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on 16 April 2013
I used to own a Park Tools Park Tool PCS-4-1. Ok, it did the job, but it was heavy, unwieldy and very awkward to store, mainly because it didn't collapse down very much, and the hinged legs kept flapping around whenever you moved it. "Agricultural" would be a fair description, and the PCS-4-1 stand didn't seem to be of the same quality as the rest of Park's range of stuff.
Anyway, the "Feedback Sports Pro Elite" bike workstand is a completely different beast. For a start, it looks, feels and handles like it was designed by an Engineer, not a blacksmith. It's light in weight, collapses down to a very compact size, and the sprung-loaded frame/seat post clamp that can be closed and released one-handed is a work of genius. The clamp on the PCS-4-1 never felt like a mechanism suitable for clamping aluminium, let alone carbon, and the "clamp it, try it, unclamp, adjust and re-clamp" faff needed for the Park clamp is frankly a pain in the backside. Feedback's clamp is adjusted for tension *after* you've closed the sprung-loaded jaws - a much more sensible idea!
Portable workshop stands like these are not meant for holding a bike when attempting something that needs a lot of force applying - like, say, extracting a seized bottom bracket. For pretty much everything else, a portable stand makes life a whole lot easier, even for mundane stuff like cleaning.
So, in conclusion, the Pro Elite is highly recommended. It's light, very well designed and looks fantastic - web page images don't do it justice. It's also very stable with the bike at maximum height, something I felt was a bit marginal on the Park PCS-4-1. If you're in the market for a portable workstand, don't buy anything until you've checked out the Feedback Pro Elite. Also recommended are the optional tote bag and the tool tray.
on 9 January 2014
This is an excellently made product . All parts oozes quality . The red aluminium is beautiful. The silver cam action clamps are very strong , and can be easily used one handed. The 3 legs are connected which makes adjustment action happen together. Rubber at the base of feet secure a good even pressure on the floor.
The clamping jaw is the best available in any bike repair stand . It has quick clamp & release with rubber strips along the jaws - so no damage to part being clamped . The final tightening is done using the strong black metal tri-screw. Titling of the head is very easy & robust using the back metal screw.
The only negative I can find is that the main aluminium tubing could be more rigid . There is flex in the main tubing when holding a heavier Mtb bike . These tubes should be of heavier section.
The unit can extend quiet tall too. It is quick & easy to open & close . It is light & closes to a compact shape. I also purchased the handlebar holder or " flop stop " . Very useful & can be adjusted to hold handlebars at an angle if desired . I am waiting on the tote bag which is another accessory . I did not purchase the plastic work tray as yet . These 3 items are expensive as indeed is the stand , I think they should come included with the stand . Hensey the 1 star deducted.