FlexiSpot V9 Exercise Desk Bike Review
FlexiSpot Desk Bike Overview
A lot of people are sitting at their desk these days. Whether it is because they are working from home due to COVID-19 or they simply spend a lot of time at home on the computer regardless, a lot of people spend a lot of time sitting at the desk. Despite this, there still might be a way to get these people (you, the reader included) a bit of fitness while they sit at the desk. This method comes in the form of the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike. This bike acts as a way to keep the feet moving while you sit at a desk and get work done. We’re going to look at what this FlexiSpot V9 stationary bike has to offer, comparing its value to the price on offer. Once we check out all the features it has, we’re going to give our final verdict on this interesting bike. But with all of that out of the way, let’s hop right into our review of the FlexiSpot V9 home desk bike!
Considering the price is one of the aspects that people look at most when checking out pieces of fitness equipment, it seems to only make sense that we start with that first. The FlexiSpot V9 desk bike costs right around $300, but it has been spotted at $50 higher. This is a relatively cheap price compared to a lot of regular upright bikes. However, this is not an upright bike and this should be kept in mind throughout the review. The warranty that comes with FlexiSpot V9 desk bikes is a 1-year limited one. You get a 30-day free return, which is a nice touch. But that is it in terms of warranties and guarantees. This is pretty poor, even for a cheaper bike. If something does start to go wrong 366 days after you have bought it, then you have $300 down the drain after a relatively short amount of time. It is certainly not ideal. The shipping process will be free to 48 of the 50 states in the USA, while shipping processes to other countries will be different. Once it arrives, you will have to assemble the bike. Some users have claimed that it is a harder process than they would like, but the instructions are fairly clear. Considering there aren’t a lot of aspects to the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike compared to normal upright bikes, you wouldn’t think it would be that tough.
One of the most important aspects to many modern desk exercise bikes are the monitors that come with them. These can absolutely revolutionize the experience someone might have onboard one of these bikes. However, since the FlexiSpot V9 is a desk bike instead of a regular upright bike, you shouldn’t expect anything of the sort. In fact, there is absolutely no monitor available at all. The closest you can get is the desk that comes with the V9. You can stick a laptop, tablet or regular phone on top of this desk and use a separate app in order to try and track your performance on the bike. But that is about as close to a traditional monitor that you can get with the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike.
Then there is the resistance of the FlexiSpot V9 home exercise bike. Considering that exercise and this movement is the reason to buy such a piece of equipment, you generally want to make sure that it works well. Again, the FlexiSpot V9 is a desk bike and not a regular upright bike. Therefore, you can’t work out on it as long as you might otherwise. They even recommend that those desk bikes “are not rated to be used as professional exercise bikes. Anything more than 2-3 hours of light-intensity cycling per day is not recommended.” So you shouldn’t be training for the Tour de France with one of these. However, for those hours of light cycling, you can choose from 8 different levels of resistance. None of them provide that much of a challenge, but you can at least tell a difference between the lowest and highest levels. There are a couple of other elements that we typically cover that we don’t know about here. The Q-Factor is one. This is the distance between pedals. If it is too wide, you can get seriously uncomfortable while cycling. If it is too narrow, the same can happen and you even risk injury. The drivetrain is another element that isn’t listed.
What are the dimensions of the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike? You would think that it would be fairly small and mobile to move around the home. And you wouldn’t be wrong. It measures out to be 37.6 inches (95.5 cm) long, 22.8 inches (58 cm) wide and between 29.6 inches (75 cm) and 37.2 inches (94.5 cm) tall. Meanwhile it weighs 51 lbs (23 kg) and can reportedly hold a maximum weight of 300 lbs (136 kg). The entire desk bike is on 4 wheels, so you won’t have any issues with the whole mobility aspect. However, this does mean that it lacks some solid stabilizers. You can’t really get super intense workouts in, otherwise you’ll be shuffling all over the place.
We now typically examine the rest of the physical elements of these bikes, starting with the handlebars. But since there are no handlebars, we’ll move right into the seat of the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike. The seat is adjustable about 6 inches vertically, which generally allows for people between the heights of 5’1” (155 cm) and 6’2” (188 cm). However, any taller and it looks like the bike becomes extremely uncomfortable. Even the upper limit of 6’2” seems to stretch the comfortability of the bike, according to some reviews. Both the seat and the desk are easily adjustable, which is quite nice. The desk is large enough to comfortably fit a 17” laptop with plenty of room to spare. Alternatively, you could just not put the desk on and roll the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike underneath another desk that it will fit under. The pedals are not really special at all. They are fairly small and don’t have any sort of straps on them. However, if you want to pedal with your bare feet, the rubber pedal covers will work well enough to keep them protected. You obviously also won’t have any bonus features onboard the FlexiSpot V9 stationary bike that you might find on regular workout bikes. There aren’t any fans, water bottle holders, speakers or the like. All the entertainment you get is from the device you put on the desk.
FlexiSpot V9 Desk Bike Pros:
- Small footprint is extremely mobile thanks to the many wheels
- The desk is wide enough to support fairly large pieces of equipment
- Good source of movement from those who sit for long hours of the day
- Can act as a good recovery machine for those who are recovering from knee injuries
- Pedal covers are safe for bare feet
FlexiSpot V9 Desk Bike Cons:
- Despite claims of quietness, the bike is actually fairly loud
- Resistance is not meant for more intense workouts
- 1-year limited warranty is not particularly appealing
- No real additions or bonus elements besides the desk
- Fairly expensive for what is on offer
- Pedals are extremely basic and don’t offer any straps to keep your feet in place
The FlexiSpot V9 desk bike is for a very specific group of people. If you are on the hunt for a bike that will get you in shape, then you had best look elsewhere. This is not a commercial bike that aims at getting people fit. It is more of a seat that offers some physical movement to those who are tired of sitting still all day, elderly folk who also need to get some movement, or those who are recovering from injuries. Then there is the question of if the bike is worth the amount asked for and if the 1 year warranty is enough coverage. The latter question is most certainly a negative, but the former is dependent on how desperate someone is to get some movement with their feet while sitting at a desk. If it is that important to you and you don’t care about not getting a professional exercise bike, then we say go for it. If you are looking for just about anything else, you might want to avoid the FlexiSpot V9 desk bike.