Searching for the best bike work stand you can buy in 2020? We researched nearly every model on the market before buying ten models to test and compare side by side. Whether you're an avid rider, an aspiring or serious home mechanic, then you probably already know that a quality work stand is one of the best additions you can make to your home or travel workspace. With so many options to choose from, finding the right model to suit your needs and budget can be a challenge. We tested each work stand for months in our home workshops and on the road to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly, how they compare to each other.
The Best Bike Work Stands of 2020
Best Overall Bike Work Stand
Feedback Sports Pro-Elite
The Feedback Sports Pro Elite is our Best Overall Bike Work Stand. Feedback Sports has been relatively dominant for some time, with the Classic holding the top spot for the past couple of years. However, the Pro Elite had no problem earning our Editors' Choice Award with all the same things we loved about the Classic plus an even more robust and user-friendly clamp design. This stand is easy to set up and break down, collapses small for storage and travel, and is competitively lightweight. It has a tripod base with long legs that create a wide and stable footprint with quality metal quick release collars and closures that help ensure stability in its 42"-71" height adjustment range. The folding clamp arm is sturdy, with 360 degrees of rotational adjustment and a very user-friendly ratcheting quick release clamp design. The clamp is the most impressive aspect of this stand, being easier to use than any other model we've tested.
While we loved virtually everything about the Pro Elite, it is quite expensive, although far from the most expensive model we tested. It is worth the price, but if you can't justify the expense, then check out the Classic, our former Editors' Choice Award winner, and our second highest-rated model.
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Best Bang for Your Buck
Eclypse Repair Stand
The Eclypse Repair Stand was a surprise performer throughout our testing process. Before researching for this test, we had never heard of the Eclypse brand, but we quickly learned that they offer a darn competitive budget-friendly work stand. The Eclypse is the lightest of any stand we tested without feeling flimsy or cheap, and it is also one of the quickest to set up and tear down. It offers a height adjustment range of 41 to 58 inches, a large plastic tool tray, and a strong cam lever clamp with 360 degrees of indexed angle adjustment. In testing, we didn't find another cam lever clamp as easy to use and effective as the Eclypse's. Its plastic and aluminum frame construction holds up to heavy enduro and downhill bikes, and we didn't experience any component wear or failures during testing. The convenient and user-friendly design makes this a great value for anyone looking to keep up on routine maintenance without breaking the bank.
It's not all roses with the Eclypse, but for such an inexpensive stand, our concerns were minor. When we started doing some heavier wrenching, we noticed that this stand is a bit less stable than many of its more expensive counterparts. The tripod base does its job admirably, but the small footprint means that it can get off balance when holding the bike at weird angles or under heavy loads. Additionally, we liked the easy-to-use clamp angle adjustment, but we worry that over time with frequent use, the plastic grooves that make the system work might wear out. In spite of these two issues, we won't hesitate to recommend this purchase to all but the pickiest mechanics out there.
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Best for Racers and Weight Conscious Riders
Topeak PrepStand Pro
One of the most expensive models in our test selection, the ToPeak PrepStand Pro has come down slightly in price. While it is expensive, it's also safe to say that the PrepStand Pro is the fanciest model we tested, with included extras like a built-in digital scale and carrying/storage bag. It is incredibly easy and intuitive to set up and break down, with an excellent range of height adjustment. Its long tripod legs and rubber feet give this stand the largest footprint and most stability of all stands we tested, and the durable aluminum quick-release hardware keeps things held securely in place during use. The unique air-cushioned lowering of the height adjustment is another feature that we loved. It may not be the lightest or the smallest when fully collapsed, but the included storage/carrying bag made storing, moving or traveling with the PrepStand Pro exceptionally user-friendly. The built-in digital scale is another feature that gram-counting racers will appreciate; we found ourselves weighing all of our bikes just for the fun of it.
While we loved most aspects of the PrepStand Pro, it lost a little ground to the competition due to the additional knob turning required to make adjustments of the clamp and clamp arm. It also has the lowest weight limit and quite a few plastic parts, including a ring of plastic teeth that control the angle adjustment, which could cause some durability issues over time. That said, this is a well-refined and quality work stand for the traveling racer or gram counting rider.
