It is of no big surprise that during the last year many of us manged to gain a few pounds, working from home and cutting out the daily commute has left some of us with slightly more insulation than we started out with.
The Cycle Desk Bike V9 Pro from Flexispot joins their collection of products that aim to add some movement into the working day, it comes in the choice of Black or White design and the option of adding a desk top at the point of purchase (£50). This bike comes almost entirely assembled, only the desk needs attaching which takes a few minutes, the seat is adjustable between 752-942mm making it suitable for people 5’1″ to 6’2″. The bike is a bit of a beast at 95.5cm x 59cm” x 88.3cm-120cm and weights 34kg, thankfully there are four 360-degree swivel caster wheels to make moving it around easier (don’t worry they lock out when using the bike), it has a weight capacity of 136kg. The desk has a rubber arm rest that can be adjusted for the optimal height and the seat has a good amount of padding making it much more comfortable than expected, the magnet tension resistance adjusts between 1-8 levels with the higher resistance creating a noticeable burn in the thighs.
Even when pedalling at faster speeds the V9 is whisper quiet, ideal for taking calls or zoom conferences, although you can get a slight wobble on the camera when moving vigorously. This cycle claims to be suitable for seated, cycling or standing however it isn’t great as a standing desk, the seat is in the way and it doesn’t feel like a natural position, as we mentioned the seat is comfortable but after a few hours your bum can get a little numb so getting up periodically is necessary. Flexispot also make a range of standing desks which is where the V9 would be best used as it is quite tall and would struggle to fit under most traditional office desks, at the same time you want to be able to stand up now and then. Although it is designed for work this cycle can also be used to enjoy some downtime, place laptop or tablet on the desk to watch a movie, read a book, jot away in a journal, or skip the desk top entirely and use it whilst you watch tv. It is even possible to reach the pedals whilst seated on your sofa if the bike is facing you front on and it can be used like a seated elliptical machine. The display screen gives you real time feedback of distance, rpm, calories burnt and the time spent pedalling, this requires two AA batteries to use the display and can always be used without. The V9 offers a different way to stay active whilst working but it won’t be for everyone, it can certainly put you through your paces if required but we found it is best used on low to medium cycling resistance with an adjustable height or standing desk so you can switch between cycling and standing and keep active whilst working. RRP £299.99
- Comfortable seat and arm rest
- Takes minutes to assemble
- 8 resistance levels
- Whisper quiet pedals
- Soft pedals can be used without shoes or sock
- Real to feedback of basic stats
- Lockable 360 degree swivel wheels
- Need a break after a few hours
- Not comfortable as standing desk
- High price tag
- Desk can wobble slightly during vigorous movements
- Desk could use a more grippy surface