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Having already examined the ProForm’s entry-level Studio Bike Pro and top-tier TDF Pro indoor cycles, we’re left with the brand’s middle offering—the TDF Bike. Priced $500 higher than the former and only $200 below the latter, the TDF Bike is geared towards those riders interesting in incline and decline adjustment but not
|Model||ProForm TDF Bike|
|Resistance Type||SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance|
|Seat||Padded and adjustable|
|Pedals||Toe Cage w/ Adjustable Straps|
|Heart Rate||Compatible with Bluetooth Chest Straps|
|Max. Weight||350 lbs|
|Dimensions||25" x 64.75" x 59"|
Parts: 3 years
Labor: 1 year
Rating: 80.0/100. Much like its more expensive sibling, the TDF Bike also offers incline and decline functionality that is power-operated. Participating in iFit training courses, your incline and decline will be adjusted automatically as you ride, as it will in the 24 built-in training programs that simulate various stages of the Tour de France.
Though this model is also iFit enabled, there’s a bit of a catch. If you want this interactive training your monthly membership is not included in the purchase price, and should you decide to sign up for it you may as well buy the TDF Pro; the annual membership cost is more than the price difference between the two bikes, and on top of that you would have to run the app/programs from your own tablet mounted in the bike’s integrated tablet holder. That in mind, this bike is much better suited for those who care less about interactive training and more about the combination of good build quality and incline/decline capability.
From a structural standpoint you’re looking at the same sturdy steel frame as the Pro, capable of supporting a rider weight up to 350 lbs. Though the same in construction there is a slight difference between the two TDF frames overall. While the TDF Pro can deliver an incline or decline of 20 degrees in either direction, the more affordable TDF Bike limits that to 15 in either direction. Realistically speaking this isn’t a huge difference, and though you would notice it if you rode the Pro and non-Pro versions of the bike back-to-back, just having that +-15 degree adjustment will be noticeable when training.
Rather than a slick touchscreen, a simple and intuitive console is fitted to the ProForm TDF Bike below its tablet holder. controls for incline, gearing, intervals, recovery, and other settings are all close at hand. There are also incline and resistance controls on the handlebars, allowing you to adjust things on the fly if you’re training in manual mode.
You’re also forgoing the onboard fans with this bike version, however you do still get decent on-board speakers to help amplify the output of your tablet while training. Depending on your preference, you can either connect via Bluetooth or direct cable input. Should you be following a cross training session on your tablet, the console does swivel just like its big brother, however this isn’t quite as essential as it would be if you were following along with iFit training programs regularly.
- 15 degree incline and 15 degree decline capability—an uncommon yet useful/fun feature for an indoor cycle
- 26 digital resistance levels to choose from, ensuring that no matter how fit you are, you can still be fully challenged
- 24 built-in programs that replicate various stages of the Tour de France (once again, not common)
- A tilting display so that you can adjust the screen to your own comfort level. This will help prevent any unwanted neck strain that could potentially leave you with a neck ache
- Pair of 3 lb dumbells included to assist in cross training
- Wight capacity of 350 lbs
- Ample adjustment available with seat and bars to accommodate a wide range of rider heights and sizes
- Comes with frame mounted transport wheels
- Has a silent magnetic resistance feature, so you can ride in complete silence as you go about your sessions
- The inertia enhanced flywheel provides a smooth and steady ride, giving you maximum user comfort
- iFit training not included (though capable)
- Warranty is average at best
- less incline capability than TDF Pro
- Reduced features compared to TDF Pro, though pricing only $200 apart
- Repeated reports of customer service being less than helpful
Examining the ProForm TDF Bike takes some careful consideration, as depending on your priorities it could be either the perfect fit or a complete dud. Both seasoned and aspiring road cyclists will appreciate the feel of training on the ProForm TDF Bike; its ergonomics can be fine tuned, and its incline/decline capability gives it a serious “real world” feel when training.
For some, the combination of this incline/decline function and its 24 built-in training regiments will do the trick just fine, making it illogical to spend the extra $200 on the TDF Pro. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to just hop on and train without visual distraction, and alternatively those with big screen TVs in their home gyms will see no use in focusing in on a small onboard touchscreen display.
For others though, this bike will simply seem like a half measure. The coolest thing about incline/decline functionality is running the interactive training sessions and real-world road course simulations that are included in iFit where trainers will automatically adjust your bikes resistance and incline on the fly. If you were to buy this bike and then sign up for iFit you could get that capability, but then you would actually end up paying more for it than the TDF pro by the end of your first year of ownership.
Simple and effective, the TDF Bike will (among other things) run you through a variety of stages from the Tour de France, replicating the incline and resistance faced by the world’s most elite cyclists.
ProForm TDF Bike Indoor Cycle Features
Of they key takeaways of this bike, the biggest advantage is its incline and decline functionality. Frankly it sounded like a gimmick at first, but regardless of how little it will alter the overall results of each of your workouts, it does make things at least a bit more interesting.
With the addition of this feature alone, the TDF Bike is kind of a one trick pony, but that’s not all bad. You don’t have to worry about carrying a monthly membership cost throughout ownership, and a more basic console means less to fail/go wrong in the long run.
Warranty & Guarantee
This bike comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, a 3-year parts warranty, and a one-year labor warranty.
Though the bike is otherwise light on bells and whistles, the TDF Bike is still a respectable option. Unlike other ProForm bikes we seldom see this model discounted, likely on account of not wanting to cannibalize sales of the Studio Bike Pro, which trades off incline functionality for a touchscreen display and a year’s iFit membership included.
If you are a fan of having all the bells and whistles on your fitness equipment, you’re going to want to level up to the higher spec model, but if you don’t care about interactive training sessions and are totally hooked on the idea of an indoor cycle with incline and decline adjustment, this bike is basically the only game in town.