NordicTrack ASR 630 Elliptical – Great Concept but Poor Execution
The NordicTrack ASR 630 elliptical gained lots of attention for its low price and array of neat features. Sadly, it didn’t live up to the hype and is no longe being manufactured. Although the price is now under $650, we can only wish this crosstrainer upon evildoers. Cheap components and poor customer service are the topic of many disappointed customers’ reviews. For example: “The battery compartment was missing,” “The wrong parts arrived,” and “NordicTrack never called back.”
Still, we do like NordicTrack overall. This unit bears little family resemblance to the brand’s many 4-star models. For discontinued NordicTracks that get positive reviews, check out the NE2000 or the Free Motion s5.6. A great new model that sells for less than $1000 is the NordicTrack E514.
Features of the NordicTrack ASR 630 Elliptical (Discontinued)
The NordicTrack ASR 630 elliptical has a long list of appealing features: a three-position adjustable stride, moveable arms, an iPod port, an iFit workout option and more. Here are the specs:
- Rear Flywheel
- StrideSelect™ with 13″, 15″ and 18″ Lengths
- Upper-Body Workout
- SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
- 6 Programs including 2 Heartrate Workouts
- iFit Workout Card Technology
- iPod-Compatible Music Port
- CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitor
- 275 lb. user weight capacity
- Workout Fan
- SpaceSaver® Design
- Warranty: 1 year parts & labor; lifetime frame
The Specs Interpreted
- Elliptical trainers with rear flywheels are usually exceptionally durable. This feature is irrelevant given the overall cheapness of the trainer; a flywheel is of little value without intact pedals and a working console.
- The StrideSelect feature is very appealing. It essentially makes this crosstrainer function as either a stairclimber or a traditional elliptical machine.
- The programming is relatively low on variety but the heart rate control workouts are very useful. These aren’t often available on budget elliptical machines. The little program variety is probably designed to encourage sales of iFit workout cards. Each card provides eight weeks’ worth of personalized training.
Customer Reviews of the ASR 630
Although the ASR 630 has a list of great features, they aren’t created as customers expect. The components are cheap even for a budget elliptical trainer. For example, customers regard the workout fan as very weak and have broken pedals with light use. Frequently the machine’s components don’t even fit together when customers attempt assembly. These problems are complicated by ICON’s poor customer service and a 15% restocking fee for returns.
Our Overall Review of the NordicTrack ASR 630
Complaints about the ASR 630 come from more than a handful of elliptical reviewers. The poor quality of this unit is widely agreed upon. The $650 price tag is appealing but would be better spent on an Ironman, which costs about the same, or applied toward a more expensive crosstrainer. Don’t expect the ASR 630 to last for more than a few uses without giving you trouble.