In a Nutshell:
A high-quality, robust, capable exercise bike that doubles as a decent workspace. Exerpeutic ExerWork 2000i Folding Bike is recommended for anyone who’s interested in getting fit, and on the hunt for an alternative to conventional office seating.
Value for the Money
Are you the kind of person who likes to color outside the lines? Are you looking for an alternative to conventional office seating that will help you lose weight, get healthy, and enable you to get your daily dose of exercise in without sacrificing your productivity?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you’re going to love our review of the Exerpeutic Exerwork 2000i Folding Bike. While there are lots of great options on the market today that run the gamut from simple standing desks, treadmill desks and more than a few bike desks, this one is, in our view, best in class. It’s a fantastic alternative to your stodgy old office chair, and it gives you a simple means of enjoying a low-intensity workout that will do much more than any desk chair exercise routine ever could.
In the sections below, we’ll take a close look at everything the 2000i has to offer, and we won’t pull punches when it comes to talking about this machine’s limitations. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this type of unconventional office seating is right for you.
If your interest is piqued, read on and let’s see what the 2000i is capable of.
An Overview of the Exerpeutic 2000i Folding Bike
Your first impression of the Exerpeutic ExerWork 2000i Folding Bike is likely to be that it looks more like a piece of exercise equipment than office furniture, and that would be a fair assessment. Given that, from a purely aesthetic standpoint, it may not be the best fit for your home or office. Then again, if you’re interested in getting fit, aesthetics probably isn’t foremost on your mind.
Before we look past aesthetics, let’s do a quick review of the core stats that define the 2000i.
Here they are:
These numbers make us very happy, indeed. We love that this desk bike supports a generous amount of weight. After all, a significant percentage of people who would be interested in an alternative like this is at least slightly overweight, which is why they’re interested in getting fit in the first place. Given the generous maximum supported weight limit, the 2000i is capable of accommodating the vast majority of the potential market.
It is a sizeable piece of equipment though, and its relatively large footprint may make it challenging to find a permanent home for it. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to. Since it is collapsible, it’s possible to pull it out for a couple of hours each day, get your workout in, then fold it back up and tuck it out of the way in the corner of your office. Given its weight, doing so will be something of a workout in its own right, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In any case, you’ll want to take careful measurements of the space you have available and decide, at least provisionally where you want it, if it’s to have a permanent home, or if you’ll only use it for short periods each day before committing to a purchase.
Features of the Exerpeutic 2000i
We’ll start by talking about comfort because there’s relatively little to say on that front as it relates to the Exerpeutic 2000i Folding Bike. Although small, the seat is surprisingly comfortable, sporting AirSoft technology which sees you sitting on a cushion of hundreds of individual air pockets.
The seat itself is slightly wider and deeper than those you typically find on exercise bikes but is in that same basic style and shape. It’s perfectly fine for sitting for short or medium duration, but if you try to spend an entire workday in this chair, you’re bound to get increasingly uncomfortable as the day grinds on, for most of the same reasons you would if you rode a bike all day. Your butt will probably be numb, and possibly sore unless you make it a point to get up periodically and move around or take stretch breaks.
The good news is that the 2000i does sport a seatback. While it’s not as well padded as the seat itself, it’s certainly better than nothing, and even without the benefit of lumbar support or other ergonomic features, you’ll find that you can easily spend up to half a day sitting at your bike desk. Again though, longer than that and you’ll want to be sure to incorporate activities away from your desk into your routine.
On the adjustability front, there’s quite a lot to like. The seat itself can be moved up or down, putting you closer to the work tray, or back and forth along the frame, creating more space between the seat and the pedals, which is useful for long-legged folk. The seatback isn’t nearly so adjustable but does angle back to your choice of two different positions which gives you at least some flexibility there.
Note that the company says the seatback is ergonomically designed, but we see no evidence of this, beyond the fact that this bike desk has a seatback which provides back support, where many other models do not.
The work tray is fairly sizeable, measuring 24” x 16” and is capable of supporting up to 44 pounds of supplies and equipment, which makes it big and robust enough to handle pretty much every laptop on the market today and a few additional work supplies besides.
