Proform TDF Indoor Cycling Bike Review
ProForm Tour de France Overview
The Proform Tour De France 10.0. When I first came across this bike, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. The official training bike of the Tour De France is a huge statement to make, and that kind of advertising is going to have a lot of cyclists buy a bike like this. It’s unlike many indoor bikes I have seen before, and I couldn’t wait to find out a little bit more about it. Proform has a few bikes currently, the Tour De France CDC, a basic version of the 10.0, the ProForm Carbon CX, and the Smart Power 10.0 Pro, a Spin bike version of the Tour De France 10.0. At around $2400, it comes with quite a price tag, but it does boast a lot of technology for the money. As you can imagine, at this price, it is the flagship bike for Proform and is up there to battle it out with some extreme competition. Assembly is straightforward, and you’re looking at about an hour to complete the task. Warranty is two years, which is generous, and I feel with Proform that they show a lot of belief in how their product will perform. I am a cyclist myself and find bikes trying to be road-style bikes and something a little quirky compared to a spinning bike very appealing. Is the Proform Tour De France as good as it looks?
Let’s start with the monitor. It’s a 10 inch HD, and it is a touch screen. It’s a pretty good screen, and the quality is what you would expect, pretty good. The bike will give you loads of data; you have RPM, Time, Distance, Calories, Power, Heart Rate, and Speed. Now, if you have seen the monitor, you might have noticed quite a few buttons about this bike’s incline and decline settings. You use these to adjust the bike’s resistance, and it also has a fantastic feature of actually moving the whole bike, leaning it back and forward, and you use. I want to come back to this feature shortly when I speak about the transmission. The screen is made to be used with the iFit application. The iFit application is similar to companies like Echelon and Peloton. It’s a subscription-based platform. They give you a year free with the bike. Then it costs $39 a month. If after a year you don’t want this, you have 24 preset cycling programs to use. It’s a pretty good application and has lots of classes. An entertaining feature is in the classes, the instructor can control the bike’s resistance, and the workouts are interactive. You have some Tour De France Stages you’re able to train on like you’re in a race, and also it has google maps integration where you can pick routes, and the bike will simulate the terrain and adjust the resistance for you as you ride. It’s really intelligent software, and I was impressed. It has Bluetooth connectivity, but the bike is limited to the iFit app. Connecting to applications like Zwift and Peloton isn’t an option. You can link up a heart rate monitor, though. I watched a youtube video of someone who had done this, but they had to reprogram the whole tablet and affect your warranty negatively. The power is a direct power meter that is excellent as many indoor bikes at this price would be an estimation. One thing to note is it does have to be plugged in and have WIFI to use the iFit application.
The transmission system is exceptional, and it’s pretty different from other indoor cycling bikes. Unlike most spin bikes in the UK where you have a dial-in front of you, adjusting it works on the bike shifters located on the handlebars. You electronically adjust the resistance using the buttons made out to be like a road racing bike, and it’s brilliant. They give you options of the gear ratios you want to use, and as you shift, the bike either inclines you or declines you with the bike. The system is magnetic and completely frictionless. It runs a belt drive and will require next to no maintenance. What’s unique about this bike is that instead of moving the magnets closer to the flywheel, the whole bike moves closer to the flywheel, and the closer you get, the more resistance is generated. When you shift the gear higher, the bike starts to incline, and the magnets approach the flywheel. When you decline, they come away giving a very realistic feel like you’re on a road bike riding outside. It’s so much fun, and through the iFit application, when the instructor is controlling this for you, it makes such a great workout. The bike is very quiet, and I wouldn’t worry about waking the flat below or my neighbors in the night.
The pedals on this bike are standard metal pedals with a toe cage but no SPD Clip option. At first, I thought this was a bit surprising, but realistically, most road cyclists who want this bike will be on Look pedals or SPD-SL, meaning they would take the pedals out altogether. The pedal thread is standard, and this can be done with ease. The Q Factor is the size of the bracket between the crank arms. On a road bike, you would have around 150mm on a mountain bike 170mm. The Q Factor isn’t listed by Proform, but from what I can find out online, it is around 171mm, which I think is nice and small and will give that road bike feel, not the spinning bike feel. The flywheel is 12kg which on a bike with a magnetic resistance system like this is about right. It sits at the rear of the bike, and it doesn’t come with a guard, so it’s not child or pet-friendly.
The bike itself weighs 67kg, so it’s not the lightest bike ever, but it’s easy to transport around on the wheels at the front. It’s 62″ in length, 25″ in width, and 54″ in height. It’s pretty significant as far as bikes go, but it doesn’t take over the room. The max user weight is 125kg, and Proform doesn’t state a height range, but it has a vast range from what I can gather. The handlebars can move vertically and horizontally, but if you are to move them horizontally, it requires an Allen key and quite tricky. Vertically is a quick release and no issues. The Saddle can move horizontally and vertically on the quick release also. I love this bike because it doesn’t have a pin system where you roughly get your seat height. You can adjust to the millimeter, and it bands itself in place. It comes with water bottle holders on the front, which are great for those longer rides.
ProForm Tour de France Bike Pros
- Frictionless Magnet System
- HD 10″ Screen
- Rear-Facing Flywheel
- One year iFit Membership
- Incline Decline System
- 24 Preset Classes without iFit application
- Very Quiet drive system
- Racing drop handlebars
- 1-Year free iFit membership included
- Speakers and cooling fan
ProForm Tour de France Bike Cons
- iFit Application cost
- The large size of bike
- Not compatible with other application
- Pedals are not cycling cleat compatible
When I first saw this bike, I thought it would be a gimmick trying to make a spin bike look like a road bike. When I got the chance to learn a little more about it, I realized they are doing the complete opposite. They have made a training bike completely tailored to road cyclists, and all the little details have been added. I love the incline and decline feature. I think it’s incredible and gives a great simulation to going up and down hills. Changing the resistance on the road bike shifters is terrific. I love that it has a power meter and that they have even brought you some Tour De France stages to race. If you want to have a spin and use the iFit app to change the resistance for you is excellent. I want to compare this to a Peloton or an Echelon, but I can’t because it’s in a category of its own, and that’s what I love about this bike. The only things I don’t like on this bike are the fact the rear flywheel isn’t protected and the iFit cost. If you’re a road cyclist, you need this indoor bike!