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NordicTrack GX 4.5 Exercise Cycle
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NordicTrack GX 4.5 Exercise Cycle

Item# 00621983000P | Model# 21983 | Added on September 3, 2012
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$199.97
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NordicTrack Recumbent Exercise Bike: Pedal Pushing Power
There are exercise bikes-and then there's the NordicTrack GX 4.5 Cycle. For a workout that's as intense as you want it while still being comfortable, the recumbent design of this machine with its chair-like adjustable seat and back-protecting lumbar support allows you to pedal longer and faster than with other standard exercise bikes. You can go the distance in comfort.
If you need some motivation-who doesn't?-the NordicTrack Recumbent Exercise Bike lets you choose from 24 challenging workout apps designed by a certified personal trainer. Track your progress on the 4-inch backlit display with easy-to-read readouts of your speed, distance, time, pulse and calories burned. The NordicTrack GX also features iFit Technology-compatibility so you can choose workouts Powered by Google Maps or with "America's Toughest Trainer," Jillian Michaels. So, your iPod into the bike's music port, turn up the tunes and let's get pedaling.
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15 found this review helpful
by Karens57
February 5th, 2013
Nice bike

It took two of us about 90 minutes to put this together. Everything fit well, instructions were clear and parts well made. Bike is easy to use and smooth operating. I like that the footprint is small (4.5') and comfortable. The step-thru makes it easy to sit and get rolling. Nice way to ease arthritic joints back into motion.

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by Jimmy1968
November 19th, 2012
Not the best

Returned this one and bought the 5.0 Nordictrack cycle. The power cord wouldn't stay connected, so it would go off while using. The resistance is really bad. Is hard to peddle even on the lowest, so the program was useless.

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July 9th
griffijg

Nice bike for the price

I bought this to get back in shape. So far it has been a really nice bike for the price I paid for it, I got It on sale and used a coupon which made it under two bills. The front handles are awkward and do hit your knees if you have the seat up too close, I moved the seat back a little further and now my knees no longer hit. I am 6ft 2in so I may be bale to slide the seat back further than most.. keep this in mind, however they would be easy to remove if needed. I was able to put this together almost all by myself ( I had help from my 4 year old daughter :-) ) and was able to do it in about 1.5 hours.

February 14th via sears.com
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Badproduct2

tension is to tight

THIS BIKE COMES WITH MANY PROGRAMS THAT ADJUST THE TENSION FROM 1-24.THE PROBLEM IS ANYTHING PAST 4 IS TO HARD TO PEDDLE.I HAVE TO USE THE MANUAL MODE BOUNCING BETWEEN 1-3.THIS DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF HAVING MANY PROGRAMS.IF YOU CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE AT NORDICTRACK,NO ONE ANSWERS,YOU HAVE TO LEAVE A MESSAGE WHICH HAS YET TO BE RETURNED.

February 12th via sears.com
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Nancy Phillips

Love it

My husband loves cycling on his NordicTrack breve bent bike and watching tv. We put it in tv room where he will use it. Works great but can't figure out how to get pulse to work. Anyone feel free to guide us for pulse readout on screen. Now to get me motivated. Rec it. Easy to assemble. Works great.

January 10th
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D2Kos

Lack of adjustability makes this bike a pain, literally.

I've had bike less than a week, and it works well, but it hasn't "fit" anyone that's tried it. I'm 5'11", and when I adjust the seat so that I am using the pedals properly, my knees ram into the handlebars. Same for my 5'6" daughter, and my 6' 2" son. The only adjustment is the distance of the seat from the pedals, by moving the seat forward or backward. The handlebars and console are not adjustable in any manner. It would seem that the manufacturer would have figured this out before they marketed it. FIND ONE AND TRY IT OUT BEFORE YOU BUY THIS BIKE! If you can use it without slamming your knees into the steel handlebars, then consider it for purchase.

December 24th, 2013 via sears.com
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BackoeBob

Very good cycle overall

Before purchasing I read the reviews and also for the Icon brand which this actually is. This was the better deal. I saw poor reviews but decided it's likely most people that have an issue are more likely to take the time to review. I decided even if I was happy I'd review the cycle.

I had this shipped to the local store and picked it up myself. I have to say that the 'made in China' worried me at first. However, the cycle was packed about as well as I've ever seen anything packed if not better. Lots of cardboard bracing and plastic. Labeled nuts and bolts and better fit and finish than I expected.

For someone who occasionally assembles things they purchase it should be a breeze. It was simple and they even left a wire to pull the electric cables up the bar. I did it by myself. I'd recommend a small flashlight to ensure the bolt holes line up before getting frustrated trying to get them to catch. It's also easier to start some of them if the bolt is on the Allen key when you start it. I didn't run in to any of the hard to reach ones reviewed. I did lay down for the seat bolts. The only trick was the rear grips, the pulse bar. It's hard to handle with one person so I cheated and flipped the cycle on its nose and that made it easy to start the bolts. If you've done assembly before the instructions are super clear and the parts are well labeled. (Just read the details like the left pedal tightens counterclockwise. That stumped me for a bit).

From the reviews I expected problems hitting knees to the handle bars. This is possible. The seat goes back but then you can't reach the full pedal travel. Getting close enough and leaving a little bend in the knees like a real bike setup puts you very near the bars. Honestly, it makes me wonder how they designed this without noticing that? It helps to make sure the upright bar is pushed as far forward as possible when tightening the 5 bolts. After assembly I noticed I could push upward a couple inches so I re-tightened it while forced forward which helped. There is no good fix but once I got going I seemed to avoid banging my knees on the bar. If you think this might be an issue try one out somewhere before buying.

