Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
I have been using Feedback Sports bike stands for over a decade, and my old one is still puttering along, albeit a bit stiffer with age (like all of us). Back then the company was called Ultimate Support Systems, and in addition to the bike stands, they also made professional speaker stands. The speaker and bike stand divisions split into separate companies, and very recently Feedback Sports acquired Ultimate Bike Support.
Feedback Sports has been in business since 2004, and is headquartered in Golden Colorado. They were primarily a designer and manufacturer of digital scales and bicycle tools, until they acquired Ultimate Bike Support (USS) in September 2008 and brought into their fold the USS bicycle repair stands and storage products. Feedback Sports was started by Doug and Lisa Hudson, both whom are intimately involved in the Colorado bicycle racing scene. In fact, Lisa won the 2008 Winter Park mountain bike series!
The Feedback Sports bike stands come in 5 versions, the Pro-Elite, the Pro-Ultralight, the Sport-Mechanic, the Pro-Classic and the Recreational. All except the Recreational model use Feedback Sports foldable tripod system. The system offers excellent stability on uneven ground, which makes it a great feature on road trips, bike races, etc. The Pro-Elite is their top of the line bike stand, and its innovative clamping system sets it apart from its brethren.
The 12.6 lbs. stand is made from anodized aluminum, and is comprised of 2 sections. The lower section contains the tripod legs, while the upper section has a 28 inch telescoping tube with an attached bike clamping head that can accommodate up to 2 5/8 inch tubes. The stand folds down to a compact 5x8x45 inches, and when erected has a 54 inch footprint.
Quiz: why are pounds abbreviated as lbs?
The basic Roman unit of weight was the libra pondo; libra means “scales or balances,” and pondo comes from pendere, meaning “to weigh.” Pondo became pound, and libra became the abbreviation lb., reflecting the medieval custom of keeping accounts in Latin.
Here is a short video highlighting some of the features of the Pro-Elite stand:
To use the folding tripod, just open the single lower quick release lever, and push the legs down into position, and then lock the lever down. For stability, I prefer having one leg pointing directly towards where you will be working. To close up the legs just open up the lever, and tug the legs back up against the main tube body and then close the lever. You can also just partially move the legs up, so that it can be stored without taking up as much floor space. The lever is also very nicely shaped and very ergonomic. Those are the little touches that really add a lot of flavor and usability to Feedback Sports bike stands.