May, 27 2023

NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle vs. Peloton Bike

Choosing between the NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle and the Peloton bike can be challenging. Both pack a punch regarding build quality, features, and workout options. They are fantastic options for a mid-range, feature-packed indoor cycle.

Let’s break down these two contenders in the fitness world, comparing their hardware, cost, user experience and more.

Feature NordicTrack Commercial S22i Peloton Bike
Frame Material Steel Steel
Drive System Belt Belt
Resistance 24 levels - Adjusted with buttons on the right handlebar 100 levels - Manual control knob
Incline/Decline Capability Up to 20% incline to -10% decline - Auto-adjusted during workout No incline/decline
Pedals Dual-sided Toe cages and SPD clips SPD clips - specific shoes required to start riding
Seat Adjustability Vertical and horizontal Vertical and horizontal
Handlebars Multi-grip - Vertical Adjustability Multi-grip - Vertical Adjustability
Screen Size 22 inches with a fan at the base 21.5 inches
Screen Rotation 360 degrees Vertical Tilt but Fixed rotation - bracket sold separately for 360-degree rotation
Screen Quality HD Touchscreen 1080p HD anti-glare touchscreen (may require a future upgrade)
Audio System Dual 2-inch 30-watt forward-facing speakers Two 10-watt rear-facing speakers
Dimensions (L x W x H) 61" x 22" x 58" 59" x 23" x 53"
Weight 205 lbs 135 lbs
Weight Capacity 350 lbs 297 lbs
Ceiling Height Requirement 8 feet

Membership and Classes

Peloton offers a vast library of on-demand classes and multiple daily live sessions. So, whether you're an early bird or a night owl, there's a class waiting for you.

To access Peloton's classes, you'll need a monthly subscription to their All-Access Membership, which costs $44.

With the membership, you're getting more than just cycling classes. There are also strength, yoga, and even meditation classes.

Peloton has a variety of instructors. You can pick and choose based on your mood or the type of workout you're after. From charismatic motivators to hard-nosed drill sergeants, their lineup has a style for everyone.

Each NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle comes with a 30-day iFit trial membership. This gives you access to a library of workouts led by certified professional trainers, including those tailored to the S22i's features.

Like Peloton, iFit offers more than just cycling. You can try high-intensity interval training, yoga, strength training, and kickboxing.

After the trial, an iFit Family membership will cost you about $39 per month or $396 per year for up to 5 users. The Individual membership plan costs $15 per month or $180 per year.

User Experience


Peloton has a live leaderboard feature, best suited for competitive types. This allows you to pit yourself against other riders, adding more motivation to your workout.

There is a sense of community Peloton provides. The live studio classes, modern music selection, leaderboard, and social features make you feel part of a fitness tribe. The instructors, in particular, get kudos for being motivating and engaging.

The pedals on the Peloton will require special shoes with clips to attach and hold your feet securely in place while riding. But clipping and unclipping your shoe from the pedals can take some practice.


Offers more personalized and interactive training when integrated with iFit. The outdoor instructor-led classes are high-quality and one-of-a-kind. Your iFit trainer can adjust your bike's incline, decline, and resistance in real time, pushing you to your limits.

The Google Maps Integration is a standout feature that I absolutely love. You can plot a route anywhere in the world, and the bike will automatically adjust its incline and resistance to mimic the terrain. It's like a virtual tour on two wheels!


At Get Fit Cardio, we offer a 10-Year Frame, 3-Year Parts and 120-Day (In-home) Labor warranty on all machines, including the NordicTrack S22i.