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Best for Non-Clamping Stands
Topeak PrepStand X
The ToPeak Prepstand X offers a viable alternative to traditional clamping stands in a lightweight, compact package. With height adjustment from 33 to 57 inches, 90 degrees of fore and aft angular adjustment, and the ability to spin 360 degrees freely, this stand has arguably more mechanical versatility than many of the clamping stands in the test. ToPeak includes easily-swappable adapters for quick release and the most common modern front axle standards. The aluminum frame is sturdy and stable despite the relatively low 37.9-pound weight limit, and the entire stand is durably constructed. Mechanics who dread clamping their expensive frames but love the convenience of traditional stands will find that the Prepstand X strikes a balance between the two.
Like any axle/bottom bracket mounting stand, the Prepstand X loses some ground to clamping stands in the speed and convenience departments. Beyond taking the time to remove the front wheel, you'll also have to adjust the mounting length for every different bike you throw in the stand, and different kinds of bikes will require different axle adapters. The mounting length adjustment and axle adapter swap doesn't take much time with the Prepstand X's user-friendly design, but if you work on a variety of bikes, these swaps can get old quick. In testing, we also learned that, in spite of its adjustability, the mounting beam would not accommodate super-long frames with slack head tube angles. Luckily, the high-end road frames that the Prepstand X caters to typically land on the shorter, steeper end of the geometry spectrum. If you're looking for a way to work on you're bike without the fear of tube-crunching clamps, the Prepstand X is your best bet.
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Another Great Value
Bike Hand YC-100BH
The Bike Hand YC-100BH work stand costs less than half as much as most of the other models we tested and is a very impressive value. Our expectations were about as low as the price, but were pleasantly surprised to find the Bike Hand offers features and performance that far exceeded its price tag. One of the lightest weight stands in our test selection, the Bike Hand also collapsed down the smallest for storage and travel. The simple and intuitively designed stand was quick and easy to set up and break down, and the clamp and angle adjustments were solid and user-friendly. The Bike Hand isn't as stable as its much more expensive competitors, but it was adequate for most do-it-yourself tasks. An included removable tool tray is also a nice feature.
This stand wasn't quite as stable as our top-rated competitors, and it also has a smaller range of height adjustment. We also have concerns about the durability of the Bike Hand's many plastic parts, but we were generally impressed with its performance, especially for the price. If you're operating on a budget and need a work stand for home or travel, check out the Bike Hand YC-100BH.
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Why You Should Trust Us
Between them, authors Jeremy Benson and Zach Wick have been riding and wrenching on bikes for close to forty years. Benson has lived in the North Lake Tahoe area for the past 18 years and is a year-round mountain athlete, backcountry skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the warmer months. In addition to testing all manner of mountain bike gear for reviews, Benson is a gravel and mountain bike racer with podium finishes in major endurance events. Wick has years of cycling industry experience working in product design and testing. He has been riding, racing, and tinkering with bikes for the last fifteen years and has experience with just about every cycling discipline you can think of. Riding as much as these two do requires lots of routine maintenance and simple repairs, and both Benson and Wick have spent a lot of time in their home workshops, learning what makes good equipment tick.
To make this review comprehensive and representative of the best bike work stands, we researched the top models on the market and chose ten of the best to test and compare side-by-side. Each was tested for an extended period using a variety of bikes and performing everything from routine maintenance tasks like lubing a chain or washing to more involved jobs like swapping out a drivetrain or dropper seat post. Read on for a detailed breakdown of our test results.
Related: How We Tested Bike Work Stands
What is a Bike Work Stand?
If you've ever tried to repair your bike at home without a bike work stand, then you know how big of a hassle it can be with your bike flipped upside down or leaning against a wall in your garage. It's much easier to have it supported securely in the upright position with the wheels off the ground. Whether you just want to steer clear of the bike shop for minor repairs, you're already a skilled mechanic, or you want to keep up with everyday maintenance tasks like lubing your chain and cleaning your bike, then a bike work stand is an excellent investment that will dramatically improve your experience and likely save you money in the long run.
Analysis and Test Results
We tested each stand over an extended period, mounting everything from carbon and aluminum mountain bikes, road and CX bikes, even BMX and beach cruisers. We timed ourselves during setup, measured height adjustment, clamp openings, and collapsed size, and took detailed notes on every aspect of each model. We knocked them around and put them through their paces, tossing them in the back of the truck and testing hard wrenching efforts on each one. We used them and abused them and compared them to each other in an effort to enable you to make a more informed purchase decision.
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With an enormous range of retail prices, it can be tricky to decide just how much is reasonable to spend. In our testing, we found that our highest rated models were also some of the most expensive. That said, our Best Buy Award winner, the Eclypse, costs three times less than the most expensive competition and offers nearly the same level of performance.
