Review: Feedback Sports Sprint Portable Bicycle Work Stand

Feedback Sports Sprint portable bicycle work and repair stand

The Feedback Sprint portable bicycle repair stand came to us with this cheery description: “It’s small enough you could bring it on a plane as carry-on luggage.”

Despite that diminutive packed size, it’s a full featured work and repair stand, making it the go-to piece for our trips to races or long ride weekends away from home. Like Feedback’s other stands, it uses a three-legged spreading base for stability. What sets the Sprint apart is that it’s a fork-mount stand, keeping the entire frame on a sliding rail rather than clamped by the seat post. And, since it allows the bike to be mounted at the rear axle, too, easily lets you service either brake or wheel (albeit, one at a time) while it’s on the the bike.

If you’re looking for a single repair stand that’ll travel just as well as pull full time home mechanic duty, read on for the full review…

Feedback Sports Sprint portable bicycle work and repair stand

One of the nice features is it’s adjustability. The legs spread as much or as little as you have took for with little impact on overall height. The telescoping pole uses multiple clamps to separately adjust height and rotation. As in, set your bike at the height you want and you’ll still be able to release a secondary clamp to spin it around without it dropping.

Feedback Sports Sprint portable bicycle work and repair stand

The Sprint comes with spacers and skewers to accommodate 9mm quick release (front and rear), 12mm rear thru axles and 15mm front thru axles. Twenty millimeter thru axle adapters are sold separately. The axle clamp slides fore/aft to position the frame such that the bottom bracket rests on the rubberized support:

Feedback Sports Sprint portable bicycle work and repair stand

Center the frame and the cranks will spin freely for drivetrain adjustments. About the only thing this design inhibits is running cables under the BB. It doesn’t prevent you from doing it, you can position the BB on the very back edge of the support, but depending on the frame it can be tricky.

Other than that, there wasn’t any repair I couldn’t perform on the Sprint that I could on a regular workstand. That’s said with the caveat that pounding a headset or BB out of a frame requires a little more manual frame control on this, but how often are you really doing that?

Feedback Sports Sprint portable bicycle work and repair stand

The top rail slides fore/aft to balance the bike over the pole and locks into place with a quick release cam lever on the bottom. Our first unit shipped with the two black guides (the part with the logo on it) broken off either side. Feedback’s reps said they’d never seen that happen before and replaced the entire unit quickly. I’ve had zero issues with it over the past 18 months of use.

I travel often, and more often than not, this one’s in the car with me and has served well for all manner of repairs, tune ups and parts swaps…something I do more frequently than most. I also have the Feedback Pro-Elite Work Stand in the office, which is used far more frequently. Both are incredibly durable – neither shows any sign of looseness or wear. All in all, they’re highly recommended.

Quick specs:

  • Weight: 12.6lbs (5.7kg)
  • Load Capacity: 85lbs (38kg)
  • Work Height: 30″ to 48″ (76cm to 121cm)
  • Folded Size: 5″ x 7.5″ x 30″ (12.7 x 19 x 76 cm)
  • 3-year warranty
  • MSRP $234.99

FeedbackSports.com

Comments

ced - 02/17/14 - 2:35pm

Would it take 29″ mtb frames ?

Champs - 02/17/14 - 3:27pm

I’m loath to say it, but the Spin Doctor Essential stand looks like a better deal.

Euro stands like this and the PRS-20 are fine for race bikes, and clamp stands are fine for non-carbon bikes, but if you want something that works on everything, with or without wheels, on all materials, with every axle and fender imaginable…

MB - 02/17/14 - 3:38pm

+1 to Champs. Won’t work on my lefty’s…

goridebikes - 02/17/14 - 3:46pm

Seatpost clamp stands are the only acceptable kind of bike stand… Raise your post if you must, but it seems silly to have a stand that obscures working on cranks/bb and requires the removal of a wheel, negating the ease of adjusting brakes… And feedback only acceptable brand of seatpost clamp stand. Specifically, Pro Elite work stand, tested to work on any bizarre bike you can imagine.

Also, “room for”, not “took for”

Tyler Benedict - 02/17/14 - 4:46pm

ced – yes, it works on my 29ers sizes L/XL.

Graves - 02/17/14 - 5:50pm

@goridebikes – Agreed, 100%. The Pro Elite is the absolute best possible portable work stand. I wouldn’t even mind having one to use all day long, in lieu of a professional Park stand – they’re that good. Sold my old Park stand, which was heavy, clumsy, wobbly, and difficult to operate, and I’ll never buy another one of their portable stands again.

