This Fitdesk vs Stamina Wirk comparison puts two of the top rated folding exercise bikes with desktop up against each other side by side so you can see how they measure up.
It will give you the information to answer the big questions of why there is a difference in price and if it is justified by the features and specifications.
They are both been rated positively by customers on the whole to give them the ability to exercise and work effectively at the same time.
There are some similarities such as both desks being large enough for a laptop but not a computer but there are a number of difference and these are what I’ll concentrate on in the post.
But before getting to that I’m going to go through a quick overview of both the bikes.
FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike
The bike is quiet and stable allowing you to get light to moderate exercise as you work. If you want to use the phone no one will hear you pedaling. It can also be used in an open plan office as it won’t disturb others from their work.
It can be adjusted to meet a range of heights between 4 ft 10 ins and 6ft 5 ins by adjusting the seat height. The desk height can’t be adjusted but it can be moved horizontally to get the best fit for you.
It’s not designed for high intense exercise but to help you to be more active at work rather than just sitting down all day and just typing etc.
Customers do like the feel and smoothness of the ride and that they can add activity to their life without having to set time aside for it – due to this it is a piece of equipment they actually use.
Stamina Wirk Ride Cycling Workstation
The seat and desk height is adjustable to accommodate a range of heights between 4ft 11 ins and 6ft 4 ins. The desk has five vertical positions to get it in the most comfortable position for working on your laptop.
It has a low step though that makes it easy for all to get on the bike whatever the height. If you get tired of sitting you can adjust the desktop quickly so you can stand and work.
Many do find the seat comfortable enough to be able to work and exercise for extended periods (but as with all bike seats it not everyone’s liking).
Overall customers like this way of combining exercise and work helping them to improve their general fitness.
The Facts On How They Are Different
Desk Adjustment. The Stamina Wirk height can be adjusted which can help prevent you having to stretch or lean over although Fitdesk has the arm rest to compensate – it can be adjusted in height. The FitDesk FDX 2.0 desk is able to slide to the horizontal position you want but the angle is fixed. The Stamina Wirk can be placed in five different fixed positions going from horizontal to 20 degrees.
Console. The Stamina Wirk console is better positioned between the hand grips means that it can be seen even with a laptop on the desk.
Desk Area . The Fitdesk has a desk area of 16 by 19 ins desk can fit up to an 17 – 18 inch laptop, where as the Stamina Wirk has a usable area of 17.25 by 10 ins which should fit a 17 inch laptop.
When a laptop is on the desktop for either bike there isn’t room for a mouse or keyboard
Accessories. The Stamina Wirk comes with a cup holder and a tablet support in the desk. The FitDesk FDX 2.0 has a small drawer under the desk for pens and other small items.
With the Fitdesk you can also buy separately desk extenders which double the size of the desk and give you room for your mouse, mouse pad and includes somewhere to put a drink, also you can buy a drink holder for the arm rest and a vertical document holder.
Arm Exercise. The FitDesk FDX 2.0 comes with a resistance band that attaches under the seat to be able to give your arms some exercise as you want – it can help relieve tension and provide some toning too.
Handlebars. The Stamina Wirk has handlebars alongside the seat like a recumbent allowing you to support yourself when you want to sit back and stretch or adjust your position.
Step Through. The Stamina Wirk has a low step through for when you want to get on the bike making easier to get on. The x-frame arrangement of the FitDesk 2.0 means you have to step over which can be difficult when you are shorter than 5ft 3 ins or struggle to lift your leg.
Height Range. The FitDesk FDX 2.0 can be fitted for heights between 4 ft 10 ins and 6 ft 5 ins (with included adjuster) and the Stamina Wirk is 4 ft 11 and 6 ft 4 ins – although it is reported that the comfortable range is more 5 ft 2 ins to 6 ft from user experience.
Dimensions. The FitDesk FDX 2.0 has a smaller footprint when in use and folded up making it easier to store. However neither bike would be able to be stored under a bed.
Arm Rest. The FitDesk FDX 2.0 has an adjustable arm rest makes it possible to lean forward and support yourself with your arms giving your hands the freedom to type.
What About The Price?
When I checked the price difference it was down to $20 due to discounting. The listed price of the
FitDesk FDX 2.0 Desk Exercise Bike is $100 more than the Stamina Wirk.
Which Is The Right One For You?
If you are taller than 6 ft or below 5 ft 2 ins then the FitDesk FDX 2.0 makes a good choice as it is more likely to fit you.
I also think if you’ve the budget then the FitDesk FDX 2.0 makes a better long term choice with the way you can adjust the arm rest and the way the horizontal desk adjustment works seems to me to be a good way to get a good comfortable fit and there is less to go wrong. The company also says that their bike has been built to a higher stander than Stamina Wirk alhough that hasn’t come through in the reviews at present.
You can also if you want a wider desk area buy desk extenders to give more room on the desk.
Up Against Each Other Side By Side
In the table below I’ve put them both up against so you can see how their features, specifications and accessories compare.
|Feature||FitDesk FDX 2.0||Stamina Wirk|
|Bike Weight||39 lbs||45.25 lbs|
|Max User Weight||300 lbs||300 lbs|
|Min User Height||4 ft 10 ins||4 ft 11 ins|
|Max User Height||6 ft 5 ins||6 ft 4 ins|
|Use Dimensions||Height 45 ins|
Width 16 ins
Length 28 ins
|Height 45.7 ins|
Width 21.7 ins
Length 45 ins
|Folded Dimensions||Height 48 ins|
Width 24 ins
Length 24 ins
|Height 40.4 ins|
Width 21.7 ins
Length 31.8 ins
Hopefully you now have all the facts and information to help you decide on the folding exercise bike with a desktop that is the right one for you. Please let me know you’re thinking on this in the comments below.