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Time to upgrade my repair stand
Last Post 03/05/2018 12:06 PM by Frederick Jones. 10 Replies.
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03/02/2018 11:06 PM
For some reason I've tolerated a crappy stand for years. "It's good enough" I kept telling myself. I'm done cheaping out. This will be for road and mountain bikes, and my wallet is open! Recommendations?


03/03/2018 10:05 AM
park is the standard and have choices from weekend to pro. I like the sawhorse type but the wheels have to come off. this is a good wash stand but a general clamp type is most useful.


03/03/2018 03:58 PM
Park has folding and basically not folding options. Any opinions?
Nick A


03/04/2018 10:11 AM
For decades, I used a stand that held up the back wheel only and wrapped around the down tube. When I finally had a non-steel frame about 10 years ago, it didn't fit the oversized downtube. I got a Park folding. It's OK. It's definitely stable overall...that is it doesn't tip over. It's a bit of a pain to find a good place to clamp, but that's probably true with any stand and any bike now. All of the irregular shaped tubes...then depending on cable routing, you don't want to clamp certain places. It's a pain to set up, but it is nice to keep out of the way. You have to crank the moveable pieces pretty hard, otherwise, if you say clamp by the seat post, and there's a lot of torque, it'll start to rotate.


03/05/2018 07:09 AM
I bought an Ultimate Pro back in the day, Gurb had one and raved about it. On his recommendation I picked one up. Zero issue with it, I just wipe down the sliding parts with silicone spay every once in a while. The company changed hands and is now Feedback Sports.

Highly recommend it. I've hauled it all over creation and back to use at cx races for my teammates and me to use plus for the usually moochers that hang out with us or others that come unprepared.

Get one, you won't be disappointed.
Nick A


03/05/2018 07:22 AM

That stand looks pretty sweet. I'm a little disappointed that my Park stand with that famous blue, doesn't look as well made as that one. Park is usually the best. Then again, this isn't their top of the line.



03/05/2018 07:26 AM
Buy an Ultimate Pro - you'll never need another stand and it is the bomb!
Cosmic Kid


03/05/2018 08:40 AM
I have one of the original Ultimates.....from way back in 1995, I think. Thing still works is bombproof.

Only *issue* I have is that it is not the greatest for odd shaped seatposts or tubes...but that is because it is from 1995, when everything was round. I'm sure that issue has been resolved in more recent iterations.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


03/05/2018 09:39 AM
Thanks, very helpful. I did not plan to look beyond Park. Just ordered an Ultimate.


03/05/2018 11:20 AM
I'll probably never have a stand; for two reasons. My shop will always being multi-purpose with at times home projects taking over. Good stands are big, heavy space-takers and not fun to run into. And i really don't like the uncertainty of inserting wheels while the bike is on the stand. I much prefer to set the bike down, open the QR, feel the reassuring clunk of the dropouts hitting and know the wheel is centered. (So the ensuing fender adjustments are right.)

So I use a loop hanging from the overhead. Sliding the seat nose in and out is really fast. I have a second rope with a hook for the handlebars. In the other direction a small rope that I sometimes tie using slip hitch to the stem to lift the HB to just the right height so i can see into the brake levers to start a new cable.

Any time I need to use real force (BB cups and the like), I just set the bike down and lean it against my sturdy workbench. (Sturdy as it is the foundation of my bench vise. I buy houses with garages or basement so I have a place to mount those. The rest of the benefits are secondary.)

The only time I really want that stand is when I am dealing with a bare frame. Instead I have to clean my workbench and lay it there. But as soon as I can put a seat and post on, it's in business.



03/05/2018 12:06 PM
Check out the folding parks and the ultimate. They fold up small and easy. There is no space cost.
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