Bowflex TC100 Treadclimber Treadmill

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Bowflex makes this unique treadclimber machine. We classify it with other incline trainers. It is a unique piece of equipment that works for certain users. But for many, there are a number of limitations when compared to other incline trainers on the market. Read our full review to find out more.

Features

5/10

Tech Specs

6/10

Build Quailty

5/10

Treadmill Review

The Bowflex TC100 treadclimber has been alluded to be a comparable incline trainer to the NordicTrack incline trainers. It is closest in price to the X11i but when the two are compared against each other, the TC100 does not compare well. Some highlights are:

  • The X11i has an incline range of -6% to 40% while you cannot control the TC100 incline range.
  • TC100 has a speed range of 0.5 - 4 MPH and the X11i has a speed range of 0.5 - 12 MPH.
  • There are no workout programs on the TC100 and there are 44 workout programs on the X11i.


As you can see, the TC100 is completely outclassed by the X11i and for the same price, so we really can’t recommend the TC100.

Price

The TC100 is priced at $1,999.

The TC100 Is Built For Users who:

  • Want a light, compact machine - The TC100 only weighs 158 lbs and there are transport wheels on the back, making the TC100 easy to move and rearrange.
  • Are not taller than 6’2” - While the TC100 can only reach 4 MPH, the split deck is a bit short for someone over 6’2” to stride comfortably.
  • Like simple workout machines - There are no workout programs on the TC100, so all you have to do is hop on and start moving.


Why The TC100 earned 2.5 stars out of 5

There are a variety of reasons why the TC100 did not score all that well when we reviewed it.

  • High price, low returns - Priced at $1,999 you would expect that the TC100 would come with more features than it actually does. But there are no workout programs, no control over the incline ability, limited cushioning, and no way to go faster than a walk.
  • Very short warranty period - The TC100 only has a 2-year warranty for the entire machine.
  • May appeal to a certain niche - We can see that the TC100 would appeal to those who want an uncomplicated machine that focuses on low-impact, cardio workouts.


While the TC100 is not necessarily a bad machine, it is certainly overpriced and offers very little in return for its high price.

Main Specs - 6/10



Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: Unknown
  • Running Area: Unknown
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Folding: No
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 31.5" x 57" x  59"
  • Incline Range: Unknown
  • Max Speed: 4 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers
  • Electrical Requirements: AC Adapter


Motor Size - There is no available information on the TC100 motor.

Running Area - The deck of the TC is split into two independently moving decks. You will have to be careful not to step off the narrow decks. It takes some adjustment if you are used to treadmills but it isn’t too difficult since the TC100 does not move that fast.  

Weight Capacity - Supposedly, the TC100 can hold a user who weighs up to 300 lbs. As the machine itself only weighs 158 lbs and has multiple small moving parts, we aren’t sure it will actually hold up over time if you are a heavier user.

Folding  - The TC100 does not fold.

Space / Footprint - One of the good features on the TC100 is that it is a fairly compact cardio machine. It measures 31.5" wide, 57" long, and 59" tall and is light enough to move on your own.  

Max Speed - This is not a speed machine and will only reach a max speed of 4 MPH.

Incline - The incline is an automatic feature on the TC100.

Features - 5/10



Features “Quick Review”
  • Display: Backlit screen
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 1
  • Speakers: No
  • Fans: No
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Handlebar contact grips
  • USB port: Yes
  • Audio Jack: No
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes


Workout Apps - There are no workout programs beyond the single manual program.

Display - A blue, backlit screen is built into the TC100. It will display your incline and workout intensity, based on your speed.

Speakers - There are no speakers on the TC100.

Fans - No fans are on the TC100.

Heart Rate Monitoring - There are only handlebar contact grips for heart rate monitoring on the TC100. They are not an accurate measurement.

Other Tech Features



  • 2 user profiles
  • USB charging port
  • Bowflex Weight Loss Guide


Build Quality - 5/10



TC100 Review: Build Quality
  • Warranties - 2-years
  • Belt - Unknown
  • Roller Size - Unknown
  • Cushioning - Unknown
  • Customer Support - Email, phone
  • Return Policy - 6-week return money back


There is not a lot of build quality information available on the TC100 but when we tested the treadclimber, we were not that impressed. The overall weight of the machine is only 158 lbs, and with the many thin, moving parts, we aren’t sure it can actually accommodate a user who weighs 300 lbs.

We are especially concerned by the 2-year warranty. It’s shockingly short warranty compared to warranties of other treadmills in this price range.  

Bottom Line Review Of The Bowflex TC100 Treadclimber

Other treadmill review sites have held up the TC100 as competition for NordicTrack incline trainers. After testing both of them, we here to tell you that the TC100 only has a passing resemblance to an incline trainer.

In the end, the TC100 is supposed to be a combination of a treadmill, elliptical, and a stepper. Unfortunately, it does none of these activities well. If you want an incline trainer, the NordicTrack incline trainers are excellent options that are more affordable than the TC100.  

Best Place To Buy The Bowflex TC100 Treadclimber

If you still want to purchase the TC100, we recommend working with Bowflex directly. If you want to be sure they will honor your short warranty, it is easier to buy from the manufacturer directly.

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NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer
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