Styles of Bike Work Stands
Bike work stands come in a couple of different styles. The more popular and more common of the two is the seatpost/top tube clamp style stand that has large curved jaws that clamp around the seatpost or top tube of your frame. The bike is suspended in the air so you can work on any part of the bike and also turn the pedals. Clamp-style models typically feature adjustable height and clamp angle to suit your preferences. Clamp-style stands are generally relatively simple and user-friendly and can accommodate virtually every type of bike and a variety of widths and shapes of tubing. Home mechanic work stands are portable and collapse down to a small size for storage and travel.
Axle/bottom bracket-mount work stands are far less common. These stands mount bikes using either the front or rear axle with the bottom bracket resting on a cradle. Axle/bottom bracket mount stands require the removal of one of the bike's wheels and are generally more time consuming to use than their clamping counterparts. That said, this type of stand holds your bike for repairs and maintenance without anything clamping onto your frame and is preferred by some riders for high-end frames with unique tube shapes and thin tube walls that might be damaged or difficult to hold in a clamp. These stands allow the bike to spin 360 degrees, enabling you to work on the bike from all sides without having to take the bike off or put it back onto the stand and making a thorough hose-down especially convenient.
Criteria for Evaluation
We scrutinized the design and functionality of each stand and rated them on the following criteria: Ease of Setup, Stability, Clamp, Angle Adjustment, Height Adjustment, Portability, and Everyday Maintenance.
Ease of Setup
The easier a work stand is to set up and break down, the more likely you are to actually use it. All the models we tested are portable work stands that collapse down to a small size for storage or travel, and we tested each to see how long it took to set up and break back down. While it didn't affect the scores much, we did take any initial assembly into consideration. All the models we tested can be set up in just a handful of seconds, but a few stood out from the pack. The Feedback Sports Classic, Feedback Sports Pro Elite, budget-friendly Eclypse Repair Stand were the easiest and quickest unfold at around 15 seconds. After that, the Bike Hand, ToPeak Prepstand Pro, and the Park Tool Team Issue all finished just a touch behind. Around 30 seconds was the max for the more difficult to set up models like the Park Tools PCS-10.2 and the Feedback Sports Sprint.
The more stable the work stand, the better, as it is less likely to tip over and damage your precious bike or injure anyone in the process. We tested the stability of each model with the baseline test of removing pedals. This task involves a significant amount of torque. The most stable work stands have the largest footprint, and the long-legged Topeak Prepstand Pro proved to be the steadiest of the bunch. Some other factors may also affect the stability of a work stand, including the height of the clamp, the positioning of the bike, and the centering of the weight. In general, we found tripod style legs to provide more stability. The Feedback Sports Classic, Pro Elite, as well as the Park Tool Team Issue are all quite stable as well.
The less-expensive models we tested generally tended to be the least stable. The Eclypse and the Bike Hand both got a little bit wobbly under heavy wrenching loads, and we learned to be careful when adjusting the height and angle not to knock the whole stand over. Regardless, these stands handled routine maintenance and a wide range of bike styles without issue.
The clamp is hands down one of the most important features of a work stand. Good clamps have curved, non-marking, grippy rubber-covered jaws that apply even pressure to a wide range of tube sizes. Our favorite clamps are easy to use and require less knob turning and fiddling to dial in the appropriate amount of pressure. All of the clamp style stands we tested have jaws that range between 2 3/4" to 3 5/8" long. The range of clamp opening sizes: the Topeak PrepStand Pro and Feedback Sports Classic and Recreational opening up to around 2 inches, while the Bike Hand and Park Tool PCS-10.2 and Team Issue can accommodate tubes up to 3 inches in diameter. The Feedback Sports Pro Elite has our favorite clamp, a unique ratcheting closure with a push-button quick release. The Feedback Sports Classic isn't far behind with a Slide-Lock clamp that works similarly.
The Feedback Sports Sprint and Topeak Prepstand X use an axle/bottom bracket mounting system, and comparing them to the others in the test is like comparing apples to oranges. Of these two, we thought the Topeak's mounting system was a little bit more-user friendly despite the host of adapters for different axle types that we had to keep track of. The Sprint's mount can accommodate both front and rear axles while the Prepstand X can only manage front axles. Both of these stands held bikes securely in place in testing but took considerably more effort to get a bike mounted than any of the clamping-style stands.
