Feature packed beyond belief: my review of the Topeak Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand
No self-respecting bike enthusiast can get by without making constant tweaks to his prized bicycle(s). I’ve been hunting down repair stands for some years now, and this Topeak Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand fits the bill perfectly. It’s quite simply one of the most feature-packed bike repair stands on the market and at this price – we’re talking just over $200 – it’s an absolute steal.
Without a doubt, this bicycle stand’s greatest draw is its unusually large storage capability. Out of the box, the stand can hold two bicycles and it is capable of holding up to four bikes if you purchase additional mounts.
For bike collectors like me with an insatiable appetite for new bicycles, this is a dream come true. I can easily perform modification and repair work on all four of my bicycles at once because this bicycle stand is so incredibly sturdy (and weighing in at just over 12 pounds, that’s a very impressive sturdiness). Unlike many cheaper bicycle work stands which are constructed using plastic or cheap hollow metal tubing, the Topeak Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand is made primarily out of extremely sturdy aluminum tubing. When I’m working on my bicycles with power tools, the stand doesn’t vibrate at all. That’s really a rare and desirable quality among bicycle repair stands, and definitely a solid reason for the higher price tag.
This awesome Topeak stand has also been instrumental in helping me keep my bikes modified and in tip-top shape, as well as the bikes of other family members! I like that this bike stand can be folded up when it’s not in use. Since I live in a rather small apartment, I can’t spare the space to set up a permanent work stand for my bicycles (it’s on the list, but we’re still working on it!). So I only take out this Topeak repair stand when I need to clean, repair or modify my bikes.
In addition, by allowing me to stack my bikes two at a time, this bike stand has spared me the incessant nagging of my girlfriend to sell a couple of my bicycles and clear up some space in the apartment. My beloved bicycles now take up much less space than before!
Some of the must-have features on this beast include:
- Mounts for two bikes and one handlebar stabilizer included (you can buy an additional mount to hold a total of 4 bikes)
- Perfect for road, MTB and sloping top tube designs
- A handle-bar stabilizer prevents your front wheel from spinning during modifications
- Awesome – and yes, even sexy – design includes a freestanding tripod base, which also folds up so can be easily stored when not in use (or when your partner starts complaining!)
- Quick-release feature for extra convenience
After such a glowing start to this review, are there any cons to buying this stand from Topeak? Well, to be completely honest, it’s a little more expensive than your average bike stand (though still cheaper than stands like the latest PCS4 from Park Tool or the PRS-20, also from Park Tool). That might put off cyclists who see cycling as a casual hobby rather than a way of life.
However, if you have any desire at all to take cycling and bicycle modification seriously, you’ll find that the extra money you fork out for the Topeak TuneUp stand is very well spent indeed. After all, supermarket-brand repair stands may come at lower prices, but they’re also unstable and typically hold only one bicycle. With bike stands, as with most products, you certainly get what you pay for.
So, bang for you buck with this Topeak stand – or not?
This latest addition to my bicycle work arsenal is truly indispensable. It saves me a ton of space, speeds up my bike maintenance work and is definitely one of the more reasonably-priced bicycle stands in its class. You won’t find a better multi-storage bike stand at this price anywhere, so if you are an avid cyclist and bike mechanic who owns more than one bike, get the Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand. You won’t regret it.