NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent Bike Review

The NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent bike allows you to exercise while reclining in perfect comfort. Features a lumbar supported seat mounted in a recumbent step through frame.

The NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent allows the user to exercise in an almost lying down or recumbent position. The padded seat has a lumbar support and the user operates the pedals with their legs stretched out in front of them.

The arrangement of the seat and pedals on this type of exercise bike puts less stress on the joints than an upright bike. This makes it ideally suited to people who are out of condition or who are recovering from an injury although all users will benefit from using it.

The bike has 32 challenging programs consisting of both calorie, and performance workouts. Additionally there are 25 digital resistance levels which can be selected from a button on the control console to help you burn more calories or tone up.

This trainer is iFIT Coach ready. This exciting feature lets you check your progress, download new workouts and travel virtual tracks all over the world. This feature requires a tablet computer and subscription to

Other highlights include: Silent Magnetic Resistance braking, CardioGrip heart rate monitor, back-lit display, workout cooling fan and in-built speakers with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers a Lifetime warranty on the frame with 2 years parts and 1 year labor.

It’s available at a discounted price from NordicTrack

Here’s a list of the main features:

… control console

The console houses the controls necessary for the operation of the bike including buttons to select the various workout programs (calorie or performance), resistance level selection, switch on the workout fan and adjust the volume of the audio speakers.

A back-lit display at the top of the console provides the user with feed back on their workout, while a fan at the bottom generates a  cooling air stream.

A 3.5 mm jack located on the control panel allows audio devices such as an iPOD or MP3 player to be hooked up to the in-built speakers.

… workout programs

The exercise bike has 32 built-in workout programs. Each workout has been designed by a certified personal trainer in order to help you get the most out of your workout session. These 32 workouts consist of both calorie, and performance workouts.

back lit display

A 5″ back-lit display provides feedback. The screen has a wide viewing angle making it easy to keep an eye on all relevant workout data. The display provides information on the following parameters:

Calories, Calories per Hour, Distance, Pulse, Average Pulse, Resistance, RPM, Average RPM, Speed, Time, Watts, Average Watts.

… ergonomic pedals

This exercise bike is equipped with large pedals to fit any size of foot. These ergonomically designed pedals are also fitted with adjustable straps to hold your foot in place.

… lumbar support

To ensure a good seating position during your workout the bike is fitted with an over size, padded seat with lumbar support.

The seat is mounted on a rail and can be slid forward or back and then locked into position to ensure the optimum seating position for the user.

… magnetic braking

Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking is used on this model. This system offers a friction less, resistance braking which is very smooth in operation and allows the user to adjust the intensity of their workout without having to break the continuity of their workout.

… one-touch resistance

This exercise bike makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the bike’s motion.

There are a total of 25 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

… heart rate monitor

The exercise bike is also equipped with a “CardioGrip” heart rate monitor. This helps you to make the most out of every workout by monitoring your heart rate with sensors that are built into the handlebars.

By monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you’re always in the right training zone for your goals. This results in a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.

… iFIT Coach ready

Be entertained and engaged with your exercise regime using the latest in fitness technology – the iFIT Coach. You can check your progress, download new workouts and using Google maps technology you can run virtual tracks from all over the world.

The iFIT wireless technology is built in and you can access your iFIT account from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

It should be noted that this feature requires a tablet computer or similar device and subscription to which is sold separately.

… precision flywheel

An important component of any exercise bike is the flywheel. This model has a 23 lbs, inertia enhanced flywheel that has been designed to give a silky smooth operation. This will benefit the user with a much more natural, fluid feel when pedaling.

… in-built speakers

The user can plug in their iPOD, or MP3 player, into the 3.5 mm jack situated on the control panel using a suitable audio cable (not supplied).

The user is able to enjoy listening to their favorite music or an audio book through the speakers built into the control console rather than being constrained by a dangling, earphone cable.

Buttons on the control console allow the volume from the twin speakers to be adjusted to preference.

… cooling fan

Pedaling hard during your workout can leave you feeling hot and uncomfortable, but this exercise bike provides a solution with an integrated workout cooling fan.

The fan has several speed settings, including an auto mode. While the auto mode is selected, the speed of the fan will automatically increase or decrease as your exercise intensity increases or decreases.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack Commercial VR21 Recumbent exercise bike is protected by a Lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, 3 years parts and 1 year labor.


  • Recumbent Seating Position
  • Step Thru Design
  • 32 Workout Programs
  • 25 Digital Resistance Levels
  • One Touch Resistance Controls
  • Lumbar Support
  • Ergonomic Pedals with Straps
  • Back-Lit Display
  • iFIT Coach Ready
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • In-built Speakers
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels


  • Footprint: 59” L x 22.25” W x 52” H
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Flywheel: 23 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts: (2 years)

                         Labor: (1 year)

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