SIX OF THE BEST

Six fold­ing stands for span­ner­ing at home and away

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Fold­ing work­stands – which one makes it eas­i­est to do some span­ner­ing on your bike, both at home and away?

Mi­noura RS 1800 £184.99

SO GOOD… The RS-1800 folds up small and weighs just 3.9kg. It holds your bike via its front or rear dropouts – good news for car­bon frames, which aren’t built to re­sist clamp­ing forces (though you can still clamp the seat­post). A range of dropouts are ac­com­mo­dated, from 100x9mm QR to 142x12mm.

NO GOOD… Spac­ers aren’t pro­vided for Boost forks (110x15mm) or rear ends (148x12mm), so th­ese dropouts aren’t held as se­curely. Mount­ing a bike with a through-axle is a fid­dly process. On longer bikes, the rub­ber-coated bot­tom bracket sup­port con­tacts the down tube in­stead. www.zy­rofisher.co.uk

Park Tool PCS 10 £174.99

SO GOOD… Park’s PCS-10 is faster and eas­ier to set up than the en­try-level PCS-9, thanks to quick-re­lease levers at the base and half­way up the shaft. There’s a QR on the frame clamp too, which is quick to op­er­ate and se­cure. Plas­tic clips hold the legs in place when folded.

NO GOOD… At 7.71kg, it’s heavy. It’s also one of the largest stands here once folded. Fric­tion makes it dif­fi­cult to ex­tend the two-piece shaft, and the spring but­tons that hold the legs in place don’t en­gage well. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, three­legged stands are more sta­ble when ap­ply­ing up­ward force to a bike. www.madi­son.co.uk

Feed­back Sports Ul­tra­light £225

SO GOOD… QR col­lars make this stand easy to set up and ad­just, and its three legs pro­vide a sta­ble foun­da­tion. The ‘Slide-Lock’ frame clamp ad­justs quickly and in fine in­cre­ments, mak­ing it easy to clamp your bike with the right amount of force. It can also be ro­tated with a bike in place. The stand folds down fairly small. NO GOOD… De­spite the name, it’s not all that light, at 4.8kg. The frame clamp is 63.5mm (2.5in) deep, which can make it fid­dly to mount bikes with hori­zon tally mounted shocks. Con­sid­er­ably cheaper al­ter­na­tives are avail­able that of­fer much of the same func­tion­al­ity. www.2pure.co.uk

X Tools Home Me­chanic £89.99

SO GOOD… De­spite be­ing the sec­ond cheap­est stand here (with a work mat in­cluded), the X-Tools has com­pa­ra­ble fea­tures to its prici­est com­peti­tors. The shaft is shaped so that the frame clamp can’t ro­tate past the legs. There’s a QR lever to op­er­ate the jaws, and the clamp folds flat. The stand can be set up in sec­onds, thanks to easy-ac­tion QRs. It’s light enough to trans­port around eas­ily. NO GOOD... The frame clamp is quite flexy tor­sion­ally, so doesn’t of­fer much re­sis­tance when you’re wrench­ing on seized parts. It only has two legs and the steep an­gle of its shaft makes it a bit less sta­ble than the sim­i­lar PCS-10. www.hot­lines-uk.com

B’Twin 500 £59.99

SO GOOD… Don’t let the rel­a­tively low price of the B’Twin stand put you off pur­chas­ing it. The 500 works just as well as the more ex­pen­sive mod­els on test, just with a lit­tle less flair. It re­quires min­i­mal as­sem­bly out of the box, QR levers make it easy to ad­just the height, and the three legs pro­vide a sta­ble plat­form. The high­light is the frame clamp, which can be in­cre­men­tally ad­justed but also has a QR lever for quicker bike re­moval.

NO GOOD… We’d be wary of ro­tat­ing the clamp arm with the bike still in place, be­cause it doesn’t feel as se­cure as oth­ers on test. www.de­cathlon.co.uk

To­peak PrepS­tand Max £99.99

SO GOOD… To­peak’s PrepS­tand Max is the most por­ta­ble stand on test and a top choice if you’re look­ing for one that can be slung in the back of a car. Weigh­ing only 2.4kg, it’s the light­est here and folds down into a fairly small carry bag. The bike is clamped around its down tube and sits on plas­tic-coated con­tact points. A V-shaped BB sup­port takes most of the weight and does a good job of sup­port­ing the bike while the clamp is be­ing tight­ened. The front wheel sta­biliser works well too.

NO GOOD… You may not be able to use the clamp if your bike has a bot­tle cage mounted on its down tube. www.ex­trauk.co.uk

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