In a Nutshell:

FitDesk Bike Desk is a very good, collapsible bike desk, perfect for people with limited space. It is recommended for anyone who is 300-pounds or less looking for a bike desk optimized for light to moderate daily use.

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  • High quality and sturdy
  • Reasonably easy to assemble
  • Offers at a fair price
  • Includes tension bands for arms
  • Good accessories available
  • Collapsible for easy storage


  • Not for extended use
  • Limited exercise options
  • Fold-out feature is optional
FitDesk Exercise Bike Desk

Recommended For: Anyone who is 300-pounds or less looking for a bike desk optimized for light to moderate daily use.

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Are you unhappy with your level of daily physical activity? Does the thought of joining a gym turn your stomach? Are you looking for a way to incorporate a fitness routine into your workday without sacrificing productivity?

If so, you’ll like what you read about in this review, especially if you’re a little cramped for space and don’t have a lot of room for a big, hulking piece of exercise equipment.

While bike desks certainly aren’t for everyone, they can be a powerful component of your daily fitness routine and, if used regularly, will help you lose weight and achieve whatever fitness goals you set for yourself.

The FitDesk Bike Desk is a great product, but as you’ll see in the sections below, it is somewhat narrowly focused on a very specific subset of potential buyers. Is the FitDesk right for you? Read on to find out!

Key Features of the FitDesk Bike Desk

It looks like an exercise bike with a few interesting add-ons. That, or something close to it, is likely your first impression, and it’s certainly not wrong. The FitDesk Bike Desk looks like it belongs in your home gym, so it might not be a good fit aesthetically for your home. It will stick out like a sore thumb in any room other than a home gym. However, people interested in bike desks and other unconventional office seating solutions don’t usually have a problem with that; they tend to be more interested in results!

Results revolve around the machine’s capabilities, and we’ll get to that in just a moment. Before we do, though, let’s take a quick look at the core stats of the FitDesk, which currently offers two versions: the Fitdesk Bike Desk 2.0 and Fitdesk Bike Desk 3.0.


Both Fitdesk versions have the same dimensions as follows:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28” x 16” x 45” (16” X 28” when collapsed)
  • Bike Desk Weight: 48 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
  • Number of Resistance Settings: 8
  • Work Tray Dimensions: 20.5” x 16” (31.5” x 16” with Desk Extension Kit)
  • Manufacturer’s Recommended User Height Range: 4’10” to 6’5”

These numbers paint a picture of a bike desk with a surprisingly small footprint that is useful to most of the market. More supported user weight is always better, of course, but with a 300-pound weight limit, this model could be used by some 90% of the market.

The FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0 with its front side almost facing to the back

It’s also delightfully lightweight, which, given how easily it can be folded when not in use, makes moving it from one place to another a simple proposition. Two wheels, added for that purpose, further enhance this.

The one disappointment is the limited number of resistance settings, but we’ll discuss this further in the next section.


Let’s start this section of our FitDesk Exercise Bike review with the weakest aspect of the chair’s design. It’s not comfortable enough to spend a full day in.

Height adjustable seat & seatback of the FitDesk Exercise Bike

The bicycle-style seat is sufficiently padded for a short ride, and you could probably get away with spending up to two hours or so on the seat, but after that, you’re going to want to get up, stretch your legs, and un-numb your butt.

The company did include a seatback, but like the seat itself, it’s very small – about the size of a pancake. While that’s better than nothing, it’s far from optimal and not something you’ll want to lean back on for the entire workday uninterrupted.


The upshot is that both the seat and the seatback are height adjustable, so at least you can get the seatback where you want it most. It’s just a pity there’s not more of it. Like the seat, the desk’s position can be adjusted to get it at the height and angle you’re most comfortable working in.

One disappointment, though, is the limited number of resistance adjustments available. The first few adjustments on the low side all feel pretty similar, so from a practical perspective, you’re left with 4-5 genuinely different resistance adjustments. That’s fine for a basic workout, but that’s all this bike can give you.

Resistance Bands

There is one hidden gem of a feature that will serve as a pleasant surprise. The bike desk has resistance bands tucked under the seat when you’re not using them.

Simply reach down, grab them, one in each hand, and give your arms a good workout while pedaling. That’s a nice touch that gives you a much more complete workout than any other bike desk we’ve seen. We love it, but we’d love it even more if more adjustment options were available for the bike and the tension bands for your arms.

Massage bars of the FitDesk Bike Desk for forearm and wrist rest

Massage Bar and Work Tray

In addition to being adjustable, the desk holds a couple of surprises. First, where some bike desks utilize a padded forearm and wrist rest, the FitDesk uses a pair of strategically placed “massage bars” that are positioned so that they hit your wrists and forearms as you’re typing or working with a laptop or tablet on the desk itself.

Although they don’t look it at first glance, these are amazingly comfortable and add something to the experience. We were impressed, and we think you will be too.

Even better, just like old-style school desks, the work tray contains a flip-up storage compartment big enough to hold a touchscreen tablet or other miscellaneous office supplies.