The tray also comes equipped with two cup holders. Use one for your drink and the other to hold pens, paperclips, your cellphone, or any other goodies you might need while working.
You’ll also find a well-padded wrist rest on the front edge of the tray which makes typing more comfortable. Even better, the tray itself is highly adjustable, allowing you to move it up, down, back away from you or closer to you depending on the length of your arms.
You can even adjust the angle, choosing between flat, a 16-degree tile, or a 35-degree tilt, which gives you an impressive amount of flexibility in terms of working the way that’s most comfortable for you. Kudos to Exerpeutic for making such a wonderfully adjustable desk!
Unfortunately, although the work tray is big enough for your laptop and a few basic supplies, it’s certainly not comparable to a full-sized desk, so you’ll probably want to put a side table near your bike desk to hold the rest of the stuff you’re likely to need.
That’s certainly not an insurmountable problem, but something to be mindful for and take into account when planning space for the new equipment.
LCD Display Screen and Other Extras
Moving to the exercise bike itself, you’ll find a lot to like. The Exerwork 2000i features a small LCD display screen (batteries needed to power this), and a total of 24 different magnetic resistance levels to choose from that gives you tremendous flexibility in terms of tailoring your bike riding, calorie-burning workout to fit your specific needs.
Even better, this model provides you with a total of 24 preset workouts and allows you to track your progress via your choice of metrics: Time, Distance Ridden, or Calories Burned. The bike itself can also be wirelessly connected to the MyCloudFitness app, which you get free with your purchase.
We like the addition of the app (available for both iOS and Android), but in its present incarnation, provides little more than the capabilities found on the bike itself. We hope that the company will continue to build on the app’s functionality, making it an even more useful tool you can use to help meet whatever fitness goals you set for yourself.
One nice benefit of the app that we’d like to mention here in our Exerpeutic Exerwork 2000i review is that it’s compatible with the MyCloudFitness Chest Belt, which you can buy as an optional accessory to monitor your heart rate over time via the app.
This is definitely a positive development and a step in the right direction. We hope to see more like it in the future!
Assembly Can Be Challenging
One of the things that Exerpeutic doesn’t do as well as some of its competitors is assembly. There are a surprising number of component parts to this piece of equipment and although the instructions are fairly clear and straightforward, unboxing everything, sorting and organizing the pieces, then getting your new bike desk put together and ready for first use is a time and labor-intensive process.
If you’re very good at putting furniture together, you can probably get it done in an hour. If that’s not one of your skills, it’ll probably take closer to two. The good news is that expert assembly is offered for this product for an additional fee.
The fee’s a bit steep but could be worth paying for in some cases. Ultimately, that depends on how little you enjoy the idea of putting it together by yourself!
Pros and Cons of the Exerpeutic 2000i Folding Bike
Here, in no particular order, are the things we like best about the i2000:
Those are all very good things and taken together, they make this model best in class as far as we’re concerned. That said, the i2000 does have its shortcomings and limitations. These include things like:
In our view, the positives far outweigh the negatives in this design, making it a no-brainer. Granted, the limitations and shortcomings are legitimate issues, but not game-breaking ones.
Exerpeutic Exerwork 2000i Folding Bike Review
The Exerpeutic Exerwork 2000i Folding Bike is a great piece of exercise equipment. It’s robust, versatile, quiet, and it can play an important role in getting you fit and healthy if you want it to.
Bike desks are almost entirely self-selecting products, though. If you want to get fit, this one belongs on your shortlist. If you’re looking for conventional office seating, you’ll give this one a pass without thinking twice about it and rightly so.
Nonetheless, given its quality and capabilities, we definitely recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.
References & Resources
- Exerpeutic – Paradigm, Official Brand Website.
- Home gym: Worth it or worthless?, BBC Worklife.
- Bicycling and Back Pain, Spine Health.
- 25 Office Exercises: Easy Desk-Friendly Ways to Get Fit, Snack Nation.