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Bowflex 1090 selectech fault

I have a bowfex 1090 selectech, only 4 months old. I have found that the large weight nearest to the handle drops out when shaken. Sometime it just falls out. Ive noticed that there tends to be more movement between the handle and the first weight. Obviously a manufacturing fault and maybe many others are having the same problem. I live in a remote area hence unable to use manufacturers garantee. I just want to know how I can fix it!!

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  • moody608 Feb 17, 2009

    I'm having the same issue. Took a look at mine and you'll see fins that hold the weights in place. I'm guessing that yours is cracked like mine. This crack allows the tab that holds the weight in place to slide away from the weight causing the weight to drop out. I spoke with bowflex yesterday and they told me to try removing the logo end caps and tighten the bolts there, but in the process I found the problem I described earlier. If you are going to try tightening the bolt, make sure that you remove both endcaps and tighten both sides as they are connected and will just spin if you don't.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    The cable end that goes into the weights falls about a foot short with weights flat to the floor. Cable will not reach plug in first weight that cable end screws into. All the cable routing seems correct on system. Others have posted same problem but I cannot find an answer.


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If you have an issue with the SelectTech dumbbells of any kind, just contact the customer service phone number 1-800- BOWFLEX. All they require is a proof of purchase (receipt) to be sent in and they will send you any replacement parts free of charge. You do not need to send the old parts back first.

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The problem is that the composite disc or "circle" on the handle that holds the weight is cracked or damaged, thus allowing more play for the disc to move and by pass the teet on the weight itself.

I own these also, and I should have done some more research before purchasing them. I believe that a new handle (which is what bowflex will sell you) will exceed $100.

These things are not suited for the higher weights.

Both of my handles are screwed. I will be getting a set of Iron Masters in the future rather than repair these.

I hope this helps


Posted on Apr 19, 2009

  • ask222 Mar 01, 2011

    I agree. The weights are not suited for the higher weights.

    The parts are cheaply made. The pin mechanism is cheap plastic. Not strong enough to withstand higher weights.

    I do no recommend these. The handles mess up and are rediculously priced to replace.

  • pone00 Jul 27, 2013

    I bought a pair of 1090's brandnew from bowlflex which are priced on the high end. Infact they are expensive. Expensive because they are supposed to be well made to last years without the problems I have experienced and read about. Thanks to you and everyone who contributed the knowledge on Fixya. Thumbs Up!! Thanks!! Great Help!!!!


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