Top Bike Work Stand Review of 2016 is Revealed by OutdoorGearLab
Awards are granted for products earning Top Pick, Best Buy, and Editors' Choice distinctions.
Products were tested in garages and workshops all over the Lake Tahoe area. Reviewers performed everyday maintenance as well as specific tasks such as pedal swap drills. They examined key components, like the clamping mechanism, and the devices were packed, transported and re-assembled to decipher which products flourished or floundered in regards to travel. The gadgets were dissected and dismantled to measure stability, ease of clamping, portability/
The winners are as follows:
Editors' Choice Award - Feedback Sports Classic
The Feedback Sports Classic was crowned Editors' Choice because of its all-around stellar performance. This product is intuitive, simple and reasonably priced. Its lightweight, compact construction allows it to be transported easily from the garage to the campground and its design has been solidified in its seventeen years on the market. In reference to its ease of use, testers say, "We never spent time removing wheels or searching the tool box for adapters. We simply grabbed it, unfolded the legs, set the height, and placed the bike in the clamp." This classic accommodates all types of bikes, and with 30 inches of height adjustability, it adapts to people of all statures. If you want one gadget that does it all (and does it well), this is the one to select.
Best Buy Award - Park Tool PCS-10
The PCS-10 earned its bragging rights for the Best Buy award, an honor reserved for quality products marked at a reasonable price point. Reviewer Sean Cronin found, "It blurs the lines between heavy-duty professional and portable home stand for the Do-It-Yourself crowd." Flaunting heavy-duty steel construction and a beefy clamp which can adapt to almost any tube size, there is no bike too big for this burly contraption;
Top Pick Award for Traveling Techies and Weight Weenies - Topeak PrepStand Pro
The PrepStand Pro was crowned Top Pick due to its travel-ability and design and because it is geared towards riders who are conscientious of every ounce on their cycle set-up. In addition to its specialized application, this model combines traits such as sturdiness, easy height adjustment and a wide tripod base, making it an all-around performer. Featuring a built-in scale, Sean Cronin thinks, "Weight-weenies in particular will enjoy geeking out, weighing everything from different wheelsets, to the difference in weight when deciding on a race day sock choice." As for packability, it comes with a nifty case and gets down small enough to stow away effortlessly amongst the rest of the gear.
OutdoorGearLab, LLC, operating out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a free resource committed to helping consumers make informed purchasing decisions about outdoor gear when shopping online. The site, www.outdoorgearlab.com, publishes detailed comparison reviews of outdoor apparel and equipment as well as complementary articles, such as buying advice guides for each category. Reviewers perform gear testing, comparing products against one another in real world applications, and then share their findings in written essays. Products are scored across a range of weighted metrics, and awards are allocated to commendable models. From backpacking and camping to cycling and climbing, readers can use this resource to find the best possible product with minimal time invested in personal research.