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Peloton vs. NordickTrack Commercial S22i: Luxury Bikes with Impressive Apps

The Peloton and NordickTrack Commercial S22i are two stationary bikes designed for experienced riders and those looking to take their indoor rides to the next level. Both bikes have different apps that offer unique elements to keep indoor workouts exciting and challenging. 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 and interests.

Peloton

The Peloton is sweeping the nation for its next level workouts, luxury style and ability to leave riders dripping in sweat as if they were in a spin studio. The Peloton comes in at a higher price point than most bikes on the market but aims to set the bar high with elite level instructors and thousands of varying rides. Some of the top features of this bike include:

  • Peloton app built into screen display with monthly membership
  • 5” HD touch screen
  • Thousands of different rides and workout options
  • Clip-in pedals with the option to purchase Peloton cycling shoes
  • Dumbbell rack on back of bike (weights not included)
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Magnetic smooth flywheel
  • can hold up to 300lbs
  • Elite instructors teaching live from a studio in NYC

NordickTrack Commercial 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. It also has the coolest feature of physically moving up or down when the bike is inclining or declining. 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

So which one is best for you?

Peloton Pros

·         Large screen display with clear images

·         Elite trainers with great music

·         Extremely smooth flywheel

·         Cycling shoe clip-in option

NordickTrack Pros

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

·         Bike moves up and down with incline/decline

·         Extremely smooth flywheel

·         Large fan on console

Peloton Cons

·         Higher price point

·         No fan in display or tray for items

·         Dumbbells not included

NordickTrack Cons

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

·         Price point is higher

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

 

My Experience

  • Both bikes have a magnetic flywheel creating a super smooth ride that is barely audible when riding so you don’t have to worry about disturbing those around you at home.
  • The screens are essentially the same size but the NordickTrack screen swivels for off-the-bike workouts which is ideal for visibility
  • Both bikes have an ergonomically pleasing setup similar to that of a road bike with aerodynamic handlebar positioning and flywheel in the front. The Peloton is slightly less bulky as it does not include weights in the front or the added structure to make the bike move up and down when inclining and declining.
  • The NordickTrack is significantly more affordable than the Peloton—so, if cost is of concern then you are definitely going to want to lean towards the NordickTrack. However, if you have the budget for the Peloton, the workouts and overall quality of the bike make it well worth it.
  • The NordickTrack includes dumbbells and cage clips so you can ride right away whereas the Peloton comes with clip compatible pedals that would require specific shoes or purchasing the Peloton cycling shoes. The Peloton also does not include dumbbells but just the rack to hold them.
  • When adjusting the resistance on the Peloton, the numbers increase showing you exactly how much resistance you are adding as the instructor leads. The NordickTrack resistance is adjusted on the handlebars, which I found not to be as similar to an in-studio or outdoor experience.
  • Both bikes need adequate space for setup and maneuvering but the NordickTrack is slightly longer and heavier so does require more space with its incline/decline moving function.
  • When comparing the apps, I found the Peloton app far exceeded the iFit Coach in terms of the spin classes as I felt the instructors were more authentic and inspiring. I also enjoyed the music far better on the Peloton. However, the iFit Coach does offer unique options and more outdoor rides around the world.

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 the app qualities, desire for a bike that moves and price. I would start with the app quality, as this is what you will be following on a day-to-day basis. Loving the workouts and feeling inspired to ride is what is going to give you the best bang for your buck. If you are interested in studio-similar classes, the Peloton is amazing, whereas if you like outdoor rides and want to see various parts of the world, the NordickTrack is the way to go. The functions of the bike are important to consider too and possible unique features. The NordickTrack physically moves with incline and decline, so if you are looking to simulate hills or valleys, this may be an intriguing option for you. If you are not concerned with the bike moving and prefer a smooth, strong ride, the Peloton will more than please. The NordickTrack essentially comes ready to ride whereas the Peloton requires some additional purchases to maximize its full capabilities, which could be a deterrent for those already spending quite a bit. 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 price point. In terms of overall features and quality my personal preference was the Peloton but the NordickTrack offers a better price point, unique functions and ability to do hundreds of different rides all over the world.