ABBA Superbike Stand, £91.95 (stand) + £18.50 (fitting kit)
Time tested: Four years
What’s good? The first time I saw an ABBA stand in use was a real surprise. Not only was the action of lifting the bike smooth, effortless and single-handed, but the bike felt 100% secure once in the air – not a sensation you normally associate with conventional paddock stands. The other big benefit when just using it as the equivalent of a rear stand, is that there’s nothing to get in your way behind the pivot point. Everything from lubing your chain to dropping the rear wheel out, changing brakes or fitting a new chain is made immeasurably easier for not having to work around a paddock stand.
What really sells the ABBA to me though is the security. I know that I can pop the stand on, raise the bike, and will never suffer the ignominy of turning around for a spanner only to hear the bike slamming into the garage floor as the stand folds. Providing you have the wherewithal to fit it properly, there is no risk of disaster.
The construction appears to be durably strong. I’ve raised all sorts of bikes with it, and used it every week or two for the last four years without any obvious degradation beyond scuffing the paint off the bottom of it.
What’s not? It’s not very universal. If, like me, you’ve got several different bikes, then you’ll most likely need a couple of fitting kits. Equally, some of the fitting kits match a big range of bikes, so you might get away with just the one. Frankly, this is a small objection, and the fitting kits are no more expensive than buying different bobbins for each bike when using a paddock stand.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5