NordicTrack GX 5.0
Exercise Bike Review

This is a recumbent exercise bike. The NordicTrack GX 5.0 allows the user to exercise in an almost lying down or recumbent position. The padded seat has a back 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 30 challenging programs consisting of 15 calorie workouts and 15 performance workouts. Additionally there are 24 digital resistance levels which can be selected from a button on the control console to help you burn more calories or tone up.

This exercise bike is iFIT compatible. Using Google Map technology the iFIT facility greatly enhances the workout experience. Train with Jillian Michaels, and receive workout downloads. This feature requires the iFIT module and a subscription to iFIT 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 comprehensive warranty which offers 5 years warranty on the frame, 2 years on all 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 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 purchase the optional iFIT module and 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.

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

... 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:

  • TIME

... precision flywheel

An important component of any exercise bike is the flywheel. This model has a 18 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.

... workout programs

The exercise bike has 30 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 30 workouts consist of 15 calorie workouts and 15 performance workouts.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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 compatible

This equipment is iFIT compatible. In essence this is a wireless connection between the internet and the exercise bike. The iFIT feature allows you to experience trails by using Google map technology.

The iFIT feature also enables you to customize your own fitness program, receive automatic workout downloads, manage your profile online and even work out with Jillian Michaels!

It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, the iFIT module, and membership to iFIT which is sold separately.

... 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 now 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 taste.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack GX 5.0 recumbent exercise bike is protected by a 5 year warranty on the frame, 2 years parts and 1 year labor.


  • Recumbent Seating Position
  • Step Thru Design
  • 30 Workout Programs
  • 24 Digital Resistance Levels
  • One Touch Resistance Controls
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Lumbar Support
  • Ergonomic Pedals
  • 3 Piece Crank
  • Back-Lit Display
  • iFIT Compatible
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • CoolAire Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder


  • Footprint: 58.5" L X 27.25" W X 55.25" H
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Flywheel: 18 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (5 yrs)

                         Parts (2 yrs)

                         Labor: (1 yr)

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Received the bike about 3 weeks ago and have been enjoying it immensely!

The pedal motion is incredibly smooth with a wide range of resistance. The adjusts easily; water bottle holder in exactly the right place and it is so easy to use, there are no more "excuses".

I love being able plug in my iPhone and listen to podcasts I recorded earlier.....and no headphones, Yea!

My daughter purchased an iFit module for me for Christmas and while I didn't think I would need that for awhile, have really enjoyed the features on it as well.

I looked at recumbent bikes for over a year prior to deciding on this one. It has all the features of much more expensive bikes; is very heavy and sturdy; has a great console that is easy to read and easy to use with the ability to use an iPod/iPhone for music or podcasts; and the option of an iFit module to monitor all aspects of an exercise program online using WiFi.

I gave this piece of equipment 5 stars because I cannot imagine finding a better bike with more features anywhere. Thank you Nordic Track!

The bike is everything advertized. Coupled with the ifit program it’s fun and more realistic to ride.

You did a fantastic job building this one. Thanks

I purchased the GX 5.0 about 5 months ago and my wife and I have put about 150 hours/1900 miles on this bike.

I weight 240 lbs. and this bike is very sturdy with no sign of any wear.

We also purchased the ifit module that has made our workout time a lot more pleasurable.

With the IFIT/google maps feature I have ridden through the streets of Capetown, San Francisco, Australia... really cool.

Well worth the money.

Really like the bike. Lots of program and manual setting options.

Smooth, quiet, easy to use and comfortable. Just what I was looking for.

Great quality just like I expected from Nordic Track.

I researched bikes for a month before I knew the 5.0 was the one.

I received my bike this past week-end and this was the best investment I have ever made in my health.

The bike has the ability to adjust the resistance, ifit live maps, personal trainer, and the ability to create your own workouts.

When I programmed in my hometown and could see it on google map, street view on my iPad it made me want to keep riding. Before I knew it I had spent 90 minutes on the bike.

I plan on getting one for my dad. I think that it would be great for his arthritis.

I’m 6’4, and this bike has more than enough leg extension room for me.

Fairly easy to assemble. It’s built like a battleship....Very sturdy construction.

Extremely quiet, smooth operation. The control panel works fine.

I'm 6'8" with a large body and I am a Type 1 Diabetic.

This is the best Heavy Duty Bike that I have found in this Price Range.

I Highly recommend this Bike. Comfortable,Very Stable, Great Programs to ride to. Easy to operate. Comfortable seat and plenty of leg room.

Took me about 1 hour to put together. Just an all around GREAT Buy to me. A Win Win situation.

Fan 2 speeds, MP3 plug and Play ability with a great sound system. Wheels on the front make it easy to move to where ever you put it. Quit riding experience.

I am very Happy with this purchase. I recommend this Exercise Bike with a 5 Star recommendation. Happy Riding from Tower4269.