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NordicTrack Grand Tour Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack Grand Tour bike lets you pedal indoors with real incline/decline. Since it’s enabled for iFit, Google Maps workouts can deliver the visuals of actual outdoor paths in sync with the bike’s incline/decline, making it feel like you’re touring the world from the comfort of your home gym.

This technologically advanced stationary bike features a 7” touch screen that serves as an all-in-one display for standard bike workouts, iFit workouts, and surfing the web.

Often available on sale for less than $1000, the Grand Tour is an especially feature-rich find for its price class. Read on for a more detailed NordicTrack bike review.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack
Grand Tour
Rating

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88%
List Price

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

$1,299
Best Price

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$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
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.

Welded 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.

Extra-wide
Programs

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

32
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
Display

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

7” 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).

62" L x 23.5" W x 62"H
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 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 88%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 10-degree power incline and decline.
  • 7″ HD viewing screen with touch control.
  • iPod-compatible MP3 speakers.
  • Adjustable saddle.
  • Adjustable handlebars.
  • 32 built-in workout programs.
  • Enabled for iFit Coach.
  • 24 resistance levels.
  • Wireless heart rate receiver.
  • Small footprint (60″ L X 23.5″ W).
  • Water bottle holders.
  • Cooling fan.
  • Transport wheels.

Cons:

  • Assembly is time-intensive and requires two people.
  • Occasional maintenance by the owner may be required, such as tightening screws or adjusting the drive belt.
  • The manufacturer has a reputation for slow customer service for parts replacement.

Full Review

The NordicTrack Grand Tour is a highly enjoyable bike that’s iFit Coach enabled to let you virtually explore real parks, cities, and villages. At any time (and in any weather), you can experience the ups, downs, and interactive views of real-life routes. This unique bike’s incline and decline settings range from -10 to 10 degrees to workout your muscles and trick your mind. Resistance is broken down into 24 increments and is provided by a magnetic drive system with force equivalent to a 16-pound flywheel.

Besides being iFit enabled, the Grand Tour bike provides 32 training programs to support your goals for heart health, calorie burn, incline training, exercise intensity and speed.

Price

This exercise bike’s starting price is $1,299 including a three-year parts warranty and one year of labor. With luck and/or patience, you can find it for less than $1,000.

The NordicTrack Grand Tour is a highly enjoyable bike that’s iFit Coach enabled to let you virtually explore real parks, cities, and villages. At any time (and in any weather), you can experience the ups, downs, and interactive views of real-life routes. This unique bike’s incline and decline settings range from -10 to 10 degrees to workout your muscles and trick your mind. Resistance is broken down into 24 increments and is provided by a magnetic drive system with force equivalent to a 16-pound flywheel.

Besides being iFit enabled, the Grand Tour bike provides 32 training programs to support your goals for heart health, calorie burn, incline training, exercise intensity and speed.

Workout Programs

Workout options with the Grand Tour bike include manual mode, preset workout programs, and an endless variety of routines available through WiFi with an iFit Coach membership.

Preset workout variety includes 32 training programs. To make program selection easy, NordicTrack groups the choices by workout goal: calorie burn, incline, intensity, heart rate, and speed.

The Grand Tour bike can connect with an iFit Coach membership (available in monthly or annual subscription packages). iFit features range from diet guidance to sleep time suggestions. As for iFit workout programs, there are several categories:

  • Google Maps workouts (with or without Street View) that match your preferences for distance, elevation, calorie burn, and more.
  • HD video workouts led by world-class personal trainers.
  • Standard bike workouts tailored to your goals.
  • Online bike races built in Google Maps by the iFit user community.

Each iFit subscription supports multiple member profiles and makes it easy to wirelessly log and track fitness data.

Features

A main attraction of the Grand Tour bike is the frame’s adjustable 10 degrees of incline and decline. Power adjustable, the angle can be easily changed in the middle of a workout.

The integrated 7” display screen uses touch screen technology. Essentially it’s a built-in tablet computer with apps for workouts and the web. It can display built-in workouts and iFit workouts in full color, including those produced with HD video and Google Maps.

Want to add your favorite entertainment apps to speed up your workout time? The Grand Tour bike has a tablet holder attached to the far end of the console for just that. It can hold most full-sized tablet computers securely and with an adjustable angle to fit any eyeline.

iPod-compatible, Grand Tour exercise bikes have sets of 2” speakers for MP3s built into their consoles.

The console also has a storage space for two three-pound dumbbells, which are included to make whole-body cross training more convenient.

Finally, to help regulate your temperature this bike has a two-speed fan and two water bottle holders.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Grand Tour warranty package includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Moving Parts & Electronics: 3 years
– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The original Grand Tour bike is a good value for many shoppers seeking feature-rich cardio trainers under $1000. The pricier Grand Tour Pro might last longer, but after several years you’ll likely be ready to “graduate” from this series anyways. All in all, the NordicTrack Grand Tour is a reliable and popular fitness machine for the average household, providing realistic outdoor biking simulations that aren’t typically available at this price.

Our Rating: 88/100

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