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ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Review

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And the race is on for the top cycle trainer as the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 comes cruising to the line. Definitely a high-end model, the Pro 22 comes with all the bells and whistles a spin fan could want in a home unit. Like a growing number of bikes and other exercise machines these days, the unit comes iFit-enabled with a free 1-year Family Membership included in the purchase. A 22-inch Smart HD Touchscreen Display with SmartSwivel™, one of the largest around, allows fitness fans to ride off into sunsets, sunrises, and along the beaches of Earth by way of interactive Google Maps Street Views. Check out the details below in our full review of what’s sure to be a top-seller in 2021.

Specifications

Model ProForm
Studio Bike Pro 22
Rating

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96.5%
List Price

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

$1,499
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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.

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.

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 clips and straps
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.

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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.

250 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).

56.5"x 21.9"x 54"
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 yrs
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 96.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 96.5/100. The move toward interconnectedness just keeps spinning forward, and the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is a great example. The bike comes iFit-enabled with a 1-year Family Membership included in the purchase price of $1,499. This high-end bike comes with a whopper of a 22″ Smart HD Touchscreen Display that can swivel 180 degrees. The swivel screen affords users a number of options in terms of going to the ground for warm-ups, Yoga, or working out with the two 3 lb dumbbells which come included. The iFit Coach workouts include dozens of LiveCast spin class videos, as well as unlimited virtual outdoor bike workouts by way of Google Maps street views. The iFit Coach community can be used on any device and includes the bike class videos. Trainers from remote locations can actually control the ProForm Studio Bike 22’s resistance while you participate in group classes. At only $1,499 this bike stacks ups up well against the NordicTrack Commercial S22i which is priced at $2,399.

The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is a solid indoor exercise bike which brings a lot of features, as well as a sharp look, and smooth ride. The bike operates off of Silent Magnetic Resistance technology by way of a lightweight flywheel. Equipped with a 22-inch HD touch screen which swivels, it makes for quiet workouts and diversity of programming. One point to note here in terms of machine, the user weight capacity is only 250 lbs, which does come in shy of its competitors.

The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is the most advanced cycle trainer offered by that brand for the coming year 2021, part of its Studio Series which also includes the Carbon CX and Studio Pro. Compared with these models, the Pro 22 brings a significantly larger screen and more resistance. The ProForm family of exercise equipment has packed up with the iFit community as a workout partner, but users are always able to utilize the bike independently if they don’t want to continue the membership fee-based program.

The bike also comes with two 3 lb dumbbells, a water bottle holder, 24 levels of digital resistance, and an ergonomic padded seat. Based on the higher price point relative to the other bikes in the Studio Series, the intended audience is most interested in the 22-inch HD touch screen and resistance.

In terms of the bike itself, the foot print is 21.9 inches wide, 56.5 inches deep, and 54 inches high, with an in-box product weight of only 144 lbs. More options include the vertical adjustability of the handlebars at 3.75 inches, with five optional positions. The seat also adjusts vertically into 10 positions on a 9-inch stack, offers horizontal adjustability with a 3-inch reach, and is interchangeable. The pedals are also interchangeable, with optional toe cages fitted with straps. Built to suit riders of nearly any height, the weight capacity is a bit less than other brands’ bikes at only 250 lbs.

As with the rest of the ProForm line-up, the 24/7 personal training afforded by way of iFit Coach is a big selling point. The iFit Coach app comes built into the machine, so as to allow personal trainers to control the resistance levels from remote locations. That said, the app can be downloaded onto iOS and Android devices for use anywhere, anytime. The benefit provides non-stop health and fitness coaching, which includes early morning wake-ups with an estimate of calories burned while sleeping. Calories can also be tracked this way while walking, swimming, or any other activity where another device is carried. The purchase of the Pro 22 comes with a 1-year Family Membership, but monthly fees range between $30 and $40 depending on which level the user would like to access.

