DBDtools Announces E-Billy Electric Repair Stand

Jun 15, 2022 at 9:20
by DBDtools  

PRESS RELEASE: DBDtools

In the last couple of years, e-bikes have been growing in popularity immensely. Like with anything, some people love them, and some people hate them. But there’s something nobody loves – lifting them into repair stands to work on them. Especially for professional mechanics, who must lift bikes tens of times a day, this is far from ideal. That’s why we set out to create the perfect lifting solution and present to you E-Billy, our new electric repair stand. A combination of advanced features, high speed and reliability makes it stand out as the ultimate solution for bike shops.


Working together with bike mechanics, E-Billy was designed to address the drawbacks of existing solutions. The main focus was on speed and ease of use - at the time of this writing we believe E-Billy to be the fastest electric repair stand on the market by a fair margin, saving valuable time every time a bike is lifted. A custom made clamping system with in-house CNC machined components provides secure clamping of bikes and intuitive operation. Stability is provided by a heavy metal base plate and an extruded aluminum column. A number of safety features ensure operator and bike safety.



FEATURES

Magnetic Remote - With a holding bracket on either side of the clamp

Adjustable Limit Switch - For setting the preferred working height from 100 cm to 185 cm. Alternatively, it can be moved out of the way and the stand operated with the remote

Automatic operation with Auto-Stop - Holding a button on the remote moves the stand slowly for clamping a bike or making small adjustments. Single-pressing a button on the remote lifts or lowers the bike in automatic mode. Upon touching the ground, E-Billy stops automatically

Effortless 360° Rotation - The quick release rotation mechanism provides extremely easy angle adjustments. The rotation lever requires very little force and is often the favorite mechanical feature of users

Quick-Adjust Clamp Handle - A flip of the clamp handle closes the clamp, rotation finishes the clamping

Power Plug on Top and Bottom - With a bracket to hold the power supply unit

Modular Add-Ons - A range of additional equipment to make your workday easier - clamp extension, towel holder, USB charger, laptop/tablet holder, tool tray, parts tray, small parts organizer





Specifications:

• Lifting Capacity: 40 kg / 90 lbs
• Maximum Lifting Height: 185 cm / 6'1"
• Lifting / Lowering Speed: 6 m/min
• Average Lift Time: 5 s
• Power Plug Location: Top and Bottom
• Weight: 87 kg (42 kg Stand / 45 kg Plate)
• Price: 2290 € excl. VAT
• Available From / Regions: July 20th 2022, EU



Availability:

You can order E-Billy from July 20th 2022 straight from dbd-tools.com starting at 2290 € plus VAT. We are currently only shipping to EU countries but will be looking to expand our offerings in the future.

About DBDtools:

We are a young company located in Slovenia started by three engineering friends and passionate mountain bikers. With our combined knowledge and experience in bike repair, manufacturing, electronics and business we set out to create an exciting new product for the bike industry. Our products are, with the exception of electronic components, assembled from domestically-sourced or in-house made components, which allows for a greater control over quality. Utilizing a direct-sales model, we pride ourselves on customer support and can offer a better product at competitive prices.

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You can find us at Eurobike 2022 in Frankfurt, from July 13th through 17th, check out E-Billy and have a chat with us, we're always excited to exchange stories with the biking community!



For more information visit our website:dbd-tools.com.





137 Comments

  • 180 12
 I can't help but feel it would be cheaper to just not buy an e bike.
  • 69 14
 buy a normal bike, and spend that saved money on a gym membership, double the fitness.
  • 79 8
 @Jaib06: You don't even need a gym membership now.

