NordicTrack Commercial S22i Review

The S22i is NordicTrack’s response to the Peloton revolution. It allows you to bring the energizing atmosphere of a studio spin bike class home.

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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Specs

Rating9
TypeIndoor
Console display22” Smart HD Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance22
Seat typeErgonomic Padded Saddle
ProgramsiFit
FlywheelInertia-enhanced Flywheel
Weight350 LBS
Dimensions55.0" L x 21.9" W x 56.9" H
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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Review

The S22i is NordicTrack’s response to the Peloton revolution. It allows you to bring the energizing atmosphere of a studio spin bike class home.

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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Specs

Rating9
TypeIndoor
Console display22” Smart HD Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance22
Seat typeErgonomic Padded Saddle
ProgramsiFit
FlywheelInertia-enhanced Flywheel
Weight350 LBS
Dimensions55.0" L x 21.9" W x 56.9" H

How We Reviewed This Model

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The Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is NordicTrack’s response to the Peloton revolution. Its iFit-enabled 22” Smart HD touchscreen allows you to bring the energizing atmosphere of a studio spin bike class home. Just hop on, tune into a spin class video, and ride towards your fitness goals alongside world-class iFit trainers and other spinners around the world.

Priced at $2,999 before discounts, the S22i is NordicTrack’s premium Commercial Studio Cycle for 2020. You can easily distinguish the S22i from the cheaper S15i because of its 22-inch screen. The S15i has a smaller 14” screen, but other components of the two bikes are identical. These include non-slip, multi-position handlebars; 22 levels of digital resistance; power incline (and decline) with settings from -10% to +20%; and pedals with cages. Both models are also compatible with standard road bike pedals and seats. Other key features of both bikes include wireless telemetry and iPod-compatible speaker systems. We also love that both bikes include a set of 3 lb. dumbbells for upper-body workouts.

So, how does the NordicTrack S22i compare with the Peloton studio cycle? Most obvious is the identical 22” screen size, which helps to create immersive workout experiences. Both bikes are wonderfully compact too.  

One important difference is that only the NordicTrack S22i has power incline/decline. This is an exciting feature to use alongside iFit workouts and Google Maps riding trails, as it really brings your ride or routine to life.

Another key difference is the type of instruction available with your $39 monthly membership. With NordicTrack, your iFit spin videos aren’t shown live like some of the Peloton classes, and the selection of spin classes is smaller. Peloton has a pretty impressive daily live schedule of spin classes for you to choose from. The trade off is that iFit includes many other benefits such as global workouts in beautiful locations, Google Maps rides where you virtually bike outside, a larger variety of personal trainers, and lots of other personal training related tips and tricks. It’s also more interactive because iFit instructors can control your resistance and incline during workouts; Peloton workouts require you to amend your resistance manually. During iFit workouts, your trainer automatically adjusts your machine to match their instructions, fully immersing you in the class. Both bike memberships also provide exercise guidance in areas outside the cycling arena, from yoga to kickboxing to meditation.

Standard warranty coverage for the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle includes 10 years of coverage for the frame, 2 years for parts and 1 year for labor. Dig deeper into the pros and cons of the NordicTrack S22i below.


The Great

  • 22″ HD TouchscreenNordicTrack named the Commercial S22i Studio Cycle after its impressive 22-inch touchscreen which has HD resolution for iFit workouts. 
  • On-Demand Cycling Classes: iFit makes it easy to stay motivated. As well as giving you the chance to mix up your workouts each time you hop on the bike, you’ll also get lots of encouragement from world-class personal trainers during rides. If you use the S22i with iFit, each time you power up your bike, the big screen will welcome you with tailored workout suggestions. The spin studio videos provide a sort of virtual reality gym experience in which the iFit instructor addresses the camera with specific tips and general encouragement.
  • Quiet Magnetic Resistance: The S22i uses NordicTrack’s SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance. This friction-free resistance system helps the bike operate quietly. You can choose from 22 digital resistance levels for tailored strength training along with cardio exercise.
  • Upper-Body Exercise: The NordicTrack S22i is shipped with a pair of three-pound dumbbells. Storage is provided below the bike’s console (behind the handlebars), so your weights are always within easy reach, making it easy to pack in some upper-body exercises during rides. Not sure where to start with this? No problem, many of the iFit cycling videos provide instruction on how to incorporate upper-body workouts into your rides.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: The S22i has contact pulse sensors and is also compatible with Bluetooth chest straps for wireless heart rate monitoring. With iFit, you can automatically chart your pulse to track your cardio health in the long term.
  • Adjustable Saddle: This bike’s saddle is adjustable both vertically and horizontally to fit a wide range of user heights. It’s padded to promote comfort and endurance. Additionally, it’s interchangeable with standard road bike saddles; you can customize your exercise bike to make it feel like your outdoor ride.
  • Caged Pedals: To give you extra stability during intense spin classes, the S22i has pedal cages. You can swap the pedals for standard road bike pedals too, if that’s your style.
  • Compact Steel Frame: Compared with most home fitness machines, indoor cycle trainers need little space. The NordicTrack S22i is just 55.0″ long by 21.9″ wide. 
  • Transport Wheels: The S22i has transport wheels for easy repositioning after workouts. Just tilt the bike to roll it into position.
  • Emergency Stop: A prominent red brake button lets you quickly stop the wheel.

