Worth the price!
Rarely do I feel so strongly about a product do I take the time to write a review, this stand is worth my time to share my positive experience.
I've wanted a work stand for years and was tired of either flipping the bikes upside down or leaning them against a wall. I was all set on buying the Park PCS-10 stand until I discovered the Feedback line. Feedback's design simply makes more sense and I can say, after messing around with a PCS-10 in a store, the Feedback stands are structurally sound and more stable than the PCS-10. No wobble at all. As long as you position the head over one of the legs, the rack won't tip while holding a bike. Many people complain about the stand's height slipping vertically, TIGHTEN THE QUICK RELEASE, just as you would a wheel skewer. Same with the head rotating down under load, TIGHTEN THE HEAD'S ADJUST KNOB MORE. Sounds simple enough, right?
The ratcheting quick release head is great. Grab the bike firmly then hit the red release button and the bike falls free.
This stand not only works incredibly well but looks incredible to boot. I'd love to keep it set up in the house but My wife would never go for that. I couldn't be happier, I've already completed a full build on my Yeti, tuned my wife's Trek and a heavy kids bike. It did it all with ease. It makes working on bikes fun.
The Pro Elite comes with a storage bag and its quality blew me away. This is usually where companies will skimp, not Feedback. High quality zippers and heavy canvas with a light padding. It may sound like I work for Feedback, I don't, just really impressed with this stand. If you're on the fence between this a Park, trust me and buy the Feedback. Now I need to order their truing stand.
Doesn't get any better than this
Earlier this spring I purchased both this stand and the Park PRS-25 stand to compare side-by-side. At the time I went with the Park stand, and I stand by nearly everything that I wrote in my review of the stand at the time. However, there is one aspect of the Park stand that I have come to appreciate makes it less than ideal for my needs: the bike cannot rotate relative to the two legs of the stand. I didn't really expect this to be a problem at the time, but it turns out that even on slightly sloped surfaces (such as my driveway) the stand becomes fairly easy to tip over. I could somewhat work around it, but for the price of the Park stand, I just couldn't justify having to compromise.
So I returned the PRS-25 stand to REI and am now the proud owner of the Pro Elite. Maybe I should have gone with it in the first place - I had been using an older model repair stand made by the same company for over 10 years now, and I have always been pleased with it. I will say that I love the clamping mechanism on this stand - it is simple and I really cannot imagine improving much on it for my purposes. The design of this stand does allow the bike to be rotated relative to the tripod base, so it is possible to keep a bike balanced on a moderately sloped surface. And for those who care, this stand does fold up smaller than the Park stand, and it does not require the clamp to be removed like the Park stand does.
Very nice stand. Quality construction to say the least. The clamp is a cinch to use. I've read in reviews that it is a tad difficult to compress the clamp before tightening. My suggestion is that when you lift the bike into the clamp just lean forward and let your chest push the clamp initially. This is a very natural motion and makes the process quick and easy. You will be tight and right in under five seconds. For those of you who haven't seen this stand in person it has a mechanism that by pushing snugs up the clamp on your frame so that it only takes a quick couple of turns on the knob to be completely locked in. A very cool design. The only issue is that it is cumbersome to hold the bike with one hand and press the clamp. By grasping your frame with two hands and just leaning in on the clamp it will set with enough pressure to totally let go of the bike. Then you just turn the knob a couple of times and you can get to work. Lightning quick. Looks great in red and comes with a sturdy carry sack. You mind won't believe how light this thing is after looking at the size and materials. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Easy to Use; Works Perfectly
The stand is well-made and operates very easily and smoothly and the various clamps require very little muscle to hold securely.
I chose this model because:
a) Some reviews indicated that the lower priced models were difficult to tighten enough that the front wheel would not droop when gripping by the seat post. That is definitely NOT a problem with this one. The knob is big and requires very little muscle to tighten and hold my aluminum frame road bike (~20 Lb) and just a little more to hold my heavy steel commuter (~35 LB). The stand flexes a little and the front wheel settles about an inch , but does not slip.
b) It is taller than the others and I can stand more comfortably while working on drive train, pedals, etc. (I am 6'3")
I also got the tool tray and handle bar holder, both of which are useful and easy to set up. I have been known to set tools, lubes, etc. down and then waste time looking for them, so the tray is handy for me. Keeping the handlebar, fork and front wheel steady is often helpful, too.
