GRAN­ITE DESIGNS HEX STAND

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested - WORDS: MIKE BLEWITT IM­AGES: TIM BARD­S­LEY-SMITH

Keep­ing your bike out of harms way at home doesn’t need to in­volve drilling holes for hooks, or in­vest­ing in mas­sive racks – it can be done quickly, sim­ply and ef­fi­ciently with a few prod­ucts on the mar­ket. There are al­ready a cou­ple of prod­ucts out that use the hol­low axle of BB30, Shi­mano Hol­lowtech II and sim­i­lar crank arms, but the Gran­ite Designs Hex Stand also folds up for easy trans­port, which makes it ideal to bring along to an event. By us­ing the hol­low cen­tre of the crank axle in­stead of around the rear axle of the bike, you neatly side­step changes in wheel size or tol­er­ances be­tween frames and disc ro­tors. The Gran­ite Designs stand comes in a carry bag, and the two legs slide down, and the sup­port for your bike can be changed de­pend­ing on your wheel size. The sup­port arm can ac­tu­ally be adapted to suit 10mm or 19mm hol­low axles, and there’s even a lit­tle adapter for Shi­mano road cranksets, mak­ing the stand more ver­sa­tile for road, cy­clocross and gravel bikes too. With a trail bike mounted on the stand, I had no con­cerns it was about to fall over. As the stand’s legs sit flat on the ground, it isn’t as sta­ble on rocky or un­even ter­rain, which is where ‘race racks’ that hang a few bikes by the sad­dle work re­ally well. But they’re mas­sive and ex­pen­sive and overkill for one bike. In­stead, the Gran­ite Designs rack is small, light and eas­ily por­ta­ble. It makes things like lub­ing your chain, pump­ing up tyres or shocks, clean­ing, or even mi­nor ad­just­ments to brakes and shift­ing pos­si­ble with­out a mas­sive work stand. The Hex Stand is also a highly mo­bile stor­age so­lu­tion for your garage, hall­way, spare room... or wher­ever you need to keep bikes. Setup time is less than 30 sec­onds for some­thing that keeps your bike off walls, and sta­ble. The only down­sides to the rack are it’s not as solid as the one piece racks that hold a bike in the

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