Loctek Exercise Desk Bike UF6M
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The Loctek UF6M is an exercise bike designed to fulfill the same purpose as the FitDesk v2.0. However, it doesn’t have a folding frame. It’s a bike made to maintain your leg muscle tone during your working hours, as well as keeping a higher heart rate, which can have a considerably positive impact on your overall health. Differently put, it’s a fitness machine great for anyone who has a sedentary desk job.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 39L x 18W x 48H inches (99L x 46W x 122H cm)
- Desk dimensions: 12L x 17.5W (30.5 x 44.5 cm)
- Assembled weight: 54 lbs (24.5 kg)
- Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113 kg)
- Handlebars: Adjustable
- Seat: 4-way adjustable
- Pedals: Weighted, with adjustable straps
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
- Exercise meter: Time, speed, distance, RPM, calories, and pulse
- Warranty: 1 year limited
Like most exercise bikes, the Loctek UF6M features a frame made of steel tubing. Although it’s slightly heavier than the average mountain bike, it’s still far from being as heavy as the Schwinn Airdyne AD6 or the SOLE LCB. Its assembled weight is 54 lbs (24.5 kg), which means its assembly and transport shouldn’t be a problem for almost anyone. On the other hand, it’s considerably heavier than most office seats; thus, it offers excellent stability. On top of that, its rear base caps have a polygonal shape and can rotate, offering the possibility to stabilize the frame.
This exercise bike is far from being large. It’s footprint is 39″L x 18″W (99 x 46 cm). However, it requires approx. 50″ x 35″ (127 x 89 cm) of usage surface as the handlebar post extends forward for more than 10″ (25 cm), and you’ll need a bit of space on each side for unhindered operation.
The steel parts in the bike’s construction are coated with corrosion resistant white paint, this being the only color available so far. However, the protective PVC shrouds of the flywheel and drive mechanism are black, while the seat post has a chrome finish.
Seat, handlebars & desk
The Loctek UF6M is equipped with a 4-way adjustable seat. Its vertical post offers an 8″ (20.3 cm) span of adjustment, while its horizontal bar allows approx. 4″ (10.1 cm) of adjustment. At its lowest position, the seat is placed at approx. 30″ (76 cm) above floor level, while at its tallest setting, it stands at 38″ (96.5 cm). In other words, the bike can accommodate users between 4’10” and 5’8″ (147 – 178 cm). Also, the bike is rated for a maximum user capacity of 250 lbs (113 kg). However, several users have reported that it can actually support heavier weights.
The seat is not extremely comfortable, especially for users who aren’t accustomed to a bike seat. The saddle is basically a standard bike saddle. It does have a layer of padding, though, offering optimal comfort. However, since the seat is standard, you can easily find a replacement for it. Or, you can increase its comfort via a gel cover.
The seat is equipped with a small backrest, which is attached to the same tube as the seat. It cannot be independently adjusted from the seat. It’s designed to provide optimal lumbar support, also integrating a thick layer of padding.
This exercise bike features adjustable handlebars, which can be tilted horizontally towards the user, in order to make available the placement of the desk onto them. The handlebars have a layer of rubber foam, in order to provide a comfortable and sure grip. They also integrate pulse sensors, so that the fitness meter unit can track your heart rate.
The desk has a simple design. It attaches to the handlebars via four clips. It features an adherent surface, in order to offer superior stability for your laptop. There are two slots in its surface to serve as support for your tablet or phone. Also, a cup holder or bottle holder accessory is supplied with the bike.
Resistance and drive
Despite several descriptions we’ve seen online, which claim that this bike features an electromagnetic resistance, its resistance system does not require an electric current. It’s not motorized and does not need to be connected to a power circuit. Differently put, its resistance system consists of a magnetic element connected via a steel wire to the resistance knob on the front upright bar. By turning the knob clockwise, the magnet will come closer to the bike’s flywheel, this way increasing resistance. The bike’s console is a simple fitness meter, not being involved in the bike’s resistance adjustment as for motorized upright bikes, such as the IRONMAN X-Class 310 or the Sunny Health & Fitness ASUNA 4200.
