Thu, Jun 26, 2008
For years, the Park Tool PRS-3 has been the repair stand/clamp combo of choice for bike shops and serious at-home grease monkeys alike, but Foes is angling to change all that with its new Power Clamp stand. What sets the Power Clamp apart from any stand you’ve used before is the pneumatically driven, self adjusting clamp. The idea is that you simply lift the bike up with both hands, tap the foot pedal, and voila!, your bike is securely clamped in place. Tap the pedal again for a similarly dramatic release. The stand also is available with an optional race base, with a place for a CO2 canister to drive the mechanism in place of the otherwise-necessary compressor.
Sure, this stand seems to be simplifying a process which is not particularly challenging to begin with. And sure, this goal is achieved through adding much complexity to an otherwise simple and reliable part, and will cost you a pretty penny ($995 USD worth of those pennies, to be exact). But despite these drawbacks, the Power Clamp is undeniably the coolest work stand out there, and for that reason alone it deserves a spot in your dream garage.