Hot on the heels of BBB’s snappily named BTL36 workstand, we have the Minoura Tancho DW-2. We don’t know who names these things, but a career as a headline writer does not beckon.
Retailing at £99.99, we’d say the Tancho DW-2 workstand is aimed more at the home mechanic than the WorldTour support crew. Its full-steel construction leads to an all up weight of 7.2kgs.
The clamp has a steel hinge with threaded handle to adjust the force required, and is lined with rubber to prevent damage to your steed, and is adjustable through 360 degrees of rotation via a metal disc with slots for the lever to sit in – all very secure. It will accommodate diameters up to 65mm, leaving you future proofed should the oversized seatpost technology wars go nuclear, or should you wish to clamp the bike by the top or seat-tube.
Height is adjusted through a range from 850mm to 1430mm via a telescopic shaft, secured with a screw mechanism and steel pin, offering five positions, and something for mechanics of all heights, perhaps.
The stand utilises a triangular ‘footprint’, covering an area of floorspace 900mm wide x 780mm deep. The legs fold for storage, another adjustment performed with a screw mechanism, one on each leg, and while collapsing them isn’t an especially rapid process, they’re certainly sturdy enough.
The inherent stability of the A-frame design is boosted by the stand’s rubber ‘feet’. It will carry a maximum load of 30kg: well beyond the weight of any bike we’d want to review. We hope this is a further indication of sturdiness, but time will tell.
Portable workstands are an invaluable tool, and we’ll report back soon with how the Tancho DW-2 performs.