The Studio Bike Limited is the entry level machine in ProForm’s Studio Series. Designed to bring the joys of outdoor cycling right to your workout room, it comes with a variety of features including a 10" Smart HD touch screen, iFit training, Silent Magnetic Resistance system, and dumbbells for upper body workouts.
The Studio Bike has a fully rotatable console, which can be turned 180° and tilted up and down. The innovatively-designed Smart HD touch screen gives you everything you need at the touch of a button.
Let's take a look at the specs...
The first thing that strikes you about the ProForm Studio Bike is its stylish design. It looks like one of those hi-tech bikes you will find in health clubs and high-end gyms. It is quite sturdy too – the frame is made of commercial gauge steel.
The USP of the bike the ability to tap into an unlimited amount of on-demand workouts, with the resistance levels automatically changing to match the terrain of your workout. The Studio Bike Pro also has this capability.
It's just one part of what the iFit program offers, which takes your training session to a whole another level.
With iFit, you can choose any biking trail from Google Maps and watch it all unfold on the awesome 10" Smart HD touch screen.
An iFit membership gives you access to LiveCast classes on a daily basis, where you can watch and learn from certified fitness professionals. It also gives you access to a huge workout library, stacked with all kinds of training videos.
You can get fitness and nutrition instructions from professionals. You can compete with other members from the iFit community and track and compare your progress as well.
The bike comes with a pair of 3 lb dumbbells for upper body workouts. It is a good idea, as you can get off the bike and work the muscles in your upper body, rather than limiting yourself to lower body workouts alone. You can tilt and turn the console any way you want and watch LiveCast classes while working out with the dumbbells.
The Silent Magnetic Resistance, true to its name, is smooth and noiseless and allows you to increase or decrease the intensity of your workouts instantly.
The seat and the handlebars can be adjusted vertically and horizontally, which cuts down the risk of fatigue and injuries caused by bad posture.
The ProForm Studio Bike Limited has a 250 lb weight capacity, as does the entry level Carbon CX, which is pretty great for an entry level model. The base levelers ensure that the bike stays rock solid even during high-intensity workouts. The transport wheels make it easier for you to move the bike around.
Is there anything that we do not like about the Studio Bike? Nothing really, as ProForm has pretty much got everything right with this one. There are, however, a couple of things that we need to point out for the cost-conscious among you.
First, the bike’s price is not inclusive of the iFit membership, although as of the writing of this review you do get one year of iFit for free. You need to pay for it separately after the first year.
Second, it doesn't have a fan or water bottle holder, which is not a deal breaker but would be nice to have. Previous versions did have these features.
Other than that the ProForm Studio Bike Limited is a solid home cycle that has a lot to offer.
The Studio Bike is a top-notch exercise bike from ProForm. For an entry level model, the bike has a surprisingly wide range of features.
The degree of customization built in is also impressive for an entry level bike – the seat, handlebars, and even the console can be adjusted fully.
You have to pay extra for the iFit membership, but it is well worth spending money on and gives you access to a ton of interactive features.
In summation, the Studio Bike is an excellent choice for beginners, mid-level trainers, and casual users who are looking to lose weight, get in shape, and develop their cardio.
At less than $2,000 on sale, it is very reasonably priced and offers terrific value for your money.