The Most Comfortable Seats For NordicTrack S22i and S15i
It is no secret that the seats that come with the NordicTrack S22i and the NordicTrack S15i are not the most comfortable, especially during longer spinning sessions. Fortunately, there are some comfy seats for NordicTrack S22i and S15i exercise bikes available online for a fraction of a cost of a new exercise bike. The seat is one of the three main touchpoints with your exercise bike. If it is not comfortable, you will soon realise, and it will probably start to put you off using the NordicTrack spin bike altogether.
Rather than give up on indoor cycling altogether, you should look at the replacement seats for NordicTrack S22i and S15i bikes we have reviewed below. It can seem daunting when looking to upgrade or buy a new accessory for your Nordictrack exercise bike, as there is so much choice. Indoor cycling should be an enjoyable experience, and while you ride your high-quality NordicTrack S22i or S15i exercise bike, you deserve to be happy.
Fortunately for you, we have done all the groundwork and scoured the market to bring you the best NordicTrack S15i and S22i indoor cycles seat replacements. Before diving into the product reviews, we thought we would get some experts to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding NordicTrack S22i and S15i bike seat replacement.
FAQs and buyers’ guide
Despite the NordicTrack exercise bikes being known as some of the best on the market, it is a shame that they come with such uncomfortable seats. Do not worry. You are not alone. We have researched so that you will find the best NordicTrack S22i and S15i replacement seats to get rid of saddle sore by the end of this article.
The good news is that you can get replacement seats for NordicTrack S22i and S15i exercise bikes. Thankfully the NordicTrack bikes come with a universal seat post making it easy to upgrade the existing narrow and uncomfortable seat.
You do not need to be a bike mechanic to replace the seat on the NordicTrack S22i, so upgrading the saddle is a very cost-effective way of ensuring that you enjoy every ride on your high-quality NordicTrack exercise bike.
It could not be easier to install a NordicTrack S15i and S22i indoor cycles seat replacement. All you need is a 6mm Allen key and a new seat.
Under the seat, you will see the screw you need to loosen. Unscrew it enough so that the clamp that secures the two rails on the existing seat loosens. Once loose, you will be able to remove the current seat. Installation is the same but in reverse. You will not need any extra tools or parts to install any of the bike seats for NordicTrack S22i, and S15i reviewed below.
It is worth mentioning that when you go to install your new seat, remove any saddle adapters that came attached. These can usually be screwed off by hand or using a wrench. When installing the new comfortable seat to your NordicTrack, you should have nothing on the two rails under the seat.
Get a new seat. Although a gel cover, padded shorts, and chamois cream may all help make you a little more comfortable and battle with Nordictrack studio bike saddle sores. The reality is the single best way to make your NordicTrack seat more comfortable is to chuck it in the bin and invest in one of the well-designed and padded replacement seats reviewed below.
What seat is best to use with NordicTrack S22i and S15i indoor bikes?
Although this depends on personal preference, riding position and budget, there are three main things you should consider when looking at the best NordicTrack bike seat for you.
Most bike seats come with either foam or gel padding. Some will also have a combination of the 2 giving the best of both worlds. It is generally agreed upon that gel padding is more suitable for longer rides or people who are not as used to sitting on a bike seat for long periods. NordicTrack S15i and S22i indoor cycles seat replacements should be waterproof so that regular sweating will not cause the padding to deteriorate too quickly and reduce how comfortable the seat is.
The ventilation on your new seat is crucial. Mainly because you will be using it indoors without any airflow to help keep you cool. Look out for an ergonomic design with a ridge down the middle and ideally a large cut-out, allowing everything to breathe a little easier.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to the most comfortable seats for NordicTrack S22i and S15i exercise bikes. It is down to personal preference, body shape and riding position. If you are new to indoor cycling or have a large build, then a wider seat will be best for you to start with. If you are not looking to sit too upright and are used to sitting on a bike seat for long periods, you will benefit more from a narrower bike seat. The quality of the bike seat and the padding material has a far more significant influence on comfort in the long run rather than width.
