These two bikes look very similar – they both come with iFit LIVE Compatibility, adjustable seats and extra wide footpedals with straps.
They also both have the same footprint and give you iPod docks with speakers so you can listen to your favorite tunes as you workout.
So how are they different? And which exercise bike is best for you?
Here’s a rundown of the main differences between these two bikes to help you decide:
Proform 8.0 vs 14.0 EX – Price
The Proform 8.0 is the starter model here and comes in at the cheapest price – around $599 with Free Shipping here. This makes the Proform 8.0 EX bike more attractive for budget buyers.
The Proform 14.0 EX Upright bike is an upgraded bike model and comes in around $799 with Free Shipping here. Still, that’s not much more – and the 14.0 bike does give you some extras you may want that the 8.0 bike doesn’t have.
Proform 8.0 vs 4.0 EX Bike Comparison – Consoles
The consoles are really where you see the biggest difference between these two bikes. The Proform 8.0 EX bike has a dual-color console as you can see below:
The Proform 14.0 EX bike goes one better with a full color console. There’s also a built-in touch-screen web browser as you can see here:
So you can surf the net, read emails or catch up with Facebook friends while you workout. This alone can make your workouts a lot more enjoyable. And it’s actually pretty surprising to find on a bike under $800.
Also note that the window itself is larger on the 14.0 EX model – a full 7 inches across vs 5 inches across, which can make it easier to read your workout stats.
Proform 8.0 vs 14.0 Bike – Resistance Levels
The Proform 8.0 bike gives you 25 levels of resistance whereas you get 26 resistance levels on the Proform 14.0 EX. This isn’t a huge difference really. But it is something you should note as the Proform 14.0 EX gives you a bit more room to challenge yourself.
Proform 8.0 vs 14.0 Exercise Bike Bike – Flywheel
A heavier flywheel on a stationary bike can give you smoother and more stable-feeling ride, especially when you transition between resistance levels. The Proform 8.0 EX gives you a 16 pound flywheel which, for the price point is pretty decent.
The Proform 14.0 bike is a bit better with a 18 pound flywheel – so it’s a bit more stable and will hold up better under longer workouts. This makes it great for multiple-user families or those planning on longer workouts.
Proform 8.0 vs 14.0 Bike Comparison – Warranty
As you’d expect with the higher end bike you get more warranty coverage on the Proform 14.0 EX model – 3 years on parts instead of 2 years on parts with the Proform 8.0.
Proform 8.0 vs 14.0 EX Bike – Built-In Workouts
You also get a couple more built-in workouts on the Proform 14.0 EX bike than the 8.0 model: 32 vs 30. However if you’re planning on getting iFit LIVE (which gives you unlimited new workouts) then this is kind of a moot point.
Both the Proform 8.0 and the 14.0 EX bikes give you some decent options like oversized, adjustable seats and backlit consoles – which make it easier to read your workouts stats.
However there is quite a big difference between consoles – which will probably be the one thing you want to focus on. The Proform 14.0 EX has the built-in web browser and full color console. The Proform 8.0 is only dual color with no web browser. This can make quite a difference in your workout enjoyment over time.
Also note that the console size is also smaller on the Proform 8.0. Then again, the Proform 8.0 is a simple, more affordable upright bike from a good name. So that may be all that you want.
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