ProForm Carbon CX Indoor Cycling Bike Review
ProForm Carbon CX Overview
The cheapest option among ProForm Indoor Cycling Bikes, the Carbon CX indoor bike, brings aesthetic and performance-driven power to the spin experience in a sleek and aerodynamic format. With a smooth performance that works as hard as its design, this top-rate magnetic indoor cycle from the ProForm brand transforms the spin experience into an innovative and speed geared workout based on the world’s most famous cycle race that builds both muscles and cardiac strength. The ProForm Carbon CX exercise bike provides a luxury spinning experience at a mid-range cost that is affordable and practical for any user. The ProForm Carbon Spin Bike offers a quality design and high-tech belt and drive parts for a cutting-edge spin experience, and the best part is that anyone drawn to the high performance of this spin bike won’t have to pay the high prices that typically comes with a quality bike.
The ProForm Carbon CX spin bike appeals to many spinners due to its personalized and powerfully aesthetic and ergonomic spin design that will let you keep up with any class or workout. The striking outward appearance of this bike exudes sturdy yet portable design elements that offer a heavy-duty and long lasting performance no matter how often or how hard you ride it. Having a studio-quality spin bike in your home is a luxury many don’t get to experience, but the benefits of having your own personal piece of equipment, especially in our time-crunched world, can’t be overstated. The ProForm promises a gym-quality bike at affordable, personal prices that ensure premium quality machinery for all budgets.
Beyond an aesthetic and ergonomic build, the technical performance of the ProForm Carbon CX cycle are equally powerful. Built with a 13 kgs front-mounted flywheel that integrates seamlessly with a powerful magnetic resistance while maintaining the same consistent drive of an outdoor bike, this cycle provides an effortless push and intense spin for maximum workout sweat, drive, and gains. The securely positioned belt drive ensures a smooth and hard-working drive, integrating effortless resistance and power into your workout. The experienced and novice spinner will fall in love with this effortless and powerful bike that elevates the art of spinning to new levels and new spinners are sure to fall in love with the ease of use and maintenance throughout your experience riding the ProForm Carbon CX.
ProForm Carbon CX Review and Specifications:
- Width: 56 cm
- Length: 123 cm
- Height: 144 cm
- Max User Weight: 115 kg
- UserCompatible Size Range: 5”0” to 6’6”
- Transportation Wheels
Built with an eye-popping black and yellow commercial-grade steel and aluminum frame that’s designed for maximum performance, strength, and sweat protection, the ProForm Carbon CX bike is packed full of high-quality components.
The regulated and powerful transmission and resistance system drives soft impact but hard performing pedaling, pairing with the ergonomic armrest, handlebar, and saddle positioning that creates a high-performing workout that puts minimum strain on your body. Visually striking and high-performance, the ProForm Carbon CX spinning bike measures 144 x 56 x 123 cm and is a great statement piece in any home or studio space.
Digital LCD Monitor:
- This ProForm monitor can track the rider’s RPM, resistance level, time, calories, heart rate (via wireless Bluetooth), and distance. It doesn’t track the user’s watt or speed.
- The bike comes with a 1-year free iFit Couch membership “individual” that normally costs $180.
- Currently, this indoor bike is only compatible with the iFit application.
- You shouldn’t have any problem connecting your Bluetooth devices (Android or IOS) to the bike and track your ride on your own screen.
Unlike the ProForm Studio Pro 22 that comes with a whooping HD monitor, the ProForm Carbon CX features a small low-tech monitor that stands out for being simple, affordable, and built right into your bike to provide feedback. The electronic console turns on easily and the LCD screen offers clearly visible (albeit limited) feedback for every ride, powered by two included AAA batteries. The progress measurements achieved through high tech tracking built into the cycle include calories, RPM, distance, and more, as well as limited Bluetooth connectivity.
