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ProForm Desk Bike Review

Quick Summary

The Proform Desk Bike gives you a good way to get a workout in while working from your home office or playing around on your laptop. It’s good for a lighter workout, not so much a super intense one. The eight levels of resistance are perfect for a beginner, someone undergoing rehab training or someone older who wants a low-impact way to exercise. The Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) makes for a quiet and smooth ride, which is especially valuable as you switch between resistance levels. The LCD screen is basic and shows the standard speed, distance, calories burned, time elapsed, heart rate and resistance. The frame and strength of the bike will support someone that weighs up to 250 lbs.

Specifications

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Model Proform Desk Bike
Rating

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78.1%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,999
Best Price

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$150
Resistance

The flywheel in an exercise bike is what creates resistance. You can choose the level of resistance to increase your workout intensity.

8
Resistance Type

The type of resistance shows what kind of flywheel is being used (if any), and its weight if the manufacturer provides it.

N/A
Type

Type refers to the style of the ride: Recumbent bikes allow you to lay back, while Upright bikes are more like road bikes (lean forward).

Upright
Drive System

The bike's drive system is how your pedaling interacts with the rest of the bike (flywheel) to give you a good workout.

Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
Frame

It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.

Standard
Seat

The most important part for comfortability during your workout, the seat should be adjustable and have ample cushioning.

Padded
Pedals

Pedals are the driving force for an exercise bike, and should be comfortable, adjustable, and easy to control without slipping.

Pedals with Toe Cages and Straps
Programs

Bike Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

0
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

yes
Display

Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

LCD screen
Max. Weight

Max. User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that the bike can safely support, which can represent durability.

250 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

45" x 24" x 55.26"
Accessory Tray

Some bikes include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Cooling Fans

Portable?

Some exercise bikes can fold up and/or have wheels that make it easy to roll them around for convenience and to save space.

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Parts & Electronics: 90 days
Labor: 90 days

Rating: 78.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 78.1/100. The Proform Desk Bike is a good way to get some exercise in while you work, read, take a call or surf the web. It’s a great fit for a novice rider, someone rehabilitating an injury or someone a little older who needs a low-impact way to get moving. The more serious rider would need a stronger, more durable machine and would probably want something that comes with a few more bells and whistles. The option to add and remove the desk attachment is what makes this desk bike stand out from other stationary bikes. The desk easily connects to the handlebars and will hold up to a 17” device. Then, if you want a more intense ride, you can remove the desk and focus on your cardio fitness.

The desk itself is not the best quality material—and you may need a non-slip mat for laptops—but it does its job. The large LCD window shows the standard metrics: calories burned, speed, distance, time elapsed, resistance and heart rate. It doesn’t light up, however, so you will need to make sure you are in a well-lit room to see your results on the monitor.

The SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance makes for a smooth and very quiet ride, which is unusual for a bike at this price point. When changing resistance levels it smoothly transitions, no noisy or jerky interruptions. A major benefit of this bike is that you can fold it up and roll it out of the way, which is great for a small home gym. At 50 lbs it’s light enough for most people to be able to maneuver. As for height, it’s a tall bike and if you are shorter than 5’3 it may be a little challenging to jump on. The eight resistance levels are good for beginners or those wanting a light workout, but for stronger riders who want to go hard, a higher-end machine is the way to go. The padded seats are comfortable and the backrest offers lumbar support. The lower handlebars are good and will come in handy if your desk is attached to the upright handlebars.

The warranty is not the best, with only 90 days for parts and labor and one year for the frame.

Next are lists of pros and cons about the Proform Desk Bike.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Large console/display LCD window tracks speed, distance, time, resistance, heart rate and calories burned.
  • Eight resistance levels
  • Easy to connect and disconnect desktop attachment
  • Space saver – folds up and out of the way after use; easy to move with built-in transport wheels
  • Smooth, quiet ride even when changing resistance levels
  • Comfortable padded seat and backrest
  • Two sets of handlebars: front and lower
  • Grip pulse handlebars have heart rate sensors
  • For support and stability pedals come with straps
  • Water bottle holder is located at the rear of the seat for easy access

Cons:

  • Once assembled it is high, so someone 5’3″ or shorter may find difficult to get on and off
  • Resistance levels more suited to a beginner fitness level
  • No apps or programs included
  • Console doesn’t light up – need to be in a well-lit area to properly see the monitor
  • Short warranty: 90 days for parts and labor and one year on frame

Introduction

Working while working out. If you that’s your dream then this could be your dream machine. The Proform Desk Bike is good for less intense workouts and suited to the needs of beginners, those needing rehabilitative training and older people looking for a low-impact workout option. The desk easily snaps on and can hold up to a 17″ device. The ride is smooth and quiet, even while transitioning between the eight levels of resistance. There are no extra bells and whistles on this model but you can get an effective workout that increases endurance, muscle tone and strength.

Workout Programs

The Proform Desk Bike doesn’t come with any pre-installed programs. It has a large LCD window that monitors speed, calories burned, time elapsed, distance, resistance and heart rate. Thanks to the desk, you could use a laptop or other device while you ride to access workout programs on the web or via apps and follow along.

Proform Desk Bike Features

Snap-on Desktop Attachment

For those times when you have to get some work done but don’t want to miss your workout the snap-on desk attachment is the perfect solution. It’s easy to connect and wide enough for your laptop (allows for 17”).

SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance

Whether you’re cruising at one speed or switching resistance levels, this feature makes for a quiet and smooth ride. There is no disruption or jerky feeling in your transition from one level to the next.

8 Adjustable Resistance Levels

There are eight levels of tension to help you improve your physical fitness, from toning to endurance.

Large LCD Window

You can easily track your stats on the LCD window/console to help you reach any personal goals around something like distance biked, calories burned or time elapsed.

EKG Grip Pulse

The handlebars are built with the heart rate sensors, so it’s easy to monitor your heart rate as you work out.

Space Saver & Transport Wheels

If space is a concern or you would just prefer the bike to be out of the way once you finish your ride, it folds up in seconds. The built-in transport wheels make it easy to roll way for storage.

Bottle Holder

It’s very important to hydrate while working out. The bottle holder is built into the seat, making it easy to reach down and grab a drink when you need it.

Pedals with Toe Cages and Straps

Toe cages and straps make a world of difference, especially when you are pushing yourself to the next level and peddling fast.

Assemble

Easy to assemble with two people within an hour or two.

Warranty & Guarantee

Proform Desk Bike warranty includes:

– Frame: 1 year

– Parts: 90 days

– Labor: 90 days

Conclusion

Whether you are working or surfing the web, why not get a little cardio in at the same time?  The Proform Desk Bike allows you to do just that. It’s a good stationary bike that will help increase endurance, tone and strength for novice or older riders or someone doing rehabilitative exercise. The desk is like an added bonus that turns this bike into a useful workstation on top of being a workout station. It’s best for someone under 250 lbs and taller than 5’3″. Despite a lack of bells and whistles it does the most important thing you can ask of a bike: It gets your heart rate going and your blood circulating.

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