from happy customers. The new workout programs definitely add an exciting element to stationary riding. Keep up the great work!

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