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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle Review

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NordicTrack’s top cycle trainer for 2020 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 20-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.


Model NordicTrack
Commercial S22i Studio Cycle

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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.

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.


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.


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

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

Adjustable horizontally and vertically

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

Toe cages, universal design

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 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 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.


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: 95.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 95.1/100. Home exercise bikes for 2020 are connecting with the outside world. A prime example is the new NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle with iFit Coach personal training app. This luxury ride is equipped with a vibrant 20-inch screen for viewing iFit Coach workouts. The workout selection 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 Commercial S22i resistance and incline to support your workout goals. While we love the ‘full meal deal’ that is the S22i, we entirely understand that this bike won’t be in everyone’s budget, but thankfully those looking to save aren’t left high and dry. Recently the MYX Fitness Bike entered the category as an affordable alternative (read the full review of the MYX Fitness Bike here).


The Nordic Track is a luxury indoor exercise bike offering a lot of features, very sharp style, and smooth ride. This bike is a favorite for its lightweight magnetic flywheel that barely makes a sound when riding. The bike is equipped with a 20-inch HD touch screen that swivels allowing riders to move the screen when doing workouts that have floor work involved. It is a bit heavier than other models and requires more space due to the larger screen but the bike itself can accommodate riders up to 350lbs.


The new S22i is NordicTrack’s most advanced cycle trainer for the 2019 model year. It leads their new Commercial Studio Cycle Series, which is also home to the S10i. Compared with similar but cheaper NordicTrack bikes, these fitness machines have the advantage of tilting for downhill and uphill training. The Commercial S22i alone is further distinguished by its 20-inch screen, as opposed to the S10i and its 10-inch monitor. With HD resolution this extra-wide display can help you immerse in studio bike classes or take mini mental vacations with scenic Google Maps footage.


It comes with two 3-pound dumbbells, two water bottle holders, 22 levels of resistance, and electronic movement for incline and decline.  This bike is designed for more advanced riders based on the overall design, features and higher price point coming in at $1,999.  While new riders would also enjoy this bike, the amount of options and perks may be overwhelming.


The S22i has a lot to offer to its riders so it is no surprise that assembly is a bit more taxing than other indoor bikes and may take you some time to set up, as there are many parts. However, once you have the bike set up you will be thrilled at the amazing positioning of the bike in general, very much like a road bike allowing riders to easily transition from the road to the S22i. The handlebar positions are parallel to the floor versus angled upwards, which is a preferred feature from an ergonomic perspective. The handlebars also include an elevated middle piece to position hands for a more aerodynamic position as if you were riding on an open highway.


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 if you please. For starters, upon waking each morning you can check an encouraging statistic: an estimate of calories burned while sleeping! The app also provides a calorie intake suggestion for the day, and iFit Coach can automatically calculate and log your calorie burn for walking, swimming and other activities if it’s paired with a wearable activity tracker.


Google Maps and iFit Coach are built into the console of this bike, which offer a large variety of ride options such as outdoor rides, spin classes and biking in various areas of the world. One thing to be noted with these programs is that there is a cost to upgrade and on this particular model is roughly $30-40/month. Upgrading will allow you to unlock more features otherwise you have a variety of programs included with the system. The outdoor rides are excellent with IFit Coach as you are riding behind a real rider in various locations around the world. The rider/instructor advises you on posture, cadence, resistance, etc. so you can learn about the bike while exploring new surroundings. Similar to the Proform Tour de France 1.0 model bike, the 22S1 actually moves with incline and decline creating a more realistic feel when going up or down hill. The spin classes are well designed with many different types of classes to choose from and the option to join a live class. While the music could be improved, most of the instructors are motivating and can actually change the resistance on your bike to challenge you.


This bike is very efficient in simulating a road bike, as the flywheel is one of the smoothest on the market. Unlike other indoor exercise bikes, the pedaling is smooth and natural, allowing you to nearly forget you are stationary. While the pedals come with standard cages, the universal model allows you to easily switch to a different pedal that would be compatible with your own clips. This bike packs a lot of power with multiple resistance levels and the adjustment knobs are easy to move with a simple twist and pull system. Other exercise bikes include crank-style knobs that can be complicated and frustrating to new riders.


The screen itself is larger than most models which is great for the workouts that are off the bike, however, may be too large for riders using this bike in smaller spaces as maneuvering this bike is more challenging. There is also no accessory tray on this model much like the Tour de France, so you don’t have anywhere to place your phone, keys or remote if needed. The commitment to a year of purchasing the iFit Coach also may be a turn off for some riders.


Great features about this bike are definitely its overall look; black with slight orange accents. The actual positioning of this bike is excellent if looking to ride most similar to a road bike. The flywheel is the best I have seen on the market and offers the smoothest ride you will have on an indoor bike due to its magnetic power.


