Currently available for £299.00 from John Lewis
ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike Review
Proform has been on a real roll of late. We shouldn’t be surprised that one of the best known and oldest manufacturers of home fitness equipment keeps producing good machines, but what’s been impressive is their consistency. The last few Proform bikes that we’ve reviewed have been very good so we were keen to see if we’d just been lucky so this time we opted to take a look at an entry-level model to see if it maintains the high standards we’ve come to expect. Here’s what we found when we took a close up look at the Proform 210 CSX….
Like all modern home exercise bikes, the 210 CSX comes in parts and needs to be assembled. Thankfully, as we’ve come to expect from Proform user manuals, the instructions are quite clear with good diagrams to show what goes where. Assembly is a one person job, though while attaching the main post at the front, a second person would make that part a bit less awkward. Overall it took just around 35 minutes to put this bike together so it shouldn’t present a challenge, even if you’re not of a particularly practical persuasion.
The 210 CSX is a battery operated bike that can also run on mains power. Unfortunately, the power supply is a paid-for optional extra. Given this, you’d expect a set of batteries (albeit cheap ones) would be included. Unfortunately, once more, this is NOT the case – though we got lucky with our test unit as it arrived with a pack of courtesy batteries taped to the box by the retailer who obviously feels that if you’re spending a few hundred pounds with them on a bike, then you should be able to use it when it arrives on your doorstep! If you’re planning on running the bike off the mains this something probably worth checking with your retailer as a power adaptor from Proform is around £25. While mains power is usually preferred, the default battery-only option does have its upside, as it means you can put the bike in any location without having to consider how/where you’re going to plug it in – so long as you have a set of batteries of course……..
Looks-wise this is a very standard looking home exercise bike. There’s nothing about it that stands out in any particular way other than the saddle which we immediately noted looks wide and padded and very comfortable. At 79cm x 61cm (31.1″ x 24″) it’s not a large bit of kit but it is reasonably well put together and Proform’s choice of silver and dark grey with a splash of burgundy combined with the overall size results in a non-offensive, neat little package that’ll sit comfortably in most homes.
Unlike in the case of many of its competitors, there is not a wide range of adjustments that can be made to the handlebars and seat, which is a little disappointing. The seat is adjustable horizontally and vertically so it’s possible to find a riding position that works for most people but as the design limits the riding positions you can take up on the bike fewer people will be able to tune the position to perfection for themselves. However, somewhat amazingly, the 210 CSX doesn’t completely collapse as a viable option as a result of this lack of adjustment. A strange conclusion to come to, to be sure, but the fact is our testing team vary greatly in size and shape and they were all able to get a sensible riding position. So, despite the lack of adjustment options, we’d have to that say this bike is still a viable choice for most people! This can only be the result of Proform’s experience and know-how in building bikes. The seat is large and substantially padded, and this combined with the sound basic ergonomics makes this a relatively comfortable bike.
The console display is a silver-tinted LCD display that shows the intensity, speed, time, distance, calories and pulse in real time as you workout and there’s a tablet holder located on the top. There are 14 preset workouts divided into 7 intensity workouts designed to improve fitness and 7 weight loss workouts. In addition, there’s a dedicated 8-week weight loss training programme (more on that in a minute) and a target Watt program. Unusually for an exercise bike, let alone an entry-level exercise bike, the console is fitted with stereo speakers and a music port to plug in your mp3 player, a workout cooling fan to keep you cool, and Bluetooth wireless heart rate receiver and last but by no means least it’s Bluetooth smart enable for iFit so interactive training is an option. There’s even a water bottle holder which is always nice to see!
Back to that 8-week weight loss training programme, because this is nothing less than a proper 8-week weight loss training regime designed by a personal trainer. Each week there are 3 workouts to perform, each one different from the last. The way it works is really straightforward and with just a little manual input to set it up, you’re ready to go. To get started just press the ‘select week’ button to select week 1, then press the ‘select day’ button to select day 1 and start pedalling. The next time select week 1, day 2 and perform the workout, then next time week 1, day 3 and that’s your first week completed. Continue like that for the following 7 weeks and you’ll have participated in a full on 8-week weight loss programme. It is basic in the way it works, but the fact it’s there at all is the bit that’s impressed us! Really good stuff this, and given one of the most common reasons to buy an exercise bike is to lose weight, it’s something that’s sure to appeal.
In terms of the warranty, the 210 CSX is covered by Proform’s 2-year parts and labour warranty (if registered within 28 days of purchase).
The Proform 210 CSX is a perfectly good offering and quite well built when you consider it in its own right. However, the major issue here is value for money or rather, the lack of it! For a far lower price, you can get your hands on a Viavito Satori which is has a heavier flywheel to make for a smoother ride as well as more adjustments to get a geat riding position. Alternatively, and again for a good deal less money, it's possible to get the DKN AM-3i, which, if we're completely honest, is simply in a different league in comparison. Despite a few nice touches on the 210 CSX, there's definitely better value to be had out there at the moment.
ProForm 210 CSX Specifications
- Flywheel: 6kg (13.2Ibs) inertia enhanced flywheel
- Resistance: 16 levels of digital SMR Silent™ Magnetic Resistance
- Console: Large LCD display with Watts meter
- Console Feedback: Speed, RPM, Watts, time, distance, calories, resistance, pulse
- Programmes: 17 (1 manual, 16 pre-set workout apps)
- Heart Rate Measurement: EKG hand pulse sensors, Bluetooth Smart chest strap optional
- Seat: Oversized, cushion seat adjustable vertically and horizontally
- Pedals: Ergonomic pedals with adjustable straps
- Transport Wheels: Yes, front mounted
- Levelers: Oversized quick levelers
- Additional features: iFit® Bluetooth® Smart Enabled (subscription optional), water bottle holder, oversized levelers, tablet holder, stereo speakers, music port for iPod/mp3,
- Dimensions: Length=96cm (37.8”), Width=57cm (22.4”), Height=143cm (56.3”)
- Maximum User Weight: 125kg (275.6lbs)
- Product Weight: 28kg (61.7lbs)
- Power Supply: Battery operated (requires 4 D cell batteries; 9 Volt DC 2 Amp transformer optional extra)
- Warranty: 2 years parts, labour and frame (if registered within 28 days of purchase)
ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit
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