When you are looking for a good Tour de France style workout or just relief from the potential Indoor Cycling boredom, Proform has come out with a new and very exciting product for indoor cycling.
The ProForm Tour de France (TDF) Indoor Cycle is unlike any Indoor Cycle currently on the market and can really add some fun to your otherwise serious indoor workout and training routine.
The original Proform TDF Indoor Cycle came out in 2011 and Proform has been making big improvements to this very popular bike for the last 2 years.
The Proform TDF Centennial has just come out (timed with the start of the actual Tour de France) and has some major upgrades. One of the biggest upgrades in this year's TDF cycle is the 7 inch touch screen display on the console with HD video.
If you are not aware of the iFit Live technology, you may want to check out how it works. This technology has been available on prior year Proform TDF models and on Proform's Elliptical Trainers and Treadmills for years now and it is really cool. Briefly, it uses Google Maps to simulate real live terrain and courses and adjusts resistance of the machine to the course selected (the resistance of the indoor cycle in this case).
This year's TDF has 21 pre-drawn maps of the 2013 Tour de France stages in addition to HD video of scenes from the 2012 tour. Keep in mind you can also select and ride your own personalized local routes too.
Note: As of 8/5/2016 the Proform TDF models are selling directly from Proform (factory direct) for $1,499 - $2,999 (depending on the model) with Free Shipping.
See ProForm Tour de France Indoor Cycles at Proform for more information, additional customer reviews, to watch the video or to get the Proform TDF Centennial online at the lowest price.
As for the Proform Tour de France technology, Icon Fitness has integrated the iFit Live technology with this bike's incline and decline feature. And to make it more interesting and further simulate a real ride, they have added the wind resistance feature which increases or decreases the Indoor Cycle resistance to compensate for the calculated wind resistance based on your height and weight.
Proform has been improving the quality and features of the Proform TDF Indoor Cycles each year. Some of the major changes with this year's model include the 7 inch full color touch screen display on the console, HD video of the 2012 Tour de France stages, new road bike style handlebar shifters located on the simulated brake levers, drop down handlebars for a more realistic ride and pre-made maps of the 2013 tour stages.
If you have a Garmin GPS Bike Computer that is compatible with the GarminConnect site (and most are), you can also upload local routes that you have ridden outdoors, convert the route to Google Maps and download the Google Maps route to the Proform TDF to simulate your real world outdoor rides.
The features above are not always advertised with the Proform Tour de France Cycle since it requires additional equipment not included with the TDF.
The iFit Live technology has been around for quite a while now and works well, so this should not be a concern. The seat and handlebar design allows for a wider range of adjustments than many other indoor cycles.
Although the 2013 Proform TDF Centennial has just come out, and there are currently no customer reviews available yet online, I believe that the quality improvements, additional features make this model the best choice.
I have ridden the 2012 Proform TDF and I found it much more comfortable than I originally expected. It was quiet and felt quite solid and sturdy. This year's model is based on the same frame and SMR technology, so I believe that the bike itself is quiet and can handle a good workout.
Keep in mind that this is a high-tech bike and you will need to take some time to setup and learn the technology features of this bike. Fortunately, high-tech devices and products usually improve and get easier to use each year. I believe that the new touch screen console will be a great improvement over the prior year models.
Even though the Proform TDF is fairly expensive, I believe that the relief from Indoor Cycling boredom that the technology of this bike provides is worth the extra cost for those who enjoy having the latest technology.
With the popularity of this Indoor Cycle, there are really no shortage of customer reviews on the Proform TDF online. I have seen very positive customer reviews on the TDF from people that claim it performs as expected and totally love it as well as some negative reviews from customers that have had QC and shipping issues which I believe have been resolved with the newer models.
I do not believe that the Proform TDF is available in retail stores yet, but you can find the latest customer reviews, watch the video or get this bike online directly from Proform using the Proform link above.
2011 ProForm Tour de France Indoor Cycle (Gen 1) Features at a glance:
2012 ProForm Tour de France Indoor Cycle (Gen 2) Features at a glance:
2013 ProForm Tour de France Centennial Features at a glance:
Frame: 10 Years
Parts and Labor: 1 year **
** Warranty information is per the owner's manual TDFPFEX01311.2-320509.pdf and requires the product to be registered within 30 days of the purchase date. The warranty information listed here does not imply any legal warranties by this website and does not override the manufacturer or seller warranties provided with your purchase.
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