By Robbie Ferri, Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor.
Nordictrack is a huge player when it comes to
What we liked and what we didn’t
To give you a quick summary of the Nordictrack S27i, here’s what we thought was excellent and what we weren’t the biggest fan of if you’re short on time.
S27i New vs Old Model: How They Compare?
One thing that is very important to speak about is that Nordictrack is always updating their products, and typically each year, they get better and better. The older versions are excellent, but you are going to want to be on the latest. The later models have much quicker loading screens, a better climbing motor, it’s much easier to adjust the
- NEW 27” Rotating & Tilting Smart HD Touchscreen
- NEW 2-Sided SPD Pedals
- NEW 30W Premium Audio
- IMPROVED Ergonomic Padded Saddle
- IMPROVED Handlebar Improvement
- 217 Lb. In Box Product Weight
- 57” L x 28” W x 65” H Footprint
- 10-Year Frame, 2-Year Parts & 1-Year Labor Warranty
The Nordictrack S27i 57” in length, 28” in width, and 65” in height. They don’t recommend a height range on the S27i, but after extensive research from users online, you will be looking between 4ft 10” to 6ft 10” from what I can gather from users who have the
Connectivity and Applications
Construction and Quality
When Nordictrack makes a product, they make it to a commercial-grade, which is good enough for use in a gym. That means it needs to be able to work for multiple hours each day. This is exactly the quality you can expect, and it is of an incredibly high standard. The construction of the
One of the best things about this
Incline Decline Feature
One thing that really makes this
Drive System and Flywheel
The flywheel is very small and light, coming in at only 14kg. It’s very intelligent and is weighted properly to spin faster and make the
When it comes to spinning, it’s not an entirely comfortable experience on many bikes. On the S27i, they have had a big focus on this, and compared to other bikes riding it is more pleasurable. The saddle is very good, and the chunky handlebars feel excellent for grip. One thing that helps the comfort is the buttons on the handlebars. It means you can get comfortable and stay in that position instead of shuffling to use a resistance dial.
The monitor on the S27i is just better than anything we currently have on the market. It is 27” and makes you feel so immersed in the riding. Not only is it larger than other screens, but the quality is also very impressive, and it loads much quicker than the previous models. You also have an upgraded speaker system that is very loud and a fan on the bottom to keep you cool.
Pedals are very important when it comes to spinning as they are one of the most vital contact points on the
The bigger and better bikes get, the harder they can be to move around, but Nordictrack has found a way around this. Using the smaller flywheel, dropping the weights to the back, and joining the cross member on the bottom of the
On previous models, the
The warranty is pretty good on the S27i. You get 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts, and 1-year labor. It’s a great warranty, but because the build quality seems so good, it is very rarely used from what I can gather on forums.
Typically these bikes don’t get a huge amount of issues. One thing people do find is they have issues connecting to the wifi, and it can drop out in between sessions on the
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Comparisons with other bikes
When it comes to spinning bikes, it’s always good to look at a few competitors and understand where the
Nordictrack S27i vs. Nordictrack S22i
The bike itself is an incredible machine and has an incline and decline feature, which means when you ride, a motor will raise and drop the front of the bike. The screen is 22” HD and uses an application called iFit for all your live and pre-recorded classes.
These bikes are very similar, and the only difference comes really in the screen. The 27 in S27i is the screen size, and the 22 in S22i is also the screen size. The main difference is the 5” on the screen. You also have better speakers on the S27i but a smaller fan than the s22i. You will also see the screen on the S27ito be more responsive with a slightly better processor.
Related: Nordictrack S22i Review
Nordictrack S27i vs. Nordictrack S15i
With the S15i, again, it comes down to the screen more than anything. The main difference is that the S27i has a 27” screen, and the S15i has a 15” screen. The technology is also more up-to-date on the S27i with a more modern, faster incline motor and a faster processor on the screen.
Nordictrack S27i vs. MYX II
The MYX II Bike maybe half the price, but it doesn’t have as much to offer. The first thing to mention is the
Nordictrack S27i vs. Bowflex Velocore
The Bowflex Velocore is one of the only bikes that can lean side to side while riding, and that is the main difference from the Nordictrack S27i. They are both very different bikes and offer a lot to the user, but the s27i has the incline decline and a much larger screen.
Nordictrack S27i vs. Peloton
The Peloton is a legendary
Is the Nordictrack s27i better than the Peloton?
They are both incredible bikes, but the s27i has more features such as the incline and decline, the cooling fan, and iFit the application they use has also advanced a lot in the past few years. For similar money, it offers more.
Can you watch Netflix on the Nordictrack S27i?
Although it is not advertised, there is a way you are able to by installing the application on the android tablet they provide, and you can use it while you train. We know it’s possible, but this could change with updates in the future.
Can you use the Nordictrack S27i without a subscription?
Yes, you can, but you only get limited classes and lose many of the features. If you are going to spend the money on a bike like this, it’s worth having the subscription to get the best out of it.
Do you need special shoes for the Nordictrack S27i?
The pedals work for both special spinning shoes and trainers, too, so you can use whatever you like on the s27i.
Nordictrack made the s22i years ago, and it has advanced consistently throughout the years. This advancement has ended up making the s27i which is just such an incredible machine, and we can highly recommend it as an excellent purchase. It is one of the best spinning bikes on the market currently and could well be the best.