Summary: NordicTrack are well respected for their top-end elliptical trainers and treadmills. This page looks at one of their home exercise bikes – the NordicTrack U60. I ask whether this keeps up the high standards. It certainly looks the part, a solid upright bike with handlebars sticking up into the air. The display, computer controlled resistance and silent operation are also positives.
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This is a stylish machine, which would not look out of place in a gym. It is primarily black and grey, with discreet orange / copper trim. There is an integrated fan, cups which meet the floor (which help keep the noise down) and a holder for your drink. You’ll find the handlebars, which stick up prominently, and the seat positioning, to be very flexible.
With a 9kg flywheel and 55kg overall weight, this is a solid and sturdy bike. Especially when compared to some of the budget folding models out there. You get 25 levels of magnetic resistance, which is computer controlled. This sets the U60 apart from some of the cheaper bikes. With those you’ll often have to manually adjust the resistance (for example by stopping and turning a knob).
When you see the computer console, the difference between Nordic Track and other home fitness equipment manufacturers is immediately apparent. This is compatible with the iFit system and Bluetooth monitors. There are separate handlebar monitors if you do not want to get the optional chest strap. The console has a 5-inch display which is back-lit, and includes all the usual measures of time, speed, calories, distance. There are 30 different workouts included, though you are free to go free-form too.
Extras which you will not find on the lower-end bikes include iPod docking (I’m guessing this is for iPhones these days). Fan, surround sound speaker system and of course that drinks holder.
With the higher end kit there is often not so much feedback from buyers. This is the case with this model. Only one person gave less than 5 stars, and this was for a faulty pedal. Another comment says that the whole family use the bike. Yet another 17 stone user said that it was very comfortable and sturdy.
In general, Nordic Track has a great reputation for both their equipment and their customer service.
It really does look like Nordic Track have continued their run of great quality home fitness and gym equipment with this bike. Sure, the price is in the upper bracket for exercise bikes. What you’ll get is a very solid, high quality and versatile piece of kit.
Check out the impressive list of the new home and commercial exercise bikes over at www.NordicTrack.co.uk now!
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