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Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC Indoor Cycling Bike

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VeloCore 22 IC

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L:59.8"
W:24.1"
H:53.3"
325 lbs33 lbsMagnetic,
100 levels
22" display,
Wireless
connectivity,
Multiple
apps,
Multiple
pre-set programs

The Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC indoor cycle is pretty similar to the VeloCore 16 IC that we’ve already reviewed here. The most notable difference between the two exercise bikes is the console display size. Evidently, the 22 IC model comes with a larger console, featuring a 22″ diagonal display. It’s also a bit heavier than the 16 IC model.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 59.8L x 24.1W x 55.3H inches (152L x 61W x 140H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 152.3 lbs (69.1 kg)
  • Supported weight: 325 lbs (147 kg)
  • Flywheel weight: 33 lbs (15 kg)
  • Seat: 4-way adjustable
  • Pedals: Caged & SPD
  • Drive: Belt
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic, 100 levels
  • Console: 22″ LCD touchscreen display, multiple apps pre-installed, wireless connectivity
  • Extras: Dumbbell set, device holder, Bluetooth HR armband
  • Warranty: Frame 2 years / Parts 2 years / Electronics 2 years / Labor 1 year

Frame construction

The Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC indoor cycling bike features quite a different frame construction than most other spin bikes. The main reason for that is the side lean feature. This allows for a side-to-side leaning motion during workouts for a more realistic simulation of a bicycle ride. This not only makes the whole cycling experience more entertaining, it also engages more muscle groups especially core muscles and arms muscles. Also, the bike comes with a dumbbell set (3 lbs each dumbbell) so you can perform arm exercises such as curls, tricep presses, etc. as you ride.

The frame has a locking function, though, in case you don’t want to execute the side-to-side leaning motion. With the frame locked in, you can use the bike like any other spin bike.

Needless to say, the bike’s frame is made of steel. It combines cylindrical, oval, and rectangular tubes for improved sturdiness and aesthetics. All the steel parts are coated with a rust-resistant and abrasion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for the Bowflex VeloCore bikes, at least for the moment.

The bike is fairly large compared to other spin bikes. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 59.8″ (152 cm) long, and 24.1″ (61 cm) wide. It is also recommended to allow at least 2′ (61 cm) of clearance all around the bike for ease of access and to be able to execute the side-to-side motion without any hindrance.

The bike is also quite heavy. Its net weight is 152.3 lbs (69.1 kg). This being said, the transport of the packaged bike requires two persons or at least a box trolley. However, once the bike is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person. Its rear base stabilizer integrates a lifting handle while its front stabilizer is equipped with two transport wheels.

Seat and handlebars

The Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC exercise bike features a four-way adjustable seat (up, down, front, back). Its upright bowflex velocore 22 ic - seatpost offers multiple adjustment positions while its horizontal slider adds several inches of front-to-back adjustment. This being said, the bike should be able to accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete leg extension. It is also rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 325 lbs (147 kg).

The included saddle is not super comfortable, especially for beginners. However, it does integrate a layer of foam padding, its top is contoured and has a median cutout for improved breathability. It features a standard collar-type attachment system so compatible replacements are widely available.

The VeloCore bike is equipped with a multi-grip handlebar. It offers the possibility to adopt 6 distinct grips, including a cruise grip, a racing grip, a close grip, and a climbing grip. It is fully covered by a layer of high-density foam for improved contact and comfort.

The bike’s handlebar is only two-way adjustable (up, down). It does not have a horizontal slider like the seat. It does offer several inches of vertical adjustment which should be enough for most users. It’s also important to mention that it lacks pulse sensors. However, the console is Bluetooth enabled and the bike comes with a wireless HR armband.

Drive system

To begin with, the Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC is a rear-drive indoor cycling bike. In other words, its flywheel is attached at the rear, similar to the Keiser M3i. The flywheel does not have the classic perimeter weighting as is the case for other spin bikes. But even though its edge is thinner, it still has an extra layer of weight in its mid-section for improved inertia.

The bike’s flywheel is fairly heavy. It weighs 33 lbs (15 kg) which means that the bike provides a pretty consistent pedaling motion even if the resistance is set to minimum. It is also bi-directional, so you can pedal in reverse if you want to put some diversity into your workouts.

The VeloCore bike is equipped with a larger pulley than the average spin bike or road bike. Thus, the pedaling motion feels slightly different, ampler. The crank arms are steel-made and the pedals are also metallic so they can support the user with no problem if they are pedaling while standing up. The pedals are dual-sided. They have SPD clips for spin shoes on one side, and cages with straps on the other. They also have standard 9/16″ threads so you can find compatible replacements in basically any bike shop.

The bike uses a belt drive system. It integrates a poly-v belt highly resistant to abrasion and stretching. This type of drivetrain comes with a few advantages. For example, it does not require lubrication, it generates less vibration than a chain, and contributes to the overall smoothness and quietness of the ride.

