ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Review
ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Overview
The top model among the ProForm indoor cycling bikes, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is an innovative, sleek, and top-technology model that redefines the spin experience for the modern athlete. This high-performing and sleekly designed spin model from the ProForm Studio line is one of the best modern developments in spin bike technology that creates a high-tech spin experience through incredible fitness technology. The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 powers precise, elite, and top-quality spins that meet all your fitness goals and can be enjoyed anywhere. With the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22, every spin is an incredible experience that ranks near the top of the spin world.
The ProForm Studio Pro 22 spin bike is a reliable option for all abilities of spinners thanks to a personalized and customizable design and resistance approach, not to mention the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is compatible with the iFit application that will let you keep up with any class or workout from anywhere. Any level of spinner can’t help but feel drawn to the sturdy yet portable build of this bike that provides a sturdy, reliable, and long-lasting performance no matter how often or how hard you work out on it. The ProForm Studio Bike is a boutique spin studio-quality bike at the incredible price of just $1,499, and you can also work out a payment plan that can make this bike yours for less than $100 a month until it’s paid off. The Studio Bike Pro 22 is a versatile and affordable piece of fitness equipment that definitely deserves a place in your home.
The ProForm is unique in that it performs at the top of its class in terms of both technological innovations and active performance elements. Just like the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 10” the Studio Bike Pro 22 features a powerful magnetic flywheel with patented silent electronically adjustable magnetic resistance, a seamless transport system, and endless comfort add-ons designed to make your ride smooth and luxurious. You’ll also get to enjoy a 22-inch monitor, aux cord, water bottle holder, and adjustable leveling feet for an even and tech-savvy experience. The quiet belt drive pairs with the magnetic resistance system and ensures a smooth and hard-working ride that integrates user-friendly and powerful exercise.
ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Comparison!
This is where we regularly update the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 review to compare this indoor cycling bike with similar ones and let you know if it’s a good choice or if there are better value indoor bikes for the price.
Currently, in 2021 I can’t think of any spin bike under $1500 that comes with a 22” monitor and a 1-year free iFit membership ($400 value). Therefore, I personally believe this indoor bike is a good purchase and worth the money.
However, if you don’t mind using your own Bluetooth device (tablet, iPad, iPhone, etc) to monitor your progress, I strongly recommend the ProForm Carbon CX. You save almost $1000 and still get the same quality bike with Bluetooth connectivity and 1-year free iFit membership.
ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Review, Pros, Cons, & Verdict:
- Width: 21”
- Length: 56″
- Height: 54”
- Max User Weight: 250 lbs
- User Compatible Size Range: 4’6” to 6’2”
- Power Source: Standard power plugin
- Transportation Wheels
Designed with a sturdy steel construction that supports riders of all sizes, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is a true warhorse of a bike, offering customizable and high-energy fitness accessible from anywhere. The consistently high-quality drive belt and resistance system drive create effortless pedaling and an ergonomic, strain-free workout. Powerful, aesthetic, and easy to ride, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 is the perfect workout.
22” Digital Console
- ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 comes with a 22-inch touchscreen HD monitor.
- It can track your RPM, speed, watt, time, distance, resistance, heart rate (via wireless strap), and calories.
- The bike has the ability to connect with the iFit application only (not Zwift, Peloton, or other popular apps).
- 1-Year of iFit Family membership comes included with the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22.
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 with 22-inch screen Indoor Cycle features a captivating touchscreen display that’s a showstopping 22”. The Smart HD Touchscreen display also features revolutionary SmartSwivel technology that lets you view your workout progress and stats both on the bike and off. With SmartSwivel, you can rotate the touchscreen to the side and use it as a display as you work out to other workout routines on the floor. Bluetooth compatible, this handy console can also accommodate an incredible sound system thanks to the audio auxiliary port. The included port lets you listen to your entertainment at a higher volume with dual 2-inch speakers that let you work out to your favorite music, podcasts, or television shows with ease. The touchscreen offers interactive training that you can follow along with, and integrates to your resistance to automatically adjust your resistance as you spin. Ride statistics and feedback are clearly displayed along the top of your screen for instant feedback and access while you ride.
