Pros: Love the adjustable weights.
The mechanism is smooth.
The height of the stand is also good.
Cons: Faulty strap.
Needs to be re engineered
I have the original adjustable Bowflex 552's with stand purchased @ 2009 and recently bought the 2012 model with stand. The weights have been reengineered, but the stand is exactly the same including the straps. On the originals, the strap lay perfectly flush with the base while sitting on the stand. The stand on the new model is a bit more squared and raised. They did not however redesign the straps to fit.
When I called Bowflex and warned them that this is a recipe for injury and the ensuing lawsuits, they simply said they knew what I was refering to and have not had any complaints. They also said they had no reason to change it unless more people were to complain or injure themselves. I told her it was a backward way of doing business. I also warned her that I would put the facts on youtube.