Currently available for £499.00 from Sweatband.com
NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro Exercise Bike Review
What is there to say about NordicTrack that hasn’t already been said? Not much! They are without doubt one the leading global manufacturers of home fitness equipment and, especially of late, have been producing machines that have an awful lot of bells and whistles without compromising on the basic function and build of their machines. As we’ve not covered one of their bikes in some while, we thought we’d take a look at what they’ve currently got to offer at a middle of the road price point. To see just what your hard-earned cash will buy you we got our hands on the NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro. Here’s what we found…
After a relatively quick and simple set up that took about half an hour, the GX4.4 Pro was ready to go. The first thing that immediately caught the eye is the build of the bike. Typical of a NordicTrack it’s well constructed, with a substantial (and it has to be said reassuring) amounts of metal visible throughout. The console is certainly a lot chunkier than most bikes in this price range and it’s got the sort of features that you’d normally see on more commercial gym-style bikes, such as a fan and speakers that you can plug your music player into.
The display on the console is unusual, but in your reviewer’s opinion, it works really well. Unlike almost all their competitors NordicTrack have kept resolutely away from the now almost ubiquitous blue back-lit LCD display and have instead opted for a high contrast inverted black and white display. With a jet black background and large, clear white characters the effect is striking and it won’t be a huge surprise if other manufacturers’ start to copy this colour scheme. It works really well, is easy on the eye, and adds to the overall feel of quality.
The console also goes easy on the number of buttons which adds to the feeling of simplicity. One quick glance at the console and most people will know what each button does without having to refer to the user manual. This is very welcome as it makes it ridiculously easy to get on and start working out once you’ve built the bike. But it’s also very clever as underneath this layer of simplicity, the GX4.4 Pro is as an advanced bike as you’re likely to come across.
The display shows RPM, Calories, distance, pulse, resistance, speed, time, Watts, Cals/Hr and you can also set it to scan mode for a continuous stream of lots of data or the priority mode which allows you to choose which set of data you’d like to remain on the screen at all times, depending on the type of training you’re doing. This is a very welcome and useful feature that’s bound to appeal to the more target specific focused user, while the scan mode will appeal to most users who just want to monitor their improvement in overall fitness levels. In terms of training options, the GX 4.4 Pro doesn’t disappoint either. There are 30 onboard preset workouts (which, frankly, is more than you’ll ever need) that are divided into to two groups, Calorie Burn and Performance (Cardio to the rest of us). It couldn’t be simpler to understand and when selecting a workout the display tells you the estimated number of calories that the program should burn, which is a nice way of being able to choose which workout you want to perform.
While there are more workouts than you’ll need built into the console, NordicTrack haven’t stopped there as the GX4.4 Pro is also iFit compatible (1-year iFit Coach subscription included). Subscribers to iFit get the added bonus of Google Maps workouts that allow you to map out your own cycling routes on Google Maps, high-definition workout videos led by professional personal trainers, online races against other iFit riders and personalised advice for meals, exercise routines and your sleep schedule. iFit is a whole world unto itself and offers far too much to cover in this review but if you want to know more just visit the iFit web site for full details.
Away from the console, the seat, while described as over-sized, is really not much (if any) larger than the saddle you’ll find on most other bikes. But, and this is important, it is very comfortable indeed and soft and wide enough to practically guarantee that you’ll avoid saddle soreness. There are also plenty of adjustments available to allow you to easily get yourself into a comfortable and ergonomically correct riding position. The action is also quiet and smooth, no doubt aided by the substantial 9kg flywheel, and the resistance levels change quickly and smoothly without making any unwelcome noises. There’s also a water bottle holder and a tablet holder as added creature comforts.
So, what did we think? Well, it’s hard to fault this offering from NordicTrack. First and foremost it’s mechanically and ergonomically sound. Secondly, it’s quiet and comfortable. And thirdly, it’s got a wonderfully wide range of training options so that it’s hard to see how you won’t find something that works for you. It’s also well designed, easy to use and put together properly which is reflected in the 5 year frame, 2 year on-site parts and labour warranty being provided.
In our opinion, the GX4.4 is a really solid exercise bike suitable for general family use but one that is also just as suitable for more hardcore, in-depth training, making it a model that we’d highly recommend makes it onto your shortlist. A really good effort by NordicTrack, hats off!
The GX4.4 Pro is a winner in our book. It's easy to set up, it's simple to use and it has so many training options that you're highly unlikely to get bored. It's also very comfortable which is no small thing as an uncomfortable bike is an expensive clothes-horse-in-waiting. It's very well built too and includes a 12 month subscription to iFit, making this a notable and impressive bike, especially considering the current offer price. This is a good bit of kit that's easy to recommend.
NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro Specifications
- Effective Inertia 9kg (19.8lbs) flywheel
- 25 levels of digital Silent Magnetic Resistance with OneTouch™ Controls
- 5″ Backlit Display
- Console Feedback: RPM, Calories, distance, pulse, resistance, speed, time, resistance, Watts, Cals/Hr + Scan Mode and Priority Mode
- 30 programmes + manual mode (Onboard and Watts workouts)
- Heart Rate Measurement via EKG pulse grip sensors + Bluetooth® smart wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
- Interactivity: iFit Coach BLE Enabled – use the iFit Smart Cardio app on compatible tablets and smartphones (1-year iFit Coach subscription included)
- An oversized cushioned, adjustable saddle
- Extra-wide vertically adjustable ergonomic pedals with adjustable straps
- Autobreeze workout fan
- Conveniences: Integrated tablet holder, bottle holder, transportation wheels
- Max. user weight: 125kg (275.5lbs)
- Weight: 47kg (103.6lbs)
- Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 105cm (41.3”) x 59cm (23.2”) x 161cm (63.3”)
- Warranty: 5 years frame, 2 years parts and labour (if registered within 28 days of purchase)
NordicTrack GX 4.4 Pro Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £499.00 from Sweatband.com
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