The NordicTrack GX4.0 Recumbent Exercise Bike – Above Average for the Price

Introduced in 2011, the NordicTrack GX4.0 recumbent exercise bike offers a lot of features but not a lot of quality. Still, it is a good bike for the price and does the job if you are a casual exerciser.

The Bike

The easy-to-read Grafixx™ backlit LCD console shows readout of your session with multiple information fields. This display tracks your speed, time, distance, calories burned and pulse.

The specs on the NordicTrack GX4.0 recumbent exercise bike are:

NordicTrack GX4.0 Recumbent Exercise Bike
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 20 Resistance Levels
  • 24 Workout Programs
  • Compatible Music Port for iPod® w/speakers
  • Intermix Acoustics™ 2.0 Sound System
  • iFit Live™ Module Compatible*
  • CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • Pedals with Toe Straps
  • Max user weight – 300 lbs
  • Rear Stabilizers, Frame Levelers, Transport wheels
  • Dimensions: 52"L x 25.5"W x 51.5"H
  • Warranty: lifetime frame, 1-year parts and labor

*Wireless network required. Module sold separately.

The Buzz

UPDATE: The GX4.0 has been discontinued and replaced by the all new GX4.4 Pro Upright Bike.  It has more workout apps and resistance levels as well as other upgraded features.

The Nordictrack GX4.0 recumbent bike features the iFit Live™ feature that offers workouts powered by Google Maps™ plus training programs designed by Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser fame.

The extra expense of iFit is not necessary, however, since the exercise bike does come with 24 workout programs that control resistance for you. The compatible music port is a generic plug-in, not a dedicated iPod slot interface.

Exercise bike reviews rate this model as being above average. The display is excellent, the seat is wide and comfortable, but the pulse readings are not accurate. The pedaling is reasonably smooth, but since there are no quality components installed here, don’t expect it to last for many years.

Our Take

This model is very similar in specs and price to another ICON Fitness product, the Proform 290 CSR that you can check out if this less-attractive NordicTrack doesn’t appeal to you.

While the NordicTrack GX4.0 recumbent exercise bike is passable at $399, we recommend you also check out recumbents made by Schwinn and Stamina, both of which get good reviews from their owners.

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