NordicTrack Commercial S15i Studio Indoor Cycle Review

The NordicTrack Commercial S15 Studio indoor cycle is a bike we’ve been wanting to test out for a while. Part of the existing range of NordicTrack bikes, this connected indoor cycle looks pretty impressive on paper so we got one in to take a closer look. Here’s what we found……

First, as always there’s the small matter of building the bike and we’re happy to report that there’s nothing to see here. The whole assembly process (once the bike was out of the box which is a small job in itself) took comfortably less than an hour and in about 40 minutes our test unit was ready to be put through its paces. Assembly of this particular bike is as easy as one could hope with clear diagrams and well-written instructions. Thank you, NordicTrack!

Once built the S15 looks uncomplicated in every way apart from the console, which when turned off looks a sleek black, but when on is similar in many ways to a tablet. This bike has an air of simplicity about it that few other technically advanced models manage to achieve. With thick-gauge steel components, it also manages to combine that simplicity with rock-solid construction. Shake this bike and it doesn’t want to budge an inch, leaving no doubt that this is a very well constructed bike.

The console that also looks simple when switched off, looks a different prospect altogether when switched on. With a 14″ display all the information displayed features large, easy-to-read characters and the navigation is intuitive enough to mean that most people will be able to find their way through to the section where they want to be or can explore all the menus and sub-menus that are filled to the brim with different training options without getting lost or confused. There are around 50 videos that are free but the whole focus of this bike is iFit and the interactive training it delivers. As an iFit subscriber (30 days included free when you purchase the bike), you get the ability to map out your own custom running routes on Google Maps, access to a huge library of a frankly silly amount of high-definition workout videos led by professional personal trainers, the chance to participate in online races against other iFit members and personalised advice for nutrition, exercise routines and sleep schedules.  There’s also a daily updated map based workout that takes you on a different run each day just to keep things interesting. The huge, clear, touchscreen display is responsive and intuitive to use and navigating around, for the most part, can be done without referring to the user manual. The only thing to bear in mind is that all accessible programmes on the S15 and iFit®, with the exception of the manually controlled workout, require a Wi-Fi-based internet connection to work.

Ergonomically the S15 is excellent. With a few adjustments, it’s easy to find a comfortable riding position which is just about the most important thing on any exercise bike. Adjustments to the saddle can be made horizontally and vertically and the handlebars also adjust vertically making it hassle-free to get into a good riding position. Most riders will quickly be able to get comfortable here, and even if you’re especially tall, there’s lots of height adjustment available. The saddle itself is a racing-style seat which, if you’re already accustomed to this type of saddle is actually very comfortable, though as always if you’re returning to cycling after a long break or are new to cycling, it may take a week or so to get used to.

There’s also a motorised -10% to +20% incline/decline system on the S15 that syncs with and is controlled by the video-based workouts. Ride up a hill on screen and you’ll find the bike inclining at the front and the resistance increases at the same time. The same thing happens the other way around too. The difference between this way of delivering a workout and the traditional old-style way is hard to overstate. This is decidedly 21st-century technology, it works and it feels great making the whole experience immersive in a way that many other models cannot match.

Other features of the S15 include a wireless heart rate receiver (belt optional), dual water bottle holders, cooling workout fan, and two 1.4kg (3lbs) dumbbells. It’s also covered by NordicTrack’s 5-year frame, 2-year onsite parts and labour warranty.

Best Price

Currently available for £1299.00 from Sweatband.com

Review Summary - In Brief

We think the NordicTrack S15 is great value for money at the current price. Right now it's a good bit less pricey than it normally is and really delivers a fantastic workout. The quality of the training videos is excellent with high production values on all of them. If you're looking for an indoor cycle that's going to keep you engaged and help you train regularly then this is a superb choice, especially while the current offer lasts!

NordicTrack Commercial S15i Specifications

    • Inertia Enhanced flywheel
    • 22 levels of SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance with QuickTouch controls on the console and handlebars
    • -10% to 20% incline and decline with QuickTouch controls on the console and handlebars
    • 14″ HD touch display
    • Feedback: incline, time, speed, distance, calories, RPM, pulse, Watts (the display mode that you select will determine which workout information is shown)
    • Programmes: Manual mode, access to 50+ video workouts and a daily updated map based workout (requires Wi-Fi based connection)
    • Interactivity: iFit® Coach Enabled (1-year Family membership included)(requires Wi-Fi based connection)
    • Heart Rate Measurement via Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
    • Audio: Compatible music port for iPod®/mp3 player, dual 2” speakers
    • Extras: dual bottle holder, two 1.4kg (3lbs) dumbbells, levelling feet, Autobreeze workout fan
    • Ergonomic seat, pedals and handlebars with adjustment
    • Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 164cm (64.5”) x 56cm (22”) x 156cm (61”)
    • Max. User Weight: 150kg (331lbs)
    • Product Weight: 74kg (163lbs)
    • Power Supply: Mains
    • Warranty: 5 years frame, 2 years parts and labour (must register within 28 days of purchase to get 2nd year)

NordicTrack Commercial S15i Studio Indoor Cycle - Console / Display Unit

NordicTrack Commercial S15i Studio Indoor Cycle - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Huge selection of workouts
  • Rock solid build quality
  • 14" full colour touch screen console
  • Ergonomically excellent

The Cons

  • You definitely need a good WiFi connection to get the best experience
NordicTrack Commercial S15i Studio Indoor Cycle Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 8.5
Smoothness - 9.5
Comfort - 9.5
Programmes - 10
Ease Of Use - 9
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 10
Best Price

Currently available for £1299.00 from Sweatband.com

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