Bowflex C6 Exercise Bike Review
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Looking for an affordable option to the Peloton bike? Do you want a bike that is sturdy, well-built, and comfortable that doesn’t cost several thousand dollars? We tested the Bowflex C6 bike which offers exceptional functionality at a great price. This works well as an alternative to the Peloton bike for those who want quality and durability but are happy to use the app on a tablet or phone rather than pay for an attached touchscreen.
The Bowflex C6 indoor exercise bike has 100 levels of magnetic resistance, four adjustment points for comfort, dual SPD and flat pedals, a computer console and tablet holder. The C6 also has Bluetooth and cadence sensors in the pedal cranks so you can sync your bike to various cycling apps and get accurate cadence metrics. The C6 is reasonably priced below $1000 which makes it less than half the cost of a Peloton bike. C6 owners can subscribe to Peloton digital, Zwift, Explore the World, or any other number of fitness apps that will sync with your bike so you can access your favorite content without being locked into one single subscription service.
LCD backlit computer console
Many commercial spin bikes feature either a very basic console or none at all, so the computer console on the C6 is a step up for an indoor studio bike. The computer displays your speed, rpms, estimated calories, wattage, etc.
Cadence Sensors in pedals transmit RPM’s and speed to console
Cadence sensors also transmit this information to 3rd party apps, however, you may have to adjust your metrics to accurately calibrate RPMs with various apps.
Various handlebar grips both vertical and horizontal
Handlebars have a spongy coating that keeps them sweat resistant and comfortable while riding. There are multiple hand positions for various riding styles.
Magnetic Resistance levels 1-100
Resistance is adjusted via a resistance knob on the top tube. Levels 1-100 are easy to use and understand. This also translates easily to Peloton’s 1-100 resistance levels.
Four adjustment points
Seat up/down and forward/aft, Handlebars up/down and forward/aft
Many indoor bikes only offer three adjustment points, so we love seeing more options here. The handlebars can be moved forward or aft to create more space between your knees and the bars if needed.
Bluetooth enabled to sync with any number of external fitness apps
Use your favorite 3rd party app to stream or sync workouts and classes on your tablet to use while riding. You must have your own subscription to any external app, a membership is not included with the C6 to Peloton, Zwift, etc.
Front mounted 3lb weights, included
Front mounted hand weights are easy to reach but still out of your way. These are tucked under the water bottle cages for convenience.
Armband heart rate strap included
Less invasive than a sweaty chest strap, the arm band HR monitor can be used by any rider to transmit your HR to the console or compatible app…(read more)
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