The Grand Tour from NordicTrack is designed to bring a world-class riding experience right to your living room. With a 7” full-color touchscreen, iFit connectivity, power adjustable incline and decline, and 32 built-in workout programs, the bike has all the tools to provide you with a realistic biking experience and help you make the most out of each workout session.
The Grand Tour has a 7” full-color touchscreen display with a built-in web browser. The touchscreen shows you all the workout data you need while the browser allows you to surf the web and keeps you engaged throughout the training session.
The key features of the Grand Tour bike are...
UPDATE: The Grand Tour is no longer available and has been replaced by the all new NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycles. Check out our reviews of those upgraded models to see if one of them appeals to you.
The combination of iFit connectivity and the power adjustable incline/decline facility is undoubtedly the biggest selling point of the bike. With iFit, you get the whole package – access to a huge library of workout programs, fitness instructions from professionals, the ability to replicate real life training routes, and all the data you need to track your fitness progress.
The power adjustable incline/decline feature allows the bike to simulate natural terrains in the most realistic way possible. You can incline the bike up to 10% and decline it down to -10% to kick up the intensity of your workout by a few notches. It is similar to riding a bike up and down a hill. It is a highly effective cardio workout and gives you great results.
When used in conjunction with iFit, the incline/decline feature makes your training sessions a lot more fun and interesting. You can select a training route from anywhere in the world using iFit’s Google Maps feature. Once you do, you can view the route on the console and the bike will automatically adjust the incline and decline to match the contours of the training route. It is as close as you can get to an outdoor biking experience.
The NordicTrack Grand Tour has 32 built-in training programs and you can choose from speed, calorie burning, incline, heart rate, and intensity based workouts. Apart from this, you can create specific, goal-based workouts using iFit technology.
The seat is large, cushioned, and fully adjustable. You can adjust it any way you want – up, down, forward, or back – to find your ideal seating position.
The bike also comes with a couple of three-pound dumbbells for upper body workouts.
There are grip sensors in the handgrips to measure your heart rate. The bike also has a Bluetooth smart receiver, so if you have a wireless chest strap, you can use it as well.
The bike offers you plenty of options in terms of entertainment. You can plug your iPod or MP3 player into the music port and jam to your favorite tracks, put your tablet into the tablet holder and watch your favorite songs and movies, or surf the web using the touchscreen display’s built-in browser. Your workout sessions will never be boring anymore.
The Grand Tour has a set of transport wheels for easy mobility. The frame, parts, and labor are covered by lifetime, three-year, and one-year warranties respectively.
The bike also has a 16 lb. flywheel, which effectively makes it a bike for beginners, casual users, and mid-level trainers. If you like to train hard, you should probably look at bikes with heavier flywheels like the Commercial VR25 or GX 5.5 Sport.
The Grand Tour is the perfect indoor training bike. It has a variety of tools to break the monotony of your daily training routine – power incline and decline, iFit connectivity, a large number of workout programs, and a wide range of entertainment options.
With a 16 lb flywheel, it is not an ideal choice for serious athletes, but if you train primarily to lose weight and get in shape, it is a perfect choice for you.
Also consider the Grand Tour Pro which offers a larger touch screen, more workouts and resistance levels, a higher weight capacity and a better warranty.