Introducing the Commercial S22i Studio Cycle by NordicTrack
S22i Nordictrack Bike Review
It has been rumored for months, but now it is here — the cool, hi-tech S22i Commercial Studio Cycle, with high-energy iFit class workouts, streamed to the bike's wide 22" HD touchscreen console, so you can enjoy a studio class at home as if you were actually there. There are a number of features that make this bike standout. The one that's truly unique is the iFit instructor's ability to remotely control your bike’s speed, incline and resistance to match the class challenge or terrain during a workout. If you prefer you can manually override this feature to make manual adjustments as you ride. Feedback we've gotten from users so far is this really provides a way to motivate, torch calories and ensure you get the most out of your workout — riders seem to really like it.
Other cool features we like is the screen can swivel 360° to allow better viewing for off the bike class segments, the dual auto-breeze fans to keep you cool, and the ability of this bike to incline +20% or decline a negative -10% to experience a more realistic road or trail like simulation.
iFit Coach Enhances S22i Bike Ownership
STUDIO CLASSES @HOME
About the iFit Workouts
A wide range of elite personal trainers lead studio sessions, ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. Each trainer brings their unique personal training style, providing several options—from time trial to HIIT workouts — to meet your workout goals. You are immersed in the workout experience visually and listening to the high-energy class leader. There are also training sessions created with Google Maps™ Street View images and classes that offer full-body workouts that keep your body guessing and keep you interested. They take you to stunning destinations from countries around the globe, they are fun & engaging sessions that keep you going without getting bored so you complete your workout with the right level of intensity.
Many of the trainer-led classes incorporate the included pair of 3-pound dumbbells (there is a holder for the weights conveniently on the bike console) making it simple to get a total-body workout. Using the dumbbells and ab conditioning exercises is key to your fitness success. Cross-training on and off the bike is made easy with the screen swivel feature that allows you to turn the screen completely around so you can view the monitor when you are off the bike. Another unique but extremely practical option we have not seen on other bikes.
When not riding you may also wish to select from hundreds of iFit classes ranging from cross-training to Yoga which are streamed directly to your bike's HD console. The wide screen is touch-driven so it's simple to use and select class options. It responds smoothly and is surprisingly quick.
S22i FEATURES RUNDOWN
The Studio Cycle features an incline to +20% and decline to -10% that provides a realistic cycling experience. Resistance ranges from a level of 1 to 24. Both can automatically adjusted by the iFit trainer during a class to match the terrain of workout challenge, targeting different muscle groups while building stamina. If you prefer to manually adjust speed, incline, fan speed or volume they are easily accessible on both sides of the non-slip handlebar with one finger touch. We particularly enjoyed this option — for one, it made it so simple to make adjustments to resistance instead on turning a knob on the cross bar, as in the Peloton bike — it allowed for more precise adjustments.
A watts power readout is highly visible on the console dashboard which measures and displays power output plus all your key stats; distance, speed, calories burned, incline, elapsed time etc. Additionally an interesting feature is the AutoBreeze™ fan, which actually increases air flow matching your workout intensity, to keep you cooler. There are also dual water bottle holders for easy access.
The S22i Studio Cycle is adjustable for a comfortable ride, the ergonomic padded seat adjusts both horizontally and vertically, and the non-slip handlebars also move vertically. You can swap the seat and pedals for your own if you so choose.
Operationally the bike is quiet, similar to other recent NordictTack equipment, the S22i employs SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance, it also has a smooth spin action as the result of the inertia-enhanced flywheel.
FOOTPRINT: The Studio Cycle has a sleek design with a compact footprint of only 55 by 22 inches so it can fit in small spaces. To make leveling corrections for an imperfect floor surface you can use the adjustable leveling feet. Finally there are two front mounted wheels to make moving the bike easier.
The NordicTrack Studio Cycle Series comes in two options:
■ The S22i cycle has a 22-inch touchscreen console with a price of $1,999 and includes a 1-year iFit Coach membership, a $396 savings.
■ The S15i cycle has a 14-inch touchscreen console with a price of $1,599 also includes a 1-year iFit Coach membership.
SCREEN SIZE is the only DIFFERENCE between the two MODELS S22i and S15i. If you can make it work in your budget go with the 22” screen. The bigger screen is better all around but especially when doing you off the bike classes.
NordicTrack does offer Financing options as well. 0% APR for 24 or 36 months with Equal Payments. (limited time only)
SHIPPING: for either shipping is offered free, a $250 value. Nordictrack also offers white glove delivery and assembly for $250. USE CODE: NTHOME TO GET $100 off the VIP delivery.
S22i BIKE SUMMARY
The S22i Studio Cycle is an exciting addition to help you achieve your fitness goals. The iFit trainers are motivating and change it up so you stay engaged. The cross-training segment of the studio work-outs keep a good balance between on the bike and off helping you condition other muscle groups, building a strong core with ab exercises. The look of the bike is hi-tech, ultra-modern, and rides stable.
If you want to find an exercise program at-home and enjoy biking, the S22i with Studio classes is a recommended buy. It keeps you from using that excuse it's a hassle to get to the gym, a bike won’t be open or everyone is sick at the gym – you can get a workout anytime at home and hit your goals in no time. OR
You can Select the S15i Studio Cycle option with its 14 inch touchscreen. A slightly more budget friendly deal at $1,599 – also includes 1 year of iFit membership with real time trainer control and streamed classes.