Bowflex Velocore vs. Echelon EX-5S (Comparison)

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By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.

Having your own spinning bike can be so beneficial to your fitness goals. It saves you having to go to the gym, it’s in your own environment, and you get to pick exactly what bike you want and make it personal to you. Though there are so many bikes on the market, it can be very challenging to know which bike is the right one for you.

Two bikes that seem to come up against each other often when it comes to comparison are the Echelon EX-5S and the Bowflex Velocore. They cost pretty much the same amount. They even share similar qualities in the way they look, but they are very different bikes, and knowing the right bike for you is vital. In this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know when it comes to these two incredible bikes.

Comparison Table

Bowflex VelocoreEchelon EX-5S
Price
$2,199$2,100
Max Weight
325lbs300lbs
Bike Weight
175lbs124lbs
Resistance
Belt-Drive SystemBelt-Drive System
Display
16” or 22” HD Screen21.5” HD Screen
BlueTooth

Yes
Yes
Special Features
Lean
Heart-Rate 
Yes – WirelessYes – Wireless
Resistance Levels 
100 32

The Bowflex Velocore 

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Bowflex VeloCore Bike Bowflex VeloCore Bike
4.8

Provides the rider with an incredibly realistic riding experience, closely simulating riding outside on roads or up and down your favorite mountain climb.

Specifications

  • Size 60” x 55” x 24”
  • Weight 175lbs
  • User Height 4ft 6” to 6ft 6” 
  • User Weight Max 325lbs
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Belt Drive
  • 16”/22” HD Monitor
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Lean Feature

The Bowflex Velocore is a personal favorite of mine when it comes to spinning bikes because it’s like they just decided to throw out the rule book and said let’s just make something different and see what happens. Well, it worked, and here you have a bike, unlike many other spinning bikes. The first thing to mention is the design, the indoor bike is quite a lot longer than your typical spinning bike, and that’s because it needs pivots points for the lean feature that we are going to speak about a little later. The bike has a rear-facing flywheel design and looks great. It’s sleek, classy, and looks like a top-end bike should. It can fit users from 4ft 6” all the way to 6ft 6” and has a user weight max capacity of 325lbs. 

The resistance system is a frictionless magnetic belt drive system that is excellent. It is quiet, smooth, and responsive when being used. The screen on the bike is a 22” or, for the cheaper model, 16”. It uses JRNY as an installed application which is excellent for a variety of different classes and is half the cost of most applications like Peloton. The Bluetooth on the bike will let you connect to headphones and heart rate monitors. The bike has an amazing feature that enables it to lean side to side while you’re riding and give you an amazing core workout.

The Echelon EX-5S

Echelon EX5-S Echelon EX5-S
4.4

New and improved stabilization handles and seat post adjustments including a competition seat with 6' lever-style adjustment, and a precision resistance motor are just a few of the exciting new features you only get with the EX5-S.

Specifications

  • Size 54” x 59” x 20”
  • Weight 124lbs
  • User Height 4ft 11” to 6ft 4” 
  • User Weight Max 300lbs
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Belt Drive
  • 21.5” HD Monitor
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

The Echelon EX-5S is one of the best smart bikes we have on the market currently, and I feel when it was released, it was slightly overshadowed by Peloton, and we missed the hype around this bike. The first thing we must speak about is the design. In my opinion, it is one of the best-looking bikes you can buy on the market. The rear-facing flywheel looks great, and it just looks like any home gym it falls into will have a place. Although the bike looks quite small, it is actually only a couple of inches off the size of the Bowflex Velocore. It suits riders from 4ft 11” all the way to 6ft 4” and has a max user weight of 300lbs.

The bike has an excellent resistance system which is made up of a lightweight flywheel and a belt-drive, with a magnetic frictionless system. What is special about the Echelon EX-5S is the fact it has a smaller 28lbs even weighted flywheel, which spins faster than most to create smoother resistance, and you can feel it. The 21.5” HD monitor is excellent, and it comes locked to the Echelons application which is fantastic and is full of loads of on and off-the-bike classes to keep you challenged and excited to train.

How do the Bikes Compare?

