Designed for newcomers to stationary biking, the iFit-enabled $799 ProForm 14.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike combines low resistance with lots of training guidance.
Read on for our full review of the ProForm 14.0 EX.
Rating: 86.5/100. Keeping fit is easy with the ProForm 14.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike. For new trainees it’s quite a package: pro-designed workouts, a comfortable ride, and fitness tracking. Preloaded workout programs bring home a certified personal trainer’s expertise, and an iFit-compatible console offers unlimited customized workout programming. Now priced at just $799 (down from $1,299) and carrying a three-year parts warranty, the ProForm 14.0 EX looks like quite a deal. Is it right for you? Here are lists of advantages and potential drawbacks of making this bike your own.
- 18-pound drive (Good challenge for beginners)
- Cushioned seat with adjustable height
- 32 preset workouts
- 7″ full color touch screen
- Tablet computer shelf
- iPod-compatible (Port and 2″ speakers)
- USB charging station
- Supports wireless heart rate monitoring (Chest strap not included)
- Contact heart rate sensors
- Two-speed workout fan
- Water bottle holder
- Low price ($799 on sale, $1,299 MSRP)
- Three-year parts warranty
- Practical size for home use (Footprint is 61.5″ x 23″)
- Not powerful enough for advanced or hefty cyclists
- Grip heart rate sensors aren’t so accurate (Add a wireless chest strap)
- Parts sometimes don’t align properly, requiring creativity during assembly
- Requires occasional light maintenance by owner
- ProForm customer service is often slow
Bikes at this price point typically have shortcomings, but still some $799 alternatives could be better. See NordicTrack for similar exercise bikes with better performance.
To ride or not to ride? The ProForm 14.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike is a starter bike with relatively light resistance. It’s not the sort of exercise bike that will add muscular bulk; it is designed for burning calories and keeping your heart healthy. The 14.0 EX can make exercise more enjoyable thanks to iFit Google Maps™ workouts and an smartphone-compatible sound system. This bike has fun electronics but isn’t as durable as similarly-priced options.
The ProForm 14.0 EX makes it easy to exercise efficiently. Choose from 32 preset training programs, press “Start” and go! The bike will automatically adjust its resistance so you can focus attention elsewhere.
For endless training options you can easily use this bike with an iFit membership. Using your home’s wireless Internet connection, the bike’s computer can go online and download new workouts anytime. You can use interactive Google Maps™ workouts, high definition video workouts from celebrity personal trainers, and routines that are customized for your user profile. These programs can be shown on the bike’s 7″ touch screen. You can also access iFit’s advanced data tracking and other features with your desktop computer or mobile device.
Stationary Bike Features
The 14.0 EX has an 18-pound flywheel. The magnetic resistance is controlled electronically and includes 26 levels. You can easily adjust the challenge by using “One Touch” buttons on the console (no scrolling). Because the resistance is magnetic (friction-free), the resistance changes are virtually silent.
This bike’s full color touch screen is ideal for showing iFit’s engaging workout programs.
The 14.0 EX also has a jack for your MP3 player. A set of 2″ speakers is built into the console.
To help you exercise in your target heart rate zone, the ProForm 14.0 EX features a CardioGrip™ heart rate monitor and is compatible with Bluetooth Smart wireless chest straps.
ProForm Fitness has also included a bottle holder and a two-speed CoolAire™ fan.
Warranty & Guarantee
The ProForm 14.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 2 Years
– Labor: 1 year
ProForm exercise bikes also have a 30-day money back guarantee.
The ProForm 14.0 EX Upright Stationary Bike caters to new bikers. It’s big on training programs and helping time fly by, but it’s not going to win an award for durability. Sale priced at $799 it’s a fair deal but not necessarily a best buy exercise bike.