If you ride your mtb with ebikers, you'll bust a lung to the top of the climb while they meander about just in front of you, gassing all the way to each other about how much more they can do (but don't) then you just have to help lift all the ebikes over gates and stiles they can't manage. Triple the fitness!
  • 32 5
 This is made for shops, not consumers.
  • 13 16
 @Abacall: You're like me and don't own a $10,000 carbon moped you insist on calling an "e-bike" aren't you?
  • 10 31
flag hbar314 (Jun 17, 2022 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 @Abacall: Ebikes are for everyone, stop holding them back.
  • 3 3
 @Jaib06: Or, buy an ebike and a normal stand and just adopt a kid whose only job around the house is to help you lift the bike in and out of the stand
  • 13 0
 @yukonman: If you've got the kid, you don't need a stand. Just sit the bottom bracket on their spine as they kneel in gratitude at your feet.
  • 4 0
 @Skaiwawker: this statement is 100% accurate, are you in my riding group? lol (I don't ride an ebike but I ride with others that do)
  • 3 0
 I can see some individuals having a hard time one-handing an ebike into a regular stand but a shop usually has a few people in it. Help a brother or sister out and lift it together.
  • 4 0
 @gnarlysipes: Do you even lift, bro?
  • 81 5
 Dunno why but reminds of those electric stair lifts for you know the people with no teeth
  • 5 0
 Billy the lift
  • 30 0
 Meth addicts?
  • 54 7
 Half of England then.
  • 9 5
 @watchtower: *New England
  • 1 0
 @awilso27: very good......
  • 8 1
 @watchtower: The half that emigrated?
  • 66 4
 That poor dropper post
  • 21 8
 What puts more load on the dropper, the 25kg of the bike in the workstand, or the 80kg of the rider, maybe more than double when riding through a compression?
  • 9 2
 @Lousyrider: Look at what happens to said post at 1:02 to reconsider your question.
  • 13 4
 @Lousyrider: It's not the weights involved i'm worried about, it's the twisting moment, the riders weight is mostly directly down on the post with a small amount of side loading due to the backwards angle of a seattube, the bikes COG meanwhile is quite far forwards compared from the seatpost which massively multiplies the bending force being put through the post, the front end of the bike wants to drop down like a big extension bar trying to bend the dropper.
  • 4 2
 @maglor: quick math and you are at home. (When doing wheelie the seatpost is 45 degrees to the ground)
  • 7 0
 @lightone: thanks for that link, I've been worrying about nothing for years!

Simple advice backed up with data. Top stuff
  • 2 0
 @lightone: great video - explains alot!
  • 2 0
 @lightone: awesome link. Shut a few moaners up.
  • 1 1
 @Lousyrider: that doesn't make any sense, you never apply an upward force on the seatpost while the bike is stationary when you're riding... unless you do the world's longest sui no handers.
  • 12 0
 “Give me an electric bike stand and an e-bike clamped onto a thin walled dropper post and I will bend your dropper post.” -Archimedes.June 17 , 250 B.C.
  • 3 1
 @plyawn: Have you ever seen how a seatpost or frame bends under the forces of the vertical fatigue test a frame or seatpost has to survive? Thatˋs 50000 x 1500N. This more or less static force of the bike in the workstand is nothing compared to it.
  • 1 0
 @Lousyrider: The vertical fatigue test you mention, that tries to bend the seat post? And does that force get applied in both vertical directions like in the video?
  • 2 1
 still better than holding it by the frame. Even the fanciest dropper costs less if it breaks than anything but an alloy HT frame.
  • 1 1
 @maglor jumping in to say the same thing!
  • 47 0
 As a longtime PB user, my anticipation for the hate was pretty spot on Smile
  • 18 5
 I have the moped filter on, but this still appeared in my feed. Like you, I wasn't disappointed with the comments
  • 1 0
 Ace
  • 1 0
 Very much expected!
  • 29 2
 Seeing as there are some constructive comments under this article I will try to answer some concerns and questions.

This stand is indeed not focused on home users but shops where mechanics are lifting bikes all day. In fact, most of the larger shops already have electric stands in a similar price range and I would say we are about a year late to the party.

I know about the dropper, it may be better to clamp it by the fixed part or by the frame. It was our first time filming with a professional crew and had so much to think about, setup lighting etc so I only thought about it after the video was already shot. Also, I rotated the bike just to unscrew the pedal Smile

The article went through the e-bike filter because it's not e-bike specific. I know this doesn't mean much coming from me but once you get spoiled with being able to make small height adjustments and having everything at the perfect height you hate using a manual stand for any bike, even a road one. You can ask a mechanic that uses an electric stand if you know one.

The stand is heavily built for stability, which is one of the main requirements of many mechanics. Many parts are purposefully overbuilt. If you need to move it, the base plate slides nicely. It lifts "only" 40 kg because we optimized for speed over lifting capacity (gearing of the motor is the limiting factor, the stand itself can easily carry 100 kg+). Not many bikes over 40 kg, but speed you notice every single time. Some mechanics we interviewed even said they sometimes just lift a bike into their electric stand rather than wait.

I used to be a mechanic and I know most mechanics choose this line of work because they love bikes and the culture. If we can make their workday a bit easier that makes us very happy. Some home-built solutions I encountered look awesome too, always love seeing people solving problems with their own skills.

