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The first time I saw a 'roll-in' type chock was a few years back. I was quite interested, but not convinced. Looking at the various designs, I questioned the reliability, strength and versatility.
I was first introduced to the Condor Pit-Stop in May of 2002 while at Blackhawk farms. I met the creator of it (Teffy) and we talked in great length. At this time, I had been using a wooden rack which chocked the front wheel of the bike for the trailer, and then front/rear stands in the garage and at the track. This combo worked fine, but left a lot to be desired. The wooden rack made my trailer difficult to use for other purposes, and the stands tend to be a bit unstable unless on a nice flat firm surface. Plus, unless I'm changing wheels, putting the bike on the stands is a pain!
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The first thing that really impressed me about the Condor Pit-Stop was the design. At a glance, it is a nice piece of hardware. The aluminum appears to be cast, and all welds are perfectly finished. At a closer look, I sit completely amazed at the amount of engineering that went into this product. All of the hardware is TOP quality, countersunk hex head type bolts. Every edge is finished to perfection, nothing rough or sharp sticking out. Everything on the Condor Pit-Stop screams quality.
I asked about how well it held a bike, and Teffy laughed, inviting me to pull his ZX out of it. I REALLY had to give it a tug to get it rolled back. I was quite surprised. It went back into the Pit-Stop with ease, and despite me getting it in VERY crooked, it held the bike up without the slightest thought that it would fall. Teffy also mentioned that it would fit a REAR tire, and would fit any bike from an enduro to a large cruiser.
But how would it hold a bike while on a trailer? They suggested a large velcro type strap which went around the front tire and the Pit-Stop. This solved keeping the bike in the Pit-Stop, but didn't do anything for keeping it all together in the trailer! As I mentioned, they did a great deal of engineering for this unit, and obviously put a GREAT deal of thought into it. They have a trailer mounting kit which quickly and positively attaches the Pit-Stop to any trailer, but doesn't put it there permanently, and is a snap to get in/out.
Thinking of everything, the Pit-Stop even folds down for carrying or just to get it out of the way either in the trailer or garage!
I'm sold. I picked mine up at Road America during the AMA races, and had no problems carrying it around while folded (22lbs). I brought it home, set it up in the garage and wheeled the F4 into it. Again, I managed to get the bike in crooked. It took about 6 attempts to finally get it perfectly straight, so there was some 'getting used to' here.
With the bike standing upright in the Pit-Stop, I figured I'd give it a push to see how sturdy it was. The bike rocked gently, but went nowhere. Push harder, same result! It didn't slip out or anything. I went to pull the bike out and was surprised when the Pit-Stop slid back with the bike! I put my foot on the back of it and pulled again, and the front end of it lifted in the air! It literally wasn't going to let go of my bike! Looking closer, there was nothing holding it in, just the material on the top V chock and on the locking mechanism. I finally managed to get the bike loose, and looked to see if I was doing something wrong. I wasn't doing anything wrong, the Pit-Stop was simply doing everything RIGHT. Again, it took some getting used to in efficiently getting the bike in and out of the Pit-Stop, but after a few tries it's easier than getting it on a rear stand, and more stable.
I ripped out my old 'wooden rack' which I used as a chock previously, and installed the Pit-Stop trailer mount (this took a whopping 5 minutes). After getting the Pit-Stop installed in the trailer mount, I wheeled the bike into the trailer and into it. It grabbed the bike and held onto it for dear life. After slipping the supplied Velcro strap around the front tire and Pit-Stop the bike wasn't going anywhere, but for safety sake, I clipped 2 large snap-rings to the rear of the bike and down to the floor of the trailer. I had no need to cinch or tighten anything down. The suspension is completely static, just as it would be sitting on the garage floor. This is a huge bonus considering I've spent well over $1000 on suspension work, and don't need it mashed down unnecessarily.
The maiden voyage with the bike in the Condor Pit-Stop went as smooth as silk. I live near some pretty rough roads, and didn't go 'gently' over the bumps and RR tracks, but the bike stayed put the whole time without shifting in position.
The beauty of this item is that in a second, it goes from Trailer, to Garage, to Track. It is perfect for all three! It is easier, sturdier and takes less time than a conventional rear stand. I'm really very pleased with the design and usability of the Pit-Stop.
I'm not gentle on things, and have no fear of using stuff to its limit. With that in mind, the next time you see me at a race, swing by and see it in action. I'll be happy to show you it in use, and I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I am.
Be sure to visit their website at www.condor-lift.com and tell Teffy that I sent you over! You won't be disappointed! They have a lot more technical information there as well, including exact dimensions, etc. You can also order this product online through them.
As always, if you have any questions or comments on this review, please email me or leave comments in the Forum
Update: I used the Pit-Stop this last weekend at Mid-America Motorplex, and the 1000 mile round trip went off without a single problem. The time spent at the track was also very nice using the Pit-Stop as well. It was a blessing to come back in from a race in 100deg beating down sun, and just wheel the bike into the Pit-Stop and get off of it. No lining up a rear stand, no pushing, just stop and get off. Very nice when you're extremely overheated and tired!