Gumby - 02/17/14 - 6:47pm

Interesting comments. More to the point. What sort of work arounds do people have regarding traveling WITHOUT any sort of a stand? EG. Any elegant solutions for suspending a road bike while cleaning drive train? Finally Re: ROAD Bike specific stands…I look carefully at the pit/mech areas of ICU (TDU & Dubai) races and ALL are using the tray / front wheel skewer style pictured above NO seat post stands were in use.

Carbonfodder - 02/17/14 - 7:01pm

Champs – I am only one, I bought a spin doctor stand several years ago and it worked great in the shipping box. The legs were held open by shoddy plastic “bumpers” that literally snapped off first use… since then the spin doctor has been on my back deck as primarily a wash stand (as the legs flop around every time they are lifted… ). I also have this feedback stand and it has never made me regret its purchase… your mileage may vary

ve - 02/17/14 - 7:15pm

I never liked stands with bottom bracket rests. I inherited one of those, and I’d rather just flip the bike upside down.

Timquila - 02/17/14 - 7:29pm

The pink flamingo in the background is a nice touch.

TJ - 02/17/14 - 8:15pm

All of the Feedback Sports stands I have used have been great. I’ve had a Pro Elite for years and I’ve used the Sprint stand the last two seasons. They are both robustly made and rather lightweight. They both have their advantages and disadvantages in certain situations. The Pro Elite is great for most things you would want from a portable work stand. However, when doing race support, one of the major advantages of the Sprint and Euro style stands is their stability and ability to quickly rotate the bike. I’ve seen a strong wind come along and take very nice bikes down to the ground in a seat post clamp stand. Also, there are some funky aero-shaped seat posts/masts on road bikes, especially race bikes, that the seat post clamp style stands do not play well with & you risk crushing the carbon if you clamp at the wrong place. You will also come across bikes that don’t even have enough room to clamp on a seat post, and most of the time, you aren’t moving the seat post of a racer’s bike. Pulling a racer’s front or rear wheel isn’t going to change their fit numbers. So it certainly has advantages in those situations, and you may or may not have any use for those advantages in your personal day to day, but some might.

Devin - 02/17/14 - 11:26pm

Re: working on a bike without a stand- you turn it upside down and party on. No hanging bikes from random crap, you’re almost guaranteed to have it fall off when you just removed your rear wheel and snap your derailleur off- it’s the law of working on your bike while on vacation.

None of these Euro-style stands obscure the bb or cranks, if they are doing that for you you’re doing something wrong. Being able to rotate the whole bike quickly makes cleaning bikes super easy, and honestly, the front brake is the only thing you can’t adjust while it’s on the stand (yeah, yeah- headset. I mean when you’re just doing maintenance, not building up a new bike.)

Also, super thin-walled stainless steel really doesn’t like being clamped on, just as easy to dent a 2.5 lb ss road frame as it is to clamp some shaped piece of carbon too tightly and then….

Psi Squared - 02/18/14 - 2:48am

I’d just about be willing to trade my Pro-Elite stand for the Sprint Work stand. Wait……I changed my mind: I’m definitely willing to trade the Pro-Elite stand for the Sprint stand.

jason - 02/18/14 - 11:17am

FWIW, the pro-elite is carry on legal as well. Flew with mine a dozen or so times last year domestically and internationally without issue.

I’ve got a Sprint stand on the way from Feedback to add to my Pro. Both have their place in the line up and I’ve definitely got a need for both.

Ham-planet - 02/26/14 - 8:31pm

@Champs
This is not a ‘Euro’ stand: Feedback is based in Colorado, a state in the USA and there’s no indication that any of their products are made in Europe. There’s nothing European about the Park Tool stand either.

fixedgearsoldier - 03/18/14 - 9:10pm

@Ham-planet

FYI: This type of stand is called ‘Euro’ and has nothing to do with place where it was made.
Go to any high-level professional cyclocross or road race, and watch the professional European mechanics clean and work on a bike. They’re not dealing with workstands with finicky clamps that can crush lightweight carbon frames or seatposts, but use workstands that have several points of support, typically at BB and front or rear dropouts.

Ham-planet - 04/18/14 - 3:41pm

@fixedgearsoldier
Are the pro mechanics from other regions any different in their choice of workstand?

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