There is no ANT+ connectivity (and its Bluetooth functionality is limited), so no tracking and saving cycle data to apps like Zwift, Peloton, or any other leaderboard system. You can track heart rate as well through the console and wireless heart rate monitors, another helpful tool when it comes to monitoring your performance throughout the ride. A built-in tablet mount holds phones or tablets for easy entertainment while riding, so you can turn on an episode of your favorite show or movie or follow along to a spin class for maximum power and convenience during your rides. Your cycle also comes with a free year of an iFit subscription which offers access to over 400 coached videos and custom programs that you can use to streamline and support your spin bike experience.
Caged Equipped Pedals:
- Metal pedals have toe cages for additional security.
- Not SPD indoor cycling shoe compatible (additional cost if you want to ride with clipless shoes).
- The Q-factor for the Proform Carbon CX is 197mm.
The pedals included on the ProForm Carbon CX indoor cycling bike are standard and reliably simple bike pedals with included toe cages to keep your feet from slipping off the pedal mid-stride. However, they are not SPD compatible, which could be a big issue. SPD is a must-have for any cyclist. For beginning riders, not being able to train with SPD compatibility could be a problem later on if you’re looking to increase your spinning abilities, but if you’re just looking for a standard indoor bike these pedals will do the trick. You can also always order SPD-equipped replacement pedals: we’ve got a list of our favorites to check out as well for good replacements. The pedals unscrew easily to replace, making swapping out for better versions simple though an extra and unnecessary expense.
The Q-factor on the ProForm Carbon CX indoor cycle is not published but they told the YEB team the q-factor for the Carbon CX is 197mm. It is considered a wide q-factor but not “too wide”. Wide q-factors pedal stances can sometimes create an issue, especially for smaller, experienced or elite spinners who need a very specific and ergonomic position known as a “narrow” pedal size that positions the feet and knees in a line that drives smoothly downwards, allowing maximum drive on the pedal. I recommend you search our website for spin bike q-factor and see learn more about it before making any decisions.
ProForm Carbon CX Flywheel:
- 13 kgs fixed flywheel
- High inertia front-mounted fixed flywheel
- Silent magnetic resistance and transmission
Magnetic resistance systems are popular with spin bike makers and users because of their ability to quietly work with both the flywheel and the transmission to create seamless and gentle, yet hardworking resistance. The ProForm Carbon CX flywheel is made up of an intense, inertia weighted magnetic resistance system that provides easy, smooth pedaling and braking. The front flywheel helps you drive forward through your workouts, pushing yourself faster and harder with every ride. However, the front positioning can also expose it to greater wear and tear issues and its protective coating appears fairly thin.
The heavy-duty ProForm belt drive system, front mounted heavy weight flywheel, and strong steel and aluminum frame make this bike a trustworthy powerhouse, meaning your durable flywheel and transmission system will stand the test of time regardless of how many times you hop on for a ride. Just like the rest of this bike, the flywheel, is built to withstand any amount of use, so you’ll have no problem riding it for many years or taking it with you if you move homes, apartments, or gym spaces.
ProForm Carbon Resistance:
- The ProForm Carbon CX Spin Bike offers powerful 16 levels of electronically adjustable magnetic resistance.
- This indoor bike’s resistance adjusts via controls/button on the console and has a dial on the frame for emergency braking.
- Smooth adjustment between magnetic resistance levels that’s preset and easy to manipulate.
The ProForm Carbon CX spin bike uses trusted magnetic technology to create an easy adjustment to your magnetic resistance levels through preset stations you can quickly and simply flip through for automatic adjustment. The magnetic resistance reacts instantly to a user’s magnetic increase or decrease adjustments, creating a silent but responsive adjustment that works well with any workout. Instead of having a variable adjustment approach to resistance levels that you have to cycle through to find the right fit like many other pieces of exercise equipment, this spin bike features a preset lever that offers easy to find and use resistance options that help you find the perfect customized resistance level.
