Bowflex VeloCore 16 Indoor Cycling Bike Review
The Bowflex VeloCore 16 is an indoor cycling bike that is different from the norm. It delivers more than its money’s worth of value, making it an excellent buy. It precedes the VeloCore 22 exercise bike, which presents a few upgraded functions, and is an upgrade from the Bowflex C7. Its main charm is its “lean” capability, rare for a cycle of its class. A big red button separates the bike from its frame, suspending it on pivot points and giving the user leeway to lean on the bike and toughen their core. The VeloCore 16’s lean function is rare, considering that only the RealRyder bike can rival this function. The “lean” capability isn’t the only highlight of the VeloCore 16 Indoor bike. It has other fascinating features that are spotlighted in this Bowflex VeloCore 16 review.
The Bowflex VeloCore 16 spin bike is valued at about $2499, which is nowhere near cheap. The good thing is, you will get killer value in return for your hard-earned dollars. Its warranty includes two-year coverage on frame, parts, and whatnot. While this warranty coverage is too limited for comfort, you can upgrade the coverage term via the Bowflex protection plan to five years on all parts and components ─ but at an extra cost. Shipping to states within the United States, except for Alaska and Hawaii, is free. Assembling the Bowflex VeloCore 16 indoor bike isn’t the easiest, but it is not overly complicated. The provided instruction manual and tools will be of immense help, you only need to follow the directions to the letter, and your bike will be up and running in no time.
Bowflex VeloCore 16 Spin Bike Review and Technical Information
- Q-factor: N/A
- Pedals: Dual-sided pedals
- Flywheel: 33lbs
- Resistance: Magnetic resistance
- Transmission: Carbon Fiber belt-drive
- Weight capacity: 325lbs
- Height capacity: 4’6”-6’6”
- Bike weight: 175lbs
- Bike dimensions: 55.3” (H) × 24.1” (W) × 59.8” (L)
- Monitor: 16” Touchscreen
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and ANT+
- Applications: JRNY and several third-party apps, including Peloton and Zwift
- RPM Tracking: Yes
- Watt Tracking: N/A
Nothing compares to an indoor bike with a state-of-the-art monitor. The VeloCore 16 bike boasts a large 16-inch touchscreen optimized for performance tracking, heart rate monitoring, Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wifi connectivity. With its tracking function, you can keep an eye on your speed, distance, time, pulse, RPM, and calorie consumption, making optimum performance and workout results.
The Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity mean you can sync the bike to several fitness apps, including Zwift and Peloton. You can also measure your heart rate through the telemetric monitor. The ability to use several third-party apps on one bike is nothing short of amazing and rewarding. It saves cost in the sense that you don’t have to buy, say, an expensive Peloton bike to use the Peloton fitness app.
In addition to third-party apps, the VeloCore 16 includes a branded JRNY app that provides a range of streaming options, including Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. If you tend to zone out while working out, the limitless platter of online expert-led workout videos will keep you company and on your toes. If aesthetics drives you, the picturesque cycling locations are a sight for sore eyes and a treat for your muscles. Though the JRNY app and other associated apps demand a subscription fee, they are worth the investment as they bring the best out of your spinning sessions.
Resistance and Transmission
Featuring a top-notch magnetic resistance system, rides on the VeloCore 16 indoor cycle are ultra-smooth and silent. It offers a precise micro-adjustable resistance to the tune of 100, enabling users to make incremental resistance adjustments; moderate, easy, challenging, and anywhere in between.
Whether you are new to spinning, have a bit of experience, or a professional with years of outdoor and indoor cycling experience, the VeloCore 16’s resistance settings should meet your (cycling intensity) preference. A simple twist of the resistance knob will get you your desired intensity level. While we would have preferred an intelligent/automatic resistance control, the manual configuration is an easy compromise.
A carbon fiber belt makes up the VeloCore 16’s transmission system. This is a high-quality belt that rivals poly-belt drives in terms of serviceability. It is incredibly low-maintenance and highly durable, allowing years of unproblematic use. It also makes for a silent operation as it is devoid of the creaky noises common with chain-driven bikes.
Pedals, Q-factor and Flywheel
The VeloCore 16 indoor cycling bike pedals are dual-link, with one side for toe cages and the other for SPD clips. Its pedal articulation is, for all intents and purposes, versatile. It allows trainees to choose their preferred pedaling option at no extra cost. It is no secret that most cyclists look out for SPD-optimized pedals when searching for a bike because of their cycling efficiency and flexibility. Having one on the Velocore 16 is a top attraction and a huge plus.
