ProForm Fitness worked with Le Tour de France organizers to design a line of TDF stationary bikes. The TDF 2.0 is the cheapest bike in its series, but it’s not that much different from the more expensive models. The only difference is the less advanced console screen. But just add your own tablet computer and you’ll get all the same benefits. Unfortunately, you’ll get the same potential drawbacks too. ProForm TDF bikes offer mere one-year parts warranties. That’s a sign that something is fishy with the TDF 2.0.
Pros & Cons
- Easy to assemble.
- 48.5-pound flywheel.
- Quiet magnetic resistance.
- 30 customizable gears.
- Pedals with toe cages and clips.
- Adjustable seat and handlebars.
- Power incline/decline (-20% to 20%).
- 7″ backlit data screen with power meter.
- 24 interactive Google Maps™ training routes (Requires iFit membership).
- 24 built-in workouts that simulate topography of real-life bike tours.
- Smartphone-compatible (Jack and 2″ speakers).
- Wireless heart rate receiver.
- Two water bottle holders.
- High price considering the one-year parts warranty.
- Adjusting the seat is time consuming (10 minutes with an Allen wrench).
- iFit isn’t well-integrated with TDF bikes and frequently crashes.
- The automated incline/decline doesn’t always work.
- The workout data is often quite inaccurate.
- Parts sometimes arrive damaged.
- Customers report that replacement parts aren’t readily available.
- ProForm’s customer service gets negative reviews.
The feature-rich ProForm TDF 2.0 is the entry level exercise bike in a series that also features the TDF 4.0 Pro and 5.0 Pro. The higher level bikes have web-enabled touchscreens and can show high definition video workouts on their default screens. The TDF 2.0 can keep up if you add your own tablet computer and an iFit membership. At $1,299 it’s a much better deal than ProForm’s $2,999 alternatives, especially since all these bikes have just one-year parts warranties.
The TDF 2.0 is an iFit-enabled exercise bike. With the addition of an iFit membership ($99/year) you can virtually train anywhere worldwide. The bike’s automated incline/decline will adjust to simulate the actual topography using information from Google Maps. Two dozen courses are pre-mapped and you can add any route you please. For the best experience, wirelessly connect your computer or smartphone to the bike. This will let you get an immersive Google Street View as you ride.
The TDF 2.0 also has 24 preloaded workouts that replicate Tour de France segments.
Compared with other stationary bikes, ProForm Tour de France bikes operate especially like street bikes. For smooth operation the TDF 2.0 has a 48.5-pound flywheel. The bike lets you customize its gear ratios and has shifters on its handlebars. The handlebars are like those on a race bike with non-slip coating.
ProForm TDF bikes have a wide range of automated incline/decline to help replicate the outdoor training experience. The TDF 2.0 can tilt from -20 percent to +20 percent with electronic controls.
Pedals on the TDF 2.0 help you feel secure at high speeds and steep inclines. They have toe cages and clips.
The default display for preset workouts and iFit workouts is a 7″ backlit screen. This bike can also use your own tablet computer as its iFit monitor, letting you access HD video workouts and get Google Street Views as you train. A secure tablet holder is on the console.
This stationary bike is compatible with Bluetooth chest straps for wireless heart rate monitoring.
For audio entertainment the ProForm TDF 2.0 has a smartphone-compatible port and a set of 2″ speakers.
Warranty & Guarantee
The ProForm TDF 2.0 indoor cycle trainer warranty includes:
– Frame: 10 years
– Parts: 1 Years
– Labor: 1 year
ProForm offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
For shoppers set on a ProForm Tour de France exercise bike, the TDF 2.0 is the best value. We caution that while the ProForm TDF bike collection has lots of appealing features, customer reviews indicate that the bikes don’t always perform as advertised. So don’t be easily seduced by the Tour de France branding. If possible, try one out before committing to make sure that it is right for you.