Review: Scorpion Bike Stands

Ingenious design holds up bikes for storage and maintenance

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They come ready to strike in many different versions and colors.

They come ready to strike in many different versions and colors (click to enlarge).

The Lowdown: Scorpion Bike Stands

We’ve been using the Scorpion bike stand for a few months now and have been thoroughly impressed to date. The classic “Why I didn’t think of that?” and the “It looks like a scorpion ready to strike.” often enter our minds when we use it.

It’s a simple concept of holding the bike up with the hole on hollow bottom brackets. Where the Scorpion stands out is in execution. They were able to envision a stand that can be used for maintenance so they sought to build the most stable, highest quality stand around.

Holding up the new Bronson elevates the rear wheel like a good friend.

Holding up the new Bronson elevates the rear wheel like a good friend (click to enlarge).

This stand is fairly light since it is made of chromoly steel. And the first reaction using it is how sturdy it feels. Let’s face it, the number one job of a bike stand is to hold a bike upright and it seems like most of the stands out there do a half-decent job at it. The bike stays up but bump it, or give it a good puff of wind and down goes the fancy bike. Add to it uneven or grass surfaces and normally stable stands are left teetering.

The issue is further complicated by these new wheel sizes. 29er, Plus, Fat Bike wheels are all making a mess of the bike stand ecosystem as a lot of them don’t fit now and are rendered useless.

Scorpion handles all these wheel size issues as long as they have a modern bottom bracket.


Stat Box
Mtb or Road MSRP: $73 Pro Folding MSRP: $89
Included Accessories: Adapter sleeves Pro Folding Accessories: Adapter sleeves and joining bolt
Rating: 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Ingenious design allows basic bike maintenance
  • Not cheap
  • Incredibly well built
  • Not all bikes fit
  • Made in the USA
  • Have to get down low to do some tasks
  • So many fun colors
    • Sometimes better than a bike stand

      Video: Scorpion bike stand in action.

      Full Review: Scorpion Bike Stands

      Using the Scorpion Bike Stand is fairly straightforward— simply lift your bike and slide the hollow crank axle onto stand’s spindle. A vast majority of mountain cranks use large-diameter hollow axles, making current SRAM and Shimano cranksets, as well as numerous models from FSA, Specialized, Race Face and others compatible with it’s 20mm plastic sleeve installed. The stand ships with an 18mm adaptor for Shimano Zee and other smaller-diameter spindles—without a sleeve it works for BB30 and Cannondale Hollowgram cranksets.

      Pro stand can be taken apart with one bolt for compact portaging.

      Pro stand can be taken apart with one bolt for compact portaging (click to enlarge).

      Ideal balance point

      Since most bottom brackets sit slightly rearward of the bike’s center, the balance point is such that the front wheel touches the ground while the rear wheel is suspended a few inches in the air. This allows for the rear wheel to spin freely, making pedaling, changing gears and other rearward adjustments quite simple.

      Continue to page 2 for more on the Scorpion Bike Stand and a full photo gallery »

      About the author: Francis Cebedo

      The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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      Comments:

      • evdog says:

        Bought one of these a year ago. Ordered it Saturday of T-giving weekend, it was at my door when we got home from our trip on Sunday night! This is a very useful stand which has been great to bring on road trips since it takes up little room. My only complaint is that a pedal will strike the arm if you have wide pedals. You can slide the stand out of the BB slightly but this makes it less stable. Also hard to get it stable on dirt, you have to find a level spot. For the money this is a great, simple stand though. I still use my park stand to work on bikes at home but the Scorpion is there too for easy bike storage. Highly recommended!

        • Rotomon says:

          I like mine but the pedal part is annoying. The arm that goes into the crank should be an inch +/- longer and the base should be 3 inches +/- wider to accept fat bikes (it will hold them but it is a bit tippy. Also add long foam cruiser grips to the base so it doesnt scratch up nice floors.

          • Lido Baron says:

            Agreed. the spindle is too short for BB30 brackets. The bike will “walk” off the spindle on it’s own if it’s not on perfectly flat/level ground. I’ve caught $7000 of brand new Carbon Bike doing just that a few times. It makes it awkward to rotate the pedals, too. Bike will come off if your not absolutely attentive and careful. Bottomline, it’s a good idea but the spindle on mine is getting chopped and a new lengthened one welded back on. For the need of this fix, I wouldn’t buy another one. If the welder has to be broken out, I’ll be building a slew of better ones.

      • Denny Tynan says:

        I have had my Scorpion for about 15 months now and love the simplicity of it.. first saw this stand in the pit area of pro motocross racer Chad Reed. Had his Specialized mounted to it right next to his dirt bike. I do my tuning at home with my standard work stand. The Scorpion goes with me to all my races and rides for final pre race/ ride prep and post race/ ride wash downs. Great investment!!

      • James says:

        For me personally I’ll keep using my Parktools work stand. I don’t think I would enjoy bending over to do most work.

        The one nice thing I’ll add is that it’s more portable then a bike work stand.

      • Shane says:

        I have read that this will not work with the Next SL crankset, and even Feedback sports confirmed this. But the picture in this review show holding up a bike with a Next SL crankset. Anyone have an experience with this?

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