ProForm Exercise Bike Reviews – Across 3 Models

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If you are thinking about buying an Exercise Bike under the ProForm brand in the coming days, then make sure to check out this brief review which covers all the main functions, pros and cons you need to be aware of before you buy. This Proform Exercise Bike review will cover 3 models in the range so can look at more than just 1 model type and a summary table is outlined at the end of this page if you need any further clarity.

In addition, the main features will be compared against other models in the industry to give you an overview on the options available to you and make sure to use the price checkers provided below as prices can change from month to month.

Exercise Bike Review Overview:

Brand:ProForm Exercise Bikes
Models:3 separate models
Price Levels:Approx £300 to £450 (at the time of this review)
Warranty:2 Years Parts and Labour
Reliable Suppliers:Argos UK / Amazon UK
Orders Online:Yes, Orders accepted online with Free delivery
Deliveries:Location dependant, tends to be 1 to 5 working days

Proform Exercise Bike Reviews - 3 Separate Models

1, The ProForm Recumbent Bike- 310 CSX

Quick Overview:

  • The first ProForm Exercise bike under review is the 310 CSX Recumbent Bike which is somewhat untested across the market like many other models over a significant period of time.  This exercise bike is great for intensive cardio workouts and provides you with a magnetic resistance system and 16 different user programmes to work with.
  • The programmes includes 8 interval and 8 calorie types, there are the self level pedals with pedal straps and the weight of this flywheel is 5kg. There are also 16 different tension levels to choose from, you are provided with the MP3 connection to keep you motivated and the seat is adjustable to suit your height.
  • The console is user friendly and display functions such as distances, calories used, times taken, rpm and of course speed levels and there are the pulse sensors on the hand grips so that can be monitored as well.
  • The maximum user weight here us 125kg and the cost tends to be in the £300 to £330 bracket when checked at the time of this review which of course should be checked further below.

Pros:

  • Lots of features thrown in to make your workouts at home more enjoyable
  • MP3 connection included is a bonus
  • Lots of tension levels to choose from and 16 pre-set programmes
  • Great selection of programmes to use be it for calories or intervals.

Cons:

  • Price level is a lot higher – well worth it if you have the additional money but not everyone can afford it.
  • Lighter flywheel weight and small level of assembly is required.
  • Batteries are not included

 

 

2, The ProForm Indoor Trainer - 250 SPX

Quick Overview:

  • The second model under review is the ProForm Indoor Trainer model number 250 SPX which tends to higher priced than the 310 CSX in the region of £100 or more so please be prepared to dig deeper into your pockets for this piece of fitness equipment.
  • Here the flywheel weight is 18kg, there is the self level pedals with the pedal cover straps, both the seat and the handlebars are adjustable and a maximum user weight allowance is 115kg.
  • This model will provide assistance with helping to build out endurance levels, toning up your body and strengthening your cardio fitness levels and the console included will outline the main parameters you need such as distances, times taken and speed levels.
  • In addition, there is a 2 year parts and labour guarantee and the price tends to be around the £380 to £420 level which can be checked below if you are interested in taking a closer look.

Pros:

  • Significantly heavier flywheel weight (13kg heavier than the 310 CSX)
  • You can adjust the handlebars and the seat to your liking and little to no assembly is required upon delivery
  • Transportation wheel help with moving a heavier piece of equipment.
  • Comfortable saddle seat which helps with longer type workouts

Cons:

  • The maximum user allowance is 10kg less than the 310 CSX recumbent bike
  • Heavier piece of equipment - much more difficult to move around and you need to be careful not to strain anything
  • Batteries are not included and need to be purchased separately.

 

 

3, The ProForm Exercise Bike -225 CSX

Quick Overview:

  • The third and final model under this review is the ProForm Exercise Bike model number 225 CSX which is usually priced at the same level as the 250 SPX and has a frictionless magnetic resistance system built in so you get a really quiet and smooth bike ride.
  • There are 20 built in programmes to choose from depending on how hard you want to work and there is also the iFit Bluetooth compatibility if needed. There are the sensors built in on the handles also to monitor your pulse, the flywheel weight is inertia-enhanced 8kg and there are 20 levels of tension controls available.
  • The 20 programmes consist of 10 interval workouts and 10 tempo workouts, the seat can be adjusted to your liking and there is also the MP3 connection to help keep you motivated. It is mains powered, there is the Magnetic resistance system and the maximum user allowance comes in at 125kg.
  • Please note also that there is the faster gear ratio and effective weight placement which means you can count on a high-quality bike that will last for a long period of time. In addition, the seat is adjustable to suit your size and the price can range anywhere from £350 to £450 depending on the level of ongoing promotional or discount activities.

