It also allowed you to do some quick drivetrain and rear brake tuning without a repair stand. Like a tube of sunscreen, if you pull one out at the trailhead, one of your mates will probably ask to borrow it.

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But that’s the price you pay for lightweight moving parts.

I don’t expect any durability issues, and the bike’s resting stability can actually exceed that of traditional stands.

The folding feature allows you to adjust the height of the “spindle” as well as to angle it slightly skyward to help keep the bike from sliding off. So that’s one more comfort of home you can now bring with you on the road.Now we just need a stowable hot shower and cold beverage. Can be a touch unstable with heavy bikes.

When that happens it’s always a little awkward without a workstand. You just flick the quick release on the back of the main strut and slide the two legs downwards.

There’s a handy indicator to tell you where to lock the legs in place to make sure they are flat and in a stable position. Unlock the quick release to open the stand and set the height.

Granite Hex Stand Demo & First Impressions

We take a look at the new HEX stand from Granite Design, a foldable, compact and lightweight crankset bike stand. Look out for …

It works simply by using the hollow axle of your crankset , where the sprung-loaded arm simply slots into place to hold the bike snug. This arm can be adjusted for height to accommodate bikes of differing bottom bracket heights and is set in place using a single 5mm hex bolt. Slide your bike onto the arm and it easily raises the rear or front wheel enough to allow full access.

In use the first thing you notice is it requires flat ground to function properly and preferably hard-packed, any slope and the bike can slide off the retaining arm. The arm also places the bike far enough out so you can fully spin the pedals, making gear maintenance a cinch. Due to the emphasis on weight saving and foldability, there will be compromise on sturdiness over traditional and much heavier fixed steel bike stands that can weigh up to 18lb and more. At only 720g and with dimensions of 415 x 110 x 85mm while closed, this is perfect for those with zero space at home and for flying. It comes in a range of six colours, too, all in an anodised finish for extra matching to your bike points.

You then remove the 30mm sleeve from the stand arm and you have the ability to work on the drivetrain with nothing in the way. In operation, the stand is reasonably stable. The bike remains firmly in the stand while cleaning and adjusting the gears.

The spring loaded crank arm has remained smooth, but you’ve got to keep the main support pole clean otherwise opening and closing the stand becomes difficult. Its biggest drawback for me is that it’s only a small step up from working on the floor; any more than a few minutes of working at this level left my back and knees complaining. You’ll still be able to take it to races, but it’ll be a lot easier to work on the bike when you need to. The simplicity it offers when rebuilding the bike and washing it in an unfamiliar location is great. Your travelling companions will be envious, hopefully to the point that they buy you an ice cream in return for its use. Granite shows it being used after a ride, specifically a mountain biker who is wanting to wash his bike before it goes back in the car. Yes, it’s good for that, but there are better stands for doing that. Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product? The spring is still positive and the metal hasn’t been affected by the constant washing. I have had to keep the main support pillar clean as dirt will make opening and closing the stand difficult. I don’t do enough flying to justify the cost, so no. Would you recommend the product to a friend? Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning.


I have one of those cheapo chainstay stands and it works for me. This one is different as it folds down making it a lot more portable. It also lifts the whole bike not just the rear. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective, and we strive to ensure that all opinions expressed are backed up by facts, but reviews are always a reviewer’s informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. It reflects both a product’s function and value. Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad. By using the hollow centre of the crank axle instead of around the rear axle of the bike, you neatly sidestep changes in wheel size or tolerances between frames and disc rotors.

As the stand’s legs sit flat on the ground, it isn’t as stable on rocky or uneven terrain, which is where ‘race racks’ that hang a few bikes by the saddle work really well. But they’re massive and expensive and overkill for one bike. It makes things like lubing your chain, pumping up tyres or shocks, cleaning, or even minor adjustments to brakes and shifting possible without a massive work stand. Setup time is less than 30 seconds for something that keeps your bike off walls, and stable. The only downsides to the rack are it’s not as solid as the one piece racks that hold a bike in the same way. But, the stand is stable for storage and cleaning, and can be a great way to keep your bike stable and not leant against things for storage, while doubling as a useful stand to put in the back of your car (or even a bike bag) when travelling to ride. For a little over one hundred dollars you can get a well-made stand that will work as well at home as on the road, and can be used for storage, cleaning and servicing.

Granite Design Hex Stand Demo

How to use the Granite Design Hexstand by Harry Molloy from FS Patrol Funn Team.

It also allowed you to do some quick drivetrain and rear brake tuning without a repair stand. Like a tube of sunscreen, if you pull one out at the trailhead, one of your mates will probably ask to borrow it. But that's the price you pay for lightweight moving parts....