NordicTrack Commercial Vr21 Recumbent Bike, NTEX76016 Review

NordicTrack Commercial Vr21 Recumbent Bike

NordicTrack Commercial Vr21 (NTEX76016) is a recumbent bike with a convenient step thru design that makes it easier for you to get on and off, especially if you have mobility or joint issues. It includes very large ergonomic pedals for your comfort and a large and thick padded seat and a great lumbar support on the high backed mesh with airflow- ventilation.

It comes with a 23 lb. effective flywheel that is heavy enough for a very smooth operation, but not heavy enough to affect the price tag. And you can make use of the 25 different levels of digital resistance from very easy to very tough. It is best that you vary the resistance level throughout your workout to get even better results- get your heart rate higher and burn more calories.

It includes the in-handle controls so you can adjust your workout without moving your hands from the grip handles. There is a water bottle holder in the middle and will make it easier for you when you want to grab a drink and never go dehydrated. You have the heart rate on the display panel connected to the sensors on the handles or the wireless chest strap for even better accuracy, which you need to buy separately (optional).

The 5-inch size backlit iFit LED display panel is easy to operate with the single touch controls on the screen. It is not super flashy but has pretty much everything you need, including the extra features like the powerful AutoBreeze workout fan, a tablet holder so you can use the iFit and other apps on your tablet and 32 different built-in workout apps designed by certified personal trainers. Each app will control and vary the speed and resistance levels.

The frame is commercial steel and can carry a maximum user weight of 350 pounds. As a heavy duty product it weighs 149 pounds and measures 59 x 22.25 x 62 inches, and includes transport wheels for easy relocation. It is not an expensive recumbent bike and is actually the cheapest of the Nordic Track three-member series at the moment. It is a commercial grade very high quality product with a decent warranty of two years for the parts, one year for labor and lifetime for the frame.

NordicTrack Vr21 is designed for a great, easy to challenging low impact cardiovascular workout to help you burn calories and fat, strengthen and tone your lower body muscles, without hurting your back or joints. You may even use it for physical therapy purposes if you’ve had an injury. This is an iPod compatible recumbent bike that includes a port and two-inch speakers with digital amplification. So you can connect your MP3 player and keep entertained during your exercise session.

You can ride outdoors virtually on different Google Maps routes, using the Street View wherever it is available. Nordic Track doesn’t have the best customer service, judging by the reviews online. This is a commercial bike but not necessarily for advanced cyclists. And you can’t expect the durability of a 1000+ dollar bike on the Vr21 model. Overall for the lower price point concerned, it is probably one of the best value recumbent bikes at the moment, with its sturdy build, smooth operation and user friendliness.

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