The Not so Great

  • Assembly: The price of the NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle doesn’t include free delivery. This is partly due to the complex assembly; this bike has more than 150 parts. NordicTrack includes a separate $249 white glove delivery and installation cost at the checkout.
  • Price: The S22i is one of the most expensive spin bikes on our review site. The advanced electronics push it into a high price bracket. Some shoppers would prefer to spend less on a durable ride with less flash.
  • Slow Customer Service: Typical wait times for NordicTrack customer service have been long in our anonymous shopping experiences and according to customer reviews.

Who Should Use The NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle?

The S22i is optimized for fast calorie burn. Its custom workout videos appeal to people who’d appreciate some upper-body exercise along with lower-body exercise and cardio training.

Thanks to 22 resistance settings, this bike can offer a just-right challenge to just about anyone. Owing to its adjustability and 350-pound weight limit, it’s also a comfortable and safe ride for adults of most sizes.

Like any NordicTrack machine, the S22i delivers the best value to people who enjoy trying new workouts on a regular basis. If you think that studio-like training experiences, an unlimited number of Google Maps workouts and other customized workout programs will help you to stay motivated, then NordicTrack is a great brand for you in general.

NordicTrack studio cycles are for high-energy training. If you seek mostly low-intensity rides that are gentler on your knees, then a different style of exercise bike – especially a recumbent bike – would be a better match.

The Bottom Line

For years, iFit has helped to make NordicTrack a leading exercise bike brand. The Commercial S22i allows you to benefit from iFit personal training in a new way: with videos of high quality spin classes on demand! You’ll also get access to the longtime favorite iFit feature — unlimited Google Maps workouts — with vivid landscape views and automated incline/decline.

All in all, the S22i is a fantastic option for alternating between gym-style training and scenic outdoor tours. You could spend less on an exercise bike that’s just as durable as the S22i, but its workouts probably won’t be as enticing or motivating. If saving money isn’t a top priority, then the high-tech S22i Studio Cycle is a logical finalist in your search for a fun spin bike.

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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Specs

Rating9
TypeIndoor
Console display22” Smart HD Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance22
Seat typeErgonomic Padded Saddle
ProgramsiFit
FlywheelInertia-enhanced Flywheel
Weight350 LBS
Dimensions55.0" L x 21.9" W x 56.9" H

