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NordicTrack S22i vs Proform Studio Bike Pro: Which bike is best for you?

The NordicTrack and Proform bikes are both elite stationary bikes designed for experienced riders and those looking to enhance their indoor riding workouts. These two bikes each offer unique features/workouts through the iFit Coach App and an aesthetically pleasing design that will help riders bring their fitness to the next level. In this review, I will break down the best features of both and compare head to head. While both bikes will provide you with a great ride, one may be best suited for your personal goals.

NordicTrack S22i

This bike is very modern in its stylish colors of black and orange, road bike-style design and large HD screen display. This bike rides smooth as butter with a magnetic flywheel that is barely a whisper in terms of sound. This is one of my personal favorite bikes on the market due to the overall design, positioning of handler bars and saddle and flywheel. The assembly on this bike does take time as it comes in many parts so I would advise getting a partner to help. Some of the top features of this bike include:

  • Built in Apps: Google Maps and iFit Coach (requires wifi)
  • 20” HD touch screen
  • 22 resistance levels and physically moving incline/decline
  • Universal pedal design; comes equipped with caged pedals but can easily be switched for clip-in compatible pedals
  • 3lb dumbbell’s for arm workouts
  • dual water bottle holders
  • magnetic braking
  • can hold up to 350lbs

Proform Studio Bike Pro

This bike has a unique style with black and yellow accents, a rear magnetic flywheel and angled handlebars. This bike is eye-catching in its design and easy to assemble for the average rider. You will love the features included in the Apps built into the console and the way the bike simulates incline/decline by physically moving up and down. This bike is compact though fairly long in length so would require the space to maneuver within your home. Some of the best features of this bike include:

  • 10” HD touch screen with built in Apps including Google Maps and iFit Coach
  • magnetic rear flywheel
  • 3lb dumbells
  • narrow, cushioned seat
  • turn-crank style adjustment knobs at seat shaft, forward and backward moving seat capabilities and handlebar shaft
  • Universal pedal design; comes equipped with caged pedals but can easily be switched for clip-in compatible pedals
  • Singular water bottle holder
  • Sleek and modern design/colors

 

So which one is best for you?

NordickTrack Pros

·  Screen swivels for off-the-bike workouts on iFit Coach

·  Mimics a road bike setup; comfortable, easy to adjust setup

· Extremely smooth flywheel

· Large fan on console

Proform Pros

·   Stylish and modern design

·   More affordable price point compared to NordicTrack

· Easy assembly

· Small, compact screen on console

NordickTrack Cons

· Complicated assembly: comes in many parts, heavy, etc.

· Price point is higher

·  No tray for personal items such as phone, keys, etc.

Proform Cons

· Screen only tilts up and down not side to side

· Turn-crank adjustment knobs take time to get used to

· No tray for personal items such as phone, keys, etc.

 

My Experience

  • I loved the ability to move the screen on the NordickTrack bike especially for off the bike workouts incorporated on the iFit Coach App but the screen is fairly large so may not be ideal in a small space.
  • The Proform screen is smaller but still efficient for users—the con being that it doesn’t turn side to side.
  • The NordicTrack design and setup is ergonomically speaking more similar to a road bike which I preferred over the Proform design but that would be more of a personal preference from rider to rider. The Proform handlebars are angled upwards much like a bike you would find in a gym which may be more familiar to gym goers.
  • The Proform is significantly more affordable than the NordicTrack—so, if cost is of concern then you are definitely going to want to lean towards the Proform. However, if you have the budget for the NordicTrack, the design and features definitely make the bike worth the price point.
  • Both bikes offer a great, smooth and quiet ride. The flywheel on the NordicTrack is slightly smoother than the Proform and located in the front versus the back which was a personal preference for myself.
  • In terms of adjusting the bike setup for each, the NordicTrack is much easier with large knobs. The Proform uses a crank-style adjustment which I found difficult to get the hang of initially.
  • I did prefer the maneuverability of the Proform over the NordicTrack as the NordicTrack is slightly bulkier and with a large screen is not the easiest to move around in smaller spaces—something to consider when deciding where you are going to be keeping your bike.
  • Both bikes have the same App features that offer outdoor rides around the world, indoor spin studio rides, high intensity/bootcamp/resistance training options and the physical movement when inclining and declining which is definitely an advanced feature!

In Conclusion:

Both of these bikes are elite indoor options for users and both have a great design and look. When deciding which of these bikes is best for you I would recommend narrowing down to design, user-friendliness and price. I would start with the design as I feel it is important to be riding a bike that is comfortable and will provide you the best results day to day. This may vary for riders and what you are used to using in general; indoor gym exercise bikes vs. road bikes. The functions of the bike and overall user ability are also very important, as you don’t want a bike that is complicated to assemble, adjust and figure out. Taking a look at specific features such as the setup and functions could make a huge difference for your experience. Lastly, the price point is something to consider for your own budget and what you are looking to achieve from your new purchase. Both bikes offer amazing features so it may come down to the best bang for your buck. In terms of overall features and design my personal preference was the NordicTrack but the Proform offers a better price point, smaller frame and easier to move around your workout space.