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Anyone use the Ultimate Consumer (BRS 70) repair stand?(7 posts)

Anyone use the Ultimate Consumer (BRS 70) repair stand?hrv
Sep 11, 2003 7:40 AM
Looking for a work stand and saw this one for sale at LickBike for $109. Reviews on pro model (BRS 80) seemed pretty good. Does anyone know if the consumer model is 'good enough'? In other words, sturdy, adjustable enough, good clamp, etc.

Any other workstands comparable in this price range? Sort of looked at the Minoura Consumer stand (MN-300) also.

Thanks,
hrv
re: Anyone use the Ultimate Consumer (BRS 70) repair stand?toomanybikes
Sep 11, 2003 7:55 AM
This is avery good stand. It is sturdy and very stable. I think it is better than the PArk. Very easy to mount a bike and spin it upside down or to pretty much any angle.

The added benefit is that the stand, unlike many, folds up very compactly when not in use. I can actaully fit it inside a tool cabinet when not in use.

My only complaint with it is that the Wheel truing stand that they make will only mount to the pro stand, not the consumer stand. This is a minor annoyance as I simply use the truing stand mounted on a bench instead - but it's a Gee Whiz! factor.

I think it is a very good stand.
definitely adequate for general home use...TNSquared
Sep 11, 2003 7:55 AM
I've had one for about 6 months with no problems. I have noticed that when the stand is fully extended to it's max height, there is a little bit of a bend in the main shaft due to the weight of the bike, but not anything that worries me or causes a problem. It's rare that I need it at max height anyway.

I have not used it for any heavy duty wrenching that would require alot of torque, but it is more than stable enough for basice maintenance and repairs. Personally, I would move up to a more heavy duty stand only if I found a smokin' deal.
Yes, and I like it, butMel Erickson
Sep 11, 2003 8:16 AM
The stand works very well. Sturdy, adjustable, folds easily, fairly compact and easy to use. The "but" is because the clamp used to adjust the height on mine is cracking in several places. It's bad enough that I'm worried it will fail and the bike will drop down unexpectedly. I've had the stand for about a year and it hasn't been abused. I emailed Ultimate last Saturday and haven't heard a word from them. I'm going to call them today and rattle their cage. This needs to be replaced or the stand will be a big doorstop.
Love the pro, Consumer looks fineMg1
Sep 11, 2003 9:38 AM
Not sure if its worth the extra cash, but I've had my Pro for 4+ years and love it. Sets up quicker than you can say Bob's your uncle, great clamp, stable base etc etc. A friend has the consumer stand and I've never heard any complaints or picked up any signs of repair stand envy.
re: Anyone use the Ultimate Consumer (BRS 70) repair stand?My Dog Wally
Sep 11, 2003 11:38 AM
After two years, I absolutely love mine. It's easy to fold up and put out of the way. And I like how much control I have over the clamping force on the top tube. With my Park stand, I'd always have to clamp the seat post, which was a minor inconvenience. With the Ultimate, I can clamp any tube I want, without worry about crushing a tube.
Going to order one later today - thanks for the responses!(nm)hrv
Sep 11, 2003 11:53 AM