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 30-day 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.
Studio Bike Pro 22
|Resistance Type||Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR)|
|Seat||Adjustable horizontally and vertically|
|Pedals||Toe clips and straps|
|Display||22" HD touchscreen|
|Max. Weight||250 lbs|
|Dimensions||56.5"x 21.9"x 54"|
|Warranty||Frame: 10 yrs|
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year
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 30-day Family Membership included in the purchase price of $1,299. 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 $1,299 this bike stacks ups up well against the NordicTrack Commercial S22i which is priced at $1,999.
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 $1,299, with free shipping, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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.
- 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
- No heart-rate monitor included in purchase
- No workout fan
- Lower user weight capacity of 250 lbs
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.
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 comes with a 30-day 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.
Fitness App Compatibility
Given that the ProForm Studio Pro22 is already fitted with an integrated screen and iFit streaming, there’s no need to start looking at workout apps that focus on training instruction of any sorts. That said, if you’re looking for more in-depth training metrics to complement your fitness journey, we have some options for you. At top of mind, the Strava App has become a go-to for cardio enthusiasts of all sorts. Runners and cyclists alike will use the app for tracking rides and runs. This app is especially helpful if you also enjoy running outdoors (weather permitting), both because you can compile all of your workouts in one place, and because the community aspect of the app will help outdoor runners find new and challenging routes that have been shared by other users.
In a similar vein, Google Fit—the simple fitness tracking software that’s compatible with countless Android smartwatches—could also prove useful to you. Use it to track your cardio and other workouts (yoga, strength, HIIT, and others), and maintain an easy-to-digest record of your progress. While both Strava and Google Fit are free, Strava does gatekeep some of its “premium functionality” for paid subscribers.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 worth it?
At the current pricing with the benefits offered we’d say yes.
Do I have to subscribe to iFit to use the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22?
No, the bike can be used in manual mode.
Does the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 have Bluetooth?
Yes, this bike supports Bluetooth.
Can you watch TV or Netflix on a ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22?
No, the screen is not designed to work with programs other than iFit.
Does the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 incline or decline?
No, this bike does not offer incline or decline.
How difficult is the assembly of the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22?
Actually this bike is quite easy to assemble even by oneself.
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.
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 $1,299, 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.