The Bowflex C7 is the newest member of the company's growing indoor exercise bike lineup, an upgrade on the recently released C6 model.
Both bikes are feature packed and surprisingly affordable, but the C7 has some new additions that may make it a better option for some.
Let's jump into our review to see what it's all about...
The C7 looks a lot like the other exercise bikes in the lineup, all black with red accents. You have plenty of adjustability and there are transport wheels so you can easily move it around your home gym.
Here are some of the most important specs...
The new Bowflex bikes have been quite popular, and a welcome addition to the company's cardio lineup. The new C7 is no exception.
All of the bikes are sleek and modern looking, with plenty of functionality to make your workouts more entertaining.
As of this writing there were four bikes to choose from, all studio bikes: the entry level C6, the new C7, and the two Bowflex VeloCore bikes: the VeloCore 16 and the top of the line VeloCore 22 Bike.
As you move up in the lineup you get more capabilities, larger touch screens and other upgrades.
The Bowflex C7 is a step up from the C6, with the most noticeable difference being the 7" touchscreen, instead of the basic LCD console that the C6 has.
Plenty of Workouts & Entertainment
With the touchscreen you can tap into all of the workouts offered through the company's JRNY program, which gives you an endless library of on demand and live workout options, plus virtual coaching, workout tracking, milestones and much more.
You also have the ability to stream Netflix, Prime, Disney + and others, something that Bowflex's main competitors don't currently offer. You can also sync with other apps besides JRNY, including Peloton and Zwift.
So you have a lot of ways to make your workouts more enjoyable, whether it's riding on an international virtual course or just watching your favorite series on Netflix.
Other Great Features
Besides the huge number of workouts and streaming capability, you get 100 different resistance levels to choose from so you can really ramp up your workouts. You get dual sided pedals, a media rack, Bluetooth and WiFi capability, USB port and a pair of 3 lb dumbbells for an arm workout while you pedal.
Studio bikes for the home are huge these days, and as such there's a lot of competition in the marketplace. There's an ever-growing number of models to choose from, and it can be hard to decide which way to go.
As we mentioned, Bowflex currently offers four different models to choose from, ranging from about $799 up to $2,199. What's unique to Bowflex and its JRNY program is the dual on-demand workouts and streaming capability...most competitors just offer the workouts.
NordicTrack has its own lineup of Commercial Studio Bikes, but they start at a bit higher price point as they all include touch screen consoles, even the base model. These bikes come with the iFit, the company's version of JRNY and one of the first interactive programs to come out. iFit is a bit more extensive as far as its offerings, and also has live classes, something Bowflex doesn't currently offer but might in the future. NordicTrack bikes also incline and decline for added training capability, so if that's something that interests you take a look at those as well.
ProForm, NordicTrack's sister company, also has studio bikes, including the Studio Bike and Studio Bike Pro, which are very similar to the Commercial Studio Bikes that NordicTrack offers, but at a lower price point. So those are worth considering as well.
Of course there is also the well-known Peloton and other interactive bikes, but those will be on the more expensive side and more closely aligned price wise with the Bowflex VeloCore models. If you want something more like what you'd find in the health club consider those options as well.
Bottom line the Bowflex exercise bikes are good, and stand up well against the competition as far as quality and offerings.
If you're in the market for a studio bike for your home, the Bowflex C7 is a solid, affordable choice.
You get a well designed bike with 100 resistance levels and plenty of adjustability, as well as the ability to get on-demand workouts through JRNY, sync with other fitness apps and also stream entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu.
If you want something a little more high end, look at Bowflex's VeloCore or one of the other advanced interactive bikes like Peloton, Echelon & MYX Fitness.
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