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There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for the best exercise bike for your home gym, with affordability and high-quality, built-in workout programming being at the top of that checklist. And in our professional opinion, very few brands hit both of those criteria as well as ProForm. They’re priced well and come with iFIT programming, which is one of our favorite fitness apps.
But which one is best for you? Our ProForm exercise bike reviews hope to answer that question with an in-depth look at each model and who they’re meant for. ProForm has five exercise bikes on its website, not including the models that are on closeout sale, so make sure you’re comfortable before riding on.
We’ll Never Get Tired of Exercise Bike Reviews
We have reviewed a lot of indoor cycling bikes over the past six years, and in that time we’ve narrowed down the best Peloton alternatives, best budget exercise bikes, best exercise bikes for seniors, and much more. And we’re proud to say we’ve personally used and tested most (like 95 percent) of the bikes you can find on our website. We believe in hand-on testing before writing a review. Plus, as certified personal trainers and CrossFit L-1 coaches we’re able to identify what groups would benefit from a certain cardio machine over others.
ProForm Exercise Bikes
- ProForm Pro C10R Recumbent Bike
- ProForm Pro C10U
- ProForm Studio Bike Pro
- ProForm Carbon CX
- ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22
ProForm Exercise Bikes Specs Comparison
|C10R||C10U||Studio Bike Pro||Carbon CX||Studio Bike Pro 22|
|Footprint||56.8” L x 25.4” W x 49.8” H||34.5” L x 21.2” W x 58” H||56.5” L x 21.9” W x 52” H||52.5” L x 21.9” W x 51” H||56.5” L x 21.9” W x x 54” H|
|Weight||150 lbs||77 lbs||140 lbs||125 lbs||144 lbs|
|Weight capacity||300 lbs||275 lbs||250 lbs||250 lbs||250 lbs|
|Display||10” smart HD|
|10” smart HD touchscreen||10” smart HD touchscreen||LCD||22″ smart HD touchscreen display with SmartSwivel™|
|Frame||N/A||N/A||Commercial-grade solid steel||High-quality solid steel||High-quality solid steel|
|Resistance||25 levels of silent magnetic resistance||25 levels of silent magnetic resistance||22 levels of digital resistance||16 levels of digital resistance||24 levels of digital resistance|
|Seat||Vertical and horizontal adjustment||Vertical and horizontal adjustment||Interchangeable seat with vertical and horizontal adjustments||Interchangeable seat with vertical and horizontal adjustments||Interchangeable seat with vertical and horizontal adjustments|
|Handlebars||Not adjustable||Not adjustable||Multi-position adjustable handlebars||Multi-position adjustable handlebars||Multi-position adjustable handlebars|
|Pedals||Ergonomic pedals with adjustable strap||Ergonomic pedals with adjustable strap||Toe cages. Interchangeable||Toe cages. Interchangeable||Toe cages. Interchangeable|
|Conveniences||Water bottle holder, fan, leveling feet, transport wheels, Bluetooth, WiFi||Water bottle holder, fan, leveling feet, transport wheels, Bluetooth, WiFi||Water bottle holder, included dumbbells for cross-training, leveling feet, Bluetooth, WiFi||Water bottle holder, tablet holder, included dumbbells for cross-training, leveling feet, Bluetooth, WiFi||Water bottle holder, included dumbbells for cross-training, leveling feet, Bluetooth, WiFi|
|Warranty||10-year frame, 1-year parts & labor||10-year frame, 2-year parts & 1-year labor||10-year frame, 2-year parts & labor||10-year frame, 1-year parts & labor||10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor|
ProForm Pro C10R Recumbent Bike
Good for: Senior citizens or anyone else who wants a comfortable recumbent exercise bike
The ProForm Pro C10R is the company’s recumbent bike offering. This bike comes with a 10” HD touchscreen for streaming iFit workouts. The screen also has large oversized buttons to make it easier to change your resistance. Additionally, they are dual two inch speakers with Bluetooth headphone capabilities.The C10R, like all ProForm products, is compatible with iFit technology. iFit is a streaming workout subscription service for both bike and non-bike workouts. When participating in an iFit class on your C10R the trainer will be able to change the resistance using AutoAdjust technology, so you can focus on your workout.The bike has an inertia-enhanced flywheel that creates 25 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance. The Pro C10R also features a unique Step-Thru design so it is easier to get on and off the bike. The seat on the C10R comes with an oversized cushion and can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. There is a water bottle and fan for comfort while working out. The pedals on the bike come with adjustable straps to keep your foot on the pedal. There are also front-mounted transport wheels for moving the bike around your home.There are very few customer reviews of the Pro C10R and they are mainly negative. They shared that the bike has a nice screen and is a great size. However, they were disappointed in the resistance, they did not feel there was much difference in the mid-range resistance levels.
