ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike Review

Proform has been on a 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 their consistency has been impressive . The last few Proform bikes that we’ve reviewed have been very good so 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 really clear with good diagrams to show what goes where. Assembly of this bike can easily be a one person job, though while attaching the main post at the front, a second person would make that particular part a little easier. Overall it took just over 30 minutes to put this bike together with and most will find the assembly process easy enough, even if they’re not of a particularly practical persuasion.

The 210 CSX is a battery operated model that can also run on mains power with the power supply being an optional extra. While mains power is usually preferred for this type of bike, 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. Battery life is better than we thought it would be too. With only the display and the small resistance motor being powered by the batteries, they lasted for the whole of our testing with the bike really being put through its paces, so we can safely say that power anxiety isn’t going to be an issue here. And, if it you like, you could always opt to put in a set of entry-level rechargeables for extra efficiency.

Looks-wise this is a very standard looking home exercise bike. There’s nothing about it that stands out in any particular way and aesthetically it’s not going to win any awards. That being said, the design is neat and tidy and at 79cm x 61cm (31.1″ x 24″) the 210 CSX not a large bit of kit. Not large, but it is 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.

As in the case of many of its competitors, there is a good range of adjustments that can be made to the saddle, which we immediately noted looked wider and more padded than we usually see on this type of bike, and one that we found was very comfortable when actually put to the test. The seat is adjustable both horizontally and vertically so it’s possible to easily find a good riding position that’ going to be nice and comfortable for most people. Our testing team vary greatly in size and shape and they were all able to get a sensible riding position quickly. So, despite the fact it’s not possible to adjust the handlebars, we’d have to that say this bike is very comfy. 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 make this a 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. It’s nice and easy to read and understand making this a good choice for those who want a simple bike. 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.

For more training options, the 210 CSX is Bluetooth smart enabled so it’s compatible with the iFit interactive training service. Not only that but, a little unbelievably, this ‘entry level’ bike comes with an 1 year iFit subscription included in the price! You can use this bike in a simple way, but as an iFit subscriber you can also take advantage of the many high-tech features of this bike. With iFit you get the ability to map out your own custom running routes on Google Maps, access to a huge library of hundreds of high-definition workout videos led by professional personal trainers, the chance to participate in online races against other iFit members and get personalised advice for nutrition, exercise routines and sleep schedules.  There’s also a daily updated map based workout that takes you on a different ride each day just to keep things interesting. Just install the iFit app onto your tablet or other smart device, set up your iFit account and you’re ready to go. 

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! And, there’s even a water bottle holder which is always nice to see! 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.

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.

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).

Best Price

Currently available for £219.00 from Sweatband.com

To get the ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike for only £219, enter voucher code 210CSX on the Sweatband.com basket page!

Review Summary - In Brief

The Proform 210 CSX is a well built bike that performs better than it looks. In fact it's one of the most feature loaded bikes we've ever seen at this sort of price. It's got a very large and very padded saddle that's comfortable from the off and has enough adjustments to make getting a good riding position easy. The batteries easily last long enough to quickly dispel any power anxiety, making the fact that this is a battery powered bike a complete non-issue, and there's always the option of running it off the mains if you really want to. With an 8 week dedicated weight loss programme, 16 preset workouts and a free 1 year iFit subscription plus goodies such as speakers and cooling fan, it's a heck of a lot of bike for the money.  It's also available at a price that a lot of other bikes out there will struggle to match for sheer value, making this model easy to recommend right now.

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 (12-month subscription included), 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

ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Comfortable seat
  • Plenty of adjustment
  • 8 week dedicated weight loss programme
  • Lots to keep you keen and interested
  • 1 year iFit subscription included

The Cons

  • Not the prettiest bike to look at that we've come across
ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 7.5
Smoothness - 8.5
Comfort - 9.5
Programmes - 9
Ease Of Use - 10
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 10
Best Price

Currently available for £219.00 from Sweatband.com

To get the ProForm 210 CSX Exercise Bike for only £219, enter voucher code 210CSX on the Sweatband.com basket page!

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