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    Would you pay $4,000 for this high-tech treadmill?

    Indoor cycling startup Peloton wants to revamp another piece of home exercise equipment: the treadmill.
    The company on Tuesday unveiled the Peloton Tread ($3,995) at CES 2018, the annual tech show taking place in Las Vegas this week.
    Peloton, which launched in 2014, has gained a cult following for its professional indoor cycling classes that are streamed live or on demand to a user’s home. You have to buy the company’s special internet-connected indoor bike ($1,995) and class subscriptions, which cost $39 per month.
    Now, fans of Peloton have another option for their workout: running.
    Like the company’s exercise bike, the Peloton Tread has an HD touchscreen for watching classes taught by instructors live from New York City. At 32 inches, the treadmill’s touchscreen is more than twice as big as the bike’s.
    “Treadmills are generally pieces of hardware people don’t like,” Peloton CEO John Foley told CNN Tech.
    But Peloton is marketing a treadmill that isn’t just about running. Classes also include circuit training, hiking and walking. They can also incorporate weights and mat exercises.
    The company will separately sell additional equipment, such as Peloton weights, but hasn’t announced pricing for it yet.
    There are also different options depending on how much time you have. For example, you could take a 10-minute class focused on your arms or a 60-minute bootcamp style class.
    Peloton says one of the features that sets its treadmill apart is its 59 shock-absorbing slats, which make the run more comfortable by creating a softer impact on the user’s feet.
    I tested the Tread at CES and found it does indeed have a lower impact on my feet, performing more smoothly than more traditional treadmills I’ve used.
    Another feature that makes the Tread stand out are two knobs that let you easily adjust your speed and incline without disrupting your workout. The variety of classes and customization options it offers is also appealing. For example, you can select classes with your favorite music genre, such as hip hop or classic rock.
    Still, the hefty price tag could be a major drawback for some consumers. Treadmills typically range in price from $900 to $3,000, according to a 2016 report from Consumer Reports — placing Peloton’s very much at the high end.