Fitness conditioning bikes in recent years have seen a massive boom in popularity, with several manufacturers producing high-quality bikes.
So how do you choose the right one for you?
This article will compare two of the most popular fitness bikes on the market: the Bowflex Velocore and the Peloton.
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Take a look at this simple table I have put together that compares the most important features between the Bowflex Velocore and the Peloton Fitness bikes.
|Membership||JRNY app||Peloton app|
|Month Cost||$20 per month||$40 per month|
|Resistance||Magnetic (100 Levels)||Magnetic (100 Levels)|
|Classes||Adaptive On-Demand||On-Demand & Live|
|Unique Feature||Lean Mode||App Leaderboard|
JRNY vs. Peloton App
The Bowflex Velocore App
The Bowflex Velocore comes equipped with the JRNY app, which offers users a fun, interactive way to get fit. The app evaluates your personal fitness levels to provide detailed workouts for you and make getting fitter much easier.
The app uses the latest technology to track all of your previous workouts to develop future sessions that then push you to your limits. As a professional coach, I really love this feature, and particularly for those just starting, it can be daunting to design and implement your own sessions; here, the JRNY app does it for you.
The app also allows you to access Netflix, Disney, and even other cycling apps such as Zwift.
Wow, where to start; The Peloton app is jam-packed full of features that will quite literally “knock your socks off.” The sessions are produced with the highest quality coaches, tech, and visually, they’re stunning.
The app provides the user with countless workouts to access that will keep you fit and entertained while doing it; there’s nothing worse than riding a fitness bike staring at a blank wall. One of the most outstanding features is the live classes. Unlike Bowflex, the Peloton app streams live classes led by coaches who do a fantastic job and get the most of you in a fun interactive way.
If the live classes are not for you, simply open the app and browse the countless on-demand sessions designed for all rider levels.
Another great feature of the Peloton App isthe leaderboard. This fascinating component from Peloton allows riders to compete against fellow riders during class and receive shoutouts from the Peloton Instructors. If you do not have the Peloton bike and membership, you will be on the sideline as the leaderboard is not available anywhere but the Peloton bike or bike+.
Bowflex Velocore Review
- Floor Space: 59.8” x 24.1” x 55.3”
- Weight: 175lbs or 80kgs
- Maximum Weight: 325lbs or 148kgs
- Tech: Bluetooth and the ability to measure heart rate
- Resistance: The bike uses magnetic resistance with 100 levels
- Hardware: Both tilt and stationary are available
- Screen: LCD screen comes in 16″ and 22.”
Not many bikes on the market can offer new tech that changes the game when it comes to fitness bikes, but the Bowflex Velocore has done just that. It comes with the option of setting the bike to either the traditional stationary mode or the state-of-the-art lean mode (swaying).
As a lifelong cyclist myself, the swaying mode is not only a fun way to ride but also offers an incredibly realistic riding experience. The bike is comfortable, and the saddle, in particular, is soft and allows for more extended sessions with comfort and ease.
The screen comes in two sizes, options 16″ and 22″, and offers the user an interactive experience that can also track data such as distance pedaled, calories, duration, and even heart rate.
Finally and maybe most importantly, the bike uses a magnetic resistance system that provides a quiet and smooth cycling experience. The system has 100 resistance levels, meaning that anyone can jump on and find their perfect workout, and the option to use sneakers or dedicated cycling shoes is a bonus.
The Peloton App can integrate with the VeloCore. Unfortunately, the Peloton leaderboard is still only available for those that own a Peloton bike and membership.
- Floor Space: 59” x 23” x 53”
- Weight: 135lbs or 61kgs
- Maximum Weight: 297
- Tech: Bluetooth
- Resistance: Magnetic Resistance
- Hardware: Stationary
- Screen: 22″ LCD screen
The Pelton bike is the most recognized conditioning bike on the market, and with good reason. The company itself has been making high-quality fitness equipment for decades now, and they’re not letting up.
The Peloton bike is ergonomically designed and, because of this, extremely comfortable. The saddle and handlebars are fully adjustable, meaning anyone of any size and shape can find a comfortable position. The Pelton is light and easy to move around the room, particularly good if you have a home gym.
If you’re into tracking your workouts like me, then the Peloton won’t let you down. With the 22″ LCD screen, you can track everything from distance, time, heart rate, and calories burnt. Another excellent feature is the touchscreen which is easy to use while working out.
The live classes are second to none, and as a professional coach, I can tell you they have been designed and implemented by top people in the industry. Although slightly pricey, the app is worth every penny, and don’t forget other members of your family can also use the account.
How The Bikes Compare
Frame And Build Quality
Bowflex Velocore vs. Peloton vs. Nordictrack S22i
Well, this is not an easy comparison to make because, depending on several different factors, all three of these bikes might be the right one for you.
Recently, the NordicTrackS22i has gained massive popularity among fitness bike enthusiasts primarily because of the number of outstanding features that rival the other big-name makers.
Two of the most outstanding and well thought out features are the LCD screen, which can swivel up and down, and my favorite is the ERG mode. This mode adjusts the resistance for you, meaning you don’t need to worry about being at the correct resistance. You also get heaps of workouts and “live sessions”, too.
So compared to the Bowflex Velocore and the Peloton, the NordicTrackS22i stacks up very well. Factors to consider between the three bikes would be space and size, apps, and of course, the price tag.
Which Bike Is For Me?
So the question you’ve all been waiting for, which bike is best for me, the Bowflex Velocore or the Peloton?
Both bikes offer similar and some instances, identical features such as the magnetic resistance system with 100 different levels. But really, the ultimate factor in determining which bike is best for you depends on your circumstances.
Factors like how much space you have in your gym, what are your fitness levels and goals, how often you plan on using it, and your budget all need to be considered before purchase.
If you’re an athlete looking for a real hardcore workout, the Bowflex Velocore is right up your alley. The Sway mode really takes this bike to another level and offers a realistic riding experience that is unparalleled.
On the other hand, the Peloton is perfect for those who like to be part of a larger community, and the live sessions are fun and interactive. Loyal Pelotons customers can attest to that.
Both bikes, the Bowflex and the Peloton, won’t let you down when looking for a high-end conditioning bike. Remember, however, to consider all of the factors above before opening your wallet and spending some cash.