Best seats for NordicTrack S22i and S15i indoor bikes
Velmia Bike Seat
The first NordicTrack bike seat replacement to feature in the definitive list of the best seats for NordicTrack S22i and S15i indoor bikes is the Velmia Bike Seat. The Velmia Bike Seat is a memory foam seat that comes in 3 sizes. The best we found for indoor cycling was the Touring style, which is the one reviewed here (the city is wider, the MTB thinner).
The Velmia is a very comfortable bike seat with excellent air ventilation and is 100% waterproof. Memory foam is an ideal material for bike seats, but it has to be of good quality. The Velmia Bike Seat does not disappoint on longer rides, and you notice that the seat starts to mould to the shape of your butt.
Although a big contender for the most comfortable NordicTrack S22i bike seat, there is no denying that the extra responsiveness and durability of gel seats do not go unnoticed on longer rides. If you want a memory foam-only bike seat replacement for your NordicTrack exercise bike, this is your best option.
Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.55 x 7.36 x 4.17 inches (Touring Style)
- Top Features
- Memory Foam
- Great Air Ventilation
- 100% waterproof
- At 7.36 inches, it is wide without being too large
Wittkop Bike Seat
If you want maximum comfort, then the Wittkop City bike seat is the best replacement for your NordicTrack spin bike. At a whopping 8.5 inches wide, the back of this seat is large enough to make you forget you are even sitting on a bicycle.
The Wittkop City is a memory foam seat with a 100% waterproof covering. A lot of thought has gone into its design of foam padding, and there is an innovative 5-zone concept that changes the seat’s firmness depending on where you put pressure.
This extra-wide design may not suit everyone, but for larger riders or those with large hips, you will notice a vast increase in your comfort when you invest in one of these for your exercise bike. This is the best gel seat for NordicTrack S22i and S15i bikes.
However, if you are an average or a bit skinnier, or a semi-pro indoor cyclist who does longer indoor cycling sessions, I would suggest the Wittkop Touring seat (instead of the City model) for your Nordictrack bike because it’s narrower and therefore caused less friction.
That said, if you are a professional indoor cycling instructor or outdoor rider and have skinnier with smaller hips, I recommend the Wittkop MTB. It’s only 5.4″ wide which makes it 3 inches narrower than the City model and 1.2 inches narrower than the Touring model. So, there is very little friction and chafing.
Dimensions (LxWxH) 10 x 8.3 x 3.8 inches
- Top Features
- Extra-wide 8.5 inches
- High-quality Memory Foam
- Ergonomic design – ventilation hole
- 100% waterproof
- Well known and quality bike seat brand
Xmifer Bike Seat
The Xmifer Oversized Bike Seat is another wide bike seat that will seriously upgrade your comfort while riding your NordicTrack exercise bike. It comes with a combination of high-density foam padding and dual spring suspension balls.
As the name suggests, this is an oversized bike seat with a width of 8.3 inches, so it is more suited to larger riders or those that prefer not to ride their exercise bike in an aggressive position (leaning forward).
This is an affordable option to upgrade your comfort on your NordicTrack S22i and S15i spin bike. However, it does not come with any ventilation cut-outs. The lack of a cut-out is noticeable during intense efforts and can cause your sensitive areas to feel a lot warmer than using any of the other bike seats on the list that all have these cut-outs.
Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 8.3 x 4.5 inches
- Top Features
- Extra-wide 8.3 inches
- High-density memory foam and dual spring suspension
- 100% Waterproof
Grean Bike Seat
If you are looking for a compact but comfortable bike seat for your Nordictrack, then the Grean is the one for you. Thanks to the combination of high-density memory foam and standard foam, this is one of the most comfortable seats for NordicTrack S22i bikes. However, because it is a little extra padded, people often overlook it as an upgrade.
With the large cut-out down the middle and narrower design, this seat is very similar to the type you would find on an outdoor city bike. If you are used to riding your NordicTrack S22i in a semi-aggressive forward-tilted position, then this would be the best replacement NordicTrack bike seat for you.
Although the material on the Grean bike seat is not 100% waterproof, it is still water-resistant. So no matter how much you sweat during your workout, you should not ruin the bike seat by getting it wet. It also comes with a rain cover in case your ever leave your Nordictrack bike outdoors on the balcony.
Dimensions (LxW) 9.7x 8 inches
- Top Features
- High-density memory foam
- Large cutout in the middle for optimum airflow
- No stitches/sewing, one-piece cover