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ProForm Studio Bike Pro Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm Studio Bike Pro is a high-intensity exercise bike with WiFi and 10” HD touchscreen.

It can replace a gym membership by providing cross training equipment and exercise guidance all-in-one.

Studio bikes connect to LiveCast, an exclusive network that releases a new spin class every day.

Additionally Studio bikes work with iFit Coach Plus to simulate outdoor tours and deliver comprehensive health/fitness support.

Get details from our full Studio Bike Pro review.

Specifications

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Model ProForm Studio Bike Pro
Rating

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93.75%
List Price

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

$2,499
Best Price

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$1,499
Resistance

The flywheel in an exercise bike is what creates resistance. You can choose the level of resistance to increase your workout intensity.

40+
Resistance Type

The type of resistance shows what kind of flywheel is being used (if any), and its weight if the manufacturer provides it.

Silent 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.

Flywheel
Frame

It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.

Commercial-Grade Steel
Seat

The most important part for comfortability during your workout, the seat should be adjustable and have ample cushioning.

Ergonomic Padded
Pedals

Pedals are the driving force for an exercise bike, and should be comfortable, adjustable, and easy to control without slipping.

Toe Cage and Clip-In Pedals
Programs

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

24
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.

Yes
Display

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

10" Smart 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).

64.75" x 25" x 59.25"
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 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 93.75%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.75/100. ProForm Studio Pro exercise bikes are well-connected indoor trainers with WiFi for LiveCast studio classes and iFit Coach Plus personal training. The Studio Pro Exercise Bike is the mid-priced model in a set of three. Compared with the premium Studio Pro 22, the Pro supports the same intense cycling but workout programs are shown on a 10” screen instead of an extra-wide 22” display.

This stationary bike is stylish and fun loaded with awesome features that will challenge you and allow you to track your fitness within the 10” display screen. This bike connects to iFit so you can keep track of your workouts on your mobile device as well as the bike itself. One of the coolest features about this bike is the incline/decline simulation where the bike physically moves a wide range allowing you to feel like you are going uphill or downhill. The seating, handlebars and sleek format of the bike are reflective of a road bike, also including two three-pound hand weights for specific workouts and one water bottle holder.

Studio bikes stand out for their electronics and power incline/decline. The workout programming is available on-demand and designed to be immersive. With LiveCast classes you can soak up the motivation of a studio gym with world-class trainers. With iFit Coach you can virtually experience real-life routes with streaming interactive Google Street Views; the Studio Pro has a generous slope range of -20% to +20% to help simulate the topography. Use the incline/decline to target-tone different muscle groups and rev up your metabolism.

This bike includes 3 points of adjustment at the seat shaft, handlebar shaft and forward and backward movements of the seat itself. The knobs to adjust are a crank-style handle so may take some getting used to initially versus the regular twisting knobs found on many bikes. The seat is quite small and very much like a road bike—for avid cyclists this will feel similar to their outdoor bikes but for new riders may take some getting used to. However, the seat can easily be detached if riders desire different options. The pedals come as cage clips but are common threading so could also easily be switched to SPD clips or other pedals preferred.

Assembly for this bike is fairly easy taking around an hour for 2 people. The bike is fairly long including the screen so maneuvering this bike can be tricky in small spaces so caution is advised. The overall weight of the bike is moderate and the flywheel is narrow, magnetic and quiet. The handlebars on the bike are fastened with screws—while they can be adjusted, they do not have an adjustment knob so changing the position of the handlebars may take a bit more time if switching between users. This bike requires wifi to run its programs so without a great connection; the videos often need buffering and take longer to load. The display comes with many awesome workouts and rides but to unlock even more features it requires an ICoach membership charged monthly. The system tracks all your workouts on a calendar which is great because you have the ability to go back and see your progress, previous rides and overall statistics including distance, calories, time, heart rate, elevation, average watts, etc.

The screen is easy to navigate and the programs range from basic rides, to spin classes, to trail rides and more. The google map rides are advertised with this bike but are similar to google street view in that the ride is not in real time, just pictures of the road that change frequently. Sometimes the pictures are not even necessarily on the road and can become boring quickly. If you do want a real time video you have the option to ride various terrains with a trainer as if you were riding behind them. This is a really neat feature to explore different areas and also feel the incline/decline simulation as the bike moves. The trainer also suggests what cadence and resistance you should be at which is very helpful for improving your endurance/fitness and also riding as if you were outdoors.

