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Bowflex C7 Exercise Bike - $1499

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Sep 8, 2010
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Toronto

[Canadian Tire] Bowflex C7 Exercise Bike - $1499

First time poster, so please be kind.

Was looking to purchase an exercise bike with a screen but couldn't get myself to shell out the $2500+ for the Peleton or Echelon EX5S. Came across this Bowflex C7 at Canadian Tire. The bike is not advertised on the Bowflex website which is strange. I researched it and it appears to be an update on the well-reviewed C6 bike with a 7" screen. I also like the Bowflex software better as it doesn't lock you into a subscription based service to get a lot of the functionality. If you did want to subscribe, you can also choose to watch Netflix, Prime, etc. on the screen.

I purchased it today and since it's Triangle Bonus Days (30X rewards points) - I received another ~$180 back in Canadian Tire money.

Still quite a bit of money for a piece of equipment, but it's a big discount from Peleton/Echelon for anyone looking for a bike with a screen.
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Newbie
Mar 18, 2017
34 posts
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Would I be able to run the peloton app/ service on this bike too ?
Newbie
Oct 31, 2020
42 posts
25 upvotes
People seem to be all over these Schwinn/Bowflex bikes - way too high of a price for cheap quality tbh - the schwinn ic4 bike has given me nothing but problems - squeaking, clicking of the pedals etc - cheap screws, bolts that get cross threaded warped etc, customer service is aware of the issues and they send you free parts all the time but not worth the headaches; especially at $1499 might as well go for a concept rower or a Rogue echo bike at that price but that's my 2 cents if it saves someone the hassle
[OP]
Newbie
Sep 8, 2010
57 posts
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Toronto
Would I be able to run the peloton app/ service on this bike too ?
Yes, the website specifically notes it is compatible with Peleton and Zwift as third party apps
Member
Oct 23, 2014
424 posts
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Orangeville
IMO I like the echelon connect sport I mean if you got money to blow grab this lol. Don’t get me wrong the Bowflex dumbbells and benches are amazing I’m using them. But a bike for that much tho?
Newbie
Oct 31, 2020
42 posts
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Bowflex dumbbells are notorious for being low quality - dial knobs breaking etc, not worth their price tag; their benches are made cheap as well (Even their top of the line model) if you shift your weight onto one side of the seat pad - you'll hear cracking and breaking in the seat pad - shouldn't be used by any intermediate+ lifter

Somehow people think Bowflex is cream of the crop of lifting gear - I just don't understand it, maybe if it was priced to other box store equipment like CAP it would be more justifiable
Newbie
Dec 26, 2014
78 posts
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Cobourg, ON
Plus 1 for posting. let others decide for themselves.
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Oct 26, 2005
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Toronto
smbar13 wrote: People seem to be all over these Schwinn/Bowflex bikes - way too high of a price for cheap quality tbh - the schwinn ic4 bike has given me nothing but problems - squeaking, clicking of the pedals etc - cheap screws, bolts that get cross threaded warped etc, customer service is aware of the issues and they send you free parts all the time but not worth the headaches; especially at $1499 might as well go for a concept rower or a Rogue echo bike at that price but that's my 2 cents if it saves someone the hassle
Sounds like you might have gotten a dud. I've had my IC4 for a month now and have had no issues with it. Definitely worth it for $999 and IMO if you can find it in stock, it is a better option than the Bowflex IC6 since they are the same bike, just branded differently.
LinkinL wrote: Yes, the website specifically notes it is compatible with Peleton and Zwift as third party apps
Keep in mind the Peloton app works best with iOS. The Android version apparently has a lot of problems and has terrible reviews from the Play store.
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Dec 13, 2019
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Here comes the year-end exercise equipment sale just in time for the new year. Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes You have to really make up your mind to be using this bike on a regular and daily basis to get your money's worth. Having a $1500 laundry hanger is quite posh. lol

My uncle bought a Schwinn bike and it's generally well constructed, but it doesn't have the fancy screen like the Bowflex, just a regular LCD screen. No wonder this bike is worth $1500. Just the screen and the built-in software and integration with Netflix Prime, etc is worth quite a bit of money and they're able to charge a premium on it.

