NordicTrack Upright GX 2.0 Review
With lots of preset workouts and 20 resistance levels, heart-rate monitoring and an iPod port, this stationary bike keeps things interesting. It's big and sturdy, and features a seat that adjusts both horizontally and vertically.
The consensus view, as stated in NordicTrack GX 2.0 reviews, is that this upright exercise bike is a solid piece of in-home gym equipment. Users posting reviews on Sears like the quiet operation, challenging workouts, and relatively easy assembly (one buyer, however, says poor fit and finish on the parts sent him to his workshop several times to make necessary adjustments). A few NordicTrack GX reviews mention comparison shopping before settling on this model, which seemed to surpass other low-cost exercise bikes in terms of price, overall quality, and aesthetics. That said, several exercise bike reviews complain about finicky electronics; one consumer says the console failed within eight months of purchase and less than 20 hours of use.
An upright exercise bike, the NordicTrack GX 2.0 (starting at $299) mimics an actual bicycle but with weighted pedals and a magnetic resistance flywheel. There are 20 resistance levels and 18 pre-programmed workouts, including hill-climbing and interval training for a wide range of cardiovascular activity. For an extra $100 or so, you can buy a module with workouts led by Jillian Michaels and route maps provided by Google. The handlebars can be adjusted and the seat moves up and down and backward and forward -- it's wide and well padded, although we did read a couple of NordicTrack GX 2.0 reviews that grumble about the lack of comfort. There are speakers and a port for an iPod, a shelf to hold the player or reading material, and a cardiogrip monitor in the handlebars. The readout reports data such as pulse rate, elapsed time, distance, speed, and calories burned. The pedals have straps to hold your feet in place, and one review on the company's site notes that the pedal stance might seem wide to anyone who's more familiar with road bikes than fitness bikes. The weight limit on this model is 275 pounds.
Where to buy
With an impressive lifetime warranty on the frame and one year for parts and labor, and positive reviews from users, the NordicTrack GX 2.0 seems like a safe buy. Reported problems with the electronics, though, consign this model to second place on our list of best cheap exercise bikes.