FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike Review
Most Versatile Upright Exercise Bike
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If you are looking for a low-impact workout equipment that can be used in your office or home and also allows you to simultaneously ride and work on your laptop at the same time, then the FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike could be the one for you.
Unlike most stationary upright exercise bikes, this one features a seat that also supports your back which means that you don’t have to constantly lean forward or sit rigidly straight while using it.
It is important to note that this is an “entry-level” product for those who want to improve or maintain their health.
It is not suitable for professional gyms – except for the beginner section – or for those who are training for professional sports – other than to maintain good cardio workouts at home. However, it does come with many extras that others in this category ignore.
There are other upright exercise bikes that cost less but those also lack many of the extra features that FitDesk 2.0 come fitted with at no extra cost.
Features and Specs
- Product Assembled Weight: 45-lbs
- Footprint Dimensions when in Use: 28 x 16 x 45 inches
- Steel Frame and Aluminum Gear Box
- High-velocity Balanced Flywheel
- Sealed Bearings
- Easy Fold and Lock Frame
- Built-in Wheels
- Adjustable Padded Armrest with Massage Rollers
- 16” x 19” Adjustable Sliding Desk Surface with Non-slip Grip
- Desk drawer
- Digital Resistance and Mileage, Calorie Burn and Timing Readout Meter
- Seat Backrest with 4” extender
- 8-Position Magnetic Resistance
Pros of FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike
Because this upright exercise bike only weighs 45-lbs after being fully assembled, it is lightweight enough for even small women to move from place to place. The addition of the built-in wheels that are exposed even when in the folded position makes this the easiest bike to transport from one room to the other.
Many people who weigh between 225-250 pounds also have heavier legs and the steel frame grounds the FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike, making sure getting on and off is accomplished safely.
The aluminum gear box will not shatter or break into pieces when bumped into by pets or young children. With the bearings inside the flywheel sealed, this unit can be used in humid areas– without fear of dampness affecting the operation.
The small footprint – 16” x 28” when opened and in operation – means that it can be placed in wide office hallways, a home office corner or any space that is 3-feet x 3-feet for easy on-off access.
Magnetic resistance is what makes an exercise bike operate smoothly and quietly when transitioning to the higher settings; this unit has the control knob mounted on the frame for easy access. The resistance bands let you add upper body exercise when you are not using your laptop or tablet.
This bike folds to as close to flat as is possible with a piece of equipment that includes seats and handlebars. And, it locks into place effortlessly.
The Digital meter is large enough to read when seating back on the seat and compact enough to sit, centered on the back of the desk surface without being a hindrance.
The meter provides you with information about how many calories you’ve burned during the workout, how many miles you’ve traveled – if you were actually outside and how long you have actually pedaled.
This is an important difference other exercise monitoring systems do not offer because when you stop pedaling, the timer goes into a pause setting. It also retains all the information so you can look back and review your progress.
Unlike most upright exercise bikes, this one comes with a heavily padded seat and backrest for ultimate comfort. For those who have issues with knee and back pain, the semi-recumbent position option relieves the stress and the backrest supports the upper torso.
Of all the bikes on the market today, this is the only one that offers a sliding desk surface for laptops, magazines and CD players.
The non-slip surface prevents your electronics from skidding around while you exercise and the drawer tucked neatly beneath it is the perfect size for storing ear buds, pens, pencils, stylis, or cell phone cords.
The desk surface has a small non-intrusive lip to keep items from sliding forward and that with the placement of the adjustable arm rests keeps expensive electronics from crashing to the floor when you get on or off.
Durability is a major issue when you are purchasing entry-level exercise bikes. Many bikes in this category are made with aluminum frames and plastic gearboxes that shatter when they are bumped into by vacuum cleaners, small children or pet toys.
The FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike is designed to withstand normal bumps and lumps of everyday use—– and in spite of its small footprint, the steel frame provides the necessary grounding weight to provide safe use for people who weigh up to 250-lbs.
BUYER COMMENTS AND RATING
There is just no replacement for the opinion and comments of actual buyers who use a piece of exercise equipment. The overall ranking comes from over 300 real buyers who submitted their opinions. Only 11 had truly negative experiences to relate – mostly when purchased around Christmas at which time factory errors are higher across all manufacturing industries.
Another 11 gave the bike a moderately good rating and the rest were above average and “nearly” perfect.
Cons of FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike
As with any piece of equipment, there are bound to be some things that could use improvement.
This bike was not designed for burning calories alone. It was primarily designed for those who find it difficult to exercise in other ways and fit. If you are looking for a way to burn calories and get skinny, you’ll need to do something much more strenuous like weight lifting or getting to a professional gym.
The desk has no side-extension to stash papers and no cup holder for bottles of water.
The assembly instructions are overly complicated, especially for the non-mechanical types.
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