The other top component of the Studio Bike Pro 22 is that it comes with an included iFit subscription and fully integrates with the bike for a tech-savvy experience. iFit brings motivated, educational, and entertaining energy to your workout. Your training remains consistent and efficient with an endless library of both live and on-demand workouts that are both in-studio and out in natural terrain. Many workouts are led by a variety of certified personal trainers, and the workouts are coded to automatically adjust your resistance throughout your ride to help you keep pace with the workout design. You can also find many different types of workouts beside spin bikes to use, such as yoga, meditation, calisthenics, and more, and a simple rotation of your monitor means you can workout next to your bike with a clear display to power your fitness. For your convenience, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 includes dual three-pound dumbbells to add in upper body training as part of your routine.
- Universal 9/16″ replaceable pedals with adjustable toe straps and toe clips.
- Compatible with traditional fitness shoes but not with lipless shoes (unless the pedals are replaced).
- ProForm Studio Pro 22 comes with a 197mm Q-Factor size
The universal use pedals on the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 are designed to be flexible to your preferred riding gear. The universal shape and format of these pedals means they’ll fit most size feet and shoe sizes in, and the included toe straps help secure your feet firmly to the pedal. The bike pedals do feature toe clips that will fit pretty much any fitness sneaker. Not explicitly having SPD capabilities is a major drawback; having universally-accepted SPD pedals that can be used with all kinds of 2-bolt bike cleats would make this bike even more versatile and useful. The included toe straps are protective and secure so most any bike shoe you try to use could fit, but it would be nice to have double sided SPD compatibility that truly works with any shoe.
The Q-factor on the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 review is not specifically listed by the manufacturer, something that’s a bit disappointing given that many other brands publish this information. However, we were able to get in contact with their tech team and confirm the length of the Q-factor fo this bike. It is 197 mm which falls between wide q-factor falls into a wide category. It does not necessarily cause a major issue for many users unless you are a pro and have narrow hips (you can search our website and learn more about q-factors and a different article). Narrow q-factors balance out your feet and knee distance and maximize the linear drive of your knees in order to avoid undue strain on joints or muscles. By setting your legs and feet in such a position to power straight down without bending inward or setting the rider in a wide and unstable position, the ProForm Bike Pro 22 creates the perfect drive mechanism for powerful spinning with very little impact on the body.
- 32 lb fixed flywheel (it turns in both directions but doesn’t allow casting).
- Balanced inertia-weighted front-fixed flywheel.
- Flywheel and resistance systems are protected by a well-thought sweat-protection guard.
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 flywheel is made up of a powerful, 32 pound inertia weighted resistance system that works to provide smooth pedalling and braking despite the heavier weight of the flywheel itself. The fixed front flywheel propels the pedals forward as you push because of its anterior positioning, meaning you have to use more toning leg movements in order to experience a natural striding motion.
Together with the transmission belt system and strong steel frame, the powerful flywheel make this bike and its resistance system reliable. Using the same high-quality standard of construction, the Pro Form 22 flywheel is designed to withstand any amount of use and any intensity of workout, so you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of this bike for years to come.
- Trademarked silent magnetic resistance (much better than friction/pad resistant)
- Resistance is smart and allows the iFit instructors to control your bike (if you want)
- The resistance adjusts electronically through the touchscreen monitor
- There is also a knob to push down manually to stop the flywheel in case of emergency
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Indoor Cycle uses patented magnetic technology to create a simple and intuitive approach to resistance. Instead of having to crank friction resistance levels up or simply rely on the weight of your flywheel to provide resistance, this spin bike features variable magnetic levels that electronically adjust based on the level you select on your spin bike. The resistance feedback is immediately and electronically connected to your flywheel, tightening the magnetic field and increasing the power with which you have to pedal to get your flywheel to rotate.
