Stationary Upright Bike with 7" Touchscreen Web, 32 Programs & iFit

NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Review

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NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Review

Stationary Upright Bike with 7" Touchscreen Web, 32 Programs & iFit

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NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Review
NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Review

The NordicTrack Grand Tour is a home-use exercise bike made to simulate outdoor riding experiences. Its special features are automated incline/decline and a video screen that can show interactive views of real landscapes. This cross trainer often sells for less than $1,000 including delivery, though full price is $1,999. It’s the lower priced version of the Grand Tour Pro.

Grand Tour bikes let you add intensity to workouts as you virtually pedal uphill, plus they let you virtually cycle downhill in the Alps, national parks and your own hometown. Infinite routes are available when you pair a NordicTrack Grand Tour bike with iFit Coach, a personal training app that can integrate with Google Maps.

Incline and decline extremes for this dynamic stationary bike are 10 degrees. Other key specs for the original NordicTrack Grand Tour are a maximum of 16 pounds of resistance; 24 digital resistance settings; a saddle that adjusts vertically and horizontally; 32 built-in workout apps; a console enabled for iFit Coach personal training via WiFi; and a set of lightweight dumbbells for upper-body toning during bike workouts. Wireless heart rate monitoring is available too, though the Bluetooth chest strap is sold separately.

Buying this NordicTrack bike factory-direct, you’ll get free delivery and the following warranty coverage: lifetime for the frame, three years for parts & electronics, and one year for labor. A 30-day money-back guarantee applies to NordicTrack exercise bikes too.

The Great:
  • Power Incline & Decline: All exercise bikes let you increase their resistance, but few actually have incline to support more realistic experiences of pedaling uphill. With easy digital controls you can adjust the Grand Tour’s uphill angle by up to 10 degrees as you ride. You can also simulate downhill riding with a maximum 10 degree decline.
  • 24 Resistance Levels: Exercising on an incline naturally increases the challenge. Additionally you can choose from 24 levels of magnetically-controlled resistance.
  • 7″ Web-Enabled Display: The original Grand Tour bike has a 7″ touchscreen with high-def display. (The Grand Tour Pro has a 10″ screen.) The touchscreen can access built-in workout programs, the web and iFit Coach features such as video workouts, customized Google Maps workouts, and online bike races.
  • Adjustable Tablet Holder: Besides having its own web-enabled touchscreen, this exercise bike lets you add your own tablet computer at eye level for an even better workout experience. Access your apps for movies, TV shows and music while you ride.
  • 32 Built-In Workouts: Professionally designed workout programs are built into the bike console. Choose from training sessions focused on speed, calorie burn, incline and intensity. For comparison the Grand Tour Pro has just a few more at 35.
  • iFit Coach Enabled: With a monthly or yearly membership to Fit Coach, you can try a new training program anytime. Among the many perks of iFit membership are customized Google Maps workouts; high-definition workout videos led by world-class personal trainers; online races against other iFit exercise bike riders; and personalized advice for meals, exercise routines and your sleep schedule.
  • Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring: The Grand Tour exercise bike is compatible with a Bluetooth chest strap (sold separately) for wireless heart rate monitoring. The bikes do not have grip heart rate monitors, which tend to be less accurate.
  • Upper-Body Exercise: A set of three-pound hand weights is included for total body training on the bike. These can be stored on the console.
  • Two-Speed Fan: A CoolAire fan is built into the console. Console buttons make it convenient to adjust the fan speed as you ride.
  • Water Bottle Holders: Two water bottle holders are attached to the bike behind the saddle.
  • High Capacity: The user weight capacity is 350 pounds.
  • Small Size: This bike’s footprint measures about two feet wide and five feet long. The dimensions are 62″ L x 23.5″ W x 62″ H.
  • Warranty: The overall warranty is fair for the bike’s $949 sale price. It provides lifetime coverage for the upright stationary frame, three years for parts and electronics, and one year for labor.

The Not-So-Great:
  • 16-Pound Effective Flywheel: The flywheel is light for this bike’s price class. Without using the incline, you might find that the maximum resistance isn’t as challenging as you’d like. A heavier drive would also help this ride feel smoother to larger riders.
  • Brake Warranty: The brake is included in the parts warranty, which is for three years. On some other NordicTrack bikes, the brake gets a lifetime warranty just like the frame. The shorter warranty here helps keep the sale price under $1,000.
  • Customer Service: Customer service for this brand is often criticized as slow in customer complaints. Getting replacement parts or maintenance might take longer than you expect.

Who Should Buy the NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike?

This bike isn’t meant for the most experienced cyclists, who would probably prefer indoor cycle trainers with 48-pound flywheels. For others though it can be a good match for goals of cardio training, calorie burn and keeping the body toned.

As for rider size, the Grand Tour bike can fit most teen and adult heights thanks to its adjustable seating and handlebars. The maximum user weight capacity is 350 pounds. Considering the not-so-heavy drive weight though, pedaling will feel noticeably smoother to lighter trainees.

The Bottom Line

NordicTrack’s Grand Tour Bike is a fun match for the typical home gym. Few exercise bikes under $1,000 supply incline, decline and interactive views. A more expensive bike will serve you longer, but this model is a good entry-level trainer that can keep you engaged, fits almost everyone’s body size, and won’t take up much space in your home.

NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Specs:

Overall Score:9
Resistance:24 Resistance Levels
Flywheel:16 LBS
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:62" L x 23.5" W x 62" H