Brandon Hirokawa watched a mechanic in a bike shop fumble with an aero-tubed carbon frame. The mechanic couldn’t clamp it for fear of cracking tubes. There wasn’t that much space to clamp anyway because of the frame’s non-standard shape. The moment triggered a question for Brandon, “Why isn’t there a better way to secure a bike in a workstand?”
Brandon kicked around all sorts of ideas trying to settle on something that would work. He mentioned it to Marc Bellett, a designer and cyclist who understood the problem and how to address it. From afar, the first Hirobel Frame Clamp looks like the current generation, but it took many hours of using, abusing and testing to generate the version you see today. Many improvements were added to make it an invaluable tool for any mechanic, from someone wrenching at home to a professional in a team’s service course.