- Comfortable seat with oversized cushion and ventilated backrest
- 25 levels of silent magnetic resistance
- Better screen than most recumbent bikes
- Step-thru design makes getting on and off the bike a breeze
- Has a lot of plastic parts
- Undisclosed materials used in frame construction
- Not the most budget-friendly recumbent bike
The ProForm Pro C10R recumbent bike is a great option for seniors or anyone else who needs a joint-friendly exercise bike that comes packed with tech features and conveniences. Like other recumbent bikes, the C10R puts the pedals in front of the user, which creates a more comfortable riding experience by reducing stress on the knees.
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But unlike many of its competitors, the C10R has a step-thru design that allows the user to easily step on and off the bike. This is especially useful for those who may be rehabbing an injury and have limited mobility.
What’s more, the C10R has an oversized cushion seat and a ventilated backrest to keep you comfortable during your entire ride.
While there’s a lot to like about this bike, there are a few things we should bring to your attention. The first is the $900 asking price, which is on the high end of recumbent bikes.
The C10R is also made with a lot of plastic parts, but that’s common in recumbent bikes. However, its 10-inch touchscreen, while small in the grand scheme of things, is larger and more advanced than the LCD option you see on similar models.
If accessing iFIT workouts and comfort are two of your top priorities, then the ProForm Pro C10R recumbent bike might be worth it for you.
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ProForm Pro C10U
Good for: Those who want an affordable recumbent-style bike that can also be used upright
The ProForm Pro C10U exercise bike has an upright frame, but because of its adjustable height, it can also function as a recumbent bike. You won't have a backrest like you would on a traditional recumbent bike, but the versatility is a nice plus. This bike is compact, too, with a footprint of just 34.5 inches long by 21.2 inches wide.The C10U has some nice tech features. It comes with a 10-inch touchscreen to view iFIT programming, as well as Bluetooth speakers and Bluetooth headphone compatibility. Other nice extras include a water bottle holder, fan, and leveling feet.This bike has a 275-pound weight capacity, as well as a 10-year frame warranty, a two-year parts warranty, and a one-year labor warranty.
- Compact footprint
- Fits most user heights
- Can be used as a recumbent or upright bike
- No backrest
- Handlebars are not adjustable
- Small screen
The ProForm Pro C10U is listed under ProForm’s recumbent bikes, but that’s only partially accurate. The bike’s seat can be adjusted horizontally and vertically and at the right position could put you at a recumbent riding style, but can also be used as an upright bike if you wanted. Hey, we’re not ones to complain about versatility.
The only disadvantage of this is if you wanted to use it as a recumbent bike there’s no backrest. That might not be a problem for some, but there are people out there who may miss the additional support during longer rides. On the bright side, the adjustability allows people of most heights to use the bike comfortably.
One thing we really like about the C10U is its compact footprint. While it’s not foldable, the bike is only 21.2 inches wide and 34.5 inches long so most people should have no problem fitting it in their home gym.
It also comes with all the tech features you’d want in an exercise bike, from the optional automatic tension control (which allows iFIT trainers to set the resistance for you) to Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Some might find the 10-inch HD touchscreen a bit too small for their liking, but anything bigger would compromise this bike’s small footprint.
Besides, it’s not the size of the screen but what you do with it—and by that we mean following iFIT’s hard-hitting cardio workouts.
