My observations as an owner of both styles of work stand (Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic and Sprint models) :
- The “team” style stand is safer for carbon fiber frames in that you don’t have to worry about crushing tubes by clamping too tight. You can of course use a clamp style work stand with caution or by clamping the seat post (unless it’s carbon too).
- You can work on the front end of your bike with a team style stand by attaching the bike at the rear dropout. It’s awkward, but possible.
- The “lowest model branded workstand” is almost certainly a better bet than an inexpensive no name stand. I have a ~15-year-old Ultimate BRS-70B Consumer Deluxe (now known as Feedback Sports’ Sport-Mechanic model) and it’s still as solid as the day I bought it.
- If you decide to get a clamp style stand, get the best clamp mechanism you can afford. My one regret…
- In my experience, tool trays work better with clamp style stands than team style stands. You run into more clearance issues with the latter.
Feature I’d most like to see on a team style stand: Ability to set the angle of the crossbeam so that the dropouts are level relative to the bottom bracket. As it is, it’s impossible to set the angle of your saddle or handlebars without taking the bike off the stand or doing trigonometry.
Unsollicited endorsement of Feedback Sports: When I needed to replace the rubber jaws on my clamp style stand seven years ago, Feedback got in touch with the distributor in my country who had new pads sent to my LBS free of charge. Today, you can buy them direct from the website, but that wasn't the case then. When I decided to get a team style stand, Feedback Sports was naturally my first choice. You can buy loyalty.