Peloton Bike vs. S22i Studio Cycle

Peloton Bike vs. S22i Studio Cycle

Peloton vs. Nordictrack S22i

Which Bike is the best choice for you?

Peloton Bike or Commercial S22i Studio Cycle? That’s the question. To decide which bike may be a better fit for you it comes down to a series of preferences, your own preferences. So to help you make that maybe.yes.no decision we cover what we believe are key areas to break down a comparison examining these three areas: The Rider Experience, The Bike and The Trainers.


1. RIDER EXPERIENCE

PELOTON

Spin Classes

The Peloton bike classes are energetic spin classes with two options: On-demand and Live. Music plays a important role in the experience and feel of each class – no two are alike as trainers select their preferred theme and song collections and inject their personality into a session. The leader-board sets a competitive vibe showing you your class standing compared to others. Fellow riders will give you “High Fives” via your bike console and trainers call out individuals all to support, motivate and provide encouragement. The company celebrates your 100th ride with a coveted commemorative t-shirt and there's badges to achieve as you amass more rides and hit milestones. This group energy can seriously embrace you to achieve personal bests. Dedicated Peloton riders record weight loss and report feeling totally energized. The Peloton is more soul searching with enthusiastic cult-like community dynamics.

NORDICTRACK

The Nordictrack Commercial S22i bike experience is powered by iFit and gives you many options to choose from with rides that vary by terrain, difficulty, trainer, length and class type. S22i class options offered can be best categorized into four types: studio classes, road races, google maps (where you create your own routes) and trainer led mountain-path, trail and scenic rides.

Studio Classes:

iFit Trainer, Giddy Akande, leads a  Nordictrack S22i Cycle Studio Class

iFit Trainer, Giddy Akande, leads a Nordictrack S22i Cycle Studio Class

Nordictrack’s Studio classes are group sessions that focus on HIIT interval training. These are not music experiences, but are led by professional trainers that coach and work hard to keep you focused, motivated and challenged. They inspire, push and keep the conversation going as you ride along. There are sections of the class where you use weights or get off the bike for a total body workout. You feel the energy of the group, but it also feels like its a one on one with the trainer – A Cool vibe for getting a serious workout!

Road Races

This next type is very similar to a real road race. You can select well known races like the Tour de France where you traverse on your bike as your trainer guides along the famous multi-stage course. There are varying resistance levels created by hills, inclines, declines and sprints. You can select the length and difficulty. Your trainer both leading the way and working alongside you. The ability of S22i bike to incline and decline really sets it apart, providing a more immerse experience so you feel like you are riding outside – we discuss more on this aspect later.

Trainer led road races on the Commercial  S22i Studio Cycle  are powered by iFit. Like the  LOTOJA CLASSIC.  A challenging, scenic ride with diverse terrain. Be prepared to do some climbing during this 206 mile course that starts in Logan, UT and ends in Teton Village, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Trainer led road races on the Commercial S22i Studio Cycle are powered by iFit. Like the LOTOJA CLASSIC. A challenging, scenic ride with diverse terrain. Be prepared to do some climbing during this 206 mile course that starts in Logan, UT and ends in Teton Village, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Google Maps Routes

Create your own via Google Maps. You can build your own route you currently ride or would like to ride – pick a famous one like the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria Australia, or one from the old neighborhood you used to ride. These can be saved to build your own library. Many users in the community share routes with the iFit community board or on Facebook. Levels of difficulty can be as easy, hard or as crazy as you want! There are no trainers involved so this is more of “on your own” ride – where you can challenge other iFit members to ride along or on their own, then later share and compare results!

Trainer Led Destination Rides

The final type of iFit bike class is the trainer led destination ride. These rides take you across the globe to interesting and spectacular locations. Trainers lead you on scenic rides or take you on actual road races or off-roading through mountain roads, paths and bike trails. Your trainer cycles with you leading the way through varying inclines, declines and intensity while dropping interesting location points along the way. These are pro trainers, each with their own distinct personality and will definitely keep you engaged. It's a great option to get a solid workout in with loads of interesting destinations to choose from in Australia, Indonesia, Iceland, Switzerland, Italy and New Zealand to name some.