FitDesk Bike Desk's work tray with a tablet on its storage compartment

It’s a great finishing touch, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see competitors begin to copy it.

Control Panel

The FitDesk Under Desk Cycle sports a small LED screen and control panel, which lets you track your distance (miles or kilometers, at your option), time, or calories burned. However, there’s a drawback.

Given the positioning of the LED display, if you put your laptop on the work desk and open it, you completely lose sight of the display. In our view, this would be better located on the side of the desk closest to you or even side-mounted so you could keep an eye on it while working.

It’s a minor complaint, granted, but still worth mentioning.

Fitdesk 2.0 vs 3.0

The Fitdesk bike desks have minor differences as follows:

  • Design of the plastic plug (flat ground stand for v. 2.0, round shape for v. 3.0)
  • Design of the LCD monitor
  • Handlebars (with storage drawer for v. 2.0, storage drawer is moved to the desk’s center for v. 3.0)
  • Pedals (with straps for v. 2.0, without straps for v. 3.0)
The FitDesk Bike Desk 2.0 with pedal straps
FitDesk 2.0
The FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0 without pedal straps
FitDesk 3.0


Although the base model is a bit bare-bones, one thing we like about FitDesk is that the company offers a few accessories that round out the design. Sure, they add a bit to the cost, but they add a bit of polish. We’ll give you a quick overview below, and you can find the accessories on the company’s website here.

The Desk Extension Kit

The work tray’s default size is enough to complete the job and support most laptops. Still, the desk extension kit takes it to the next level, giving you more space for the stuff you need to stay productive and adding a handy cup holder. If you don’t want to use it, it’s a great place to stash pens and other small supplies.

Desk Extension Kit for the work tray of the FitDesk Exercise Bike

The Universal Saddle Adapter

This is another high-value addition, especially given that the default seat leaves something to be desired if you plan to use the bike desk for extended periods at a stretch.

With the adapter in hand, you can use the existing seat to get you started, then shop around for a bigger seat with better padding that fits you perfectly.

The Water Bottle Holder

This one isn’t essential if you get the desk extension kit, but if you invest in this, too, then you can reserve the cup holder on the desk extension for other supplies. Either way, it’s a low-cost, high-value addition.

The Assembly Process Isn’t Bad

The FitDesk 3.0 facing the right side

Like most of these types of products on the market today, the FitDesk does not come assembled.

Fortunately, the company did a pretty good job on this front. Not only are the assembly instructions clear, but the process of putting it together to get it ready for first use isn’t bad.

True, there are a lot of parts, and the initial sorting and prep will take a bit of time, but once you’re organized and ready to begin, you’ll find that the production quality is quite high.

All the holes line up properly, which means you won’t have to wrestle any of the pieces into position before fastening them together.

From start to finish, it will probably take you about an hour, and you can cut that time by fifteen minutes or so if you have an assistant standing by on the day your desk arrives.

You can also pay an extra fee for expert assembly, but we don’t really recommend it unless you just don’t want to be bothered with the process. The fee is rather steep, and the process is simple enough that it won’t be problematic for most people.

Pros and Cons of the FitDesk Under Desk Cycle

In no particular order, here are the things we like best about the FitDesk:

  • It has surprisingly high production values and is sturdier than expected.
  • It’s reasonably easy to put together compared to some of its competitors.
  • It offers a decent workout and basic functionality at a fair price, especially if you can catch it on sale (which isn’t especially difficult).
  • In addition to giving you a basic bike workout, it includes tension bands for your arms!
  • You can add some perfect accessories to make the product look much more polished and finished and enhance its capabilities.
  • It collapses easily into a small footprint, making it easy to get out of the way when you’re not using it.

Those are all good things, but this model does have a few limitations to be mindful of. These include:

  • While it’s comfortable enough for light to moderate daily use, this is not the desk you want if you want something to spend an entire workday in.
  • Its easy-fold feature is a major selling point, but if you have plenty of space and won’t use that, you’re probably better off looking at another model.
  • It only has basic functionality. While that’s fine if all you want is a basic workout, if you’re looking for a variety of exercise options, pre-programmed routines, and the like, this model is going to leave you wanting.

It comes down to mindfulness. As long as you know what this bike desk is and are not so good at, it can be a superb product. If you buy in the blind or ignore its limitations, you will likely be disappointed.

Overall, though, we feel that the pros outweigh the cons.

Final Thoughts: FitDesk Exercise Bike Review

The FitDesk Bike Desk is very much a niche product in a niche market. In our view, the following is the profile that best describes the ideal user for it.

Someone who:

  • Weighs 300 pounds or less
  • Has a limited amount of space and is looking for something to augment his or her conventional office seating solution, rather than replace it.
  • Plans to make use of the easy fold capability of this model.
  • Is only interested in basic functionality and doesn’t mind the lack of bells and whistles.

The more of those that apply to you, the happier you’re going to be with the FitDesk. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.

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