ProForm 320 CSX+ Exercise Bike Review

From manual, entry-level, bikes through to high-end high-tech models, there’s usually something to be found in the Proform range of exercise bikes to suit just about anyone that has an interest in getting an exercise bike. Whatever the price range, we’ve come to expect Proform bikes to be loaded with features and represent good value. However, with so many other manufacturers producing ever-better models, the competition has never been more intense and with that in mind we got hold of the Proform 320 CSX+ to take a closer look at what it’s got to offer.

Assembly is straightforward with the manual providing clear and easy to follow instructions and takes about half an hour to complete. Once set up getting this bike level is nice and easy thanks to the rear leg levellers and once those are set this is a reasonably sturdy bike. It’s not absolutely rock-solid but it’s sturdy enough to give you confidence in the build quality and with a max user weight of 125kg (275lbs, 19.5 stone) this model is suitable for a wide range of users.

The riding position is sound though not perfect, while the wide well-padded saddle provides a comfortable base that with horizontal and vertical adjustments makes it easy to get a comfortable riding position. There’s no adjustment on the handlebars which is a pity but nevertheless the 320 CSX+ will be comfortable enough for the majority of users.

With a 7kg flywheel employed to keep things smooth, the ride that’s delivered is consistent all the way throughout the cycle. At 7kg this is heavier than some and lighter than other flywheels that similarly priced competitors feature putting it squarely in the middle of the road. And it feels pretty much exactly as one would expect for a middle of road bike. It’s smooth, it’s quiet and it’s reasonably comfortable. There are 16 levels of resistance to choose from which is fewer than most other models that cost around the same benefit from, but the top level of resistance is still plenty enough for all but already particularly fit users, who may find it a little easier than they’d like.

The console display here is different to most bikes in this price range and if we’re honest, it’s not the greatest one we’ve seen of late. It’s advertised as a 5″ display and it is, but unlike most displays the 5″ measurement is from left to right and display is height is less than half that to be found elsewhere on most other bikes. This means that while the characters on the display (eg speed, time, resistance, distance, calories, heart rate etc) are large, well-lit and easy-to-read, there aren’t many of them that can fit on the screen at any one time, limiting the amount of information you can see at any given moment during your workout. For some this will be a blessing as less info is easier to track, but for many the lack of simultaneous data readout will be an inconvenience.

In terms of training options there are 12 preset workouts to choose from, a manual mode, and several target based functions (calorie, time and so on) which is basic for any electronically controlled bike but particularly so for one pitched at this price point. There are cheaper bikes that offer more. That being said, connect a tablet via Bluetooth and subscribe to iFit and you suddenly get access to a huge amount of training options, including high definition personal trainer-led video workouts, Google maps rides, the ability to race against other iFit members over mapped courses as well as access to dietary and sleep advice, amongst much else.

Other features include, dual 2″ speakers plus music port for mp3 player, water bottle holder, adjustable tablet holder, handgrip pulse sensors and, thankfully, a Bluetooth wireless heart rate receiver, though no chest belt is included. The 320 CSX+ also comes with an 2-year parts, labour, and frame manufacturers warranty (subject to product registration) for peace of mind.

Best Price

Currently available for £399.00 from ProForm

Review Summary - In Brief

So, what's the verdict on the Proform 320 CSX+? Well, that depends on what you're planning to do with it. If you're planning on subscribing to iFit then this is a decent offering from Proform but if you're not, then this bike falls flat given the price. Thing is, if you're going to subscribe to iFit then the NordicTrack GX4.4 Pro comes from the same factory but has a heavier flywheel making it smoother, a heavier frame making it it sturdier, a much larger display, 25 levels of resistance, almost triple the number of onboard workouts, a cooling fan and a better warranty to boot, for not one penny more. And, if you're not planning on being an iFit member then it's hard to argue that the DKN AM-3i doesn't make better sense. The AM-3i benefits from a extra-heavy 11kg flywheel making it smoother, has 32 levels of resistance, has heart rate control workouts, more preset programmes, a 150kg max user weight and a warranty to match the 320 CSX+ but costs a good bit less making it better value for money.

ProForm 320 CSX+ Specifications

    • 7kg (15.4lbs) Inertia Enhanced Flywheel
    • 16 digitals levels of SMR Silent™ Magnetic Resistance with QuickTouch buttons on the console
    • Console Display: 5” backlit display
    • Console Feedback: speed, time, resistance, distance, calories, heart rate
    • Programs include 12 preset workout + unlimited access to workout library from iFit® Bluetooth (subscription required
    • iFit® Coach Ready™
    • Heart Rate Measurement via dual EKG pulse grips and wireless heart rate receiver (compatible with chest belt)
    • Seat: Oversized and ergonomic adjustable seat
    • Pedals: Self-leveling pedals and stable straps
    • Extras: adjustable tablet holder, dual 2″ speakers plus music port for mp3 player, water bottle holder
    • Dimensions in use (LxWxH) 93cm (37″) x 33cm (13″) x 65cm (25.6″)
    • Product Weight: 39kg (86lbs)
    • Max. User Weight: 125kg (275.6lbs)
    • Warranty: 2-years for parts, labour, and frame (guarantee subject to warranty registration)

ProForm 320 CSX+ Exercise Bike - Console / Display Unit

ProForm 320 CSX+ Exercise Bike - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Comfortable saddle
  • iFit compatible

The Cons

  • Without subscribing to iFit this is a very ordinary bike which makes the price feel steep for what you're getting
ProForm 320 CSX+ Exercise Bike Reviewer Ratings

 

Appearance - 7.5
Smoothness - 8
Comfort - 8.5
Programmes - 7
Ease Of Use - 7.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 6
Best Price

Currently available for £399.00 from ProForm

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