An angle-adjustable stand is important for more advanced mechanical operations and to access hard-to-reach places for cleaning. All of the clamp style stands in our test feature a full 360 degrees of angle adjustment, but some are indexed. Both the Feedback Sports Classic and the Pro Elite have smoothly rotating, non-indexed angle adjustment, controlled by loosening or tightening a large three-pronged metal knob on the backside of the clamp arm. Angle adjustments on these two stands can be performed quickly and easily with the bike in the stand. The Feedback Sports Recreational has a similar clamp arm to the two models mentioned above but uses a large plastic knob that is slightly harder to grasp and turn. The Park Tool PCS-10.2 and the Team Issue have a similar angle adjustment with a compression cone that holds the clamp arm in place. Both are easy to adjust but have a somewhat less user-friendly knob design.
The Topeak PrepStand Pro and the Bike Hand YC-100BH also have easily adjustable clamp angles, but both employ a circular ring of plastic teeth that engage and disengage when the knob at the back of the clamp arm is loosened and tightened. While this system works well, the toothed nature of the adjustment requires a bit more attention and care as the plastic parts seem susceptible to wear or damage over time. The Eclypse Repair Stand's indexed angle adjustment can be set up to work with no adjustment needed to change the bike's angle. Simply grab the bike and rotate it in the stand, and the clamp will pop over to the next indexed position. We thought this was one of the best angle adjustments in the test, but, like the other indexed stands, we worry about the plastic parts wearing out over the long haul.
People come in different shapes and sizes, and having the ability to adjust the height of your bike work stand is an important feature. Adjusting the height of the clamp may also provide easier access to otherwise hard to reach spots. Seven of the eight models tested feature height adjustment of the clamp. The range varies between the different models, but they all offer about 15 or more inches of adjustment. The Feedback Sports Classic and Pro Elite offer the largest range of adjustment from 42"-71", while the Recreational offers none, with a fixed height of 55".
We were also big fans of the ToPeak Prepstand Pro, which had a large range of adjustment, metal hardware, and an air-cushioned dampened feel when lowered. The Park Tool models have slightly less range of adjustment, although we found that they generally offered enough for any repair or adjustment we needed to make.
Every work stand in our test selection is portable and collapses down significantly for storage or transport. We measured each of the work stands in their collapsed size and put them side by side for a visual comparison. The weight and shape of a work stand is another factor. The lighter and more wieldy the stand, the easier it is to deal with. While all of the stands we tested proved to be quite portable, the Bike Hand YC-100BH is our most portable with a weight of only 10.75 pounds and a collapsed size of 40 x 8 inches. While it wasn't as lightweight or small as some of its competitors, we especially enjoyed the included storage/carrying bag that came with the Topeak PrepStand Pro. Both the Feedback Sports Classic and Pro Elite also scored well in this metric with small collapsed size and relatively low weight.
Our two axle/bottom bracket mounting stands, the Prepstand X and Sprint each folded up small enough to stow away in standard luggage for plane flights. We've even heard that the Sprint is small enough to qualify as carry-on luggage for some airlines.
If you like to keep your bikes running smoothly and efficiently, then you probably clean your drivetrain and lube your chain regularly and wash your bike after almost every ride. This metric is based on the likelihood of using the stand for everyday maintenance. The easier and quicker it is to set up your bike stand and put your bike in it, the more likely you are to use it regularly. The Feedback Sports Pro Elite was the hands-down winner of this metric, with a quick and easy setup, unique user-friendly clamp design, and a sturdy and stable platform. All testers agreed that we'd be more inclined to do routine maintenance on a work stand if we owned this one.
On the other hand, the Feedback Sports Sprint and Prepstand X axle/bottom bracket mounting stands were the least conducive to everyday maintenance. The axle/bottom bracket mount style requires you to take a wheel off to mount your bike, an extra step that deters simple tasks like a pre-ride lube or a post-ride cleaning. Additionally, if you're frequently mounting different bikes or styles of bike on these stands, you'll have to adjust the mounting locations and swap adapters each time. While these stands serve a purpose and have some definite upsides, we do not recommend them as encouragement for routine maintenance.
There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a bike work stand. From the ease of setup, height and angle adjustments, the clamp, stability, and portability, there is plenty to think about. Any of the work stands we've tested will certainly serve you better than none at all, but some are clearly more impressive than others. We hope the information in this review helps you find the model that suits your needs and budget.
— Jeremy Benson, Zach Wick