Adventure with iFit powered trainer-led destination rides on the  Nordictrack Commercial  S22i .   Locations look stunning on the touchscreen makes it so fun to ride

Adventure with iFit powered trainer-led destination rides on the Nordictrack Commercial S22i. Locations look stunning on the touchscreen makes it so fun to ride

Our RECOMMENDED Experience Choice

The winner in experience between the two bike options is not easy to give as the two are so different. As mentioned at the start it’s more a matter of your preference. If you want to ride your bike beyond studio classes, stay fit or loose weight go with the Nordictrack S22i Studio Cycle powered by iFit – if you are primarily are looking for music themed group spin classes and class camaraderie the Peloton, with Peloton digital, is probably more your speed.

Learn more about What Is iFit


2. THE BIKE EQUIPMENT

PELOTON BIKE

The Peloton Bike  is more music Spin Class oriented. Weights are not included

The Peloton bike is a classic spin bike with silent magnetic resistance and a 22” touchscreen. The resistance is controlled by turning a knob mounted on the cross bar. A popular feature of Peloton riders is the leader-board which you can watch during both on-demand and live classes. All your stats from every ride are recorded and your progress easily viewed by the numbers and nicely presented charts.

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Peloton Leader-Board

Peloton Bike has a holder for weights, to be purchased separately. The pedals are Look Delta clip-in’s and you will also have to buy specialty shoes to use this bike.
The seat and handlebars can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally and there are dual water bottle holders.

Peloton Accessories for purchase include weights & clip-in shoes which are required to use the bike

The Peloton bike Warranty breaks-out out as follows:

- Frame: 5 years
- Screen: 1 year
- Parts: 1 year
- Labor: 1 year

NORDICTRACK S22i STUDIO BIKE

Similar to the Peloton bike Nordictrack’s Commercial S22i offers additional features and options you may want to consider when comparing the two.

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Nordictrack S22i Studio Cycle includes weights and 1 year iFit membership

First, the Commercial S22i has a 360 degree swivel 22” touchscreen. You can tilt and swivel the screen for off-the-bike when cross-training. This swivel feature allows you to more access view on-screen trainers as you follow along off-the-bike or on your mat. You can more easily watch and follow the trainer's yoga moves, stretches and other strength training classes.

Another major differential feature the S22i has is a +20% Real-time incline and -10% decline built into the bike for real road simulation. This is a very interesting option that adds another dimension and reality to your ride and training. Additionally iFit trainers can automatically adjust your resistance, incline and decline in-effect adding real-time trainer control so you can just concentrate on your workout.

Split imagery showing  S22i Studio Cycle  +20% incline and -10% decline with real-time trainer control with a small part of the iFit Console screen view below

Split imagery showing S22i Studio Cycle +20% incline and -10% decline with real-time trainer control with a small part of the iFit Console screen view below

One year of iFit class subscription is included with the S22i, which has a real $396 savings value. Your iFit membership will also capture all your workout stats and record them into your profile for progress tracking simply accessed via the touchscreen. As with Peloton you can add additional users who can all track their own stats if you have multiple riders at home.

The S22i Studio Cycle does come with a pair of 3 lb weights for cross training and has dual water bottle holders and has dual fans well designed under the touchscreen to keep you cool if you desire.

Additionally you can more easily adjust resistance through one touch controls on the handle bars. Another benefit of this, more precise changes can be achieved through the one-touch controls rather than by turning a knob as on the Peloton bike.

S22i Studio Cycle with 1-touch handlebar controls, for resistance, incline, decline & fan speed control

Like the Peloton you can adjust the S22i seat and handle bars in both horizontal and vertical positions to suit your cycling and viewing comfort.