The Velocore 16’s Q-factor or distance between its pedals is unpublished. We can’t say for sure why Bowflex withheld this vital information, but if we are to assume, we’d say the bike’s Q-factor is considerably narrow, which is good. A narrow Q-factor equals a better and healthier body alignment than a wider one. It also makes for an enhanced pedal drive while reducing pressure on strain-prone body parts.
The Bowflex Velocore 16 is equipped with a 33lbs flywheel which is, by all standards, sufficient. The magnetic flywheel prides itself on a no-contact braking system that minimizes wear and tear and cuts the maintenance cost. It transmits a pedaling force that is equally smooth and seamless, thus urging your muscles to work harder for maximum effect. On the flip side, the flywheel is unprotected, making it a bit dangerous for kids. So keep an eye on your kids when using the bike or not.
Specifications and Accessories
We couldn’t but be impressed by the Velocore 16’s rock-solid yet compact build. Because it is engineered with a commercial-grade aluminum frame, the bike can withstand long-term, heavy-duty use, so you can trust you are not just buying a good-quality bike but a durable one as well. Measuring 55.3 inches (H), 59.8″ (L), and 24.1″ (W), the VeloCore 16 spinning bike is space –considerate. You can comfortably use the bike in your home without sacrificing space.
Given that it is built like a rock, the VeloCore 16 indoor bike can support a maximum of 325 pounds. For a home bike, this weight limit is quite impressive. The bike weighs 175lbs, which is easy to move with the aid of the integrated transport wheels. Its handlebars are also noteworthy, offering six different grips and multiple height adjustments (lacks horizontal adjustability). With multiple grips and height adjustment options, you can easily find the riding position that best suits you. For the record, the Velocore bike lists a height capacity of 4’6”-6’6”
The handlebars also house a tablet/phone rack to secure users’ mobile devices and facilitate in-workout streaming and entertainment activities. Given that the bike’s monitor cannot directly transmit your performance metrics to third-party apps, your tablet and smartphone come in handy, which further amplifies the need for a device mount. Underneath the handlebars is a pair of dumbbells and a bottle holder. Conversely, the bike’s saddle is vertically and horizontally adjustable. It is also well-upholstered and comfortable to some degree. Lastly, the cycle includes a heart rate armband for tracking and transmitting pulse data.
Bowflex VeloCore 16 Indoor Cycling Bike Pros
- It features industrial-grade aluminum construction that equates to long-lasting use and an impressive 325lbs maximum weight support.
- The 16-inch HD touchscreen is fully functional, offering multiple streaming and connectivity options, including Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity.
- The bike is compatible with several third-party apps like Peloton and Zwift
- The bike’s JRNY app takes the workout experience to a productive and immersive level, with a broad selection of workout programs and cycling routes
- It is equipped with magnetic resistance technology with 100 micro-adjustable resistance levels
- Its carbon fiber belt-driven transmission coupled with its 33lbs flywheel delivers a smooth, challenging, and ultra-quiet ride
- Includes dual-link toe cages and SPD clips to promote pedaling diversity and convenience
- The handlebars are multi-gripped with six height adjustments, while the seat is vertically and horizontally adjustable
- It comes with several accessories, including a device mount, bottle holder, dumbbells, and a heart rate armband
Bowflex VeloCore 16 Indoor Cycling Bike Cons:
- The standard two-year warranty coverage is somewhat limited and unsatisfactory; it is not competitive for the price.
- It does not include a power (watts) meter
Without mincing words, the Bowflex VeloCore 16 indoor cycling bike is one for the books. What with its rare ability to lean and strengthen the core. Its monster screen 16-inches monitor is the equivalent of premium functionality. Users get the privilege to stream their favorite entertainment channels and connect to several apps via Bluetooth. How about the fantastic magnetic resistance technology with 100 resistance levels? You can bet your money and your spinning success on this spin bike, no doubt.
There is also something to be said about its rock-solid construction and carbon belt-driven transmission that ensures longevity and low maintenance. By and large, the Bowflex Velocore 16 exercise bike deserves commendation and applause. If nothing else, this review should help you decide whether to get the Velocore 16 indoor bike or not.