Review: Feedback Sports Sprint Portable Bicycle Work 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…
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.
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:
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?
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.
- 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