I didn't notice any of the "it's too hard" issues. I will say that if you run some of the programs it bumps it up to where it is difficult. However, if it's too hard it either has a malfunction or is not set right. The quick selectors allow you to chose a level of 4 but to get to 1 you would have to use the minus key.

I can't speak to the pulse monitor but they say it's ballpark. The only thing I'd remind people is to remove the protective tape covering the metal sensor strips for shipping. If the coating isn't peeled off I'm sure it won't work well.

I rode a few miles and it was quiet and smooth. The built in speaker should be upgraded in my opinion. It's like a clock radio speaker. The tray doesn't accommodate a bottom mount cable very well either.

December 14th, 2013 via sears.com
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ccs305

great bike

this thing is awsome! fits in my apartment perfectly. i like how i can hook up my phone and play music through the speaker. it's also light weight so i can move it around. i'm in the 300 pound range and its still very stable.

November 28th, 2013 via sears.com
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sadavi3

So quiet!

Putting the bike together was more work and pieces than the treadmill, but definitely worth it! The bike is very quiet and has a variety of workouts for every exerciser. Great purchase.

November 6th, 2013 via sears.com
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Suzyqt2

assembly very difficult

I can't even rate the product, because attaching the seat back has me ready to put a bullet in my own head. Whoever designed these bolts made them too tight to work with. I still can't get this thing together! Grrrrrrrrr!

October 26th, 2013 via sears.com
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Lisa789

Too Hard to Peddle!

So sorry I spent so much money on this product. It is way too hard to peddle and I am physically fit. I invited my also physically fit 24 and 29 year old daughters to test it out to be sure it wasn't just me. Level one was too hard to sustain any kind of work out for all of us. Save your money. Don't buy! Shame on Nordic Track and Sears for selling this. Wish I read the reviews before I bought it.

August 15th, 2013 via sears.com
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1Redrose

Putting it together

Putting it together wasnt to bad except for the handle bars that go around the sides of the seat, they were a pain. Im 56 and my little boy is 5 and we put it together.

July 25th, 2013 via sears.com
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TooOldForThisCrap

It is WAY too hard to assemble

The quality of the bike overall is probably typical for a consumer level bike. The engineering that went into assembly is abysmal ... I built MANY out of a box things in my 60+ years and this thing is one of the worst designed things for assembly I have ever seen. Besides two of the main threaded inserts being impossible to screw into ... you have to lay on the floor in impossible contorted ways to put the thing together ... once assembled it seems ""OK" but nothing to write home about

June 26th, 2013 via sears.com
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AryanMurali

Bad design

Bought less than a month ago. Thinking of returning, but, do not have box. I am a 6 foot guy with long legs. My leg would hit the handle bar and I have to spread wide my legs to avoid. I have used another from norditrack for 4 years and that was excellent machine and costed me only $300. Not happy about this machine.

June 12th, 2013 via sears.com
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phansangavon13

Please don't buy!

I bought this bike in January 2013. Like others said, it was near impossible to pedal and I am someone who works out all the time. I Had called Nordic Track and they arranged to send someone out to look at it. The guy who came out was real nice and 'adjusted' the resistance. It was better. Then a month later the pedals started slipping. I had this bike 3 1/2 months and finally called Play it Again sports to pick it up and sell it to them, they paid me $200 and I paid $399 when it was on sale at Sears. If you spend money on this bike you will be sadly disappointed. I will never buy another "name brand" high dollar item, the one I originally bought before this one was only $250 and it lasted 8 years. Very disappointed in the poor quality of bike.

April 22nd, 2013 via sears.com
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Hill113

returning it

2 huge problems:

I have short legs and have to have the seat up close. I bang my knees on the front handlebars constantly.

Level 1 is WAY too hard and I am in pretty good shape.

April 16th, 2013 via sears.com
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fit4me

nordic track poorly designed

I am average height, but on every pedal turn, my knee hits the handle bar. Adjusting seat eliminates the knee problem, but feet then can't reach pedals. The really bad part is me having to pay to have the handle bars removed to make it usable. Quality parts though.

April 7th, 2013 via sears.com
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drannan

Great Value for the money

My experience with this bike has been really good. I put it together in a couple of hours, taking my time along the way. I worked out on it once and got a great workout! It provides an extreme amount of resistance on the hills and the included workout routines will be satisfactory, for my needs. The only problem I have had was attaching the seat back to the seat bottom. There are 5 bolts with washers to attach and it's a little tough for one person to line up the holes just right and screw in the bolts. I was able to get a shorter allen head driver from my toolbox to make this task easier. It was frustrating but not impossible.

Everything on the bike seems quality enough for my daily use and I cant understand why some have said in their reviews that it was too hard to pedal. They must have a malfunctioning unit. The resistance is perfect from the start and I would recommend this bike to anyone.

March 18th, 2013 via sears.com
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Mikejs71

Best Exercise Investment

The first one I bought had a metal against metal sound, so I returned it and got a new one. This bike is very quiet and easy to use. I bought the IFIT module and I am extremely satisfied. It gives me the push I need and have had no problems with the increase in intensity. I have found that Google Chrome is the best browser to use with IFIT. I have had problems with IE and FireFox. The transition between different resistances is very smooth but noticeable. This is the best exercise machine I have ever bought.

March 17th, 2013 via sears.com
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Tombstone17

Easy on the knees

This bike is very easy on the knees, so you ride more and get health!

March 12th, 2013 via sears.com
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Lisa Gutman
February 25th, 2013