NordicTrack Commercial VR23 Recumbent Bike Review

The NordicTrack Commercial VR23 Recumbent bike allows you to exercise while reclining in perfect comfort. The equipment combines superior build quality with the latest in hi-tech features.

The NordicTrack Commercial VR23 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 11 calorie, 11 intensity and 10 performance workouts. Additionally there are 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from a button on the control console to help you burn more calories or tone up.

The bike is iFIT enabled with the iFIT unit already built-in. Using Google Map technology the iFIT facility greatly enhances the workout experience. Train with Jillian Michaels, and receive workout downloads. This feature requires a subscription to which is sold separately.

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

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers a Lifetime warranty on the frame and brake with 3 years parts and 1 year labor.

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, intensity or performance), resistance level selection, switch on the workout fan and adjust the volume of the audio speakers.

There is a further bank of buttons which can be used with the optional iFIT features for users that choose to subscribe to the iFIT service.

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 11 calorie, 11 intensity and 10 performance workouts.

Back lit display

A 7″ 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:

  • TIME

There is also a “My Trail—” tab which shows a graphical representation of a 1/4 mile (400 m) race track.

As the user exercises, a flashing rectangle will show their progress. The “My Trail” tab will also show the number of laps completed.

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.

Adjustable seat

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 frictionless, 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.

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.

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 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

iFIT enabled

This trainer is iFIT enabled with the iFIT unit already built into the console. This feature provides the following benefits:

  • MAP: Exercise anywhere in the world with Google Maps
  • TRAIN: Download workouts to help with your fitness goals
  • COMPETE: Compare progress to others in the iFIT community.
  • TRACK: Upload your workout data to monitor your progress.
  • GOAL: Set Calorie, Time or Distance goals for your workouts.
  • VIDEO: Watch high definition videos with simulated workouts.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Download sets of weight-loss workouts.

It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, and a 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.

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 console mounted fan is operated from a button on the control panel and has two speed settings which can be selected for the optimum cooling  effect.

iPOD connection

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.

Warranty details

The NordicTrack Commercial VR23 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
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • One Touch Resistance Controls
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Lumbar Support
  • Ergonomic Pedals with Straps
  • Back-Lit Display
  • RaceTrack Graphic
  • iFIT Enabled
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels


  • Footprint: 61.2″ L x 23″ W x 68″ H
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Flywheel: 23 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame and Brake (Lifetime)
  • Parts: (3 years)
  • Labor: (1 year)

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