Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Victoria BC Canada & La Quinta CA USA
Bikes: Birdy Red 8 speed, Birdy Blue 21 Speed, Birdy Monocoque 24 Speed, 2002 Devinci Desperado, 1996 Rocky Mountain Hammer Race
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Bike Repair Stand: Ultimate Pro or Pro Elite?
I am looking for a bike stand and am interested in the Ultimate Pro or the Ultimate Pro Elite.
The key difference appears to be the locking mechansm but i've not been able to see either and while I found a description of how the Pro Elite works, I haven't found a description of how the Pro works.
This is how I think the Pro works:
First you open the jaws till they are more than wide enough by turning the knob at the front of the clamp.
Then you hold the bike up with one hand, slide the jaws back in to close snuggly around the seatpost then tighten the clamp with a quarter turn.
To release it, you unwind the knob until you have enough clearance then remove the bike.
I think that the Pro Elite works the same except that there is a red button that provides an instant release to open the jaws. The benefit being that opening the jaws is quicker and when getting the bike down, you don't have to stand there holding the bike with one hand while you turn a knob with the other.
Do I have this right?
It looks like the other main differences are the ability to clamp a larger tube and having a slightly larger base. Have I missed anything?
Any comments from users of the Pro Elite? The Pro is a well proven design and the Pro Elite is new but looks promising.