Smart fitness technology has boomed a lot in the last few years, and while you can still get exercise devices without a lot of smart functionality, the Bowflex VeloCore Bike is a great smart bike. While it’s still a bit pricey at $700, it’s been heavily discounted by Best Buy from its original $1,800 price tag, meaning you’re getting a massive $1,100 off it.
Why you should buy the Bowflex VeloCore Bike
There’s a lot to love about the Bowflex VeloCore Bike, so much so that we’ve even featured it on our list best smart indoor bikes for home exercise, and that’s mainly because of the included screen experience. While most traditional bikes will have a slot for a phone or tablet, the VeloCore comes with its own screen and software that allows you to experience different bike paths around the world. There are over 200 virtual courses around the world that you can experience at your own pace, and with the 100 resistance levels, you can fine-tune the bike to your comfort level. You can also go through trainer-led exercises through JRNY, although you need a subscription to access this service. Still, you get two months free when you buy VeloCore.
If you’re not interested in the JRNY experience and global tracks, you can use the screen on the bike to stream your favorite content with access to apps like Disney+ and HBO Max. We’re surprised there’s no access to music apps, although you can send data to 3rd party training apps like Peloton and Zwift, and even stream data to a smart TV or tablet if you have your fitness apps loaded there. Finally, one of the most interesting features is the skewed mode, which allows the bike to swing, providing an extra balancing challenge and a more realistic riding experience.
Overall, the Bowflex VeloCore Bike has a lot of great features, and with the discounted price of $700 from Best Buy, it’s a great value, even if a few of its nicer features are locked behind a JRNY membership.