NordicTrack GX4.7 R Exercise Bike
The innovator of the exemplary home ski exercise machine, NordicTrack has built up quite the reputation for service and quality over the past two decades. After expanding their product line, the company now offers an offering of skiers, rowers, incline trainers, indoor cycles, and treadmills.
In this article, we will review NordicTrack’s most popular recumbent bike, the GX4.7 R. Why a recumbent? The reclined position significantly reduces back pain, while providing the same heart rate and endurance benefits of a seated indoor cycle. Those who have never cycled before, too, will find the recumbent a neat way to ease themselves in before trying out a spin class or the like.
The frame design places the pedals in front of the rider. This gives you an ergonomic advantage and lets you achieve calorie burn with less lost efficiency.
The NordicTrack GX4.7 R is a low impact cycling option that is ideal for people of all ages, especially those who have lower back or knee issues. The padded seat provides a super comfortable chair-like design, with an oversized cushion and added lumbar support. According to reviewers, the seat on the unit is as comfortable supportive as a typical desk chair.
Is the GX4.7 R for you? Let’s do a ride-along and find out.
Great for users with limited mobility, joint pain/inflammation
Enough onboard programs to keep you interested (iFit required for full experience)
Straightforward assembly, stable thanks to parallel floor level bars
Built-in speakers with decent sound, projection
Backlit display for easy reading
Seat has extra padding in lumbar area
Requires a (free) app just to get started
Built-in pulse sensors never accurate (use as a guide)
The weight capacity of the GX 4.7 R is 300 pounds. Recumbents are always a great entry point for people who want to improve their heart health by losing weight.
The iFit app, if you decide to spring for it, gives you programs with Jillian Michaels and several other celebrity trainers. You can supplement your 5K or other road race training, keeping it indoors if it’s nasty outside.
Onboard Google Maps will display street view, so you can explore new cities and trails virtually.
There are also options for competing with friends, mobile progress tracking, and connecting the iFit platform to your social media. iFit offers a library of more than 16,000 individual workouts, so it may be worth the extra money to you.
Extended service plans are available via third-party provider Universal Technical Service. The plans are tiered and range in price from about 90 to about 290 dollars, with plans lasting from one to five years before needing renewal.
There is a handle on the back leveler, for easy transport, and dual casters on the front make moving the bike even easier.
Handlebars are on the side, a more natural position because of the recumbent frame style. There are also short bars on either side of the console. Heart rate comes from sensors in these handles.
The console will be at eye level for most users.
Seat height is fixed, but you can slide the seat back and forth to find the right pedal radius. The padded seat is one of the widest and most supportive we have found on any cardio equipment.
The bike is 4 feet 9 inches long, just over two feet wide, and weighs 141 pounds. Assembly is straightforward, with just 36 nuts, bolts, washers, and screws to tighten down. NordicTrack specifically states that assembly takes two people, so you will want to grab a friend if you do not want to hire a professional assembler.
Assembly requires a Phillips screwdriver and adjustable wrench at a minimum; it will go faster if you have a set of socket wrenches. NordicTrack does not provide any hand tools with purchase.
Pedal strap tightness, console angle, seat position, and leveling feet are all easy to adjust by hand and should not give you any difficulty. Even without iFit, the GX4.7 R console gives you distance, heart rate, resistance setting, speed, and active time as well as calorie burn.
There’s no onboard Bluetooth, so you will need a 3.5 mm male audio cable to plug your device through the speakers. Speaker volume adjusts from the touchscreen.
A 15-pound inertia enhanced flywheel provides a lifelike cycling motion. Other perks include an auto breeze workout fan, integrated tablet holder, built-in handlebar heart rate monitor, water bottle holder, and a user-friendly step-through design.
The bike is also iFit compatible, though you have to purchase a subscription for long term use. Built-in speakers pair with your mobile device, eliminating the need for earbuds. The bike is quiet during operation, so it is ideal for roommate or family situations and late-night workouts.
Toe straps on the pedals keep your feet in place and keep you in the seat, even during sprints and fast-paced HIIT workouts. A warranty rounds out the features NordicTrack built into the GX4.7 R recumbent bike.
We said all that to say that, today, NordicTrack enjoys success and a clean online reputation. If you have any issues with performance or parts, company agents will work hard to resolve them. Consumer reviews praise the performance and reliability of the GX4.7 R and other machines, with most agreeing they are worth the price and give consistent performance over time.
What People Are Saying
The NordicTrack GX4.7R offers you all these cardio and strength benefits in a package that reduces strain on your body, and that is ideal for beginners, the elderly, and anyone with chronic pain.
The pass-through frame and bucket-like seat, too, will make the bike accessible to many people with limited mobility. While the GX4.7R is not rated for commercial use, and won’t show up in any physical therapy office, the recumbent style is even a plus for those recovering from injury.
Being directly behind the pedals, and being able to recline, are what can keep people moving even during recuperation.
The bike is effective for almost any user or group that we could name and represents a good value at the price point.
Stick With It Factor
The Final Word
While the bike does not fold for transport, it does have wheels and a handle. The adjustable rear level bar keeps the unit stable, even on a floor that isn’t quite perfect. For best results, you will want to install the bike on a concrete or hardwood floor, with a thick mat under all the contact surfaces to protect the floor.
Although some of the features come up short, we can recommend the bike as a first cardio machine or first recumbent for anyone who is interested and will benefit from this low impact form of cardio training.