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Bowflex BXE116 Elliptical Review - $1,499.00

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EXPERT REVIEW

I have been very skeptical of Bowflex elliptical in the past but I decided to buy one this year to get a better feel for the machine rather than relying on a display model and was truly impressed with the quality and features of the machine. While the assembly of the machine is difficult the product is well worth the time of getting it assembled. Solid quality and good features.

Number of Programs 1
Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive N/A
Adjustable Stride Length 22"
Flywheel Weight 30Ibs
Weight Capacity 375Ibs
Step Up Height N/A
Unit Dimensions 77" x 31" x 70"
Resistance Levels 25
Heart Rate Sensors N/A
Weight of Unit 263Ibs
Warranty 15-Year Frame Warranty, 5-Year Mechanical Parts, 5-Year Electronics, 2-Year Labor

General Information

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.

Outlook

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.

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