NordicTrack put a significate amount of effort into the console and its number of programs. But put less effort into the internals that makes the bike operate. Besides, they only offer an average warranty. With all of this, we would not consider this a long-lasting bike. The Commercial VU 19 is more like the new iPhone; you pay a lot of money for some cool features but in a few years Apple will send out an update and you are going to need to get the next one. Similarly, we believe that this bike could last only a couple of years with a light-moderate user.
The NordicTrack Commercial VU 19 Upright offers many high quality features but it does have a really high price tag. While these other features help this stationary bike stand out among the rest, we are not fully convinced that these features justify the price. Hence, the NordicTrack Commercial VU 19 Upright is our Second Place 2021 Best Buy Winner for the $700 to $999 price point.
This NordicTrack Bike has great conveniences that helped this bike make it in the top four of our best buys. The first convenience we like is the seven-inch touchscreen that displays all the information one would want to see during their workout on the bike. The next feature is the number of fitness programs that come with this nice console. Thirty-two programs allow the rider plenty of options. Finally, we like that the Commercial VU 19 Upright has twenty-four magnetic levels of resistance, which permits for a more challenging workout.
But we are sad to see that NordicTrack stopped the quality there. The Commercial VU 19 lacks in a couple of other rather important features starting with the nineteen-pound flywheel. As a rule of thumb, the lighter the flywheel the less quality build because you rob the rider of a smoother ride. The ChainDrive system is also another part we aren’t fond of. Chain Drive system tend to break easier than a belt drive system and often cause more issues than a belt system. Lastly, the warranty is just okay. The problem is it isn’t the best at this price point. The warranty is ten years for the frame, two years for the parts, and one year for electronics. For the price, you would think NordicTrack would offer more.
|Number of Programs||32|
|Flywheel weight||19 lbs.|
|Drive System Type||Chain|
|Foot Print||43.6 x 24.9 x 59.4|
|Weight Capacity||325 lbs.|
This is the first year the Treadmill Doctor has reviewed the NordicTrack Commercial VU 19 Upright. Please see our other bike reviews as well as our Nordic Track reviews that range from bikes to ellipticals and treadmills.
In the end, NordicTrack built a bike with all the conveniences one might look for in a bike. However, they missed the mark when it comes to the build of the bike. If you are not worried about durability and more focused on technology, then this bike could be your match. Subsequently, the NordicTrack Commercial VU 19 Upright is our Second Place 2021 Best Buy Winner for the $700 to $999 price point.
Used it for about 2 months now, and overall it's worked flawlessly. That aside I have one major issue with it, one that if I had the ability to try this bike for a while before I bought it I would've passed. I hate that the VU19 doesn't have a crossbar handle and only has the two vertical ones. It is not a natural position and puts your wrists in a compromising load bearing position when trying to do any off the seat work. Because of this it feels like many of the iFit bike workouts are not really geared towards this bike. I am going to try and fabricate some kind of cross bar for it.