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Old 07-15-14, 09:47 AM   #1
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Seat Post vs. Fork Mount Repair Stands

I've been wanting to get a repair stand for a while but just can't seem to decide what I want and being cheap I keep watching for a good price. Amazon currently has the Feedback Sprint (fork mount) for $189 so was thinking of pulling the trigger but just not sure I want this type. I understand the differences, but just can't decide which is the "easier" or better approach. My bikes will all work in a seat post clamp so that's not a concern and that type seems faster to get to work, but the ability to spin the bike around and get to all sides without a post in the way seems nice too - especially for cleaning. About the only issue I can see is front brake adjustments, but I can do that without a stand and it's infrequent anyway.

So, if you've used both what do you see as the pros/cons? Am I overlooking anything important?

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Clamping carbon is not ideal, so the fork mount stand wins for carbon bikes.
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Clamping carbon is not ideal, so the fork mount stand wins for carbon bikes.
True, but the shops do it all the time. 3/4 of my bikes have aluminum posts anyway and not overly interested in getting carbon and hoping to sell the one bike with proprietary carbon post (because I need the cash not dislike the bike).
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I clamp my carbon seat post occasionally and don't really worry about it - they seem sturdy enough. Then I have to take off the little blinky light and the saddle bag. If I want to torque my bottom bracket though, I'm not going to do it while clamped in any stand though so it makes it challenging. "Hey honey, can you come hold my bike while I skin my knuckles on the floor"
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Seat post clamping is much more versatile for a home wrench, speaking from experience. Fork mount looks cooler, but they are for pros where they may have both.
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I clamp my carbon seat post occasionally and don't really worry about it - they seem sturdy enough. Then I have to take off the little blinky light and the saddle bag. If I want to torque my bottom bracket though, I'm not going to do it while clamped in any stand though so it makes it challenging. "Hey honey, can you come hold my bike while I skin my knuckles on the floor"
I have a cheapo alloy seatpost just for those occasions.
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I have a cheapo alloy seatpost just for those occasions.
So do most bike repair shops.

I need to check with them about what they do with my bike since it has a seatmast.
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So do most bike repair shops.

I need to check with them about what they do with my bike since it has a seatmast.
Fork mount stands come in handy when you have odd shaped/proprietary seatposts.
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I bought the fork mount model from Performance first. I thought it looked cool and would be better but I ended up taking it back after a few days and getting the seatpost mount stand. I didn't care for the fork mounted (or shall I say fork/bottom bracket) one much at all. It's so easy to clean my bike and make adjustments on my current stand. I probably always talke the wheels off and throw my chain keeper in while it's on the stand.
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Clamping carbon is not ideal, so the fork mount stand wins for carbon bikes.
why would this be a problem when I sit my fat a** on the bike and scream across rough roads at over 35kph or more....
if carbon was that sensitive then Specialized bikes would be assploding all over the place...oh,sorry that is another thread...
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My cheap $55 Pro Bike stand is working fine. Seat post style, super adjustable, easy to use. Cosmetically it takes up less space than a fork mount stand, plus how easy it is to turn the rear wheel when it's sitting on the stand?
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I loop a lock cable around a nail in the garage rafter, and hook the saddle into that. It has a bit of freedom of movement, so I drop the bike down to the ground for something that requires a bit of torque like removing pedals/cranks, but for adjusting shifting/brakes, removing wheels, and giving the bike a good scrub down, it more than does the job.
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Thanks for the feedback. Kind of reinforces my opinion that maybe just get a seatpost type.
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I did the homemade work stand for years, with a B&D Workmate as the base and some iron pipe and pipe clamp as the stand. With my new bike, I also bought a new workstand. I bought the "BIKEHAND Cycle Pro Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand" off Amazon for $90. It rocks. I've been really happy with it. I feel very safe clamping the carbon seatpost on my Roubaix.
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That looks real similar to this one by "cycling deal".

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KOKFR4/...5KOKFR43138855

Is there a difference?
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Clamping carbon is not ideal, so the fork mount stand wins for carbon bikes.
That's what the Park "Internal Seat tube Clamp" is for.

