|Minoura RS-4000 or Performance Spin Doctor Workstand||Chris Zeller|
Sep 5, 2001 3:34 PM
|Anyone have experience with either workstand (I think they are the same)? I'm looking for a cheap stable stand that folds and has a hight adjustment. The Minoura 3000 didn't get good reviews on account of stability but the 4000 seems to have a wider base. Any opinions? Park stands look to be overpriced.|
|re: Minoura RS-4000 or Performance Spin Doctor Workstand=bad||Shad|
Sep 12, 2001 3:44 PM
I purchased the performance spin doctor pro workstand and have not had good experiences. It does look nice, is light and folds up to a compact size. That makes it fine for on-the-go light repairs. The clamp that wraps around the tube is very adjustable and easy to use as well. However, for real work, like tightening bottom brackets, pulling cranks, stuck pedals, etc, the stand is way too light. It does work better with the wheels removed from the bike, but when working on the drivetrain, that's not always possible. I have had mine for less than a year and the rotational part of the clamp has pulled away from the base. It sort of half hangs and won't hold the bike at off-weight angles. It is on its last legs. The park stands are more expensive, but there is a reason. They are heavier and better built. I had good luck with the performace/minoura truing stand, so I assumed the quality of the workstand would be comparable. No way. This stand has dropped about $70 or $80 in price since I picked mine up, which tends to say something as well.
If you are looking for light and semi-portable, my buddy has the "ultimate pro" stand that has a tripod device providing much better stabilty. He has had no problems and uses it very frequently. For my money, I will save and purchase the park pro stand with the heavy base as a replacement. I'm sick of stands tipping and having to be careful to center the weight precisely. That often means you must clamp the bike at the top tube rather than the seat post.
Just my opinion and experience. Good luck with whatever you decide.
Apple Valley, MN
Sep 12, 2001 4:49 PM
|I leave the Spin Doctor outside and use it to wash my bikes. The clamp is terrible. The Park is expensive, but really works. I don't know about anything in between.