By Katie Pierson, Certified Spinning® Instructor & Personal Trainer.
Are you looking for the ultimate in-home riding experience? If your answer is yes, then the Bowflex VeloCore might be the
Provides the rider with an incredibly realistic riding experience, closely simulating riding outside on roads or up and down your favorite mountain climb.
Velocore Pros and Cons
Does the Bowflex VeloCore require a subscription?
No, but the monitor will only show basic metrics. Bowflex’s JRNY membership costs $19.99/month. A 6-month free trial is included with the
Can you use the Peloton App on Bowflex?
Yes! The Peloton App can integrate with the VeloCore; in fact, this
After clicking “Work Out with Peloton” on the VeloCore console, riders are prompted to get their third-party device to use their Peloton app. If you are using iOS, cadence and heart rate will be displayed within the app. However, Peloton does not support cadence display for Android users within the app and can rely on VeloCore’s Just Ride setting to track all of their key metrics. The class will play through VeleCore’s Bluetooth speakers giving a superior listening experience.
It is important to remember that the resistance levels being called out are for the Peloton and not the Bowflex. Take a glance below for a sum-up of the integrations based on the official Bowflex site.
Important Note: If I have the Peloton app, can I view it on my Velocore 16/ 22″ monitor?
The peloton app can be used on a smartphone or tablet with the Velocore
Mechanics & Detailed Specs
Leaning and Stationary Mode
Two riding modes are available, including leaning and stationary. Bowflex’s Lean Mode has been recognized for its brilliance in its design and engineering. This mode is undeniably one of the most significant selling points for the VeloCore. With a quick press down on a red button above the resistance knob on the crossbar, the
Nautilus, the parent company of Bowflex, is known for its superior construction and attention to detail for its products. The VeloCore was recognized as a CES 2021 Honoree due to its outstanding engineering and construction.
One of the most critical components of this
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One hundred levels of magnetic resistance are available with this model.
A 22-inch or 16-inch touchscreen option is available. The metrics located below are available with both screen sizes. However, to unlock the LEAN and interval metrics, a JRNY membership must be purchased.
- Distance (km or miles)
- Calories Per Minute
- Total Calories
- Heart Rate
- Lean & Intervals (metrics available for JRNY members only)
- Watts (coming soon)
Seat and Seat Cushion
A competition-style seat is available on this cycle, therefore a narrower seat, an industry standard. However, some riders find this to be uncomfortable. Bowflex offers other seat options for purchase, and also padded riding shorts for women or men are available from multiple retailers.
Pro Tip: Saddle soreness is often not due to the seat but to riding position and
This cycle is easy to move within any space due to the convenient wheels located at the
The handles and seat are both adjustable. However, there are limitations. This
Due to the placement of the monitor, the handlebars can move up or down, but not front or back. Without this adjustment, it is more difficult for riders closer to 5’1” to find a proper riding position.
Assembly and Set-up
Assembly for this model can quickly be done at home by one or two people, depending on how strong they are since some
Competitor Detailed Comparison
Below, we will examine different models, including the IC7, Peloton, Schwinn IC4, and the Bowflex C6. Although these models have many similarities, they have significant differences that will impact purchasing decisions.
Includes an evenly light-weighted rear flywheel and a unique steel frame design to minimize sweat corrosion. The Coach-by-Color technology not only provides an exciting riding experience but provides real-time interactive metrics to keep the workouts exciting and beneficial.
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This indoor cycling
- Flywheel weight: Evenly weighted (estimated at between 8-15 pounds)
- User height range: 25″-38.5″ inseam
- User weight: 330 pounds
- Resistance system: magnetic
- L x W x H: 52 x 20.5 x 40.2 inches
- Item weight: 119 pounds
- Drive system: 2-Stage Hybrid Poly-V & Tooth Belt
Schwinn IC4 and Bowflex C6
An excellent alternative option to Peloton or other streaming bikes. A quiet magnetic resistance bike, proficient enough to link with the many available streaming devices such as Peloton® and Zwift®.
Comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to link to several apps such as Peloton® and Zwift®. The Schwinn really does offer excellent quality at a very affordable price.
The Nautilus models, C6 & IC4, offer a great product at an affordable price. Priced at less than $1,000, riders can enjoy 100 levels of magnetic resistance and a quiet and comfortable ride. Unfortunately, live classes are not available with these models, and nor is a touch screen. Instead, the console integrates with various riding applications such as Peloton and Zwift via your tablet or phone.
Related: Bowflex C6 vs Schwinn IC4 Comparison
Schwinn IC4 and Bowflex C6
- Flywheel weight: 40 pounds
- User height range: 4′ 6″- 6’6″
- User weight maximum: 330 pounds
- Resistance system: Magnetic
- L x W x H: 51.8 x 21.2 x 48.7 inches
- Item weight: 106 pounds
- Drive system: Belt
MYX II /
MYX II Plus
Used in elite cycling studios and gyms, MYX comes with a monthly membership that gives up to 5 people access to the widest range of workouts available.
For between $1,400-$1,600, customers can enjoy the
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.
Echelon EX-5S users can select from live classes or the class library to stay motivated during every ride. This connect
Maybe the most popular indoor cycle, and for a good reason. Excellent quality with an excellent app for beginners and experts. The only downside it that users cannot change resistance when using apps like Zwift etc.
The Peloton experience of their platform is what makes this
- Flywheel weight: 30 Pounds
- User maximum height: 6’5″
- User maximum weight: 297 pounds
- Resistance system: magnetic
- L x W x H: 53 x 23 x 59 inches
- Item weight: 135 pounds
- Drive system: Belt
What do customer reviews say?
Overall, customers love the VeloCore indoor cycle and rated it a 4.6 out of 5. Users touted how much they loved the Lean Mode and how this
Where to Buy a Bowflex VeloCore
If you do not want to purchase directly from Bowflex.com, this
Customer Service, Warranty, and Return Policy
Bowflex’s customer service is top-notch. They are there to walk you through any issue you are having and are willing to go the extra mile to make things right. From personal experience, Bowflex is straightforward to work with and quickly sends replacement parts under warranty to rectify any problem with their equipment. I was amazed that I only talked to one person when I called customer service regarding my C6 rather than bouncing me around to multiple people. That representative worked with me until my issue was resolved.
- 2-years frame and parts
- 1-year electronics
- 1-year labor
- Try the
bikerisk-free for 6-weeks
Customers may return their merchandise within 6-weeks of receiving it if they are not 100% satisfied with their purchase. However, it is important to note that an RMA number is required for a return, and the product must be postmarked no later than two weeks after the RMA number is issued. For more information, view their complete return policy.
Can you watch Netflix on Bowflex?
Yes, you can watch Netflix if you have a monthly JRNY membership and Netflix subscription.
Does Bowflex VeloCore have live classes?
No, the VeloCore does not currently offer live classes, but it does integrate with other platforms that do.
Does VeloCore change resistance automatically?
No, there are 100 levels of magnetic resistance that need to be changed manually.
How do you clean a Bowflex VeloCore?
Cleaning the Bowflex VeloCore is easy with a non-abrasive cleaner. Spraying the cleaner on a rag instead of directly on the bike is recommended.
Does the JRNY membership offer strength training/yoga/stretching classes?
Yes! Bowflex has recently added whole body workout to JRNY.
Does the Velocore work with MyFitnessPal and FitBit?
No, the Velocore bike is not compatible with MyFitnessPal or FitBit.
There is a reason why the Bowflex VeloCore has won so many awards. It offers impressive features that are not currently on the market. So, if you are serious about committing to riding at home and your budget will allow it, this is a great option.