Wondering which is best for you?
Nordictrack introduced the Nordictrack S22i studio bike a couple of years back and it flew off the shelves – they literally could not keep it in stock over the holidays.
The Proform Pro 22 bike is a bit newer, having been launched this year. But since the same company (ICON) owns both Proform and Nordictrack, it’s not surprising that Proform would release a bike model similar to the super-popular Nordictrack S22i.
Both bikes have massive 22-inch, full-color, HD touch screens where you can ride famous trails all over the world with iFit.
You can also stream a different studio cycling class to your home every day with either bike.
So they are both built to give you a more immersive and interactive cycling experience than your standard home exercise bike.
Both bikes also give you free 3 pound dumbbells that you can use to tone your upper body.
So how do they compare to each other?
And which bike is best for you?
Here’s a review of the key differences between the Nordictrack S22i vs Proform Pro 22 studio bikes to help you decide:
Nordictrack S22i vs Proform Pro 22 – Price
As of this writing the Proform Studio Bike Pro 22 bike comes in slightly more affordable at around $400 less than the S22i Bike with Free Shipping here.
The Nordictrack S22i bike has a few more premium training features and comes in a bit higher. However you can currently get it on sale direct from the Manufacturer with Free Shipping here
So is the Nordictrack worth the extra money? Let’s dive into some details:
Nordictrack S22i vs Proform Pro 22 – Incline/Decline
The Proform Pro 22 bike gives you up to 24 levels of resistance for some great workout challenges.
However the Nordictrack S22i bike takes immersive training one step further. It also gives you 24 levels of resistance – plus you get incline and decline.
You get up to 20 percent incline and 10 percent decline on the Nordictrack S22i Studio Cycle. You can adjust this yourself easily with the controls on the console.
Another cool feature?
If you’re riding a world trail with iFIt, the bike will adjust the incline or decline automatically to match the terrain that you’re riding. That gives a much more virtual reality training feel to the bike.
Also, if you’re taking an iFit studio workout class, the trainer can adjust your incline or decline automatically for you as well (you can override this if you wish).
So the incline/decline option basically brings in another level of training that you don’t get with the Proform Pro 22 bike.
Both bikes give you massive 22-inch, full-color, HD consoles that you can also swivel around 180 degrees to continue your workout off the bike.
However Nordictrack made a change this year and upgraded the screen and processing power of the console.
The new console offers improved HD graphics performance with an added processor cooling as well as 2 times more RAM and faster connectivity.
In non-tech speak that basically means it’s a bit brighter with better graphics and it responds faster to your cycling changes – or the iFit programs.
It’s hard to say if Proform will follow suit and upgrade their console with better graphics and performance etc. But as of this writing, they have not.
Here’s a view of the current Nordictrack S22i bike console:
And here’s a view of the Proform Pro 22 bike console:
Proform Pro 22 vs Nordictrack S22i Studio Bike: Stability
You may have noticed when comparing these two bikes that the Nordictrack S22i bike looks a bit more substantial and “heavy”.
A heavier bike, all other things being equal, will feel more stable and sturdy, especially when you really work it.
You can see this in the user weight capacities of the two bikes as well as the actual machine weights.
The Proform Pro 22 bike has a user weight capacity of 250 pounds – which isn’t bad.
But the Nordictrack S22i Studio cycle has a user weight capacity of 350 pounds – so it can take a bit more use and abuse.
The Proform Studio Bike Pro 22 comes in at a machine weight of 144 pounds
The Nordictrakc S22i comes in at a machine weight of 203 pounds – over 50 pounds heavier. So it’s got more substance and weight to it – which can give you a more stable-feeling ride.
On the other hand, the lighter weight on the Proform Pro 22 bike makes it a bit easier to move around. So it really depends on what you’re looking for.
Nordictrack S22i vs Proform Pro 22: Handweights
This isn’t a huge issue but it’s worth noting. The Nordictrack S22i bike has a front rack to hold your handweights whereas the handweights on the Proform Pro 22 are placed in a rack on the back.
So it might be easier (and just more convenient) to grab the handweights on the Nordictrack S22i bike rather than constantly reaching behind to get them as you would on the Proform Pro 22 bike.
Also note that on the Nordictrack bike, you have incline and resistance controls on the handrails. You don’t have these controls on the Proform bike.
So what’s the bottom line when comparing the Nordictrack S22i vs Proform Pro 22 bikes?
Each one has their benefits. The Proform Pro 22 bike comes in at a more attractive price – and it still gives you everything you need for a challenging, immersive workout.
Plus it’s lighter than the S22i – so it’s a bit easier to move around.
The Nordictrack S22i adds in another level of training with the incline and decline options. It’s also heavier and more stable-feeling.
Plus the handweights are easier to reach and you get extra controls on the arm rests.
So at the end of the day it comes down to what you want, your budget and workout preferences.
No matter which bike you choose however, you’re still getting a much more immersive training experience than other studio cycles give you – and at a much more affordable price. So you can’t go too far wrong with either bike.
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