My new kickstand has arrived, a Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand. I had intend to fit this either to my Giant XTC 2 mountain bike or to my BOB Ibex bicycle trailer to provide a bit more stability for parking and loading the trailer when I am off-road touring, e.g. on the Munda Biddi.
As it turned out the Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand would not fit the Giant XTC 2 mountain bike due to the thickness of the rear stays and having disc brakes so the kickstand was fitted to the BOB Ibex trailer instead. This review is of my brief experience with the kickstand: brief only because I had to abort my 11 day bicycle tour and because I sold the BOB Ibex trailer not long afterwards.
Installation of the Greenfield Stabilizer Rear Mount Kickstand
Installation of the Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand was a pretty simple process. There is a good video showing how to fit it listed in the resources section below. Greenfield also provide basic instructions on the package.
I choose to mount my Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand on my BOB Ibex trailer as my intended use was touring with my Giant XTC 2 and the BOB Ibex. As mentioned the kickstand would not fit the Giant XTC 2 so I installed it on the BOB Ibex.
I found the Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand was a good match with the BoB Ibex, mounting easily on the trailer hitch. It did however need to be mounted in the reverse direction to what one would do a bike. This however has no impact on its operation.
The Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand comes in two sizes, 285 mm and 305 mm. I went with the 285 mm kickstand which turned out to be the right length for me. However the kickstand can be easily shortened by cutting off the excess length with a hacksaw. Greenfield Industries even provide markings on the kickstand to guide the cutting process. A nice little touch.
The Greenfield Stabilizer Rear Mount Kickstand in Use
I have sold by BOB Ibex trailer and with it went the Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand but I did get to use it a bit on my aborted ride of the Munda Biddi Trail in July 2011. The stand was used on the BOB IBex which was pulled behind a Giant XTC 2 which had no weight of note on the front.
TheÂ Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand worked effectively as a kickstand, however, the combination of trailer and mountain bike did not allow the kickstand to be as effective as I would have liked. The bike had a tendency to be unstable due to the light front end when parked and would move; this in turn would cause the trailer to move and the whole setup would fall over. I found I had to be pretty careful parking the bike and trailer to get the kickstand to work effectively. I suspect that with a different bike on the front the rig might have been more stable. Despite this experience I wouldn’t write-off the kickstand yet but I will consider other options for the mountain bike as it will still be pulling a trailer.
The Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand has a polyester powdered coat which I found scratched easily. It is a pity that Greenfield Industries don’t use a harder coating process given the use of the kickstand.
In summary the Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount kickstand worked okay for me but was not the total solution for my use. Whilst it did not work as well as I would have liked if I had a suitable bike I would give it a second shot, but mounted on the bike this time round.
Resources and Other Websites Related to the Greenfield Stabilizer Rear Mount Kickstand
- Bikemanforu has a handy installation video posted to YouTube.