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Thoughts on Feedback Elite Repair Stand?

Old 05-20-12, 09:18 PM
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Thoughts on Feedback Elite Repair Stand?

REI has this on sale.

https://www.rei.com/product/729321/fe...e-repair-stand

I don't have a stand yet and this has positive reviews. Anyone using it? Thoughts? Are Park stands better or comparable?
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
REI has this on sale.

https://www.rei.com/product/729321/fe...e-repair-stand

I don't have a stand yet and this has positive reviews. Anyone using it? Thoughts? Are Park stands better or comparable?
I have one. It is a nice stand, but the reason it's probably on sale is because Feedback Sports has a new top-of-the-line stand that is gonna be in stores soon. That new stand is a fork and BB clamp type (I have seen pictures of it, and it's very nice). If I were you, I'll at least wait to see the pricing on the new stand before purchasing the one you referenced. If the price differential is gonna be a few bucks, then the new stand is the way to go.
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Old 05-21-12, 09:18 AM
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Have you checked craigslist? I just picked up a PCS-10 for $90. It was a bit dusty and had some white paint on it from overspray, but it's fully functional.
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A little bit off topic. Am I correct in thinking that because I have a CF seatpost, I can't use a repair stand that clamps on the seatpost? That I need a fork and BB clamp type?

Thanks,

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Old 05-21-12, 10:17 AM
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I have had one since 2006. I like it. I clamp to the top tube but I don't clamp very hard and it hasn't been a problem.
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Originally Posted by mikepwagner View Post
A little bit off topic. Am I correct in thinking that because I have a CF seatpost, I can't use a repair stand that clamps on the seatpost? That I need a fork and BB clamp type?

Thanks,

Mike
It's a problem if you dont have a round seat post. If your post is round and you're still worried then you can buy a cheap Al post to clamp when you work on your bike
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bikerjp, the new Feedback Sports' stand is called Sprint Work Stand. It is now pictured on their website.

Might wanna look at it.
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Old 05-21-12, 06:52 PM
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I have one of these that I got at an REI garage sale, and it's okay but not great. It makes a fine portable stand for road trips or when I do a clinic (I volunteer to give repair clinics from time to time), but I don't like it for doing a lot of repair work at home. The clamp isn't as slick as the good quality (but less portable) Park stands, and it's a bit tipsy, so you have to be careful that the stand and bike don't fall over. I definitely wouldn't use this stand with a tandem or recumbent. So if portability is a major concern then it'll probably work for you, but if you're looking for one to use at home on a regular basis and for doing big jobs then you can do better.

I've had a Park PCS 4-1 for a couple years and it's a good compromise between portability, stability, and suitable for virtually any job: https://www.parktool.com/product/delu...-stand-pcs-4-1. My one complaint is that it rotates on a vertical axis too easily, and I have the collar really cranked down. It's now extraneous so I'll be selling it off someday soon.

By the way, just a couple months ago I was at a bike swap and came across a seller from a shop that had shut down and was clearing out their stuff. I scored a PRS 3 OS shop stand with base for $150 (SCORE!!). So if you're in need of a stand that won't leave the house and will be set up all the time, keep an eye out for a shop that's giving up.

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Old 05-21-12, 06:55 PM
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have had one for three years, used it on (mostly) my cf framed bike with cf seatpost and have had no issues or worries with the seatpost or stand. it was far and away the best bang for the buck, and in my opinion much much easier to work with than the park ones in the same style and price. i have also used it on heavier bikes, and needed to make sure the legs were aligned right to keep it from being tippy, but it was never an issue. 5 out of 5 stars in my book.
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Originally Posted by motorthings View Post
have had one for three years, used it on (mostly) my cf framed bike with cf seatpost and have had no issues or worries with the seatpost or stand. it was far and away the best bang for the buck, and in my opinion much much easier to work with than the park ones in the same style and price. i have also used it on heavier bikes, and needed to make sure the legs were aligned right to keep it from being tippy, but it was never an issue. 5 out of 5 stars in my book.

I agree with the sentiment in bold. I won't give it 5 out of 5 stars, but tipping over while using it to work on, or wash my bikes, has never been an issue.If I recall correctly, the manual warns you about making sure the bike is rotated to align over one of the legs to prevent tip-overs.

If I was shopping for a stand today however, I'll seriously consider Feedback Sports' newer stand, the Sprint Work.

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Old 05-21-12, 08:10 PM
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I tried one out at the lbs and it has a large footprint, post clamp was slipping, but overall it's ok.
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I have it, I love it.. its great
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. Sounds like this one might not be the best for a stay at home general work stand. Some Park stands are the same price.

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bikerjp, the new Feedback Sports' stand is called Sprint Work Stand. It is now pictured on their website.

Might wanna look at it.
https://feedbacksports.com/shop/Sprin...and-P74C1.aspx

I checked out the new Sprint stand and I'm not sure I see how it works. Looks like the fork sits into the clamp and the bottom bracket in the tray or whatever. What keeps it steady as you spin the cranks? Just the fork clamp? Is that a good idea or is there a chance to torque on the forks? Having the front wheel off seems to limit the ability to work on it or front brakes.

Can anyone who knows a lot about these stands comment on if this new design solves problems inherent in standard seat clamp style ones or introduces new issues.
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i have the sport stand and i love mine, the biggest difference in the paint and the clamp, i have to dial my clamp in. personally i think its great, there might be a few quirks but i dont think any stand is perfect, on top of that your getting it from rei. no matter what you can always bring it back. as for me i dont have any issues, the only real one being is if someone doesnt know that you have to spread the legs ALL the way out they only do it half way and then it can barely hold itself up. but thats just plan user error.
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Old 05-22-12, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
Having the front wheel off seems to limit the ability to work on it or front brakes.

Can anyone who knows a lot about these stands comment on if this new design solves problems inherent in standard seat clamp style ones or introduces new issues.
If you need to work on the front with the wheel on, remove the rear wheel, flip the bike around and attach the rear drop outs to the quick release clamp on the stand. Those clamps can adjust for front and rear drop out widths as well as the distance to the bottom bracket.

These fork clamp style stands are essential if you don't have a round seat post. Working on installing/removing a crankset can be a bit unstable because the bottom bracket is not "locked" in to anything, just strapped down, but it's no better on a traditional work stand.

I've had experience with Feedback Sports and Park stands. Both are high quality products, but Feedback gets the nod because they usually come in at a better price than Park products.
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Get a PCS-10 or like $115-120 shipped off eBay or something. Less expensive, does the job.

Although, I do like the newer trend of stand that the front fork goes into a mount, and the BB sits on a padded section for support and rear wheel spins freely. With the above stand and park stand, I let the bike naturally tilt front wheel downward to keep excessive stress off the seat post/torque. The ability to get to either side with this model and the Park model isn't so easy compared to the newer stands a lot of pro mechanics are using lately with their open side design and bottom support only.
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