- More affordable than other similar products
- Very adjustable
- Wide range of resistance levels
- Comfortable to use
- Gets you moving in an otherwise inactive setting
- Not the best standing desk
- Lame cup holder (too shallow)
- The armrest is in the way for some people
- More affordable than others, but still not cheap
Ultimately, we do like the Flexispot V9 Deskcise. We think it works well, is going to be usable for most people, and just generally does exactly what it’s supposed to do. If you’re looking to really combat the sedentary nature of office work, this is an awesome option. It’s more effective than a standing desk, while also being more efficient than breaking for a walk. We don’t expect that a bike desk is going to whip you into perfect shape or make your gym membership obsolete, but we like it nonetheless.
Flexispot Bike Desk—Review
I think we’ve all heard about standing desks by now. Recently, many companies have been looking for ways to combat the sedentary nature of office life.
If you work in an office setting, you’re probably familiar with the struggle to get enough movement throughout the day. Desk duty is the enemy of health.
Well, now, one of the companies that brought us standing desks has kicked it up a notch with the Flexispot V9 Bike Desk.
Flexispot Bike Desk Price
The MSRP for the Flexispot Bike Desk is $500. As of the time of this post, though, it’s discounted to $400.
In relation to other similar products, this is a pretty good price, even before the discount. Other bike desks, like the various models from LifeSpan, will run you over $1,000.
You can check out current pricing on the Flexispot Bike Desk on Amazon.
Flexispot V9 Deskcise Pro—Design and Specs
The overly simplified description of the Flexispot Bike Desk is this: a stationary bike with a desk instead of handlebars.
Of course, there’s more to it than that, so let’s get into the specifics.
Let’s first cover the overall size of this thing: The base of the V9 Deskcise measures 37.6”x22.8” and from floor to desk surface, it’s between 42.5” and 48.4” depending on how you have it adjusted. Basically, it’s not an overly large setup.
Now, moving on to the desk portion of this bike desk. The surface of the desk measures 20”x22.8”.
That should give you plenty of space for books, a laptop, notepads, and what not.
The desk is also adjustable. You can move it up and down, as well as in and out. The adjustable distance on the desk surface is a total 9.8”.
You can actually pull the work surface back over the seat and stand behind it to use the V9 as a standing desk, but that arrangement is best for taller people and you’ll need to have the whole thing on a rug or something to keep it from rolling when you lean on it.
The weight capacity of the bike desk isn’t listed on the Flexispot website, but we contacted them and were told the V9 is designed for people weighing up to 300 lb.
While there is a lot of adjustability included in the design, the pedals are not adjustable.
However, because the seat and surface can be moved quite a bit, our 5’ team member didn’t have any trouble reaching the pedals and our 6’5” team member didn’t feel cramped.
The base of the bike desk has wheels for easy movement around your space, but thankfully, they’re somewhat stiff wheels, so you don’t end up rolling around when you’re getting on or using it.
But, as we mentioned before, if you’re using it as a standing desk, it can roll a bit if you’re leaning your weight on the desk.
The Deskcise has eight resistance levels that you control with a simple dial on the body of the bike desk. The difference between levels is significant enough that you can choose an easy, mindless movement, or you can opt for an actual workout.
The body of the bike desk has a small battery-powered display that allows you to keep tabs on your time, distance, calories, speed, and RPM. You can navigate through those options with one button.
There’s also a cup holder, but it’s very shallow and we found that it’s not all that practical. It isn’t deep enough to securely hold a tall glass and it isn’t large enough for bigger sized water bottles, like Hydro Flasks, Nalgenes, and Yetis.
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Using The Flexispot Bike Desk
If you’re looking to get active while putting in your 9-to-5 at the office, comfort may not be your top priority, but it’s certainly something to think about. You don’t want to be using a product that distracts you from your work because the seat doesn’t get along with your tailbone.
We didn’t find this to be a problem with the Flexispot bike desk, though. While the seat is probably not what you’d choose for your actual bike, for the office, we have no complaints.
As for the armrest on the desk surface, it’s hit or miss—some of our team found it to be comfortable while writing or working on a laptop, but others just thought it was sort of in the way.
As we touched on earlier, this bike desk is plenty adjustable. It’s adjustable enough that a very wide range of heights can use it without issue.
We tried each of the resistance levels and found that the low settings allow for minimal distraction, while the higher settings can actually get your muscles working.
But can you actually get any work done while you’re putting in revolutions on a stationary bike? Our general consensus is that this is best for when you’ve got a backlog of emails to go through or really just any task that doesn’t require your full attention.
If you’re a professional multitasker, though, you might be fine doing all sorts of hyper-focused things. Really, it just depends on the person.