By Robbie Ferri
Personal Trainer & Cycling Instructor
Robbie from “Riding with Robbie” is a Personal Trainer living in in Norfolk, UK. He has bikepacked all over the World, and also raced ultra distance at a top-level. He has worked closely with industry leaders such as Shimano.
Many people have taken to indoor cycling in the past decade, and we can see why it’s amazing. They are enjoying all the benefits of getting fitter, feeling better, and challenging themselves.
One thing you will find is there is a huge amount of different bikes to choose from. Some come in as little as $300, and others can cost as much as $2500. There are so many choices it can be overwhelming.
Two bikes we often get asked to compare here at Girl
|Bike||NordicTrack S27i||Peloton |
|Footprint||57” x 65” x 28”||59” x 59” x 22”|
|Weight||217 lbs||140 lbs|
|Resistance Levels||24 Levels||100 Levels|
|Max Weight||350 lbs||297 lbs|
|Height Range||N/A||4ft 11” to 6ft 4”|
|Monitor||27” HD||24” High Definition|
|Warranty||10 Year frame, 2 parts, 1 labor||1 Year|
|Price||$3000 (Current)||$2500 (Current)|
The NordicTrack S27i is one of the most advanced bikes on the market. It is an incredible way to get your indoor cycling fix and a huge amount of fun to ride with some incredible features. It’s a fantastic-looking spin
It has a belt drive system that connects to the flywheel. The resistance is created using magnets. You get 24 levels to challenge yourself. It’s ready for long easy rides and short power sprints. The
It comes with the iFit application, which has google maps integration and Bluetooth to connect headphones and other goods. The S27i comes with some great special features. One to mention is the incline and decline ability that gives realistic hill climbing and descending. Another is automatic resistance and climbing. It comes with an excellent warranty of 10 years on the frame, two years on parts, and one year on labor.
Getting the right NordicTrack S27i
Before considering the S27i, it’s important to understand there are three versions of the
The 2020 has a better climbing motor, uprated speakers, a better screen, and improved connectivity. The 2022 model is a redesigned
We highly recommend that if you’re getting a NordicTrack S27i, go for the newer version. It’s so much more defined, will give you a much better experience, and holds much more resale value. Buying secondhand is always risky, and many people are getting rid of the older versions for newer versions.
The legendary Peloton
It has a modern belt drive paired up with a magnetic resistance system. It’s silky smooth to ride, and you will feel connected to the
It’s a decent sized
Bike or the Peloton Bike Plus
Peloton makes two different bikes. You get the original Peloton
Another great feature of the Peloton
What are the differences between the NordicTrack S27i and the Peloton?
The best way to understand these bikes is to break them down and tell you the difference between the two. This will help you make the right decision and get the perfect
Let’s start with the design. A
The NordicTrack S27i has undergone a few changes in its remodel, and the 2022 version looks fantastic. They have listened to a lot of user feedback and really improved it. It has a sleek black and gray design and almost looks aerodynamic. The oversized tubing looks fantastic, and the wide base offers great stability. It functions excellently, keeping sweat off the flywheel, and is easy to clean.
The Peloton is a great looking
There’s not much between the two, in our opinion. It’s each to their own. They are both great looking bikes. I personally do like the look of the NordicTrack s27i more as it just has a space-age design and is just so sleek.
Size, User Fit, and Weight
Exercise bikes come in all shapes and sizes. It’s important to understand how big they are and if they will work for you. The difficulty for many companies is making bikes small enough in size but also fit a wide range of users.
The NordicTrack S27i is 57” by 65” by 28”. It’s quite a large
The Peloton is 59” by 59” by 22”. Surprisingly, it’s quite a large
They both offer a lot when it comes to size, user fit, and weight. If you have lots of space and need a higher weight limit, the NordicTrack S27i is for you. For a smaller
The resistance on a spinning
The Nordictrack S27i has an excellent resistance system. It has a belt drive and a magnetic flywheel, giving you a silky smooth ride. Unlike a typical spin
As far as resistance goes, both bikes are very good, and they are going to give you an excellent experience. We do like that Peloton has dialed in more levels, but on the other side, we like that NordicTrack works on a button system, not a dial.
The screen is the center of your entertainment, and for the best experience, it has to be great. It’s not just about the size but the functionality and responsiveness.
The NordicTrack S27i has a larger 27” screen. It’s high definition, and it’s very responsive. The speakers are great and even have internal fans hidden in them. In our opinion, any bigger screen would be too much, but we love the cinema experience of the S27i.
The NordicTrack screen is bigger and does come with fans. In our opinion, it is better than the Peloton
High-end bikes like these come with applications installed, and these matter. The application gives you access to classes, and some will even let you watch streaming services.
The NordicTrack S27i has the iFit application. It costs $39 a month for a family plan or $15 a month for an individual, so it’s priced well for sole users. It comes with all the indoor cycling classes, live and prerecorded. Lots of other workouts like yoga and strength training are included. It even has Google Maps integration, so you can ride on almost any road worldwide.
Then we have the Peloton
For us, they are both great applications. We do feel though, for a sole person, the iFit is the way to go, as the $15 a month deal is just too good to refuse. The Peloton is amazing for spinning classes and is worth the extra cash to join the community.
When it comes to bikes at the price point of the S27i and the Peloton
The NordicTrack S27i comes fully loaded when it comes to special features. Firstly it has an incline and decline motor to simulate climbing. It also has automatic resistance and climbing simulation. Then you get the fans on the screen, which is great and makes such a difference, and the iFit google maps integration can make every ride unique.
The Peloton comes with automatic resistance and weights, but that’s really about it. It’s a great
Which is for me?
As spinning bikes, they are both excellent. You are going to have a great experience with whatever you buy. It can be a tough call when it comes to picking one. For us, it came down to two things. Price and features.
The NordicTrack S27i is around $3000 with a monthly subscription of either $15 or $39. The Peloton
Though the NordicTrack S27i does offer more special features. The incline and decline climbing simulator are really fun, and little things like the fan on the screen make a big difference in our opinion.
It all comes down to personal preference, but for me personally, the NordicTrack s27i does offer a bit more than the Peloton. The only thing Peloton beats it on really is the community.
Is there a
bike as good as Peloton?
Pelotons are excellent bikes, but many spinning bikes out there are better. It depends on what you’re looking for in a
Is the NordicTrack
bike compatible with Peloton?
Not really. The NordicTrack bikes are made to be used with iFit. You could use the Peloton app on a tablet, but the experience would be poor.
Is the NordicTrack
bike worth the money?
NordicTrack spinning bikes are excellent. They are expensive, but the experience they give you is amazing.
Can you connect other bikes to Peloton?
You can connect other bikes to the Peloton application. Bikes such as the Bowflex C6 are ideal for making a budget Peloton.
You are not making a mistake by investing in either one of these two spinning bikes. The NordicTrack S27i is of amazing quality and is stacked with special features. The Peloton is amazing and comes with a community like no other. We hope you enjoyed our article and are ready to get yourself a