The real pro to the resistance lever is the ability to easily select a resistance level that works for you. The clearly marked and defined resistance levels are a huge plus, especially if you’re in a workout or class that demands a fast resistance transition you can’t achieve through slow fiddling with resistance knobs. With these electronically adjustable and personalizable resistance levels, you can easily create a long, slow cardio burn style workout, an incline variable setting, or HIIT training styles, making your workout much easier to manipulate to your needs.
Handlebars and Seat
- One set (2) 1.4 kg dumbbells are included with this bike.
- A holder to store the dumbbells below the seat is also included.
- Height-adjustable handlebars
- Four-way adjustable narrow racing style seat
- Even with padded indoor cycling shorts, we recommend a seat cover for this spin bike.
Featured on both the handlebars and the seat, the customizable height adjustment angles on the ProForm CX means that your bike is infinitely adjustable in all directions, so you can find your perfect fit with much greater accuracy and detail than other spin cycles offer. For riders who need flexibility with positioning and stances while riding or standing up on your cycle, this feature is a big win.
It also makes it easier to switch between users without having to realign your entire bike manually; you can simply slide the seat to a predetermined setting and voila, you’re ready to ride! Your seat is also fore-aft adjustable to help you find the perfect pedal drive and adjustment, adding another layer of comfort and customization to your workout.
Belt Transmission and Gear Ratio:
- ProForm Carbon CX comes equipped with poly-V belt.
- Its drive is quiet and has less maintenance that chain.
The ProForm Carbon spin bike’s transmission drive system features a sleek, low maintenance poly-V belt for easy drive. This high-performing and low maintenance belt works overtime to provide an ideal ride for every user. Belt systems are meant to improve on the standard chain system that road bikes feature. Oiling, adjustment, tightening, stretching, and rust-prevention are no longer necessary with belt systems, because belts stay in top shape for a long time without needing a lot of work. The exact material of this belt drive is unknown, but our guess is that it’s a smooth poly belt drive that can provide a superior drive experience, including a tight fit to the gears and the smooth overall ride. You won’t ever feel your pedals slip or catch with the ProForm poly belt, leading to a consistently smooth ride that will feel like you’re pedaling on air.
Another large advantage of the ProForm belt is its silent and soft performance. Pedaling this bike is a quiet yet muscle-strengthening experience. Your belt uses a quiet and sleek resistance that will challenge you during any workout without the clanking or creaking you’d expect from a typical chain. The low-noise component of these belt drives is the best: when combined with the ProForm magnetic resistance system this bike is virtually silent, meaning you can go for a spin anywhere, anytime without worrying about creating a racket or disturbing your roommate. You can also thank the gear ratio for this quiet ride: the tight fit of gear to belt and to flywheel makes adjustments easy and quick, contributing to the overall silence of your ride and eliminating the loud cranking of gear shifts that many outdoor chain bikes are known for.
ProForm Price and Warranty:
- The ProForm CX spin bike is currently priced at around £599 depending on the retailer and the sale opportunities
- The ProForm Carbon CX spin bike’s warranty includes three years on the frame and parts complete with exchange
For warranty questions or parts replacement, you can contact the ProForm manufacturers through their Amazon seller platform or through your individual distributor.
The price of this bike in comparison to the range of features it offers and the range of other bikes available is pretty good, but held back by the limitations of the non-SPD pedals and the digital monitor simplicity.
The bike’s performance makes a small price tag worth it over time, but at £500 it’s a little high for its functionality. These are good medium-quality bikes that manage to perform well, but at a high overall cost and would be an okay but not great choice for someone who’s ready to fully commit to the world of spin.
Assembly and Shipping:
- Shipped in one package, with partial assembly required
- The only parts that require assembly are; front and rear stabilizers/feet, seat, handlebars, monitor, and pedals.
- All the required assembly tools are included in the box.
- Takes ten-fifteen days to arrive depending on shipping location
Assembling your ProForm PFEX63919 spin bike is not too challenging. Following the included manual will help tremendously, and there are some useful videos to follow from the manufacturer’s website as well. The more complex inner-workings of the bike such as the flywheel and the belt drive system, come pre-assembled, so you won’t need to worry about how to assemble the inner workings of the bike.