Full price for the new NordicTrack S22i is $2,399 including delivery… but you could surely own the bike for less; NordicTrack frequently updates its website with sale prices. An extra cost at check-out is the iFit Coach fee for spin class videos and other personal training. Warranty details for this machine are provided below.


Overall, this bike is an amazing model and geared towards more advanced riders in the style and programs it offers. The price of this bike is slightly higher due to its elite form and features so if you’re new to riding you may want to start with a smaller, more simple bike. The Nordic Track s22i is worth our high rating because it aims to please and absolutely succeeds!



  • iFit Coach enabled for spin class videos and interactive workouts
  • 22-inch touch screen with high definition
  • 22 resistance levels
  • 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
  • iPod-compatible sound system
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Contact heart rate sensors
  • Two water bottle holders
  • Auto-adjusting workout fan
  • 350-pound user weight capacity
  • Transport wheels



  • Costs a lot more than the average home exercise bike
  • Assembly involves many steps; you might prefer professional assembly, which adds $250 to your investment
  • Requires iFit Coach membership for 12 months; cheaper bikes make iFit Coach optional
  • NordicTrack has a reputation for slow customer service


The Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is a digitally connected home exercise bike with 22-inch monitor enabled for iFit Coach. This elite fitness machine can stream LiveCast videos filmed at the iFit Coach spin studio, and it also lets you cycle in virtual outdoor environments: Pedal with Google Maps landscape views and synchronized incline changes! Specs include power decline/incline settings of -10 to 20 percent; 22 resistance levels with quiet magnetic shifting; and an iPod-compatible speaker system. Below are details about iFit Coach workouts, components and the free S22i warranty.

Workout Programs

The S22i Studio Cycle is sold with a 12-month membership to iFit Coach, an advanced app for personal training. One membership is enough for the typical household; it allows up to four user profiles. With a user profile you’ll get customized workout program suggestions each time you ride. Two main types of bike workout programs are featured: spin class videos and Google Maps programs. A couple other types are also described below.


First, spin class videos that control bike resistance are the newest iFit Coach benefit. Class videos are filmed at an iFit Coach gym, and like other iFit workouts they’re available on demand. Each video features a world-class personal trainer and a studio filled with “riders like you” on NordicTrack cycle trainers. Many of the classes include upper-body strength training along with cycling; the instructor leads you through exercises with hand weights that ship with the S22i and other models.


Next, Google Maps workouts let you virtually hit the road (or maybe an unpaved trail) while riding the S22i Studio Bike. iFit Coach suggests routes that are scenic and suit your fitness goals, plus you can create customized Google Maps workouts anytime. When you create workouts, you can get social too: iFit Coach lets you challenge other riders to your courses.


Additionally iFit Coach has a selection of HD video workouts for virtually experiencing segments of Tour de France races. These are similar to Google Maps workouts, but the footage is especially vivid and immersive.


Finally, non-bike workout videos are included with iFit Coach membership too. You’ll get on-demand mobile access to hundreds of videos in lots of diverse categories.


S22i Studio Cycle Features

The Commercial S22i’s most eye-catching feature is the 22-inch touch screen, which can show iFit Coach spin classes and other workouts in high definition. The S22i Studio Cycle is named for its screen measurement, as is the cheaper S10i.


Lots of riders like to keep mobile devices handy, so the 22-inch monitor has a ledge sized for your mobile device. You can amplify your favorite workout music by connecting an iPod-compatible MP3 player to the Studio Cycle’s sound system.


The S22i and its simpler sibling, the S10i, show off NordicTrack’s steepest bike incline/decline range. The variance is significant with extremes of -10 and +20 percent. Slope can be controlled manually or by workout programs. This feature is fun to use with Google Maps workouts, which automatically adjust the bike’s slope according to data about the terrain.


Pedalling fast and furiously, you can appreciate how NordicTrack Studio Cycles have pedal cages. The S22i also has a universal pedal design; you can swap out the set for any standard road bike pedals.


This cycle trainer’s saddle is adjustable in four directions (up, down, forward and back) to fit riders of different heights. The machine is also compatible with seats for outdoor bikes.


A set of three-pound hand weights is bundled with the bike. Storage for the weights is built into the bike for easy access during rides.


For heart rate monitoring the Commercial S22i has contact sensors and is compatible with wireless chest straps (not included).


To help you keep cool, this bike is equipped with two water bottle holders and a self-adjusting fan.


NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycles have steel frames with 350-pound capacity. Caster wheels are attached to ease transport.


Warranty & Guarantee

The standard warranty for the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle provides:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 years

– Labor: 1 year

Extended warranties can be purchased along with the bike or after receipt. Additionally NordicTrack exercise bikes have 30-day money-back guarantees.



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 S10i as a fun and effective alternative.

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  • 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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