Peloton vs. NordicTrack Commercial S22i: Luxury Bikes with Impressive Apps
The Peloton and NordicTrack 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.
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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 sidekick to help out, especially if you are not the handy type. 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 dumbbells for arm workouts
- dual water bottle holders
- magnetic braking
- can hold up to 350lbs
The Peloton’s biggest sales pitch its its 24/7/365 live and pre-programmed classes led by real instructors, all filmed in one of the brand’s fitness studios in Manhattan and then broadcast to the bike’s large 21.5″ built-in HD display. The Peloton comes in at a much higher price point than most bikes on the market ($2,245 not to mention the additional monthly fee for membership & classes), and is a bit more expensive than the $1,999 NordicTrack, but it aims to set the bar high with elite level instructors and a wide range of training styles. Some of the top features of this bike include:
- Peloton app built into screen display with monthly membership ($39/month)
- 21.5” HD touch screen
- Thousands of different rides and workout options
- Clip-in pedals, with the option to purchase Peloton cycling shoes
- Dual water bottle holders
- Elite instructors teaching live from a studio in NYC
So which one is best for you?
· Large screen display with clear images
· Elite trainers with great music
· Extremely smooth flywheel
· Cycling shoe clip-in option
· Screen swivels for off-the-bike workouts on iFit Coach
· 1-year iFit membership included in the purchase price
· Bike moves up and down with incline/decline
· Extremely smooth flywheel
· Large fan on console
· Ability to follow real-world mapped rides (with automatic incline changes)
· Higher price point
· Additional monthly fees
· No fan in display or tray for items
· Dumbbells not included
· Screen does not swivel
· Price point is higher
· No tray for personal items
· Complex assembly
- 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 NordicTrack 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 NordicTrack is significantly more affordable than the Peloton—so, if cost is of concern then you are definitely going to want to lean towards the NordicTrack. However, if you have the budget for the Peloton, the workouts might just sway you in their direction.
- The NordicTrack includes dumbbells and cage clips so you can ride right away.
- The Peloton on the other hand comes with clip compatible pedals that (unfortunately) require purchasing Peloton branded cycling shoes.
- The Peloton also does not include dumbbells, though it does have a rack to hold weights if you have them at home.
- When adjusting the resistance on the Peloton, the numbers increase showing you exactly how much resistance you are adding as the instructor leads.
- The NordicTrack 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 NordicTrack 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 to be better than the iFit Coach in terms of the spin classes, as I felt the instructors seemed more authentic and inspiring (which speaks to the cult following the brand has developed). I also enjoyed preferred the music on the Peloton.
- The iFit Coach on the other hand outranks the Peloton for its unique training options options and integrated outdoor rides around the world.
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 obsessed with the idea of live training from the best coaches 24/7, the Peloton might be a good fit. If you want to take the occasional class, but also like outdoor rides and want to see various parts of the world, the NordicTrack is a better option for you. The functions of the bike are important to consider too and possible unique features. The NordicTrack physically moves with incline and decline, so if you are looking to simulate hills or valleys, again the S22i has an upper hand. If you are not concerned with the bike moving and prefer a smooth, strong ride, the Peloton will do the trick. The NordicTrack essentially comes ready to ride, whereas the Peloton requires an additional $39/month ($468/year) fee, which is a bit of a frustration when a huge selling point of a home bike is to ditch your monthly gym/class fees. 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 great features, so it may come down to the best price point. In terms of overall features and quality the race was nearly too close to call, but the NordicTrack offers a better price point, unique functions and ability to do hundreds of different rides all over the world, so I can’t help but give it the upper hand, personally.
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