The spin class options include a variety of different classes such as glute work, cardio, fat burn, high intensity, hill training, etc. with a few different instructors to lead you through. Some of the instructors are better than others in terms of motivation and entertainment. The music could be improved as it is quiet in the background, barely audible but a cool feature is that you can see other people riding the class in the video which makes it feel slightly more like a class. The coolest feature for the spin classes is that the instructor can actually change your resistance on your bike, pushing you harder to work. While you can override this option, it is a fantastic feature to challenge your fitness.

Overall, the best features of this bike are the options to ride along with a trainer as if you were outside either on the road or trail in different parts of the world as well the actual movement of the bike to simulate incline/decline. The screen and display are easy to use but the bike could use a tray to hold your items such as phone or remote. There is a fan built into the screen, which is nice for those intense rides. The bike is well priced for the amount of feature it offers but is definitely designed for more avid riders with the amount of bells and whistles included. For new riders looking to try out cycling this bike may be overwhelming initially. The Studio Bike Pro definitely offers plenty of options for a range of fitness levels and can really bring new excitement to an indoor training ride.

Pros:

  • 10” high-definition monitor
  • Monitor swivels and tilts for view from anywhere
  • Incline with -20% to 20% slope
  • LiveCast bike classes on demand
  • iFit Coach Plus
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Adjustable saddle and handlebars
  • Pedals with toe cages and clips
  • Universal seat and pedals
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Color-coded Watts display
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Membership fee for iFit Coach Plus
  • ProForm customer service gets low ratings

Introduction

The new Studio Pro is equipped with WiFi and a 10” high-def screen to deliver studio workout sessions and scenic outdoor tours on-demand. It has the steepest incline and decline of the Studio Series and carries a three-year warranty on parts. Below are details about the on-demand training programs, other features and customer protections.

Studio Pro Workout Programs

Studio bikes have WiFi for accessing LiveCast studio classes and iFit Coach Plus personal training.

LiveCast classes are filmed in a good-looking studio gym stocked with ProForm fitness machines. Every day a new spin class is made available to you on-demand. Instructors develop total-body workout sessions, so sometimes you’ll get off the bike to use light dumbbells (included), do pushups and so on. To keep an eye on the class video you can flip the bike’s 10” screen; it swivels and tilts.

Additionally Studio bikes are sold with one-year commitments to iFit Coach Plus, “the coach that fits into your pocket” as well as your HD bike screen. This innovative coaching program adapts to your activity to deliver customized recommendations for fitness, nutrition and sleep. As for workout programs, every day iFit Coach Plus delivers three options based on your ability and fitness goals. Workouts are filmed in scenic settings around the world to keep exercise choices fresh and motivating.

ProForm Studio Pro Features

A 10-inch HD touchscreen serves as the Studio Pro control center and monitor. The screen can swivel 180° to serve as your monitor for LiveCast and iFit Coach Plus workouts whether you’re on or off the bike.

Studio Pro bikes use a color-coded Watts display, which is especially useful feedback about your exertion level. You’ll also get a clear view of your heart rate, speed, calories burned and other session data. With iFit you can easily log your workout data and export it to other fitness apps.

The Studio Pro Exercise Bike has slope settings from -20 percent to +20 percent. This is just as steep as your options on the top-of-the-line Studio 22.0, and it’s a great way to challenge your muscles while making indoor bike rides more like outdoor exercise. iFit Coach Plus makes the most of the automated incline/decline by delivering personalized Google Maps workouts with interactive views of destinations worldwide.

For durability and quiet operation, Studio bikes use a patented resistance system called SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance.

Pedals on the Studio Pro are dual-sided; you’ll get a choice of toe straps and clips. The pedals have a universal design for customization, as does the bike seat.

The bike seat is padded for good ergonomics. It can adjust 4” horizontally (forward/back) and 13” vertically.

For convenient hydration a bottle holder is built into the console. Also integrated with the bike is a holder for three-pound dumbbells that arrive with the machine.

Transport wheels are attached for easy repositioning of the bike.

An iFit Vue fitness bracelet is provided for use with iFit Coach Plus.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Studio Pro indoor bike warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 year

ProForm offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The Studio Pro Exercise Bike is a favorite mid-priced option for indoor biking in 2017 and beyond. We like the generous range of adjustability, the ultra-customized coaching and the engaging incline training workouts from LiveCast and iFit Coach Live. Sale priced with a three-year parts warranty, this ride can be a great buy.

How it compares: The Studio Pro is a better value option than the luxury Studio Pro 22 bike with its captivating 22” display. If you don’t need that huge display, you can save a few hundred bucks. If you already own a tablet computer though, you could save even more money by choosing the basic Studio Exercise Bike.