NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike Review

NordicTrack Commercial VU 29

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NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike Specs

Rating9.0
TypeUpright
Console display14-inch HD Smart Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance1-24
Seat typeAdjustable
ProgramsiFit-only
Flywheel19 lbs
Weight capacity325 lbs
Dimensions41.5" L x 25" W x 55.5" H

NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike Review

NordicTrack Commercial VU 29

NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike Specs

Rating9.0
TypeUpright
Console display14-inch HD Smart Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance1-24
Seat typeAdjustable
ProgramsiFit-only
Flywheel19 lbs
Weight capacity325 lbs
Dimensions41.5" L x 25" W x 55.5" H

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The NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike kicks the lineup’s offerings into gear for 2021. The upright bike is equipped with a 14-inch HD Smart Touchscreen, 19l lb. inertia-enhanced flywheel, and offers 24 levels of silent magnetic resistance. Like a growing number of NordicTrack products, the VU 29 purchase comes with a 1-year Family Membership to iFit, the dynamic livestreaming workout program with professional trainers and nearly unlimited routines.

This $1,299 model is the upgraded sibling to the NordicTrack Commercial VU 19, priced at $999. Both come with a 1-year Family Membership to iFit, valued at $486, but the VU 19 brings a smaller 7-inch Smart HD Touchscreen along with the same 19 lb. inertia-enhanced flywheel. That said, the VU 19 offers 32 on-board workouts in addition to the iFit-ready system, whereas the VU 29 offers iFit alone.

Here are some pros and cons about the NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike’s features.


The Great

The VU 29 would actually work well in commercial fitness rooms, yet it’s  small enough to keep at home. Here are some selling points.

  •     Sturdy Steel Frame: NordicTrack indoor bike frames are famously well-made. With a 10-year warranty on the frame, the bike weighs 115 lbs in-box and sports a 325 lb weight capacity.
  •     Good Flywheel: The NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 has a 19-pound flywheel. A little lighter than competing models, this is still sufficient to provide a smooth ride and range of resistance for most home cyclists.
  •     Quiet Operation: The VU 29 runs off silent magnetic resistance which keeps the home quiet during exercise.
  •     iFit-enabled: The VU 29 comes with a 1-year Family Membership to iFit Coach, valued at $486. The iFit program includes Google Maps Workouts as well as a whole host of live trainers who can control the machine’s resistance from remote locations.
  •     Horizontal and vertical seat adjustment: Choose from numerous positions to satisfy riders of any size, up to 325 lbs in weight.
  •     Bluetooth Compatible Audio: Whether for music, phones, or other gear, the bike is equipped with Bluetooth technology to keep riders in the loop.
  •     24 Levels of Resistance: Whatever the goal sought, the VU 29 offers a resistance level to match. If partnered with the iFit Coach program, trainers from remote locations can change the resistance levels during the workout.
  •     One Touch Controls: Riders have easy access to changes of programs with a simple touch of the screen.
  •     Oversized Pedals: Designed with adjustable straps, the pedals are built for comfort and ease of movement.
  •     AutoBreeze Workout Fan: While it’s great to work up a sweat, the accompanying workout fan will help keep riders clean while exercing in the home.
  •    Manageable Size: Measuring 55.5 inches x 25 inches x 41.5 inches, the bike fits nicely into most homes, offices, or garage gyms.
  •     Warranty: The price of $1,299 comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame, 2-year warranty on parts, and 1-year warranty on labor.




The Not-So-Great


It’s not easy to complain about this product. It is precisely as advertised. Keep in mind though:

  • No heart-rate monitor: Users wanting to monitor their heart rate will need a separate piece for this if desired.
  • No built-in programs: The VU 19 and other models built-in workouts to use in addition to the paid subscription-based programs.



Who Should Ride the NordicTrack Commercial Vu 29 Exercise Bike?

The NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 upright bike is a great piece for a home gym where the users value comfort, a good-size screen, and iFit Coach programming. Not everyone wants a giant-sized screen or unlimited levels of resistance, but everyone wants quality engineering and a solid product. To that extent, the VU 29 represents a Goldilocks Spot for most shoppers.

The Bottom Line

The NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 is a popular, affordable exercise bike for the home. With an included 1-year Family Membership in iFit, valued at $486, the $1,299 price looks like a great deal.

NordicTrack Commercial VU 29 Exercise Bike Specs

Rating9.0
TypeUpright
Console display14-inch HD Smart Touchscreen
Compact storageno
Resistance1-24
Seat typeAdjustable
ProgramsiFit-only
Flywheel19 lbs
Weight capacity325 lbs
Dimensions41.5" L x 25" W x 55.5" H

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