If you have any other relevant questions I will be happy to answer them. Thanks for the support!
  • 3 0
 @DBDtools: As soon as I saw this I thought of the guy who used to own my LBS who retired early due to his back being stuffed from over 40 years of lifting bikes into work stands. I'm sure when he looks back he'll be much relieved he got out of the game before the advent of e-bikes, but the cost of this would've been money well spent had he been unable to retire at that point.
  • 2 0
 @DBDtools: lift kicks ass. why do auto shops use lifts instead of hydro jacks? cuz its easier. this is a winner for repair shops
  • 3 0
 @DBDtools: excellent explanation. The stand looks awesome! If I ever get rich I'd love to have one just for home use. Very well designed.
  • 1 0
 Cool to have another lift work stand option. After using one in a shop they're so much more versatile than just lifting e-bikes, being able to set the bike at any height is more of an advantage the lifting an e-bike. Someone just needs to bring out a more cost effective option, you can get a car hoists for a similar price and they'll lift 100x the weight.
  • 28 2
 Mhm, ebikes are just bikes, only by accident they have a motor and need an 80kg stand which looks like half of a car stand Wink Whats next, led weights on rims? Dedicated e-bike wash? Builtin speedometer?
  • 15 0
 This is the Cannondale Lefty of car stands
  • 12 0
 actually european workplace safety laws require in bike shops because the manual lift limit is set at 23 kg and even less for repetitive lifting. Downhill bikes could and did require these at one point.
  • 4 10
flag saladdodger (Jun 17, 2022 at 4:53) (Below Threshold)
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: really? You would think an adult man can easy lift 23kg and more?
  • 13 3
 @saladdodger: are women not allowed to work in bike shops in Switzerland?
  • 3 1
 @saladdodger: theres alot of science that shows in a perfect lifting position, not extra bends or twists or without repetitive lifts, and adult should only lift 52 lbs manually in the workplace. There's an equation here with all the different factors to determine what a person should lift.

RWL = LC x HM x VM x DM x FM x AM x CM
  • 10 2
 @SnowshoeRider4Life:
Rear Wheel Lift =
Left Crankarm-push x
Heimlich Maneuver x
Vocal Motor-boat-sound x
Diving-fork Momentum x
F-bombs Mentioned x
Almost Made-it x
Crash Management
  • 7 2
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: This is false. Science uses the metric system.
  • 23 0
 Reading some of these comments I have the feeling the worst workplace injury a sizeable amount of the 'oh this is rubbish just work out' people will ever sustain is a paper cut at the office.

heavy lifting (yes, 40kg is heavy) at work isn't exactly conductive to people's health, which is why workplace protections are a thing. Powered tools make people's lives easier, which is why they are a thing. Same goes for this.

That being said, for your own private use it's mildly overkill.
  • 9 0
 You nailed it. I think this is perfectly reasonable for a shop, even the price. As a perioperative nurse who works with equipment reps and sees the prices, this shit is nothing. If this same device was sold for surgical purposes it would be 50 grand AT LEAST. If I was a shop owner I'd consider this thing. Certainly wouldn't hurt morale.
  • 2 0
 not sure how many bikes the typical mechanic works on that weigh 40kg...
  • 4 0
 @plyawn: With the proliferation of cargo bikes, and how poorly they are maintained, lots.
  • 2 4
 @plyawn: within a few years it will be all of them as the retro pedal bike goes the way of the dodo.
  • 25 0
 Totally would slap a sticker reading "do you even lift,bro?" on that.
  • 16 0
 Why is it even an e-bike lift? Shop mechanics have been putting their backs out for years lifting dutch-style bikes with child seats, racks and baskets etc etc etc on them into stands. For £2k it should be able to lift your car if you need it to. Waste of space and money.
  • 7 0
 Those Dutch rigs are no joke! I think I’ve ridden lighter motos
  • 3 3
 Indeed you can easily get car lift for home garage for this price. It has 4500kg limit. Enough even for e-mopeds with additional batteries Big Grin

i.e. www.ebay.com/itm/282779729696?toolid=10001&mkcid=1&campid=5338425739&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&customid=cn-19e3b6b2467b4296af6c7cceecfe0b5b-dtp
  • 12 4
 This is clearly not meant for home use but it’s hilarious reading all these high and mighty posts from morons who prob can’t even maintain their own bike. What a world we live in.
  • 7 0
 All of y'all complaining about price are either taking a piss or are completely ignorant. It's not for you. It's for a shop. Let's compare this (2290 € excl. VAT) to a couple other shop stands with assist:

Park PRS 33.2 (www.parktool.com/product/power-lift-shop-stand-prs-33-2) $2395.95 (without base)

EVT EZ-Lift (www.efficientvelo.com/tools/ez-lift-repair-stand) $2950+ (depending on options, plus shipping)

For home wrenches, I have a tip. If you're using a work stand with a clamp similar to those on Park pro-level stands, remove the clamp from the stand and attach it to the bike. Then lift the bike with two hands and insert the clamp back into the stand. Tighten the rotation lever and you're all set! (for a video instruction see here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BizXndj-rAI)
  • 3 2
 price point is driven by target market. If you think its too expensive, you aint the target market!
  • 1 0
 Unior Electric Repair Stand 1693EL ( uniortools.com/eng/product/1693EL-electric-repair-stand#946868 ) 3114.74 €
or 2581.96 € without plate
  • 7 0
 This home built one even cooler: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSS5ahwdXqc
  • 6 0
 Lifting / Lowering Speed: 6 m/min.......damm it I was after something around 8m/ min "I'M OUT"
  • 3 0
 Average lift time 5s. Bring me the damn bike and I'll lift it a lot faster than that!
  • 9 3
 I could break your dropper post for only a fraction of that price. Let's talk.
  • 5 0
 Follow us on IG at @dbdtools for more posts that make your day, this one was obviously a hit! (maybe it should be posted in Friday Fails?)
  • 3 0
 You can get a hoist from Harbor Freight for about $100. Seems to be a lot of engineers on here that could figure out how to rig something to the ceiling to do the same thing. You could even install it on rails so it can move around the shop area.
  • 1 0
 very true, thought the same
  • 11 5
 Is it April fools already? Man time flies
  • 2 0
 I don't know at what exact speed does this stand lift bikes off the ground to be "the fastest electric repair stand on the market by a fair margin", but my LBS have been using some Park Tool electric stands for a while, and I won't say they are that slow
  • 9 0
 They are limited to 15mph (unless you derestrict them)
  • 2 0
 @diggery: it's a class one ebike lift.
  • 8 5
 ahh - typical pinkbike comment section, filled with arrogant hate.
Theres a reason brands dont "do what PB customers want" except canyon, they made the strive. opps.. its cr@p. lol
  • 6 1
 Feels like a missed opportunity to call the e-billy what it really is: an electric electric bike bike stand.
  • 5 0
 Now you can have the future... today... oooooooohhhh
  • 4 0
 There is a bike shop in Finale where the dude has rigged up a drill to make his stand go up and down. Genius.
  • 2 0
 The moment I saw the extruded aluminum and linear rails/bearings I thought $$$$. Honestly impressed its not more given that we design linear motion systems all the time and charge a hell of a lot more money.
  • 5 0
 Will it fit in a back pack?
  • 5 2
 Ah something for those E-bikers dentists from Zürich with their Yeti 160E.
Surely can't wait for the portable version to mount it in the Sprinter....
  • 2 0
 Love it! Might put one in my shop. Funny though, all these haters on the inter-webs and yet I see powered bike stands showing up in a variety of flavours in almost all of my other local shops. How dare they!!!!
  • 1 0
 Really built for things like RAD bikes. So many of the kids here on them locally and the parents are willing to spend whatever it takes to keep them on the road. To them better to spend the money on those bikes than time driving their kids around.
  • 1 0
 I think the Rad cargo bikes weigh over 100 pounds !
  • 1 0
 @kingbike2: yep, exactly what this should be used for. Lifting a 55 lb eMTB is not a huge deal. Lifting a 90 lb jank eBike is a completely different beast.
  • 2 2
 "Effortless 360° Rotation - The rotation lever requires very little force and is often the favorite mechanical feature of users."
What a joke. Of course releasing the rotation lever is effortless. Manually rotating the bike is where the effort comes in and this is probably the most hated mechanical feature of this stand.
  • 1 0
 I didn't mind my time working with the Park Tools version of this thing when I had to. That said, the giant beam does make working the none drive side a pain if you don't plan on turning it 180 in the stand.
  • 1 0
 I have the Park Tools version. Bought it when I had an eBike shop. Now it's in my garage and I love it.I can't remember how much I paid for it but your MSRP doesn't include VAT. What the heck?
  • 1 0
 A stand is a great starting point tool for maintaining our fun machines.
I’m curious if there’s a pneumatic version;
as a lot of the extruded aluminum are available and possibly much cheaper than electric/gear driven.
  • 1 0
 Looks a lot like the Köhnig Fahrrad stand that has been on the market several years. We use meny of them i our shop.
www.koenig-fahrradhubsysteme.de/en-au/newpage
  • 5 2
 So this will work with any motorcycle, right?
  • 3 0
 There will be human powered version called Sport Billy
  • 1 2
 Blows my mind that we are still making bike stands that hold a bike by the seat post. I'd love to know what the dropper post manufactures think about the amount of lateral force that is placed on a dropper when it's put in the stand like this especially with an ebike. The practice of clamping a bike by the seat post in a bike stand comes from the days when we had fixed seat posts in road bikes with external cable routing.
  • 5 0
 The bending moment on the dropper post from the bike in the stand is tiny compared to a rider going over bumps up a hill. It is a non issue.
  • 2 0
 took all the effort taking off a pedal and still end up with the same one? lol
  • 3 1
 Why did this go past the e-bike filter? First time I'm seeing an e-bike specific article in a while.
  • 1 2
 “Fastest lift on the market, …. saving valuable time”.

