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NordicTrack Grand Tour Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack Grand Tour bike is NordicTrack’s entry-level model in their Grand Tour Series, but this doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in quality or features. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to pedal indoors with interactive training and real incline/decline, the NordicTrack Grand Tour bike is an ideal option for you. 

Since it’s iFit-enabled, you can enjoy Google Maps workouts with the visuals of actual outdoor paths in sync with the bike’s incline/decline to feel like you’re touring the world from the comfort of your home gym. This technologically advanced stationary bike features a 7” HD touchscreen that serves as an all-in-one display for standard bike routines and iFit workouts.

Often available on sale for less than $1,000, the Grand Tour is an especially feature-rich find for its price class.

Want to find out whether it’s the right bike for you? Read on for our detailed review of the NordicTrack Grand Tour bike including the key pros and cons.

Our Rating: 88/100

Specifications

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 Ergonomic Pedals with Adjustable Straps
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” 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).

59.2" L x 23.3" W x 56.2" 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: 10 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 year

Rating: 88%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Good incline options: 10-degree power incline and decline
  • iFit-enabled console: 7″ touchscreen which is perfect for viewing iFit workouts on
  • Music Friendly: Auxiliary music port and a set of 2” speakers
  • Custom Fit: Adjustable saddle and adjustable handlebars for comfort
  • Workout Variety: 32 built-in workout programs
  • Resistance Options: 24 resistance levels
  • Accurate Stats Tracking: Compatible with wireless heart rate monitoring for accurate readouts
  • Compact and Easy to Store: Small footprint at just 59.2″ L x 23.3″ W x 56.2″ H and transport wheels for easy moving and storage
  • Creature Comforts: Water bottle holders and cooling fans included

Cons:

  • Assembly: Some users have said this is time-intensive and requires two people
  • Upkeep: Occasional maintenance by the owner may be required, such as tightening screws or adjusting the drive belt
  • Customer Service: The manufacturer has a reputation for slow customer service for parts replacement

NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Full Review

The NordicTrack Grand Tour is a highly enjoyable bike that’s iFit-enabled to let you virtually explore real parks, cities, and villages from the comfort of your home gym. Whatever the weather, you can experience the ups, downs, and interactive views of real-life routes; it’s a great way to stay motivated to keep exercising. This unique bike’s incline and decline settings range from -10 to 10 degrees, and resistance is broken down into 24 increments. Its magnetic drive system has 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. So if you don’t want to continue paying the iFit subscription after your free 1-year membership that comes with the bike runs out, then you still have a range of workouts at your fingertips which are free for life.

Price

Although the Grand Tour’s MSRP is $1,299, you can now find it for less than $1,000 online.

This includes a free 1-year membership to iFit (which has a $468 value). It also includes a 10-year warranty on the frame, 2 years of coverage on parts and 1 year on labor.

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 membership.

Preset workout variety includes 32 training programs. The Grand Tour is very user-friendly, and to make program selection easy, NordicTrack groups the choices by workout goal: calorie burn, incline, intensity, heart rate, and speed.

iFit delivers you endless on-demand and live workouts with world-leading personal trainers in studios and locations across the globe, as well as health and wellness guidance from nutrition to sleep time suggestions. iFit will also give you access to: Google Maps workouts (with or without Street View) that match your preferences for distance, elevation, calorie burn; standard bike workouts tailored to your goals; and online bike races built in Google Maps by the iFit user community.

As for stats tracking, iFit makes it easy to wirelessly log in, track your exercise data, and work towards your fitness and wellness goals.

Features

One of the Grand Tour bike’s star features 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” HD touchscreen is essentially a built-in tablet computer with apps for workouts and fitness stats tracking. 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 got you covered; just dock your tablet on the integrated tablet holder in front of you to catch up on your favorite shows as you work out, and listen through the Grand Tour’s set of 2” digitally amplified speakers.

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: 10 years

– Parts & Electronics: 2 years

– Labor: 1 year

There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee with all NordicTrack machines if you buy directly from the manufacturer.

Conclusion

The original NordicTrack Grand Tour bike is a good value model for many shoppers seeking a feature-rich cardio trainer under $1,000. The pricier Grand Tour Pro may last longer, but after several years you’ll likely be ready to graduate from this series anyways. 

Overall, the NordicTrack Grand Tour bike 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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