14 Comments
  1. Jerome January 24, 2020 at 11:25 am
    I love the bike and all that it offers. My only issue is with quality of components and lack of spare parts. In the last 3 months the bike has worked for 14 days. I waited two months to receive the first part, only to have the bike break two weeks later for a different reason. I am now into my second week waiting for the second part which customer service says has just arrived in the US from vendor and will start shipping next week. Funny thing is that the part has been available from their company on amazon the whole time and if I wanted to shell out $600 dollars could have had within 3 days of the problem. Great when it run, nightmare when it breaks.
  2. Leigh-Ann Layno December 17, 2019 at 11:41 pm From: Toronto
    I have had this Bike for a few weeks now and absolutely love it. I’m super impressed by how quiet it is. I love the variety of classes on the iFit program and especially enjoy the outdoor rides. We had no issue with delivery or assembly. The screen is big and adjustable (turns and tilts). The built in fan is a great feature as are the built in weights. So many classes and rides to choose from. At this point my only criticism is that the water bottle holders are a bit small. Otherwise digital incline and resistance buttons are great, the instructor adjusts both for you if you want and the different audio controls work great. I don’t seem to have the Bluetooth version of equipment which a minor bummer but otherwise I highly recommend.
  3. Chris June 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm From: USA
    Does it have a power meter?
    • Bike Review Pros June 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm
      Hi Chris, according to the performance specs listed on NordicTrack's website, there is a watts power readout on the S22i.
  4. James Carney April 30, 2019 at 2:58 pm From: Northeast Ohio
    My company bought about $10,000 worth of equipment including 2 S22i bikes. We paid an extra $250 for each bike for white glove set up service. It was anything but white glove. We reported 9 months ago that something was wrong and so far NordicTrack has refused to fix the bikes. We also bought an Elliptical Rider that arrived damaged and that too was reported the same day. And yet it still sits exactly where it was delievered and again NordicTrack has done nothing. Buyer beware. You cannot rely upon NordicTrack after they have your money. Maybe other companies are just as bad. I don't know. I can only warn you of my experience.
    • Bike Reviews Pros May 2, 2019 at 10:31 am
      Hi James, have you since been able to get a hold of customer service? Is your purchase still under warranty?
  5. Charles Shall April 23, 2019 at 11:08 am From: Indianapolis
    DO NOT EVER PURCHASE THIS BIKE!!! Nordic track has the worst customer service I've ever dealt with. When I received my bike and paid for the White glove delivery, they put it together wrong as we had a tech come out and tell us that. Instead of fixing it then we had to file a claim, which in turn took another week just for the tech to come out. Then the bike incline and decline stopped working and the parts on on back order. Not to be out done I asked for a refund in the beginning of April and the company Icon fitness still has not picked up the bike. My wife has called on 4 separate occasions this month and has been on hold at least 45 mins each time. Stay away, do not purchase this item.
    • Bike Reviews Pros April 26, 2019 at 9:14 am
      Hi Charles, we are so sorry to hear about your experience with this machine. Were you able to return the bike or receive a new one? Has the company been able to resolve the issues indicated in your comment?
  6. Robert March 31, 2019 at 8:47 am From: Scottsdale
    The many moving parts and the quirky little problems, like no on off switch, left peddle arm loosens when under tension, m6 screw keep falling out and peddle arm loosens. Saddle does not tighten so that in and out of saddle work outs become frustrating. * im 5 5 155lbs) heart monitor does not always connect. not necessarily bike problem could be internet or monitor but adds to quirky little frustrations. GPS and work out programs are great and very helpful and entertaining. however, I didn't expect to have to make as many adjustment as I would on a rode bike. Service center response is …….lets just say awful. The solution advise was so far off the mark its as if they talking about another bike. (go to Walmart and by wheel puller) What? what about loosening the two screws to take it off? yikes. weeks before I got the parts. which were incorrect? and some were duplicate. yikes. Good potential, not there yet. If your a type A.. skip this one. They asked if I wanted to replace it with a new one. Deer in the headlight look on my face.
    • Bike Reviews Pros April 1, 2019 at 9:21 am
      Hi Robert, we are sorry to hear about the issues you are having with your machine and the service. Have you been able to speak to a representative who can help you with the mechanical side of the issues? We may also suggest having a technician come in to look at the machine in person as they may be able to better address the issue instead of over the phone. We hope these issues can be resolved so that you can continue to use it properly.
    • jill miller April 4, 2019 at 12:52 pm
      there is an on off switch on the bottom of the bike. bright red. many people miss it, but it is there. check your manual.
      • Bike Reviews Pros April 5, 2019 at 7:13 am
        Hi Jill, thank you for offering this to fellow subscribers!
  7. Tambria Tabor February 27, 2019 at 5:47 pm From: Ocean View
    Customer service is the worst i have ever dealt with. Purchased a S221 cycle . Waited two weeks for it . It was delivered and was damaged. Called warranty department and customer service only to be placed on hold for 30 minutes until the were closed. I am canceling my order and now going with a different company. I will never buy any thing from this company again.
    • Exercise Bike Editorial Team February 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm
      Hi Tambria, Thanks for writing in and we're sorry that the customer service was so terrible with NordicTrack. If you're looking for a bike that might satisfy your needs, maybe try Echelon or the Peloton bike.

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