As if a mechanic making minimum wage is considered valuable by the shop owner.

I’d rather see mechanics earn a decent wage, then see a shop by fancy lifts.

Not to mention, ebikes are not that heavy, we’re not talking about motos. Typical ebike is no heavier than a DH bike.
  • 1 0
 @nurseben: As long as the shop has enough business, it's not the wage of the mechanic, but the rate they charge the customer that the shop loses. Makes for a different bit of math.
  • 6 4
 Makes sense, ebikers can't pedal their own bike so why should we expect them to lift them.
  • 1 0
 I mounted a union clamp head onto a lifting column. Then I bolted the column to a plate which stops it tipping over. Total cost was about $500.
  • 2 0
 Soon all repairs will be done by robots. The beginning of the end!
  • 2 0
 Stuff like this is increasing my want for a rigid singlespeed.
  • 1 1
 im goin to offer an analogue one with a crank on it thats really hard to turn to get it up and down just to upset the ebike crew:-D
  • 4 3
 Cringe :/ What the shite is he doing to that dropper?
  • 1 0
 Power Plug top and bottom to hold your unit... Wink
  • 1 0
 Gym membership would be cheaper
  • 1 0
 How many water bottle mounts
  • 1 0
 Cheaper to under pay a second LBC employee, and have them help lift.
  • 1 0
 Works on motorcycles too? Thanks for saving mechanics backs.
  • 1 0
 Lbs gonna need to raise prices to "pay for these thimgs"
  • 1 0
 Considering that heat rises, could you not just set the bike on fire?
  • 1 1
 Why not call it the DE-Billy? You know, because of the debilitating pain you'll have from lifting these bikes?
  • 1 0
 Good thing he's replacing the crappy, safety pedals...wait a minute...
  • 1 0
 Dentist bike stand for dentist bikes.
  • 1 0
 Forget that workstand, I just want that workshop.
  • 2 2
 still looks like a lot of weight for just the dropper post , mmmmmmmm
  • 1 2
 Perfect. If I now want to move the stand, I need a forklift to move that heavy ass thing or what?
  • 4 0
 You'll need an E-forklift.
  • 1 1
 I want Seth Bikes Hacks to test this contraption
  • 1 0
 Son mamadas!!!
  • 2 1
 EEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWW!
  • 2 4
 I absolutely despise e mopeds. We should unleash the emopeds craze on the road weenies and see how they get on with the subject for a spell
  • 1 1
 Man, clamping that dropper on a 50lb bike. So much nasty leverage there.
  • 4 7
 87kg in weight and over £2000.... it's not exactly 'home use' is it.. LOL. Bonkers... i'm all for a nice bit of tech, but this is taking bike lifts to the extreme.
  • 7 10
 Hooray another copy of the PARK TOOLS e-bike stand. Laziness to a whole new level
  • 5 0
 If I'm a professional tech who has to raise and lower 35-60lb bikes all day long I say go for it.
  • 4 7
 Or I can just sell you a training programme so you can lift your bike up with your new #gainz
  • 1 2
 CBDTOOLS
  • 2 3
 Don't Buy Dis Tools.
  • 2 5
 Just no.
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