Pros:

  • iFit Bluetooth compatibility built in when needed and more technology built in overall
  • Frictionless magnetic resistance and 20 tension levels
  • User friendly console and 20 great programmes to choose from which takes the guesswork out of your training
  • Includes the MP3 connectivity and the oversized cushioned seat for extra comfort as you train

Cons:

  • Price level can be seen as too high for many buyers
  • Only for people who have a higher level of disposable income

 

 

A quick summary table is outlined below plus some comparisons against the Roger Black Exercise bikes that may be of interest to you.

Model:Size:Flywheel:Tensions:User Weight:Weight:
ProForm 310 CSX RecumbentH 127 W 65 D 145cm5kg16Max 125kg29kg
ProForm Indoor Trainer 250 SPXH 99 W 48 D 110cm18kg16Max 115kg57kg
ProForm 225 CSXH 161 W 54 D 96cm8kg20Max 125kg26kg
Comparisons
Roger Black Plus MagneticH 123 W 59.5 D 97cm3.5kg8Max 125kg24kg
Roger Black FoldingH 118 W 41 D 84cm2.5kg8Max 100kg17kg
Roger Black Manual AerobicH 115 W 52 D 116cm18kg8Max 125kg50kg

If you are still undecided and need to consider lower priced alternatives, then make sure to check out either of the 3 lower priced options provided below which were all priced in the £100 to £120 region at the time of this review and are worth a closer look if you need to work with a lower type budget…

Have you any past personal experiences with the ProForm Exercise Bike Range???

Then please educate the wider UK community by leaving your feedback in the comment section below!

Finally, may thanks for taking the time to visit and best wishes with your final decision

Regards

John.

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5 Comments

  1. I’m so glad I encountered your website. My brother has been in the market for an exercise bike to put in his home gym. However, I figured I would get him one for his 21st birthday. I think that the third option is the best. I like how it looks compared to the second option. Haha. Also, when comparing the second and third option I think the third option would be better because one of the cons of the second option is its weight, however, I hope the third option isn’t too heavy to move to his gym upstairs. He needs really fast gear ratios and a wide range of cardio and intense workout programmes so for him the CSX 225 meets all the requirements . The fact that there is 20 programmes to choose from means that one can choose more difficult programmes on certain days of the week and lesser intense workouts on other days of the week for when we need lighter type workouts. Good to have the flexibility to choose whatever programme you are in the mood for.Thank you so much foe this detailed review.

  2. I was looking at the Roger Black bikes and came across this review on Proform bikes also. Oh! I quite like the recumbent bike! I remember the first time I saw someone riding this style of bike and I thought it was the coolest looking contraption ever! I have never personally ridden this sort of bike, but I am very interested in trying one out. I wouldn’t normally shop at Argos or Amazon for fitness equipment as I tend to shop at fitness stores for all my equipment needs but the prices available from both Amazon and Argos have been an eye opener for me, how are their prices lower than what I have seen elsewhere in my other sports equipment shops? Anyway, good to know that these Proform bikes are available online from here and the fact that they deliver to your home saves a serious amount of traffic hassle. Thanks once again, Ciara

  3. My partner and I have used the 310 CSX recumbent bike before and we can definitely recommend it to anyone else that see’s this review. We bought it 3 years ago and it it still going strong and as good as new as the day when we first bought it, a great bike – we love it and use it without fail week in week out and it never lets us down, Thank you for assembling this review as I certainly enjoyed reading it. Xaric

  4. Finally, a solid review with pros and cons for the higher price bracket machines. My budget wouldn’t extend to some of these but at least now I know what you’re getting for the extra lay out. After reading through the reviews it did occur to me that for a little bit of extra saving you could get some major health benefits. No longer just a case of getting on the bike,headphones on and pedal till you’re done. Now you can monitor your vitals and work your way through some work out themes. Shows how ignorant I am, I didn’t realise you could get them with backs on the seats. A good way to avoid back pain for the novice. Having the comparison links on hand to be able to compare info and prices of some other branded equipment was a nice touch. I would probably go for one of the cheaper options but at least I know what’s out there. I like the fact that these bikes can cater for larger people and heavier weights – some members within the family that will be using it are over 100kg so we need more than just a lightweight bike to cater for our family’s needs. We need a larger stronger bike with a heavy set frame. The 225 CSX is certainly the one that we prefer here as it has the Bluetooth connectivity also and a massive range of 20 tension levels available, good to know this and to be able to compare them all easily so thanks for the work with this review

  5. Thank you John for this interesting review! Personally, i’ve observed that most reviews are downright boring, but you found a way to make this elaborate and enjoyable.Of the 3, i have a special fascination for the 310 CSX Recumbent Bike, largely because of the user friendly nature of the console coupled with the MP3 connection bonus.These exercise bikes from Proform do cost you a lot more than your average bike but they are certainly worth the money if you have the extra money to spend. I like the fact that at least there is a 2-year warranty also so if there are any problems within that 2 year period, that at least you can bring it back to get a full refund which certainly gives me great peace of mind

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