The bike’s resistance has 8 distinctive. The first resistance levels supply a very light workout, while the top 7-8 settings deliver a resistance level which can be labeled as a medium. In other words, by pedaling on the top resistance levels, you will definitely feel the burn in your leg muscles, and put your heart to work.
This Loctek desk bike is equipped with a belt drive system. Thus, the pedaling motion is almost silent. This being said, you can definitely use the bike in an office with multiple co-workers without bothering them. The bike’s flywheel steel-made, featuring a perimeter weighted structure, in order to deliver a consistent momentum, and a stable pedaling motion.
The crank arms are made of solid steel, being quite durable. However, this exercise bike is not meant for standing up pedaling routines, only for seated pedaling. Although the crank assembly may support your whole weight, it’s not recommended to engage in standing up pedaling routines, as it may considerably increase the bike’s wear.
The crank arms are finished with heavy-duty nylon pedals, with adjustable straps. Each strap has several adjustment settings, being able to accommodate shoes of all sizes. The pedals have a weighted design, each one of them should assume its standard position once you remove your foot from it. And finally, the pedals have standard threads, thus you should easily find replacements for them in case it’s necessary.
The Loctek UF6M is equipped with a simple fitness meter. As we’ve mentioned above, this console unit does not control the bike’s resistance. It’s only for tracking your workout parameters. It can actually track time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, and pulse. Due to the fact that it can track pulse and RPM, it’s actually a bit more advanced than the most basic type of fitness meter. Pulse can only be tracked via the metallic sensors in the handlebars. The unit is not telemetry enabled.
The meter unit is battery powered, using 2 AA batteries which are included. It’s easy to operate. It features only one button which covers all of its functions. It has a SCAN function which cycles through all the metrics, indicating each one for several seconds. However, you can select any of these values to be the only one displayed on the screen. To reset all the values, simply press and hold it for several seconds.
Assembly and Maintenance
The body of the bike comes pre-assembled. Therefore, the assembly requires you to add the base tubes to the main body of the bike, the seat post, the handlebar post, the seat, the handlebars, the pedals and the console. The desk is easily removable and you can install it whenever you like. The whole assembly shouldn’t take more than one hour. All the necessary tools are included, as well as the step-by-step assembly manual.
Maintenance is almost inexistent. All you have to do is periodically check the machine’s joints and re-tighten the bolts if necessary. Also, make sure to wipe off perspiration that may fall onto the frame, and especially on the meter.
- Solid construction, the frame can support users up to 250 lbs;
- 4-way adjustable, wide, padded seat;
- Padded backrest, supplying excellent lumbar support;
- 2-way adjustable handlebars;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the handlebars;
- Integrated desk, with adherent surface, made to accommodate any laptop or tablet;
- Cup holder included;
- Fitness meter which can track speed, time, distance, total distance, RPM, calories, and pulse;
- Weighted pedals, with adjustable straps;
- Balanced flywheel providing a smooth and steady pedaling motion with a consistent momentum;
- Smooth and almost silent drive;
- 8 levels of resistance;
- Little maintenance required;
- Extremely easy to assemble.
- Seat is not too comfortable, especially for users who aren’t accustomed to a bike seat. But its comfort can always be increased via a gel seat cover;
- Meter display doesn’t have backlight, and may be difficult to read in low lighting conditions.
The Loctek UF6M is an upright exercise desk bike, featuring 8 levels of quiet, frictionless and smooth magnetic resistance, perfect for maintaining your muscle tone and boosting your heart rate during work hours, aspects that can definitely improve your level of fitness and overall health. It’s equipped with a desk large enough to accommodate any laptop or tablet, and also comes with a fitness meter unit.
Even though it’s not a fitness machine for intense training, it can still deliver pedaling workouts of medium intensity. Its seat provides optimal comfort and excellent lumbar support. In all, it’s a fitness machine with a solid build, great stability, with an excellent price/value ratio.