A good purchase that I get a lot of use out of.
Why did I wait 20+ years to get a bike stand???
I am taking time to write this review because:
a. I like having a stand.
b. I love THIS stand.
I chose this stand because while on big road rides (Markleeville Death Ride, Ride the Rockies) on our tandem(Burley - #50+), every volunteer pro mechanic had this stand. When they put our tandem on the stand I was amazed at how well such a light device to could hold it.
When you walk through a big bike event where there are dozens of mechanics helping out, and ALL you see is a line of red, Pro Elite Stands, there is a reason why.
So I own one and it makes work on the bike great. And so far no trouble with using the clamp on my carbon seat post for the single road bikes.
On the tandem I place it on the frame midway, not the seat tube.
* of course the pros do neither, they just hang the bike from the horizontal part of the stand under the rear of the seat - even the on the tandem, they did this under the rear seat and it was fine!
I was really impressed with this stand. I have been looking for my first repair stand for some time now and generally, they seem like overpriced junk. I bought this stand sight unseen based on reviews, and am really impressed with the service and the quality. Backcountry posted it the day I bought it, and the stand arrived in Australia 3 working days later, with very reasonable freighting cost. The stand is made from alloy and is reasonably light and looks like it will withstand a lot of use. It is really well designed - it unfolds easily and is very stable. The clamp is a gem - you can place the bike in it and clamp it up straight away by sliding the ratchet mechanism closed. After this, you just need to tighten up a little more with the dial, but the stand is taking the weight of your bike as you do this. It has coped with my heavy touring/commuting bike with no problems. It folds away easily and the carry bag is great too. Very happy with the purchase.
Great Work Stand
My family recently got into Mountain Biking & Rather than pay the bike shop to perform the routine maintenance & minor repairs I opted to buy the tools needed. After some research I decided on this work stand, while comparison shopping I took into account the Stability & ease of use. This one by far outweighs the competition. It is very light weight, easy to set up & folds down to a nice compact size for storage. Oh & did I mention it even comes with a nice heavy storage bag. The Icing on the cake is the quick release function which allows you to easily release the jaws & remove your bike no messing around with a hand crank while trying to hold up your bike. This is also a great feature for mounting your bike on the stand as well , just lift up your bike & slide the jaws shut, you do still have to hand tighten but it makes it much quicker. Bottom Line This Stand is Awsome !!!
User reviews are invaluable to me, but I'm not usually compelled to write them. I knew the Feedback Ultimate Pro Elite stand warranted praise from the minute I opened the box. Not only is the clamping mechanism very effective and easy to use, the overall quality was immediately apparent. In a world of "consumables", this stand screamed "durable quality" and should be the only one I ever have to buy. Even the carrying case is top-notch.
This stand is lightweight enough to be able to move around or take with you, but sturdy enough that you don't have to worry about it tipping or bending/breaking. From my lightweight road bike to my full-suspension rig, I know that the bike is not going anywhere while I am wrenching. And, with the excellent height adjustment, I'll never have to be uncomfortable, whether working on any section of the bike, mine or my kids', again.
Kudos to Feedback and REI on a superb product offering!
Does the job
I purchased this stand instead of the park stand because of the price and the quality. This stand screams quality. I am very impressed with how easy this is to use and the quick release features are one of the best features on this stand. Since no one writes about using bike stands for antique bikes; the only thing I was concerned about was if my antique ballooners from the 30's,40's, 50's were able to hold up since they are 65+ pounds. It does the job. I wasn't expecting any stand unless cast iron to hold these old bikes but this stand blew away the park stand. I had no problems with the stand holding up these heavy bikes. This stand does everything I hoped it would do and more. One more thing is to purchase the tool tray. This is a life saver or should I say small parts keeper.
Just wanted to add to the strong reviews.
I recently purchased this stand (Feedback Pro Elite) and love it. I have not used the top of the line portable Park stand, but I do have their premium clamp permanently bolted to a wall in my garage. I do think the Park clamping system is slightly better but this does not diminish enthusiasm for this Feedback. The Feedback clamp is super strong and easy to use.
The stand is super stable. I put a fully outfitted Surly LHT (64cm) on the thing and it doesn't wobble one bit. The quality of this stand is professional grade. I'm tough on tools but am very please with this one.
Having a portable stand (especially in a bag) is a great asset for home or travel repair.