Now you know a little bit about the bikes, it’s time to start comparing them against each other. The best way to do this is to break the bikes down and talk about where they differ. We are going to speak about the resistance system, the screen and connectivity, size and user capacity, and special features. 

Resistance System

Both these bikes have a very good resistance system. They both use frictionless magnetic resistance. This means that the resistance is made by magnets repelling the flywheel and doesn’t require any friction. They both have a belt drive which means these bikes require very little maintenance as you don’t need to oil this, like traditional chain driven bikes. On the low end, they both can give very light resistance levels for beginners, and on the top end, enough to even challenge a pro cyclist. The Echelon has 32 levels of resistance, and the Bowflex Velocore has 100. Having more resistance levels doesn’t necessarily make the Bowflex better. It just means it has more options for resistance within a certain range. 

Screen and Connectivity

The screens on these bikes are some of the best seen on spinning bikes. The Bowflex has a 22” HD screen, and the Echelon has a 21.5” HD Screen. The difference really is on the inside with these screens. The Bowflex is locked to JRNY, which is an application for classes on and off the bike. It’s $20 a month and is excellent. The Bowflex Velocore does work with Peloton and Zwift, but you have to use a separate tablet to view the application. 

Then you have the Echelon, which is linked to the Echelon application. The Echelon application is very good, and they offer thousands of different classes, but it does cost $39 a month. The Echelon doesn’t work with other applications, so you are a bit limited there. They both have Bluetooth connectivity and can work with headphones and heart rate monitors, but as you can guess, companies often lock the screens as it’s in their best interest for you to use their application.

Size and User Capability

When it comes to size, both these bikes are fairly big, and you are going to need a good amount of space. The smaller of the two is the Echelon but only by a couple of inches. The Bowflex Velocore does require some space at the side, as with the lean feature, you tend to take up a little more room on your left and right while you are riding. One thing that is very different about these bikes is the weight limit. The Echelon has only 300lbs compared to Bowflex’s 325lbs. Also, when it comes to height restrictions, the Bowflex can work with shorter and taller people. Although the Bowflex has much more capacity for different users, it is nearly 50lbs heavier and harder to move around the room compared to the Echelon.

Special Features

When it comes to special features, the Bowflex does take the crown here because of the lean feature. It doesn’t have to be on, but when it is, it seems to give the bike a road-like feel, and having the ability to swing the bike just makes it feel very natural. As far as smart spinning bikes go, the Echelon doesn’t really have anything outstanding as far as special features go.

Which one is for me?

When it comes to picking a bike for you between the Bowflex Velocore and the Echelon, I believe it comes to a few things.

  • The first is space. Although there’s not much in it, the better bike for you will be the Echelon if you are tight on space.
  • The next thing is application. I think it’s important to explore each application and see which one of the two you like more. Both JRNY and the Echelon application are good, but they do run different classes.
  • Another thing you need to think about is the price. I appreciate that they both cost the same, but the application cost differs. You will save over $200 a year using the Bowflex with JRNY compared to the Echelon bike with its own app.
  • The last thing is the lean feature, if you feel the extra core work will add a lot of value to your training, then the Bowflex might just be the bike for you.

Read Also:
1. Bowflex Velocore Detailed Review
2. Bowflex Velocore vs NordicTrack S22i New
3. Bowflex Velocore vs Bowflex C6 / Schwinn IC4

Conclusion

Both these bikes are excellent and have so much to offer you as far as your training goes. Whichever bike you pick is going to be a good buy. They are incredibly fun, and they are massively going to help you towards your fitness goals.

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Bowflex VeloCore Bike
4.8

Provides the rider with an incredibly realistic riding experience, closely simulating riding outside on roads or up and down your favorite mountain climb.

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Echelon EX5-S
4.4

New and improved stabilization handles and seat post adjustments including a competition seat with 6' lever-style adjustment, and a precision resistance motor are just a few of the exciting new features you only get with the EX5-S.

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Robbie Ferri

A Personal Trainer and Ultra Cyclist living in King's Lynn in Norfolk, UK. From Ultra Cycling World Records to Bikepacking Races and a huge amount of time on the gym floor training myself and clients my experience when it comes to Health and Fitness is vast.

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