Shipping timeframes will depend on the carrier, but if you have concerns about getting it into your house you can call ahead and arrange assistance with your local delivery system.
ProForm Carbon CX Spin Bike Pros:
Aesthetic and Smoothly Performing
The ProForm Carbon manages to pair both aesthetic design with an ergonomic performance to create the ideal exercise equipment for spinners ready to commit to hard-working fitness. The ProForm CX bike delivers a tough performance that will leave riders excited and ready for their next workout thanks to its sleek and smooth ride. The ergonomic and sleek design creates a powerful drive and ride that elevates your workout to the next level.
Silent Front-Mounted Resistance
The magnetic resistance system is top-of-the-line on the ProForm Carbon CX. The sleek no contact braking system and no-slip drive belt work in tandem with the heavy flywheel to power a virtually silent yet intense workout, and the built-in resistance levels provides a unique touch that allows for easy use and transition between resistance difficulties, creating a truly personalized workout. The magnetic system is also highly durable, meaning your bike will last a long time.
ProForm Carbon CX Spin Bike Cons:
The 197mm Q-factor on the ProForm Carbon CX is probably one of the bigger detriments to the cycle. This could be a really uncomfortable fit for some riders. Especially, for riders who prefer a narrow and ergonomic drive from pedal to push, this bike is likely not the best fit for you.
No SPD Pedals
The lack of SPD-integrated pedals is an equally big issue here. SPD is a huge component of spin and cycling, so not having pedals that are compatible with cleats or other elements of the SPD pedaling system feels like a major miss. Though you can easily replace your pedals with third-party options, it’d be nice to not have to spend the extra cash right away and that they’d simply be included with the bike.
Limited App Compatibility
Some companies like Keiser care to sell their bikes and they don’t care if you end up buying their subscription or not. Therefore, they create universal Bluetooth connectivity so their bikes can send data to almost any indoor cycling applications. BUT, that’s not the case with Peloton, Proform, Nordictrack, Echelon, and ProForm. These companies build their bikes in a way that it can only connect with their application. That means if you want to track your ride on a cycling application, your only option is iFit with this bike, no Zwift, no Peloton, or any other app.
Our Final Verdict
The ProForm Carbon CX Spin Bike is a solid spin bike that can work very well in many personal workout spaces. The versatile design, adjustable frame, and durable build mean this bike will last a lifetime and can withstand all types of workouts and multiple moves. The CX is not the ProForm TDF but it does offer a lot of decent performance capabilities for a good price, especially when it comes to its drive, resistance, and flywheel, and its durability and tough build makes it a long lasting investment. The inclusion of the iFit membership is also a good plus that extends the life and versatility of your cycle. The ProForm Carbon indoor spin bike is a mid-range bike and investment into a future of dedicated spinning and indoor cycling, but it does have a few negative features to note. Its strong and durable resistance system ensures repeatedly intense workouts that will build your intensity up and allow you to scale up your workout intensity time after time. The non-SPD pedals are a nagging setback that leave the ProForm just a few steps behind its competitors. Though there are a few small drawbacks, overall the ProForm Carbon CX is a solid all-around bike for all kinds of spinners.
The ProForm Carbon CX Spin Bike offers good electronically adjustable magnetic resistance, drive, and spin exercise at an average and mid-range price. The simple and low-maintenance belt paired with the sleek magnetic drive make for a reliable spin and a challenging workout, and the digital LCD monitor provides instant and useful feedback for immediate workout adjustment, and you can expand your workout options with the iFit membership. The ergonomic and sturdy frame provides durable and stable workouts. The fixed front-mounted flywheel increases your drive and resistance capabilities while protecting your bike from riding damage, but the q-factor and lack of SPD pedals can be a major issue for riders looking for the perfect fit. The ProForm CX indoor cycling promises reliable and standard use, but given the mid-point price tag, it’d be nice to see a little more higher-end functionality from the machine.