The new Bowflex C7 Bike brings big bang for the buck when it comes to interactive workouts. In addition to the Bowflex JRNY Fitness App, the bike also connects with the Peloton App, Zwift, and streaming features from Netflix to Hulu. Priced at just $1,299, it can be found online for as low as $1,099 with a free year of the JRNY Fitness App, free shipping, and dumbbells included. The mid-level model between the $899 Bowflex C6 and the $1,799 VeloCore Bike, the new C7 hits a sweet spot in terms of screen size and performance.
I’m a big fan of indoor cardio. If you are too and like biking, check out our detailed spec analysis below to see if the C7 is right for your home studio.
|Drive System||Silent Magnetic Resistance|
|Seat||Padded Road Bike Style, Adjustable|
|Pedals||Dual-sided — Toe Cages and SPD Clips|
|Programs||Multiple streaming options available|
|Max. Weight||330 lbs|
|Dimensions||52.3" x 21.3" x 50.6"|
|Warranty||Frame: 3 Years|
Parts: 3 Years
Electronics/Labor: 1 Year
Rating: 91.0/100. When it comes to the Bowflex C7, it’s hard to find things not to like. Priced to compete with the best bikes on the market, it brings a solid machine and great entertainment options.
- Built for the Bowflex JRNY Fitness App and compatible with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO
- Purchase includes a one-year subscription of the JRNY Fitness App, valued at $149
- Compatible with Peloton, Zwift, and several other training apps
- Silent Magnetic Resistance and 40-pound flywheel
- 100 levels of resistance
- Compact measurement of 52.3 x 21.3 x 50.6 inches
- The 118-pound bike can support up to 330 pounds in user weight
- Adjustable padded saddle with universal stem
- Dual-sided with both SPD clips and toe cages
- 7-inch HD touchscreen
- Integrated media rack for phone or tablet
- Pair of 3-pound dumbbells included with purchase
- Bowflex JRNY Fitness App costs $19.99 per month or $149 per year after the introductory offer expires
- Standard warranty is relatively short at 3 years for the frame and parts, 1 year for electronics and labor
- The bike’s 7-inch screen is smaller than many rivals’
Bowflex is a relative newcomer to the field of indoor bikes, with the C6 Bike serving as its initial entry just last year. With the C7, I can see they’re heading in the right direction by keeping the price low and the features relatively high. In terms of the bike itself, like most Bowflex products, you’re getting quality. One big plus for this lineup is the JRNY Fitness App’s compatibility with so many other streaming services. Given the difference in pricing, it does make sense for Peloton shopper’s to consider the C7 given its compatibility with the Peloton app. There’s also Zwift, but Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO, are also available with the JRNY Fitness App. Silent magnetic resistance is a favorite for good reason, and 100 levels of resistance is plenty for any rider to earn the burn.
A 7-inch HD screen does seem small compared to the MYX Bike II or Stryde, but frankly some folks like that. The bike doesn’t have any built-in programs, but it’s obviously designed with the hopes that users like the JRNY Fitness App and continue with it. That said, JRNY is a great app. Priced lower than its rivals such as iFit, it brings bang for the buck. To read up on the Top Fitness Apps for Indoor Cycling on the market, read our review here.
One plus for JRNY is it offers unlimited user accounts, so if you wanted to have one for your cardio and another for strength training, or perhaps multiple for your family, you’re safe there. Like most apps, it tracks individual metrics, offers personalized workouts, on-demand classes, and videos. The program offers smart recommendations based on past performance and can calibrate the workouts to suit your targets. Real-time coaching, trainer-led workouts, and heart rate monitoring is all wrapped in. The feature of “Explore the world” has been added into the JRNY app with more tan 50 virtual destinations users can explore.
What really sets JRNY apart is its partnership with other streaming services. A big drawback to other bikes is their screens don’t allow you to watch movies on Netflix, whereas with JRNY, that’s part of the plan.
Bowflex C7 Bike Features
The C7 is a pretty basic bike by itself, well-made for sure. Measuring 52.3 x 21.3 x 50.6 inches and weighing just 118 pounds, the unit is compact and easy to move about the home gym. Yet it still affords up to 330 pounds in user weight. It brings an easy-to-adjust seat and does come with a pair of 3-pound dumbbells which fit beneath the handlebars for a quick grab if you like floorwork.
With 100 levels of magnetic resistance provided by way of a 40-pound flywheel, riders get smooth action quiet enough to not be heard in the next room. This 40-pound flywheel is among the heavier on the market, and as a rule, the heavier the better for stability. Workout metrics displayed include RPM, time, speed, calories, distance, resistance level, and pulse. And, the pedal design offers SPD clips on side, fitted for those with cycling shoes, while on the other, conventional toe cages if you’d rather ride in sneakers.
- How much does the Bowflex JRNY Fitness App cost?
Purchase includes one year free. After that it costs $19.99 per month or $149 per year.
- Can you use the Bowflex C7 without the JRNY Fitness App?
Yes, the bike functions without the app, you just lose access to that programming.
- Does the Bowflex C7 have to be plugged in to use it?
The bike’s flywheel and magnetic resistance will work without power, but for the console to display metrics, or to utilize any apps, it must be plugged into a power source.
Warranty & Guarantee
The standard warranty for the Bowflex C7 Bike is bit short:
- Frame: 3 years
- Parts: 3 years
- Electronics and Labor: 1 year
A 5-year extended plan can be purchased for an additional $99.
The Bowflex C7 is a great mid-level bike priced like many introductory units. Yes, the screen is a little smaller than rivals’ but frankly a 7-inch screen is probably sufficient for most. It does have an integrated device holder too, and as compact as it is, parking it in front of a television is always an option. Overall, I’d recommending giving this bike a good look if you want a durable unit and aren’t into bells and whistles. The 40-pound flywheel and magnetic resistance mean you’ll have no trouble earning the burn with this bike.