Why is the Hirobel Frame Clamp needed?
Our product offers the security of holding a bicycle without compressing the frame, eliminating the possibility of crushing or cracking the carbon fiber. Many bicycles are easily damaged by compression applied to the tubes of the frame, which unfortunately is exactly how most work stands hold the bike. Other types of work stand require that one or both wheels be removed to mount the bike; with the CFC the bicycle remains intact. The Hirobel Frame Clamp prevents the error of compressing and harming the carbon or thin-walled metal frames. For home bicycle mechanics, the CFC provides the safest and easiest way to clamp your bike. For shops and repair services, the CFC also adds the peace of mind of knowing that you have eliminated the risk of damaging a customer’s bike with your repair stand (and the liability concerns that go along with that).
What kind of bikes may I use this on?
The Hirobel Frame Clamp works on almost any kind of bike. It's great for small frames, frames with little post exposed, BMX bikes where the post is often smaller than a clamp allows or MTBs with dropper posts. Excellent for TT bikes and aero road bikes with difficult to clamp seatpost profiles. Even recumbents have been known to find their way into our clamp.
Won't the CFC slip in the stand?
Due to the octagonal tubing, the Hirobel Frame Clamp fits securely in all repair stands and does not slide or roll when clamped tightly.
What about the pressure being created from the rubber wheels and straps?
The rubber wheels are designed to hold the frame at multiple contact points, reducing any kind of pressure. The wheels also engage the frame inside the corners of the main triangle, where the tubing is typically the strongest. The CFC is designed specifically to prevent over-tightening (there are no levers or screws to provide a mechanical advantage).
How stable is it?
Very. The rubber wheels are designed to cradle the top tube while the rubber straps prevent it from lifting out. When properly engaged, the CFC is as stable as the work stand that it is mounted into. There is a minimal amount of side-to-side movement possible, but this runs perpendicular to most forces applied to the bicycle during maintenance, so it does not impede your work. With the CFC, you can rotate the bicycle to whatever angles the repair stand permits without worrying about the bicycle becoming unstable.
Why can’t I just replace the seat post with an aluminum one and clamp it the way I always have?
Many modern frames are using custom aero seat post profiles, making a switch to an aluminum one impossible, or at least highly impractical. Even if the switch to an aluminum post is possible, the stresses of doing heavier maintenance work, such as removing bottom brackets or pedals, turn the seat post into a lever that pushes against the walls of the seat tube. This can easily lead to failures in a difficult to repair part of the frame (and we’ve seen it happen).
What are some other added benefits?
You no longer need to move a seat post to clamp the bike or remove any accessories that the bike may have to get it up in the stand. The CFC takes the weight of the bicycle right away, so you don’t have to struggle to secure the frame. It is fast, and safer for bicycles than anything else on the market.