S22 i Saddle adjusts both vertically and horizontally

S22i Saddle adjusts both vertically and horizontally

The pedals on the Commercial S22i are toe cages which allow you to ride without purchasing special clip-in shoes. Anyone can use the bike with regular sneakers. However, if you prefer you can simply swap out the pedals for clip-in pedals which can range from $40 to $80. But you will then also have to buy clip-in shoes which can range from $40 to $120 dollars depending on what you want.

The S22i Studio Cycle warranty is more comprehensive than what Peloton offers and breakouts as follows:

- Frame: Lifetime
- Screen: 3 Years
- Parts: 3 years
- Labor: 1 year

RECOMMENDED BIKE CHOICE

If you are looking for spin class workout, the Peloton Bike is the better choice. If you are looking for more workout variation of classes and value in your fitness equipment then we would recommend purchasing a S22i. The Nordictrack S22i does offer more value with the included 1 year iFit membership, includes a set of 3 lb weights, provides a stronger warranty plus has a wider variety of class type offerings. The Nordictrack S22i is the better choice for those riders looking for real road simulation with the 20% incline and decline, plus the extensive road races, mountain and trail rides. If you are serious about off the bike cross-training the swivel console on the S22i makes this bike a much better option!

To learn More about the S22i Studio Cycle Read our Full Review

THIS SCREEN SWIVELS


3. THE TRAINERS {a.k.a. Workout Content}

Peloton Instructor, Robin Arzon

Peloton Instructor, Robin Arzon

PELOTON TRAINERS

Peloton trainers are fitness professionals. Each has experience as a fitness trainer IRL.¹ The focus of the Peloton trainers is motivation, community, a little competition pulled together with music themes. The spin classes entertain with the music selection, there is lots of chatter to keep you engaged and they discuss techniques to help you achieve your personal best. The community has an active Facebook group for off the bike engagement. And the company offers special events, in-store rides, and special theme rides. The Turkey Trot last year had over 20,000 riders taking part in the 6 am live class streamed from its NYC studio.

¹ in real life

NORDICTRACK iFIT TRAINERS

iFit trainers are successful personal trainers on their own right, spin class leaders and actual bike race champions. iFit trainers lead all the scenic destination, hill climbs, mountain trail and road rides. There are also studio classes some combined with cross training on and off the bike. The sessions are not depended on music but are more trainer led oriented rides. It feels more like a personal trainer is riding next to you driving and motivating you to hit your goals. The rides are enjoyable as you watch cool scenic views from across a diverse range of locations. The studio classes are all about challenging you to do a great workout.


OUR RECOMMENDED TRAINERS

If you enjoy music while you workout, like themes and community engagement, then consider going with Peloton. If you are also looking for a group experience to keep you motivated and challenged go with Peloton.

If you ride a bike outdoors during good weather and want to ride during winter months to stay fit or loose weight choose Nordictrack S22i. If you are more into off-roading mountains paths and trails or road races, Nordictrack S22i is a better choice for you. If you want a realistic road simulation, choose the Nordictrack S22i Studio Cycle. If you want more than a spin class on your bike go with Nordictrack S22i. If you want a personal trainer experience, the iFit trainers are definitely the best choice when it comes to challenging you.

SO IN THE END ── Our Final Thoughts

In the end, the Peloton bike and the Nordictrack Commercial S22i Studio bike are very different purchases for your bike workout. It comes down to the different content provided by the two companies. Peloton is more music, community/group engagement and the option to workout live with other riders. The Nordictrack S22i offers studio classes, but also offers OFF-ROADING trainer led mountain, trail and road races and allows you to build you own routes using Google Maps. The iFit trainers are more focused on a personal coach work out experience. The Peloton is more soul searching with enthusiastic cult-like community dynamics. The best choice is really your decision on what you prefer when exercising. Both bikes are great solid options with motivating trainers.

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