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What’s every professional cyclist’s greatest fear? Having participated in many cross-country bicycle races, I can safely say that bicycle malfunctions en-route to the finish line are the most crushing thing that can happen to any cyclist. I once saw my position in a mountain bike race slip from third to last after my bicycle gears got damaged and I could not perform the appropriate repairs in time to finish the race.
After that unfortunate incident, I resolved that I would never again lose a race due to technical screw-ups. I did plenty of research, the fruits of which you can see on this website, and found that the Feedback brand was high up on the list of faves for many cycling pros. In turn, I discovered this one, the Feedback Sports Pro Elite Repair Stand, complete with many other satisfied online reviews from many customers, so I decided to give it a shot. I’ve taken it with me on several races and am so much more confident when out on a circuit, knowing I have one of the top bike repair stands on the market.
What’s to like about the Sports Pro Elite from Feedback?
If you’re going to take your bike maintenance stand with you on races, it needs to be extremely portable and the Pro Elite stand definitely scores on that count. It weighs only 13 pounds, meaning that it hardly contributes to my airline baggage limits when I’m travelling via air for races. It can be folded up and stored in a compact bag when not in use. Although I take it on every race, it’s so portable I barely even notice it’s there.
At a feather-light 13 pounds, I didn’t have high expectations about this bike repair stand’s stability and harbored a fair amount of cynicism towards the manufacturer’s claims that the bicycle stand could support bikes weighing up to 85 pounds. But for once, I was not the victim of false marketing.
This bicycle stand was really extremely sturdy as it was built from professional-grade metal components (to be more precise: rust-proof, red-anodized 6000 series aluminum tubing). It was also incredibly stable, chiefly due to the patented Secure-Lock clamp which uses a ratchet action to lock the bicycle firmly in place. Even when I was performing vigorous repairs, my bicycle remained still instead of wobbling about. Most of the sturdier bicycle stands I’ve encountered use complicated screw mechanisms to keep the bicycle in place, making it very difficult to get a bike in and out of the stand.
In stark contrast, the Secure-Lock clamp is really easy to release. A quick push of a button is all it takes to set your bike free. This is really important during races when every second lost could cost you a place on the victory podium. You can easily set up the Pro Elite repair stand, perform your repairs and pack up in a matter of minutes, allowing you to continue your race with minimal time wastage.
I only have one minor gripe about this bike stand. I found that the ratchet head became stuck more frequently after a month of use. A little lubricant solved the problem, so if you intend to buy this stand, please remember to lubricate the ratchet mechanism every week or so to keep the bicycle stand in good working condition.
Bang for your hard-earned buck?
Absolutely! Overall, this Feedback Pro Elite Bicycle Repair Stand is a truly excellent bike stand for its portability and sturdiness and I would highly recommend it for avid cyclists everywhere. I believe there are other color options, but personally, love the awesome red it seems to come in by default.
It will set you back around $200, but in my opinion, worth it. A very solid 9/10 for this one, and certainly another option to think about if you like Feedback stands!
One last thing to consider: this repair stand is one of the most highly rated stands out there. Just look at some of the reviews on Amazon for this (click the link below), and its amazing 4.9/5 rating. Certainly the most highly rated we’ve come across – see more ratings in our Buying Guide.
One of the leading manufacturers on the market today, Feedback, have one of the power player models out there: the Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand.
Certainly one of the sleeker and best bike repair stands that is still within the budget for many of us average hobbyists. What most grabs the eye is its ability to go from a large fully unfolded stand, to a compact and neat folded stand with ease. And even better – it is easy to transport and very light compared to other branded bicycle repair stands.
Manufactured from anodized steel and aluminum, this results in a sleek, rust proof, durable, strong and light repair stand, just what you need from a stand that will help you support your bike – and last for a bit longer than just one wintry season! The aluminum helps against weathering, damage and rust and makes it really light.
With dimensions of 6.6 inch by 5 inch by 44.1 inches, this bike stand might surprise you with a weight of just 12.6 pounds. This obviously makes it one of the lightest models out there – while in contrast it can support bikes of up to 65 pounds in weight VERY comfortably.
The Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand is telescopic and can extend to 42 inches, up to 65 inches tall. It can also hold all sizes of seat posts and any amount of even the most awkward tubes.
So, does the Feedback Sport Repair Stand provide value for money?
If you’re looking for value for money, this is one of the best options out there today (no surprise that it makes out Top 3 bestseller list). The Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic stand isn’t the cheapest option, but it certainly gives you good bang for your buck. Its durability and robustness will hold a large range of bike sizes, and surely fulfill all of your bike repair needs.
If we had to compare it with the bestselling Park Tool PCS-10, we’d have to say this Feedback runs the PCS-10 very close to the wire. Both models are priced similarly, so it comes down to personal preferences in the end. Bottom line: its aluminum and steel mix ensure durability and strength, including the ability to safely support bikes up to 65 pounds in weight. If you’re looking to invest in a strong, reliable bike repair stand, you’re not going to be disappointed with the Feedback Sport-Mechanic.
We have since reviewed the Feedback Sports Pro Elite, another great option from Feedback and very highly rated!