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Anybody use Performance Bike Spin Dr tools?...Quality?(6 posts)

Anybody use Performance Bike Spin Dr tools?...Quality?Swat Dawg
Mar 3, 2003 12:08 AM
My team is looking to purchase a tool kit, truing stand, and workstand. We have narrowed down our choices to the Performance Spin Dr. combo tool kit, truing/workstand combo, and a pedro's tool kit, Minoura truing stand (same as the performance stand only different name), and a lesser quality workstand. Right now I am leaning toward the Nashbar stuff because of the Pedro's tools. I would like to get a better stand, but I think that the tool kit is more important cause I don't want to ruin a bike cause of bad tools. The basis of this post, however, is to inquire if anyone has experience with the Performance tools. They look like they are basically solid, but I know they are not going to be as good as the Pedro's. Would we be better off getting the Pedro's stuff and the lesser stand or going with the Performance stuff. BTW, the Nashbar order is $20 less (this isn't signigicant, but $20 is $20). Give me your thoughts, experiences, and perceptions. Thanks for your help.

Swat Dawg '04

P.S. For anybody that was interested in my post a little while back about the Leader Bike frames, they have arrived, and I will post an initial review with pics before they are built up, and then follow that up with a full ride report.
re: Anybody use Performance Bike Spin Dr tools?...Quality?Mel Erickson
Mar 3, 2003 6:19 AM
I have a set of their T handle hex wrenches and they seem good quality. Work fine so far but that's a pretty basic tool. FWIW, I would not skimp on the stand. I've used the Minoura stand and did not like it. Seemed flimsy and tippy. I have the Ultimate consumer stand and it's great. If your whole team will be using the same stand it will get alot of use. Get a good one and it will hold up. I would worry about a Minoura quality stand holding up to a whole teams worth of use.
Performance is like Sears in some respects...Fez
Mar 3, 2003 7:07 AM
They don't really design and manufacture anything. Performance, like Sears, is a large retailer that has other companies make stuff to their specifications and then they slap the Performance logo on to it. Performance sees higher margins on their stuff versus a name brand item, so that's why you see so many Performance branded items there.

That said, my experience with their products is varied. I don't like their tools and stands, mainly because the Park stuff is so much better and I have never been disappointed with Park stuff.

I also do not like Performance brand bike components. I have used some of their stems, seatposts, wheels, bars, etc. and have been disappointed in all of them. The only things I hear gets good reviews are their tires, because they are cheap and seem to be durable and good for training.

I guess you get what you pay for - Performance brand stuff is usually the least expensive, so I can't really be angry at how bad some of their stuff is. And they do stand behind all of their Performance branded stuff, so I guess you don't have much to lose by trying their stuff.

YMMV
re: Anybody use Performance Bike Spin Dr tools?...Quality?Fattrax
Mar 3, 2003 10:48 AM
I have had both the Spin Doctor work stand and trueing stand for a couple of years. The work stand is pathetic. The tension bolt broke through the plastic tension lever not to long ago, so now I use bungee cord to keep my bike attached to the stand and curse the thing under breath incessantly. The rotation arm also does not hold very well, and I must constantly readjust it while working. The truing stand gets the job done, but is shoddily constructed. Do yourself a favor and go with a quality product like Park . I certainly would if I did it all over again.
Performance stuff is probably good enough for the averagebill
Mar 3, 2003 3:09 PM
weekend warrior. I have one of their truing stands, and it's fine. It's the same as Minoura, for whatever that's worth. I also have other tools here and there. They're all right. If you all are pooling your pennies, though, for stuff that's going to see use by lots of people over many seasons, there is no way you should be thinking Performance. When cheap tools break, they certainly have the ability to take with them expensive components. I wouldn't do it.
Keep this in mind......cydswipe
Mar 3, 2003 5:19 PM
most tools that you will need can be bought at Sears. Look at Zinn's or Park's site for tools you will need for your particular level of difficulty. Fixed wrenches or allen wrenches can be bought a lot cheaper than Park's models. Hell, Craftsman has a lifetime warranty. As for specific cycling tools, don't skimp. You will indeed get what you pay for. I would say by getting less expensive basic tools you could save enough money for better specific tools or better stands. Performance stands are not good. I hated the Spin Dr. essential. I went with a Park, couldn't be happier.
Good Luck!!!