The ProForm Studio Bike offers twenty-four digital levels of resistance that range from easy to incredibly intense. Each level is smooth, frictionless, and virtually silent thanks to patented SMR technology. Each of the twenty-four levels can be accessed with ease through the touchscreen monitor, and if you’re doing an iFit workout your trainer can even adjust the resistance level from a distance so that you can focus on getting through your ride. The Studio Bike Pro 22 offers some of the best magnetic resistance functionality on the spin bike market, so if you’re looking for a top-performing bike, the Studio Bike Pro 22 spin bike is a great choice.
Handlebars and Seat:
- Dipped vertically adjustable handlebars
- Four-way adjustable padded seat
The ergonomically designed padded seat and handlebars are designed for ultimate comfort. The non-slip handlebars make it easier to grip comfortably and gently to your cycle, so it’s easier to ride for longer periods of time. Two series of levers control the front to back and height adjustments for your saddle, making it easy to find a good spinning position you can always feel comfortable in.
The saddle and handlebar adjustment angles mean that your bike is adjustable in several directions, meaning that you can find your perfect riding arrangement with much greater accuracy and detail than other spin cycles offer. The handlebars adjust vertically, meaning riders of many heights can use this bike. The handlebars offer a few different positions for gripping the handlebars while you ride, all comfortably padded for your ideal use and including additional elbow padding.
Studio Pro 22 Transmission
- Studio Bike Pro comes with a silent Poly-V belt-driven mechanism.
- It has less noise than a toothed belt or chain transmission but it is not as efficient in terms of power transfer.
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 spin bike’s patented silent magnetic drive system features the latest and greatest in ProForm spin bike transmission technology that pairs perfectly with the flywheel and the resistance system to create a powerful and silent exercise. This high-performing, low-maintenance transmission belt works hard with every spin to provide a smooth and silent ride for every user.
The sleek design of the belt means that you won’t have to perform that much maintenance on your bike either because it’s meant to be slip and jerk-free and does not require effort or that much contact to use. The gear ratio of the ProForm Studio Pro 22 is not listed, but we can assume based on the electronic resistance adjustments that it’s built into the mechanics of the bike and designed to be easy and intuitive.
Pro 22 Price and Warranty
- The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Indoor Cycle is currently priced at $1500
- The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 warranty covers ten years on the frame, two years on major parts, and one year on labor warranty
- For warranty questions or parts replacement, you can contact the ProForm via live chat, phone, or their contact page.
The price of this bike is initially quite steep, but when you account for the extensive electronic capabilities, the ProForm Studio Pro 22 compatible applications, and the overall ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 review, the price becomes more and more of a bargain. However, you’ll want to note that a lifetime subscription to iFit is not included with the bike- eventually, the one your bike arrives with will expire and you’ll need to start paying for your own subscription. If you also choose to upgrade your pedals or saddle at some point, that just adds more money on top of your initial investment.
Assembly and Shipping
- Shipped for free in a single box with partial assembly required
- Takes about two weeks to arrive
- The package weighs around 144 pounds
Assembling your ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Indoor Cycle is simple and straightforward. Following the included assembly manual will walk you through the entire assembly process in moments. The more complicated parts, such as the flywheel and the chain system, come pre-assembled, so you don’t need to assemble the more complicated parts of the mechanism and can just fit the larger pieces together for immediate use.
ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Pros:
Smooth Driving Resistance System:
With the combination of the belt transmission and the powerful electronically adjustable magnetic resistance system is a major contributor to this indoor cycle’s boutique-level quality performance. Both the durability and silent performance of the resistance system mean that your cycle performs at a high degree of resistance consistently over your entire workout and the entire lifespan of your machine, all with very little maintenance required. The no-slip, no-jerk drive that’s achieved through the smooth belt design is another big plus, together with the silent flywheel working to create the perfect quiet drive.
22” Digital Monitor with iFit Screen:
The technological components on the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 are absolutely some of the best on the market. The 22 inch HD touchscreen tracks your performance metrics and provides live or prerecorded workouts for you to follow along with as you work out. The console powers on easily and connects via Bluetooth to apps, phones, and other fitness trackers. You can swivel the screen to help exercise on or off the bike and even purchase an additional heart rate tracker for even more workout feedback flexibility.
ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Cons:
Not Explicitly SPD Pedals:
The ProForm Studio Pro 22 indoor cycle doesn’t offer complete SPD functionality. SPD is a huge component of spin and cycling for many riders, so if the bike doesn’t have pedals that are fully compatible with cleat elements of the SPD pedaling system, that would be a con. Though you can easily replace the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 pedals with third-party dual-sided pedal options, thanks to the fact that it comes with a universal 9/16″ pedal thread size. Anyway, it’d be nice to not have to spend money to replace them right away and that they’d simply be included with the bike.
No Built-in Program:
Unfortunately, this bike comes without any built-in programs. Basically, what it means is that if you won’t have any classes on the bike. So, when your subscription ends, you either renew it or come up with a program on your own which is often not as entertaining or encouraging as following a spinning class.
Limited App Compatibility:
The bad news is that the Pro 22 indoor cycle by ProForm only connects with the iFit app and no other indoor cycling application. And even worse is that you can NOT install any application (Netflix, Youtube, etc) on the bike’s monitor except for the iFit app. The good news is that you can use the Studio Pro 22 without any paid subscription. In other words, it functions perfectly (sends data and changes resistance) on the free version of iFit. Although you won’t be able to access the classes, you can still see your stats on your free account.
No Handlebar Controls:
It would have been great if ProForm built this bike with resistance controls on the handlebars so you could stay focused on the ride without letting go of the handlebars in order to change resistance/gear. The bike already has smart electronically adjustable resistance which is great and controls would have really made a difference.
Poly-V Belt Transmission:
Spin bike drive mechanism is divided into three categories; chain, poly-v belt, and toothed belt. The Studio Pro 22 comes with the poly-V which is the quiets among all but it is not the best type of transmission. Why? Because during high-intensity workouts (especially when you are off-the-seat standing on the pedals), the belt can slip and that reduces the power efficiency. I hope the next version/model of this bike comes with the toothed belt so you get the full power efficiency.
No Horizontal adjustment:
It’s unfortunate that the Studio Pro 22 indoor cycle doesn’t allow Horizontal handlebar adjustment. It comes in handy for all users, especially for those that fall under the average height or those riders who sometimes like to setup up the bike upright rather than the traditional leaned road bike set up.
Our Final Verdict
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Indoor Spin Cycle is a phenomenal top of the line piece of fitness machinery that would be well suited to any personal gym, professional studio, or workout space. The versatile design (including adjustable saddle and SmartSwivel monitor) and durable steel frame build lets this bike withstand many different workouts of different intensities by all types of riders. The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Indoor Spin Cycle also boasts one of the best magnetic resistance systems on the market, with electronically adjustable resistance levels and twenty four individual options for perfect workout customization.
The true star of the show here is the 22 inch HD touchscreen. The ProForm Studio Bike’s total compatibility with the iFit workout platform means you can access thousands of workout options at a moment’s notice and customize them to your ability level easily. Select spin or non spin workouts and tailor them to your individual needs while recording all of your workout progress easily onto the monitor or synchronizing with Bluetooth tracking. Packed with top-quality innovations and ergonomic engineering feats, the ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 continues to be a top-quality spin bike that spinners everywhere should invest in.
The ProForm Studio Bike Pro 22 Indoor Spin Bike offers a lot of great features that make the higher price tag well worth the investment. The sleek design, transmission belt, silent magnetic resistance system, and heavy flywheel create a powerful and self-regulated resistance system that challenges your fitness abilities and build your skills as a spinner. The iFit compatibility and thoroughly useful HD touchscreen provide instant, valuable feedback that can sync to other phones or other training gear with ease. The only major setback to this bike are its non-spd generic pedals and limited app compatibility. However, the other benefits of the bike more than makeup for the potential underperformance of the pedal functionality, making the ProForm Studio bike Pro 22 Indoor Spin Bike a great investment for spin lovers everywhere.