VeloCore bike lets users lean into indoor cycling
As any cyclist will know, there's more to the sensation of cycling than simply pedaling … you also lean the bike from side to side. Bowflex's new VeloCore stationary indoor bike replicates that experience, by letting you push and pull the bike to the left and right as you pedal.
Currently an honoree in the CES 2021 Innovation Awards, the VeloCore is reportedly designed not just to more realistically simulate cycling on the open road, but also to help strengthen the rider's arms and core. That said, the Leaning Mode feature can be disabled if desired, keeping the bike locked in a more traditional upright Stationary Mode.
Utilizing an integrated knob, users are able to set the VeloCore's magnetic resistance to one of 100 available levels. Additionally, if they're a member of Bowflex's JRNY program, they can access additional features via a built-in HD LCD touchscreen. These features include the ability to virtually ride along any of 25 onscreen roads, and to take part in over 75 trainer-led workout videos that progress in intensity as the user's fitness level increases.
Users with subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ can also watch content from those services via JRNY. Subscribers to the Zwift and Peloton online training programs are able view content from those services simply by placing their smartphone or tablet on a media rack below the main screen.
That touchscreen also displays data such as elapsed time, distance travelled, calories burned, cadence and heart rate, the latter made possible via an included Bluetooth armband. Additional features of the bike include Bluetooth speakers, a set of 3-lb (1.4-kg) dumbbells, and adjustable-position handlebars.
The Bowflex VeloCore is available now, priced at US$2,199 for a model with a 22-inch screen and $1,699 for a version with a 16-incher. You can see it in action, in the video below. And should you be interested in an indoor training bike that tilts up and down instead of from side to side … well, that would be the Wahoo Kickr Bike.