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ProForm Le Tour De France (2012 Model)

50% Positive Reviews
Rated #7 in Trainers & Rollers

Posted

Pros: Advertising

Cons: Not as advertised

The advertising of this cycle is excellent as is the design concept.  The implementation is underwhelming.

 

I have had the cycle for a month and a half.  It has had the console and a circuit board replaced - the repair person that came out did not have fond things to say about the quality of the machine in general, except that if more of them were sold, he would continue to have job security.

 

The iFit software has been a problem.  They have done an upgrade during my ownership that did made it much better than it was, but far from as advertised. The web site is very slow, it's not easy to navigate, somewhat featureless (compared to other sites I use for fitness), and filled with bugs.  Gearing for your comparible outdoor rides is far from realistic, but is better than most indoor riding. Nice to have gear shifting at your fingertips.

 

The 20% tilt is another great in concept feature, but is more of a hinderence to riding than it is worth (probably will also contribute to more future mechanical problems).  Not having forward/backward adjustible handlebars (I believe fixed since I purchased my unit) makes the cycle unrideable going up hill while standing - my knees hit the bars.  I ride a lot of hills and never have that problem on a real cycle. 

 

Nice to have the coasting and free-spinning available which does differentiate this unit from other in-door cycles.

 

The support staff that I seem to talk to every other day is friendly and tries to help, but unfortunately has their hands tied waiting for response from the developers.  I currently have 4 problems registered on line that have been waiting nearly a week to be assigned to someone.  One of the problems is that the workouts abort midway through a session requiring you to dismount and restart the session on your PC - guess that's no different than coming up to a stop sign or red light.

 

This is an expensive machine to own  $1300 - $1500 up front and $200/year (half for the maintenance plan you better buy and half for the annual iFit membership).  The cycle is basically worthless without the iFit membership.

 

My recommendation would be to wait a year or two for the bugs to be worked out before purchasing. In the meantime, get a good indoor trainer for your outdoor bike.

Posted

Pros: Quite, smooth and challenging

Cons: The incline function changes too quickly.

I have had this trainer since November and have not  tired of it as yet. It provides and excellent alternative to the road when conditions and weather are bad outside. I had an issue with the console but Proform sent a new part within 10 days and solved the problem. The ability to download maps is great.I use to struggle doing 20-30 mins on a trainer but I can go an hour or two on this machine without boredom. When I complete a session I feel challenged and tired just like being on a nice hilly road course.

   It definitely gave me an advantages starting this last spring season in better form than usual. I still prefer riding on the road but this is the next best thing. The most noise now comes from the fan I use.I am very satisfied with the investment so far.    

ProForm Le Tour De France (2012 Model)
Description:

Details:
DetailValue
BindingSports
BrandProForm
EAN0043619806618
FeatureiFit Live Technology Built-In, with workouts Powered by Google Maps, including automatic incline, decline and resistance controls -20% to 20% Digital Incline and Decline Controls 3.5" Full Color Display; Keep track of your workout time, distance, pulse and calories burned with this easy-to-read display. iFit Live Workouts are displayed through Satellite View from Google Maps. Plug your iPod, or MP3 Player, into the Interplay Music Port for unbeatable sound quality. Intermix Acoustics Sound System; Enjoy your favorite media with this built-in sound system.
LabelProForm
ManufacturerProForm
PublisherProForm
StudioProForm
TitleProForm Le Tour De France (2012 Model)
ModelPFEX01312
UPC043619806618
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementPFEX01312
Item Height59
Item Length58
Item Weight200
Item Width25
Package Height15 inches
Package Length50.3 inches
Package Weight146 pounds
Package Width30 inches
PackageQuantity1
ProductGroupSports
ProductTypeNameSPORTING_GOODS
ReleaseDate2011-06-23
UPCList - UPCListElement043619806618
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