Most equipment are made cheaply overseas and quality control is very hit and miss. However, it's good that at least some companies are standing behind their products and are willing to ship out replacement parts. Most of them just say, "Tough luck. Please buy a new one since this model is 'obsolete' or replaced by another model," and get you to pony up another $1500+ to fix an easy problem that's missing a simple part like stripped bolt, nut, or screw, or some plastic part.
Why settle for MSRP when you can wait and get it at a lower price? 😉
Newbie
Mar 3, 2017
79 posts
40 upvotes
I went with the echelon connect from Walmart for $700. I plan to use to use my ipad/tablet as the screen using the app, then pay for the peloton digital substitution ($14/month) for classes on my TV. (Once the Echelon free trial is up at least)
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Jun 28, 2010
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Toronto
smbar13 wrote: People seem to be all over these Schwinn/Bowflex bikes - way too high of a price for cheap quality tbh - the schwinn ic4 bike has given me nothing but problems - squeaking, clicking of the pedals etc - cheap screws, bolts that get cross threaded warped etc, customer service is aware of the issues and they send you free parts all the time but not worth the headaches; especially at $1499 might as well go for a concept rower or a Rogue echo bike at that price but that's my 2 cents if it saves someone the hassle
As a counterpoint, I've had the Schwinn IC4 (same bike as Bowflex C6) since September and haven't had any issues whatsoever.
Jr. Member
Oct 18, 2014
157 posts
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Toronto, ON
smbar13 wrote: People seem to be all over these Schwinn/Bowflex bikes - way too high of a price for cheap quality tbh - the schwinn ic4 bike has given me nothing but problems - squeaking, clicking of the pedals etc - cheap screws, bolts that get cross threaded warped etc, customer service is aware of the issues and they send you free parts all the time but not worth the headaches; especially at $1499 might as well go for a concept rower or a Rogue echo bike at that price but that's my 2 cents if it saves someone the hassle

Maybe you got a lemon. I've only had the ic4 for 2 weeks and haven't had any issues minus the cosmetic damage by shipping.
It's used 5 days for the past 2 weeks 30 to 45min sessions and sometimes twice a day. No noises or cross threaded bolts. Easy to assemble and set up. Did you contact schwinn to try to resolve the issues?
Like i mentioned maybe you were the unlucky one that got the bad bike or parts, it happens just sucks when it happens to you.
Newbie
Oct 31, 2020
42 posts
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Cheezewhiz wrote: As a counterpoint, I've had the Schwinn IC4 (same bike as Bowflex C6) since September and haven't had any issues whatsoever.
That's good not everyone has problems - however, if anyone understands the quality of the hardware to attach things like the pedals etc you will realize how cheap the product is - if you have to replace a pedal in 5 years and you can't do it properly and without problems, that is not worth $1000 when you can get a rogue echo bike for slightly more - and built like a tank

at $599 or $699 might be worth it, at a grand, no way
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Jun 12, 2007
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I mean not much else compares to this bike at this price point. You can get the cheaper echelon sport but it’s missing a bunch of features and you’ll need to buy extra sensors and it just won’t connect to the peloton app as smoothly.

That rogue echo bike looks like a totally different category of exercise bike so that shouldn’t even be a comparable.

The IC4 will probably be around $100 cheaper than this when back in stock so this is a great steal with the included display. People are selling those for 1500 easily on Kijiji, so you can always do that if you get bored of biking indoors.
[OP]
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Sep 8, 2010
57 posts
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Toronto
I looked at the IC4 as an alternative as well. But, I don't have a tablet/iPad so would have needed to purchase that for a display to be comparable. The bonus CT money then really sealed the deal.
Jr. Member
Dec 1, 2020
121 posts
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Might as well move this to expired deals! Why is it so hard to get a damn bike!
[OP]
Newbie
Sep 8, 2010
57 posts
100 upvotes
Toronto
Sold out =[
I still see some odd stock at a number of CT stores online. Maybe check again?

I picked mine at Dixie /Dundas in Mississauga as they had the most. Still shows 6 left when I checked.

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