The new technology that is being created today for indoor cycling bikes is incredible. The industry is revamping the rider experience making it more fascinating and interactive with added
When I recently decided to purchase a new indoor cycling
The Peloton at a Glance
The original Peloton
The original Peloton
Peloton Pros & Cons
The Bowflex C6 at a Glance
The Bowflex C6 is a belt-driven cycle that includes a 40-pound flywheel. This cycle, created by Nautilus, offers 100 magnetic resistance levels and includes a backlit LCD metric console. This
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In the following video, you can see a quick review of the Bowflex C6
The handlebars offer four-way adjustability, therefore accommodating a more comprehensive range of participants. As a 5’4” rider, four-way adjustability for handlebars is an absolute must in any
Bowflex C6 Pros & Cons
Detailed Comparison of Peloton & Bowflex C6
Below we will examine the differences and similarities for the Peloton and Bowflex C6 bikes.
Both cycles offer a belt drive system. This system allows for an extremely quiet riding experience. This type of driven system also requires less maintenance.
Each cycle option includes 100 levels of resistance. However, it is essential to note that the resistance levels do vary. Please refer to the conversion chart at the end of this article.
Handlebar and Seat Adjustability
C6 offers greater riding position customization than that of the Peloton. The C6 provides four-way adjustability for the seat and the handlebars. This means that the seat and handlebars can move up/down and front/back. Adjusting the handlebars in multiple directions is crucial for shorter riders as the handlebars’ ability to move closer to the
The limitation of adjusting the Peloton’s handlebars was one of the most important differences that I found between the two cycles. As a rider that is only 5’4”, the Bowflex C6 provided a much more comfortable ride than the Peloton.
Katie Pierson, Certified Spinning® Instructor
The Peloton handlebars only can move up and down due to the static positioning of the touchscreen. The saddle does have the capability of four-way adjustability.
Both bikes include adjustable levelers to decrease potential side-to-side rocking during a workout.
The Bowflex C6 offers dual pedals that include SPD clips and toe cages. SPD clips are often used within indoor cycling classes, so other shoes are not required. The Peloton
While the Bowflex connects to various cycling applications, including the Peloton digital app, the Peloton is unmatched with its integration of the
The Bowflex C6 is currently priced at $999, while the Peloton was recently reduced to $1,895.
The Peloton and Bowflex C6 offer a remarkably similar ride due to the weighted flywheel placement, magnetic resistance, and belt drive system.
What Type of Rider is Best for Each
Using the Peloton App with the Bowflex C6
The ability to use the Peloton digital application with a non-peloton bike like the Bowflex C6 is effortless and affordable. I currently use the digital app with my C6. Below we will examine the app’s characteristics, how to link it to your C6, limitations to the digital application, and resistance conversion.
What is the Digital Peloton App?
The Peloton digital application costs $12.95 per month. This app is compliant with Apple devices and Android devices using a 6.0 or higher operating system.
The application not only allows customization of selecting rides based on music, class format, workout length, and instructor preference, but the app also provides a plethora of different class types that include more than just cycling.
Why Should You Pair the Device with the C6?
If you do not have a
Connect Your C6 with the Peloton in 8 Easy Steps
There are only eight steps required for a successful connection between your C6 and your device.
Digital Application Limitations
One of the most outstanding features of the Peloton application is the virtual Leaderboard. The Leaderboard features all of the riders actively taking the class and ranks them based on their output. Output is calculated by taking the average output, multiplying that number by the total number of seconds in the class, and dividing it by 1,000.
Unfortunately, although a C6 owner can see their cadence and heart rate displayed, the Leaderboard is not a feature they have access to use. If you do not have a currently included device in their operating system requirements, showing cadence and heart rate in the app is also not available. Unfortunately for me, my current phone doesn’t fit the operating system requirements, so I must use a different device to enjoy the maximum number of features.
Bowflex C6 vs. Peloton Resistance Conversion
When I first purchased the
If you are not interested in spending $2,500 in addition to a $39 monthly subscription, the Bowflex C6 is a fantastic choice. The C6 offers a quality ride for a fraction of the price of a Peloton.