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…

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NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Specs

Rating9
TypeStationary
Console display7" iFit-enabled Touchscreen
Resistance24 Resistance Levels
Seat typeOversized Cushioned Seat
Programs32
Flywheel16 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions59.2" L x 23.3" W x 56.2" H
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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…

NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Specs

Rating9
TypeStationary
Console display7" iFit-enabled Touchscreen
Resistance24 Resistance Levels
Seat typeOversized Cushioned Seat
Programs32
Flywheel16 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions59.2" L x 23.3" W x 56.2" H

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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; an iFit-enabled console; 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 the following warranty coverage: 10 years for the frame; 2 years for the parts; 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″ iFit-Enabled Display: The original Grand Tour bike has a 7″ touchscreen with high-def display (the Pro has a 10″ screen). The touchscreen can access built-in workout programs, iFit Coach video workouts, and customized Google Maps workouts.
  • Adjustable Tablet Holder: Besides having its own 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: The Grand Tour is shipped with a free 1-year Fit Coach membership. 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 anyway.
  • 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 cooling 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: The Grand Tour is 59.2″ long by 23.3″ wide by 56.2″ high.
  • Warranty: The overall warranty is fair for the bike’s price. It includes 10 years for the frame, 2 years for the parts, 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.
  • Parts Warranty: The brake is included in the parts warranty, which is only for two years. This is a bit short for our liking.
  • 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 around the $1,000 mark 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.

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NordicTrack Grand Tour Bike Specs

Rating9
TypeStationary
Console display7" iFit-enabled Touchscreen
Resistance24 Resistance Levels
Seat typeOversized Cushioned Seat
Programs32
Flywheel16 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions59.2" L x 23.3" W x 56.2" H

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you watch Netflix on this bike?

No, you cannot watch Netflix on the Grand Tour bike. You can only use its 7” touchscreen to watch iFit workouts.

What do you have access to if you don't renew your iFit subscription?

Without an iFit subscription, you can use the Grand Tour bike for free rides and with the built-in workout programs. You can also plug in your phone/tablet to the auxiliary music port to listen to music or podcasts through the set of speakers. We would recommend continuing your iFit subscription after your free year's membership is up to get the most out of the bike.

How much does the NordicTrack Grand Tour weigh?

The bike weighs 140 lbs.

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