The Pro 22 was engineered with heavy-duty steel and is designed to afford mobility. Front-mounted transport wheels allow one to easily reposition the bike anywhere in the home. Adjustable leveling feet allow the bike to remain stable on uneven surfaces. Customers are free to add the SmartBeat™ Forearm Heart Rate Monitor which is sold separately, and is designed to provide continuous heart rate readings on the screen. The included audio auxiliary port couples with the 22-inch HD touch screen to generate holistic entertainment and training programs. Built with dual 2-inch speakers, the audio port can be used in accompaniment with the iFit programs, or as part of another app.

The screen itself is amongst the largest in the industry and part of a growing trend in that direction. There is no accessory tray on the model, which is actually common on the studio bikes as they’re typically used inside a home. The overall look of the bike is attractive, with black and silver coloring very comparable to what one would find in a spin studio or commercial gym.

The list price for the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is $1,499, with free shipping, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Given the 1-year Family Membership in iFit, the total value is closer to $1,900. Overall, the bike is a great model at a great price. Our only concern is the lower user weight capacity which does indicate the bike itself might not be as solid a unit as some of its more expensive rivals.

 

Pros:

  • iFit Coach enabled for spin class videos and interactive workouts
  • 22-inch touch screen with high definition
  • 24 resistance levels
  • Quiet magnetic flywheel system
  • Adjustable padded seat
  • Caged pedals; also compatible with road bike pedals
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • Set of three-pound dumbbells for cross-training
  • One water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels

 

Cons:

  • No heart-rate monitor included in purchase
  • No workout fan
  • Lower user weight capacity of 250 lbs

Introduction

The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is a digitally connected home spin bike with a 22-inch monitor enabled for iFit Coach. Designed to stream LiveCast videos filmed across the country, or interact with professional trainers who can control the bike’s resistance, it provides a holistic workout experience. Users can pedal with Google Maps landscape views across the world.

Workout Programs

The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 comes with a 1-year membership to iFit Coach, an advanced app for personal training. One family membership is more than enough for the typical household as it allows up to four user profiles. The user profile comes with customized workout program suggestions and a record of past workouts. These programs typically focus on either spin classes or virtual travel routines.

In the spin classes, trainers from remote locations can control the bike’s resistance. Filmed at an iFit Coach gym, they’re available on demand. The programs feature personal trainers as well as a studio filled with other riders. The diversity of the classes ranges from HIIT to Yoga and Pilates, with a pair of 3 lb dumbbells included in the purchase.

Google Maps workouts let you virtually hit the road while riding in the comfort of your own home. iFit Coach suggests routes which are scenic and suit specific fitness goals. This programs allows users to create customized Google Maps workouts anytime. When creating workouts, users can can get social too as it allows other riders to challenge each other while on the course.

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.

 

ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22

The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22’s most obvious feature is the 22-inch HD touch screen, which is more than double the 10-inch screen offered on the Pro. With an audio port included, the bike’s users can immerse themselves fully in the interactive workouts wherever they are.

 

The bike’s pedals come with toe clips and straps for safe usage, and the unit’s seat adjusts both horizontally and vertically. Vertical adjustment comes in five positions on a 3.75-inchs stack, while horizontal adjustability is offered in 10 positions on a 9-inch stack.

 

A set of three-pound hand weights comes with the bike. Front-mounted wheels make it easy to roll away into storage when not in use.

 

The bike does not come with heart rate monitoring capabilities, but ProForm does offer the SmartBeat™ Forearm Heart Rate Monitor which is sold separately and syncs into the machine’s programming.

 

The Pro 22 is built with a heavy steel frame and affords a user weight of 250 lbs.

 

Warranty & Guarantee

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

– Frame: 10 years

– Parts: 2 years

– Labor: 1 year

The bike also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and free shipping.

 

Conclusion

The latest addition to the ProForm family of cycle trainers, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 has big appeal to shoppers seeking a larger screen. At a price of $1,499, the bike comes with a number of features making it very attractive whether compared to higher- or lower-priced models. We’re also glad to see a 10-year warranty on the frame, which tells us the company is prepared to stand behind its machine.

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