Resistance system

The Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC indoor cycle is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. It’s important to mention here that even though the console is connected to the resistance system and other internal sensors, it cannot adjust the resistance automatically. The bike does not have an internal motor. The adapter only powers up the console.

The bike’s resistance system consists of a dual magnetic brake which hugs the flywheel. The brake is connected to the tension knob on the main tube of the frame. As you turn the knob clockwise, the brake covers a large portion from the flywheel which increases the resistance.

The bike makes available 100 distinct tension levels. That’s quite an impressive micro-adjustability range. The current resistance level is shown on the console display. As a general idea, the lowest level of resistance offers the possibility to perform a pretty light aerobic workout. Conversely, on the highest tension levels, the bike simulates a steep climb, great for anyone who wants to improve stamina and boost their cardiovascular levels.

Just as for any other exercise bike with a magnetic resistance system, the main advantage of the magnetic brake is that it does not touch the flywheel. Therefore, the pedaling motion is seamless. It is also very quiet and the wear-and-tear of the magnetic brake pads is virtually zero, so you don’t have to worry about their replacement.

Console

The Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC bike is equipped with a smart console featuring a 22″ diagonal LCD display with LED backlight for improved readability. It has touchscreen technology and works pretty much like a tablet or other type of multifunction display. It has wireless technology and requires a WiFi connection in order to communicate with the multiple built-in apps.

In terms of apps, the console has Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ already installed. It also has its own fitness app called JRNY which provides a wide array of coaching videos, as well as scenic virtual rides in various locations around the world. The console is connected to the bike’s brake and internal sensors, so when riding on one of the virtual paths, the speed of the video changes according to your pedaling speed.

The JRNY app requires a monthly subscription (around $19 at the moment) but you receive two months of free membership with the purchase of the bike. The console is also compatible with the Peloton and Zwift apps, so if you already have an existing subscription to these apps, you can use some of the workouts and workout features that they provide.

Nonetheless, the usage of a fitness app is not necessary. The console has a standard mode with plenty of pre-set workout programs. During the first use, it will run a fitness assessment, and then, it will provide you with a set of workouts that are the most suitable for your fitness level. Its program database includes interval workouts, calorie-burning workouts, climbing workouts, random layout programs, and more.

The console indicates multiple workout metrics as well. It shows time, distance, speed, calories, RPM, resistance, and heart rate. Speed and distance can be set to metric or imperial units. The heart rate function is Bluetooth only; the bike does not have sensors integrated into the handlebar so you will have to use the provided HR armband or a similar device.

Last but not least, the console has a USB port. Thus, you can connect your smartphone or tablet to it via USB cable in order to recharge it.

Assembly and Maintenance

The bike’s main body comes pre-assembled. The flywheel, the brake, the drive system, all the internal sensors, and other parts are already installed. You only have to attach the base stabilizers, the pedals, the seat post, the saddle, the handlebar post, the handlebar, and the console. This will take more than an hour, but the process is not too complicated. The manual provides clear assembly instructions and schematics, and all the tools for the task are included.

Once the bike is assembled, maintenance doesn’t require much. The drive mechanism does not require lubrication. So, basically, you only have to keep the bike clean, periodically check for loose bolts and parts, and keep liquids away from the console.

The Pros

  • Sturdy construction – can hold users up to 325 lbs;
  • Aesthetic design;
  • Side-to-side lean function for a more realistic ride;
  • Heavy frame, low center of gravity, great stability;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Lifting handle on the rear base;
  • Adjustable levelers on both bases;
  • 4-way adjustable seat;
  • Multi-grip ergonomic handlebar;
  • Balanced flywheel for a smooth pedaling motion;
  • Heavy-duty crankset made for standing up spin workouts;
  • Dual-sided pedals, with toe cages on one side, and SPD clips for spin shoes on the other;
  • Frictionless, wear-free, magnetic resistance with 100 levels;
  • Poly-v belt drive for a smooth pedaling motion;
  • Multi-function smart console featuring a 22″ LCD display;
  • Multiple apps pre-installed including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Hulu;
  • Compatible with the Peloton app and Zwift app;
  • Pre-installed JRNY app for private coaching videos and scenic rides around the world;
  • Standard workout mode with multiple workout programs;
  • Workout target function;
  • Workout history tracking;
  • Wireless heart rate detection – Bluetooth armband HR strap included;
  • USB charging port;
  • Bottle holders included;
  • Dumbbell holder and 3 lbs dumbbells included;
  • Fairly easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Decent warranty.

The Cons

  • The JRNY app requires a monthly membership.

Summary

The Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC is an indoor cycling bike made for home use. It features a durable frame with a side-to-side leaning function, a 100-lvl magnetic resistance system, and a smart 22″ diagonal display console with multiple pre-installed apps. The built-in JRNY app provides coaching videos and scenic rides in many places around the world, but there is also a standard workout mode with multiple workout programs. The bike also offers excellent micro-adjustability and ergonomics. In all, it’s an excellent indoor cycle, great for users of all levels, for high-intensity cardio workouts, interval training, muscle toning, and weight loss.

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