WHAT IS IT? It’s a fully adjustable, fold-up, lever-style bike stand. This is a throwback stand from the 1970s that has been updated for a new generation.
WHAT’S IT COST? $149.95, $14.95 (sticker panel), $19.95 (short feet for minicycles).
CONTACT? www.mxhandstand.com or (541) 913-7918.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the MX HandStand.
(1) Adjustability. The feet thread in and out of the bottom of the stand, which enables the overall height and the fulcrum point of the stand to be adjusted. After adjusting, be sure to crank down the lock nuts, or the feet will spin. The angle of the platform is also adjustable via a threaded support beam. Raising the front of the platform can help stabilize the bike or lift the front wheel off the ground. We were able to adjust the HandStand to fit high-clearance two-strokes and low-clearance four-strokes. It has plenty of range and can even fit a minibike if you get the optional short feet ($19.95).
(2) Folding. The stand collapses in about 10 seconds via a spring-loaded pin. This makes it much easier to fit in the back of a pickup truck than its 1970s counterpart. The platform locks in the folded position so the stand doesn’t come apart when you pick it up for transport, and unfolding the stand is easy.
(3) Platform. Traditional lever stands had a skinny, two-inch-wide bar that bridged across the bike’s frame rails. The MX HandStand uses a full-size, rubber-covered platform. The wide platform is more stable, easier to use and compatible with a greater number of bikes. The old-style lever stands could not get both wheels off the ground; the HandStand can.
(4) Ease of use. The MXA wrecking crew had every test rider use the HandStand for a couple of races. Some of them had never seen a lever stand, so they were mystified. Others had years of experience with them. In the end, 30 percent liked the lever action, 60 percent hated it, and 10 percent stared at us blankly. Riders who had experience with old-school-style stands were most likely to know how to use it properly. Learning how to adjust it, and the tricks of getting the leverage perfect, turned off most young riders.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have three gripes: (1) Making the stand taller to get the wheels off the ground makes it more difficult to rock a bike onto the stand. Without some compromises in the setup of the stand’s height and platform angle, the HandStand just isn’t as good as a normal bike stand for doing serious work or washing the bike. (2) The HandStand needs a place to grab hold of on the end of the long lever arm. As is, the lever arm is firmly planted on the ground and there is no place to get a grip. (3) The end plug kept popping out.
The MX HandStand is a creative reincarnation of an old idea. It is an improvement over the original 1970s idea, but that doesn’t change the fact that most test riders didn’t like the lever action to begin with.