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As a former shop wrench I used a seat post clamp type stand for over 15 years (single or double stands). With a semi-bad back I had to keep it pretty high so I wouldn't have to lean over. My ceilings aren't high enough to flip a bike around upside down without taking out a light or something so that's not an option. The further away from the stand the bike is the more the bike will move.

During that time I bought a really cheap fork mount stand for use at races and such.

After the shop closed I had no stand. A friend of mine gave me a higher end folding Park stand, seat post type.

So now my inventory is the seat post Park (it's a nice one with the good clamp) and the cheap fork mount type (a discontinued Blackburn). It seems the only thing I use the Park for is to hold the digital scale for weighing my bikes and that's a very rare event. The fork mount stand lives in my garage and I use it when I clean the bike or adjust stuff on it.

I don't like the bike moving around a lot when I'm putting force on it, and the seat post mount stand allows the bike to move. It's not slipping, it's just that if you have a 5' tall stand with a 2' lever holding the bike 2-3' above the BB you have a very long U shape path from the floor to the point where you're applying some force. The bike simply moves, even with a $600+ shop stand with a 70 pound base. Therefore I do BB30 work while the bike is on the floor or on the fork stand mount.

I also don't like the folding legs sticking out from under the stand. The Park portable legs are really noticeable. I guess I was spoiled by the shop plate-type stands.

My dream stand would have a single leg under a well-secured BB area with two wide base legs extending out from the fork mount area. It would be secure, have no legs in the way, and anchor the bike close to the major torque points.
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That looks real similar to this one by "cycling deal".

Amazon.com : Aluminum Cycle Pro Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand Rack Bike : Bike Workstands : Sports & Outdoors

Is there a difference?
looks be the same stand. I'm really impressed with everything about it.
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I own that one too -- they two you're referring to are identical.

I like the stand well enough, but a friend has Feedback Sports "Sport Mechanic" version, which I like better. The clamp is simpler and it seems a bit studier overall. It's available for $150 and sometimes goes on sale here and there.

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That looks real similar to this one by "cycling deal".

Amazon.com : Aluminum Cycle Pro Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand Rack Bike : Bike Workstands : Sports & Outdoors

Is there a difference?
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I have a Feedback Sprint race stand and a trad seatpost clamp stand. The latter is more convenient for most purposes. I used it prior to just about every ride. Clamp the bike, spin and inspect the wheels/tires/brakes, inflate the tires, check the gears if needed/desired, lube chain if appropriate, flip the clamp to release the bike and go. Using the race stand is no big deal either, but you got to release and remove the front wheel, fiddle getting the fork into the stand clamp, do the work, take the bike off the stand and fit the front wheel, then hold the bike up to spin and inspect the front wheel/tire/brakes.
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I don't like the bike moving around a lot when I'm putting force on it, and the seat post mount stand allows the bike to move. It's not slipping, it's just that if you have a 5' tall stand with a 2' lever holding the bike 2-3' above the BB you have a very long U shape path from the floor to the point where you're applying some force. The bike simply moves, even with a $600+ shop stand with a 70 pound base. Therefore I do BB30 work while the bike is on the floor or on the fork stand mount.
+1 I hate the bike moving around when torquing bolts up, even winding through the gears makes it move around when clamped on the seatpost.

I prefer the fork type with the full bb support, the Park version are like tripods and allow you to swivel the bike around and raise it up or lower it easily, while full supporting the frame. They also allow you clamp the rear stay to work on the headset or fork.

I really like my PRS-21 work stand, it's also compact for travel, more expensive but I think it's worth it for something you only need to buy once.

Park Tool Co. » PRS-21 : Super Lite Team Race Stand : Portable Repair Stands
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Thanks for all the feedback. Seems like neither is perfect. Maybe I'll get the fairly well liked cheap seatpost model and if I find I need a fork mount for certain things pick one up down the road. For now, a seatpost type will be better than nothing.
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