I purchased my Hebie Bipod Stand 605 NL and a retro fit stand plate 699 40 from Bike24.net for AU$38.63 landed in March 2010. I have the normal size kickstand which has a bike to ground length of 29 cm. According to the Hebie website there is a shorter version available at 26 cm and a longer one at 32 cm. I fitted the bicycle kickstand to my Surly Long Haul Trucker on March 26, 2010 at the 5,833 km point and in preparation for my Esperance to Perth road tour.
Hebie rate the load carrying capacity of the Hebie Bipod bicycle kickstand at 40 kg and according to my digital scales weighs it weighs in at 905 grams plus 14 grams for that stand plate, a total weight of 919 grams.
The retro fit stand plate 699 40 is suggested for bicycles without a mounting bracket for a kickstand such as my 2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker. The plate is made of plastic and it seems its role is to position the stand in the right place across the frame.
Fitting the Hebie Bipod bicycle kickstand
Fitting of the Hebie Bipod bicycle kickstand was fairly straight forward. I did have to move my Sigma Sports ROX 9 cadence sensor to a new location and I did have some concerns with the stand clamp catching the rear derailleur cable. My concerns with the cable have turned out to be unfounded. The cable runs down the side of the mount unhindered. I did put a piece of folded over 30 mm+ bike tube between the stand and the bottom of the frame tubes to hopefully avoid paint damage. The retro fit stand plate is made of plastic so it provides protection to the top of the frame tubes.
Having now used the Hebie Bipod bicycle kickstand for my 1,000 km un-supported tour from Esperance to Perth I thought it was worth updating on my experience with the kickstand. Overall I am very happy with the kickstand. It holds my loaded Surly Long Haul Trucker firmly and securely in most circumstances. I had one or two instances where the sandy ground caused a little grief; shifting to firm ground solved the problem.
I find it easy to remove and fit the panniers and gear to the bike whilst it is on the kickstand. In field maintenance such as wiping and lubing the chain was so much easier with the bike on the Hebie Bipod kickstand.
Using the Hebie Bipod kickstand as a bicycle maintenance stand
At home I completed a 1,000 km service with the Surly Long Haul Trucker on the stand just to see how it worked out. This service included removing the wheels and cleaning the chain. All of it was done easily.
Overall I am very happy with the Hebie Bipod bicycle kickstand. It sure does the trick for me and I particular like the way it allows the front or back wheel to be off the ground. This particular feature has really sold me on this sort of stand.