If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to the desk chair, the FitDesk v2.0 Desk Exercise Bike can be a great way to improve your cardiovascular health and improve muscle tone while you’re working.
This review takes a closer look at the design features that are included with this unique piece of fitness equipment, as well as providing a quick summary of the customer reviews, and thinking about the health benefits that you can enjoy as a result of exercise while working.
If you take a look at many of the modern treadmill and exercise bike designs, you might notice that companies are starting to integrate reading racks into the display consoles.
This is usually in the form of a thin shelf that extends beyond the speakers or is positioned closer towards the base of the console so as not to obstruct the LCD screen.
There are also some companies that have developed apps, so that if you do choose to use your tablet, it can be used as an extension of the LCD display.
This works extremely well for creating a more realistic visual experience of running a particular route, and makes workout information much more visually interesting and easier to read.
The only downside is that this type of fitness equipment can cost more than $1000 to buy new, which is one of the reasons why the FitDesk v2.0 has proven to be so popular.
You have a fully adjustable backrest and extender for both upright and semi-recumbent use and an easy adjust beach cruiser style seat that allows for a quick and correct fit for users from 4’10” to over 6’.
The whisper quiet, twin belt, high velocity flywheel also helps to create a smooth cycling motion, despite its lightweight frame. This combines with the balanced flywheel and precision sealed bearings to create a smooth operation that won’t distract from work or cause unwanted vibrations on the desk surface.
FitDesk v2.0 – Features Summary
- Durable: Built to Last with high quality gear box components for years of reliable operation
- Unique: Desk features non-slip surface, easy access drawer and massage rollers positioned to make typing while exercising comfortable
- Adjustable: Seat Back and Extender included allowing for upright and semi-recumbent use
- Space Saving: Quick lock folding frame is great for easy transport and storage
- Practical: Fits naturally into your daily routine, is the exercise bike you will actually use
FitDesk vs. TrekDesk
You might have also seen various designs for treadmill desks, where you will often sacrifice the traditional upright supports and safety rails for a larger, flatter working surface above the console.
Certain models of treadmill desk have proven to be incredibly popular, with walking and even simply standing while working being of great benefit to your physical health.
In terms of its function, the FitDesk v2.0 Desk Bike really isn’t too different from the treadmill desk, and could even be considered the exercise bike alternative.
There are many reasons why someone would prefer a bike to work from rather than a treadmill.
The padded seat does an excellent job of providing some much needed lumbar support to reduce lower back strain, you don’t have to focus on maintaining a certain distance from your work area, and the exercise itself also reduces the impact on your knee joints.
Workout programs and exercise variation
Compared to 5 years ago, there is now a much more of a focus on the importance of physical activity for prolonging your life.
Even something as simple as engaging your legs in resistance pedalling when you are using a laptop, reading a magazine or playing a video game has significant health benefits over sitting and being inactive for long periods.
Although the FitDesk gives you the option to select from any one of 8 magnetic resistance levels, you shouldn’t expect to find any preset workout programs or think about using this type of bike for HIIT.
If you would like some extra variation added to your exercise, you can even change the configuration of the bike from being an upright design, to being recumbent.
But whichever position you choose, you will always have the set of resistance bands within easy reach, as the handles attach directly beneath the seat.
These resistance bands are certainly a useful addition if you wanted to include some upper body resistance work with your cardio, helping you burn more calories and improve upper body muscle tone.
Everything you need to work and keep fit
Even with all of this support for a range of effective cycling workouts, the FitDesk v2.0 Desk Bike still has a number of ergonomically designed features to assist you in your work.
Firstly, the 16″ x 19″ non-slip desk surface is large enough to fit the majority of laptops and tablets, as well as magazines, documents, and books.
YouTube video showing the FitDesk v2.0 in action:
The desk surface also features a strap that can help prevent any unwanted movement in any of the items listed above, as well as a hidden drawer for convenient storage of anything you might need to complete your work.
The FitDesk also includes a set of massage rollers attached to a single bar that runs parallel to the desk. This creates a comfortable wrist support for when you’re typing or writing, which alleviates the risk of RSI or any other wrist related strain that can develop as a result of extended periods of typing.
Transport and storage
Another great benefit of the FitDesk v2.0 is just how compact the frame is.
Although the bike certainly takes up less space when it’s folded away, whether it’s in the upright or semi-recumbent position, it still only takes up about as much space as a standard desk chair.
The big difference here is that you can fold the FitDesk down to a footprint of just 16″ x 28″ as soon as you finish your work.
Weighing in at 45 lbs, this certainly isn’t what we would class as a heavy piece of equipment, but at the same time it’s not exactly light.
This is why it’s useful that transport wheels have also been added to the rear base stabilizer, to make it easier to move the bike around when not in use.
Display console design
Despite not being as complex as some of the Schwinn or ProForm consoles, the FitDesk v2.0 also includes a performance monitor for keeping you updated with basic workout feedback.
Although the console does list calories burned as one of the pieces of feedback, this probably isn’t something you want to take too seriously.
This is because the number of calories burned is a notoriously unreliable piece of information for any machine that doesn’t at least prompt you to enter your bodyweight.
In fact, if you were to take a look at many of the online calorie calculators that are available, almost all of them will require you to enter your bodyweight as a piece of information that needs to be used in the calculation.
That being said, the LCD display still keeps you updated with your distance and time, which can still be used as a basic way to monitor your progress.
Unfortunately there aren’t currently any training apps available that let you monitor the feedback remotely via your laptop, which would have been useful considering the laptop screen will hide the console when in use.
However, we don’t necessarily see this as a problem, as if you’re using the desk as a form of exercise while you work, you really only need to check the stats intermittently, or perhaps only once at the end of your workout.
Ease of assembly
If you’re more used to putting together fitness equipment that has dozens of exploded drawings with every part carefully scaled and documented in the user manual, setting up the FitDesk v2.0 will be a bit of a different experience.
Although the instructions cover everything you need to know, some steps can be quite difficult to understand, which can have an impact on the assembly time.
That being said, you should still have no trouble getting this bike setup in less than 30 minutes.
For a bike that offers such a unique design and combination of features, we were slightly surprised to find it rank so highly in Amazon’s list of bestselling exercise bikes.
But by combining features from a standard exercise bike with features designed to improve your work rate, the team behind FitDesk appear to have created something that really works well for busy people that also want to keep fit.
As with every product we review, regardless of how many videos and images you’ve seen, we always recommend having a read through the reviews on ecommerce websites like Amazon.
However, due to the FitDesk v2.0 having well over 300 reviews and more than 100 answered questions, this would probably take you most of the day just to read through them all.
That’s why we’ve done most of the time consuming part for you, having read through a large number of reviews from each rating to build up a balanced overall picture of peoples experiences.
The results of our research into these reviews have been collated into the following lists of pros and cons, which can hopefully act as a quick reference guide.
- Comfortable saddle and back support
- Desk surface can adjust to different user heights
- Drawer under the desk is a nice touch and adds some much needed storage
- Smooth and quiet pedalling motion
- Folds up easily and can be transported quickly to where it needs to be stored
- Resistance bands add an extra level of workout intensity when you feel like taking a short break from work
- Desk surface and strap combine to keep everything in its place
- The ideal solution for anyone that tends to run out of time to exercise during the day
- Excellent customer service
- Compact footprint
- Display console is obscured by the laptop screen when you’re working
- Only one colour of frame available
- Calories burned feedback isn’t always accurate
- Seat isn’t interchangeable