ProForm Studio Bike Pro
Good for: Those who want a budget-friendly Peloton alternative with built-in workout programming
Studio Bike Pro
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro is the brand’s entry-level studio bike with a screen. The Studio Bike Pro has a 10-inch smart HD touch screen. The screen is also capable of rotating 180 degrees for off-bike workouts. The bike has 22 levels of silent magnetic resistance for a quiet ride, an inertia-enhanced flywheel, and an adjustable seat and handlebars. The ProForm bikes all utilize iFIT programming to stream instructor-led classes to your bike. This particular model comes with a three-year iFIT family membership.iFIT cycling classes are a combination of live and on-demand classes that are either studio classes or global rides that take you through scenic locations. When taking an iFIT class your instructor can control your bike’s resistance so you can focus on your ride.iFIT classes are designed to take advantage of incline and decline abilities that are not available on this bike. iFIT also offers non-cycling classes to take advantage of the 180 degree swiveling screen. Other classes include strength training, yoga, HIIT and cooking classes.The Studio Bike Pro has solid reviews overall with customers loving the interactive iFIT rides, solid bike construction and quiet ride. Users found the bike easy to assemble and start using. They did find the handlebars to be a little shaky when in use. It’s important to note that some people found the saddle to be very uncomfortable, but it can be replaced with a road bike compatible saddle.Users did have mixed reviews of using iFIT programming on the bike. They loved the scenic views and instructor controlled resistance. However, they were disappointed that the bike did not have incline and decline capabilities to take full advantage of the iFIT class.
- Bike is “free” with 3-year iFIT membership
- Adjustable handlebars and seat
- Simple assembly
- Not the most stable bike
- 250-lb weight capacity is well below the industry standard
- 10-inch display is on the smaller end for exercise bikes
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro is the best deal ProForm has, at least on a price basis. You can get the bike for “free” with a three-year commitment to iFIT, which at $39 per month (the same cost as a family membership) works out to a little more than $1,400.
The bike itself goes for around $700 on Amazon and while you can ride it in manual mode without iFIT, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to do so. Buying a smart bike and not using the built-in workout programming is like ordering a burger but holding the patty.
The bike itself is what we like to call an entry-level bike, meaning it’s not the best but it’s certainly not the worst either. You get 22 levels of quiet magnetic resistance, an adjustable seat and handlebars, and an inertia-enhanced flywheel that should provide a challenge for most trainees (a ProForm rep told us it weighs about 30 pounds, which is middle of the road for most exercise bikes).
Our product testers found the bike to be a bit shaky, and its 250-pound weight capacity is below the industry standard of 300 pounds. The screen is also not the most stable while the bike is in use, which is something we noticed with its cousin, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22.
If you’re someone who’s looking to enter the world of exercise bikes, this is a great way for beginners to start before upgrading to a more high-end model.
Check out our full ProForm Studio Bike Pro review for more information on this bike.
ProForm Carbon CX
Good for: Those looking for a budget-friendly upright bike that still has lots of tech features
The ProForm Carbon CX is a budget-friendly Peloton alternative that, despite the lack of a built-in monitor, has many tech features that make it a great value for its price point (just around $600). Best of all, the iFIT-enabled bike has automatic tension control, which allows trainers to adjust the resistance on the bike for you mid-workout for a hands-free experience.What this bike lacks in built-in tech it makes up for in functionality. Even our tallest product tester, 6-foot-3-inches Anthony O'Reilly, didn't feel much wobble when riding this. That said, even the highest resistance setting won't be much of a challenge for the conditioned athlete (pun intended there).One thing we don't like about this bike is the very small display that shows all your metrics, but if you connect your smartphone or tablet you can see everything there. The device holder is sturdy and you should have no problem following your workouts on whatever screen you use.
- Budget-friendly, at around $600
- No fitness app subscription required
- Compact footprint
- Not the sturdiest exercise bike
- Only 16 levels of resistance
- Only comes with an LCD display
The ProForm Carbon CX is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Looking at it, you might see an exercise bike with a dimly-lit LCD display, low resistance levels (only 16), and an uncomfortable seat, and while all those things are true, it has a lot of redeeming qualities as well.
What sells us on this bike is its $600 price point, automatic resistance control, iFIT capabilities, and Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. There are very few bikes out there that have that many tech features at that price. And while you can use it with iFIT if you want (you’d have to put a tablet or smartphone on the media holder), it’s not required to access most of the bike’s features.
The lack of an HD touchscreen might be a drawback for some people, but in a day and age when most of us are walking around with a portable computer in our pocket, it’s not difficult to access iFIT workouts.
While the Carbon CX’s 250-pound weight capacity is below the industry standard of 300 pounds, I actually found it to be a bit more sturdy than the more expensive ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 (but that’s not saying much, and there was still some wobbling).
Our ProForm Carbon CX review has more in-depth thoughts on this bike.
ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22
Good for: Home gym owners who want an exercise bike with a large screen that can also be used for off-bike workouts
Studio Bike Pro 22
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is the highest-end model in ProForm's studio bike series, complete with 24 digital resistance levels and an impressive 24-inch swivel touchscreen. It also has iFIT programming, so you can access countless live and on-demand cycling, strength and conditioning, pilates, and other classes.Like all other iFIT products, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 comes with automatic tension control, which allows iFIT trainers to adjust the resistance for you. This feature, though, can be turned off if you wish to customize your workout.As a bike, we weren't impressed by the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 as it showed a lot of wobble and the welding was below par. In our opinion, there are higher quality exercise bikes at this price point.
- 24 levels of digital resistance
- Large 22-inch touchscreen that swivels
- Compact footprint
- Very unstable, despite leveling feet
- Flywheel was pretty loud during use
- Lots of plastic and welding wasn’t the best
There’s a fine line that smart home gym equipment needs to walk between style and functionality. And unlike Johnny Cash, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 does not walk the line and in some cases stumbles.
Let’s touch on the good first: an attractive 22-inch HD touchscreen with iFIT capabilities that can swivel to easily allow riders to follow off-bike workouts; 24 levels of digital resistance; and a compact footprint (21.9 inches wide by 56.5 inches long). The bike also comes with interchangeable seats and pedals, so you can customize it to your liking.
On paper, this should be ProForm’s best exercise bike, but that’s sadly not the case. Although it has the most resistance levels, we found the 32-pound flywheel to be quite loud during use, which is especially surprising considering that it uses a belt drive system and magnetic resistance.
And the resistance, in full honesty, wasn’t the most challenging. On top of that, the bike was very unsturdy during use and some of the welding was poor (we found better construction on some of ProForm’s more affordable options).
At around $1,300, there are similarly priced studio cycle bikes that offer much more durability and comparable tech features.
Read our full ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 review for more of our thoughts.
All of the above ProForm exercise bikes come with iFIT programming. Personally, we think the Peloton app has the best cardio workouts for those looking for an at-home studio bike experience, but the iFIT app is a close second.
While not as motivating as Peloton’s instructors, the iFIT coaches still do a great job of getting you pumped up for grueling bike and off-bike workouts. There are also options for scenic rides that follow paths in rural Europe and metropolitan U.S cities.
With an iFIT subscription, you can take the following workout classes:
Each bike also has automatic tension control, which allows the iFIT instructors to set the resistance for you. This feature can be turned off.
Check out our full iFIT reviews for more.
Which ProForm Exercise Bike Should You Buy?
There’s no one answer for this question, but for most home gym owners, we’d say the ProForm Studio Bike Pro is the best option. For one, you’re essentially getting a free bike so long as you stick with iFIT for three years, and in terms of the construction and durability, it’s about as good as you’re going to get with ProForm.
Seniors and those looking to avoid any unnecessary stress to their lower body should opt for the ProForm Pro C10R over the ProForm Pro C10U (unless you’re OK without a backrest).
Here are the policies you need to be aware of before purchasing a ProForm exercise bike.
All ProForm exercise bikes come with a 10-year warranty for the frame and most have one-year coverage for parts and labor (the ProForm Studio Bike Pro, ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22, and C10U have two years of coverage).
You can return all ProForm exercise bikes within 30 days of receipt for a full refund, minus a $250 shipping fee and 10 percent restocking fee.
Financing plans are available for all ProForm exercise bikes, but you must pre-qualify at checkout.
Final Verdict of Our ProForm Exercise Bike Reviews
Are ProForm exercise bikes the best out there? No, but there are a lot of great options for those who are on a budget or want a middle-of-the-road bike that’s packed with tech features. Sure, you could go for a more high-end brand like NordicTrack (which is owned by iFIT along with ProForm) or get a Peloton bike, but those cost considerably more than most of ProForm’s models.
ProForm Exercise Bikes FAQs
Is ProForm a good brand bike?
ProForm exercise bikes are not the most durable exercise bikes on the market, but they offer more tech capabilities than other models at a similar price point.
Who makes ProForm exercise bikes?
ProForm is owned by iFIT, which also owns NordicTrack.
How much does a ProForm stationary bike cost?
ProForm exercise bikes range in cost, starting at $599 and going up to $1,299.
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