ProForm Exercise Bikes Review 2018
updated December 1, 2018
For 30 years ProForm have been a leading player in the home fitness industry. One of the most recognized brands in the market, they have a reputation for excellence and service. In this article we put that reputation to the test as we review the best of ProForm’s exercycle range. We’ll also provide you with 3 comparison reviews, so you can see how ProForm stacks up to the competition.
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The ProForm 515 CSX Upright Bike features a high spec computer that allows you to train with a range of workouts designed by personal trainers, along with Google maps routes and stat tracking. The 5 inch backlit display makes it easy to read the LCD. A 15 pound inertia enhanced flywheel provides a very smooth cycling motion. You also get an oversized, generously padded seat to allow you to work out in comfort.
The ProForm 515 CSX Upright Bike provides you with 20 digital resistance levels, 28 workout programs and a cool air fan. EKG grip pulse allows for accurate monitoring of your training pulse. Max user weight on the CSX is 300 pounds. A lifetime frame warranty comes with this bike.
- 20 resistance levels
- 28 workout programs
- Lifetime frame warranty
- A little noisy at top speed
The ProForm Hybrid Elliptical and recumbent bike is a cross between a recumbent bike and an elliptical trainer. You get 16 workout programs set at every ability level. 16 resistance levels allow you to graduate your training intensity. The 15 inch elliptical strider allows for a full, unrestricted range of motion. It has oversized adjustable pedals and full length multi grip handles. EKG grip pulse allows you to monitor your pulse.
ProForm Hybrid Trainer features a large, curved and ventilated back support and side handle bars. The seat is large and well padded. The frame is made from sturdy steel, enabling a 350 pound maximum user weight. The large LCD window on the ProForm elliptical recumbent bike provides a clear print out of your essential training data. Transport wheels allow for ease of movement.
- Elliptical trainer and Recumbent bike
- 350 pound max user weight
- 16 workout programs
- Needs constant lubrication to avoid squeakiness
The ProForm Dual Trainer is a unique combination between recumbent exercycle and rowing machine. It allows you to work your legs, core, back and arms at once, while getting in a terrific cardio workout. The adjustable console pedals and seat make it easy to quickly transition between exercises. There are 24 built-in workout programs across every fitness level. You also get 20 adjustable resistance levels to allow you to graduate your intensity at will.
ProForm Dual Trainer features an innovative target pacer, which keeps track of your intensity level, indicating when you need to push harder or slow down. The large LCD monitor allows you to keep track of your key data points as you train. You also get a generously padded high back seat.
- Recumbent cycle and rower
- 24 workout programs
- 20 resistance levels
- Seat a little high for effective rowing
The ProForm 325 CSX is a recumbent bike that provides you with a full chair type seat to provide the best lumbar support that we’ve seen on any recumbent cycle. The seat features smooth glide adjustment and both it and the pedals are ergonomically positioned for ideal body placement. That means that you’ll be able to effectively work your hamstrings and glutes as well as your thighs.
The impressive monitor in ProForm 325 CSX provides you with 22 digital resistance levels and 22 workout apps, catering to all user levels. The inertia enhanced flywheel allows for a smooth pedaling experience. This recumbent cycle is also Bluetooth compatible and iFit enabled. It also has iPod ready speakers fitted. The max user weight is 300 pounds.
- Very good lumbar support
- 22 digital resistance levels
- 22 workout apps
- A little noisy when operating at full speed
The ProForm 350 SPX Upright Bike is a high performance spin bike designed to give you a high energy workout. It features a 40 pound inertia enhanced flywheel, and a robust, commercial grade steel frame. The chain drive allows for a smooth, jerk free pedaling motion, even at top speed. The saddle is a racing style seat that is well padded. The weight capacity on this model is 250 pounds.
The ProForm 350 SPX has non-slip handle bars and basket toes cages to ensure that you maintain a firm position of both your upper and lower body. A quick stop braking system allows you to quickly stop the wheel motion. Adjustable leveling feet ensure a balanced ride no matter where you are.
- 40 pound flywheel
- Commercial grade steel frame
- Basket toe cages
- Max weight only 250 pounds
The ProForm range offer a variety of exercycles to suit most needs, including those of high end athletes with their Tour De France training bike series. However, we’ve found some quality competitors that give ProForm a run for it’s money. The Schwinn 270 Recumbent many not have as comfortable seating but it features a better onboard computer system than any Proform recumbent offers.
For pure value for money the Sunny Indoor Trainer beats anything that ProForm offer, making it a good alternative for the budget conscious. Finally, the Schwinn 130 is a quality upright with more functionality than what ProForm offers.
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent bike is constructed from heavy gauge steel to give a very solid riding experience. It has 25 levels of eddy current resistance, supported by a heavy duty high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel. The result is an extremely smooth riding experience. The seat is well padded and has generous back support, though not quite as much as you find on ProForm recumbents.
The Schwinn 270 has an extremely impressive onboard computer, providing 29 different exercise programs at all user levels. You also get a dual display which provides constant readout of 13 key training statistics, making this the most comprehensive readout we’ve come across. You get a 10 year frame warranty with this unit.
- 25 levels of eddy current resistance
- 29 workout programs
- 10 year frame warranty
- No back seat adjustment
The Sunny Indoor Cycle Trainer is a high spec spin bike that packs in a lot of power at an impressive price point. You get a massive 49 pound flywheel. This is more than you’d expect from a bike that you can get for under $400. The weight of the flywheel makes this bike quite heavy, but that simply adds to its stability and robustness. The heavy duty steel frame makes this a very stable ride.
The heavy duty crank and smooth chain drive work alongside the flywheel to give you a consistently fluid cycling action. Variable resistance levels allow you to vary your training intensity at will. Sunny Indoor Cycle Trainer also comes with transportation wheels for ease of movement.
- 49 pound flywheel
- Heavy duty crank system
- Variable resistance
- No console
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The Schwinn 130 Upright bike provides you with 20 levels of eddy current resistance, along with a high speed, inertia perimeter weighted flywheel to provide a natural, smooth riding experience. The padded and contoured seat gives you a comfortable ride, while the oversized crossbar ensures maximum stability. The ergonomically placed handle bars and grip heart rate monitors are designed to ensure ideal body placement while riding.
The large console provides you with 22 exercise programs, including user settings and goal tracking. Dual track windows allow you to view up to 13 different training feedback data points at once. All of this data can be downloaded to the Schwinn website for later analysis. Schwinn 130 Upright Bike allows for personalized goal tracking to come into play.
- 20 levels of eddy current resistance
- Dual tracking of 13 data points
- Goal tracking
- Pedals are a little too far apart
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ProForm are a USA based home fitness equipment manufacturer with 30 years of experience. They provide a full complement of upright, recumbent and spin bikes, aimed toward the mid and upper end of the exercycle market. Our favorite ProForm bike is the 515 CSX Upright with its 20 resistance and 28 workout programs and lifetime frame warranty.
As alternatives to the ProForm range, the Schwinn 270 recumbent provides more powerful computer specs to keep you motivated, while the Sunny Indoor Pro provides similar features as the 515 CSX, but at a cheaper price. The Schwinn 170 is an upright that boasts better functionality than the competition at ProForm.
My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.