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The Max Trainer M5 from Bowflex is a good combination of engineering and quality. The only real negative is the warranty for a machine in the price range and really hurts it when you compare it to other products in the price range from almost every other manufacturer.
|Number of Programs||1|
|Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive||N/A|
|Adjustable Stride Length||N/A|
|Step Up Height||N/A|
|Unit Dimensions||46.1" x 25" x 62.9"|
|Heart Rate Sensors||Integrated contact grips + chest strap|
|Weight of Unit||143Ibs|
The Bowflex TreadClimber is a complex design and if you want this type of high-intensity workout, you are better off- in terms of a less complex machine- with the NordicTrack incline trainers. With that, you also get NordicTrack's infamous customer service so if you want good customer service- better stick with Bowflex. Plus Nautilus has worked on the quality of the TreadClimber over the past few years and we have heard few complaints of late about quality so although we are still being cautious, they look like they have tackled the issues that the complex design creates.
Quality / Philosophy
Their design philosophy seems to be: make a beautiful package with that priority over quality. That has caused noise problems with their regular treadmills due to the plastic parts. On the TreadClimber, one point of wear we expect to see a problem with is the hydraulic shocks. It also has a very complex mechanical design with two walking belts, which doesn't bode well for long-term reliability.
Bowflex is one of the brands of Nautilus. Nautilus on paper is continuing to improve but they are still losing money. Not sure if investors are going to want to see their equity continue to erode but that's up to the investors. For this reason, we have a murky outlook on product support on products sold by this company.