The New Remco Bike Lift Does It For You

Nov 6, 2023 at 6:18
by Jessie-May Morgan  
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I've no shame in admitting I regularly have difficulty in lifting a bike into a stand. With rapid growth in the popularity of e-bikes, I'm willing to bet you at least my favorite pair of riding socks that the average weight of a bike rolled into the workshop for servicing has increased by several kilograms. If I were a mechanic (and money was no object), I'd absolutely consider installing a lift-assisted bike stand.

After all, it's hardly worth risking putting your back out every time a motor needs removed for warranty replacement, is it?

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An electronic bike stand that lifts the bike for you is nothing new of course. You can pick up Park Tool's PRS 33.2 Power Lift Bike Stand for the lofty price of $2,314.99. Or, there's the €1,815 Electric Bike Repair Stand from KET-LIFT 4Bike, or even the price-upon-asking Norgren Electric Bike Repair Stand. All will lift bikes that weigh well over 100 lbs (45 kg), so you don't have to.

Now, Remco Tools throws its hat in the ring with the vastly more affordable hydraulic Bike Lift System, retailing at just $805 USD. It can't lift quite as much weight as the aforementioned, but with a maximum capacity of 100 lbs, it should be perfectly sufficient for the MTB and eMTB-focused workshop (or home mechanic, even).
REMCO Bike Lift System Details
• Maxmimum Lift Capacity: 100 lbs (45 kg)
• Clamp Compatibility: REMCO, Park Tool, Feedback Sports, EVT
• Price starting from: $555 USD (Lifting column only)
• Three programmable height presets
• Minimum Height: 34" (866mm)
• Maximum Height: 59.7" (1516mm)
• Lift Speed: 2" per second
• Not for use with long cargo bikes
• Weight (with base plate): 31 kg

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Your $805 USD fetches you the base plate and the lifting column, though if you already have the former you can purchase the lift alone for just $555 USD. Either way, the clamp is not included. Various Clamp and Chuck adaptors allow you to use it with a variety of clamps from Park Tool, Feedback Sports, Remco and EVT.

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  • 108 2
 The justification for companies making these was explained to me by mechanics as being for the EU market, where lifting regulations are set at 25kg/55lbs. Modern e-mtbs are lighter than that now, but a lot of e-commuters and throttle "ebikes" are not. In Canada and US, lifting regulations = when your L4 herniates, so less market for these here.
  • 10 63
flag gabiusmaximus (Nov 8, 2023 at 6:27) (Below Threshold)
 Yet the only places I've ever actually seen this lifts being used is in the garage of rich old men, or in instagram photos. Never actually seen one in use in a working shop
  • 71 6
 @gabiusmaximus: And how many rich old men do you happen to know? Do you go trolling through upper class neighborhoods peering into people’s garages?
  • 35 0
 @gnarlysipes: this is one of my favorite pass time activities when I'm jogging through rich neighborhoods
  • 9 0
 @gabiusmaximus: I've seen them in a few decent bike shops in the UK. At least the Park Tool variety.
  • 4 0
 @gabiusmaximus: I've seen this type of stand (Park Tool) installed in 2 local bike shops around me here in Quebec City. They both have a large ebike consumer base, so the stand makes sense and is probably already paid for ten-fold.
  • 13 0
 "when your L4 herniates" LOL
  • 22 0
 The US is actually anything over 50lbs, but like most US workplace regulations they are usually ignored until osha shows up.
  • 2 0
 And even then, 25Kg is only advisory and only applicable when the load is in a certain position. Will definitely see these in higher end European and UK bike shops I’d think
  • 2 0
 @gnarlysipes: I ain't sayin' he a gold digger
  • 5 0
 Huh? US lifting regulations are 50 lbs
  • 30 1
 I look forward to a rabid Brexiter trying to tell me that we're free to set our own lifting regulations now, away from the tyrannical, spine-saving EU.
  • 3 0
 @gabiusmaximus: my local shop has as similar electric lift in their shop. Only one, but I see it being used regularly.
  • 5 0
 I know of multiple bike shops in the US that have DIY'd lift systems for ebikes because the Park lift stand cost is hard to justify. The topic has come up over and over on bike mechanic forums/subreddits too - those BSO ebikes are heavy as shit. For $805 there are a LOT of shops that will be jumping all over this.

Also the US (OSHA) lifting limits are basically the same as in Europe so idk what you're talking about.
  • 7 0
E-world problems need E-world solutions.
  • 6 0
 The German speaking world and perhaps eu looks like this but I am pretty sure I would be out of a job if I said I can’t lift over 30kg by myself.

Women Men

15 to 18 years 15kg 20kg
19 to 45 years 15kg 30kg
>45 years 15kg 25kg
  • 15 0
 I spent so long getting that chart right with the right amount of spaces, press submit and look in horror.
  • 5 0
 @gabiusmaximus: I've seen them in workshops, but they're used by poor, young men...

Sorry, that should have read "bike mechanics"
  • 1 0
 @gabiusmaximus:Why are you hanging out with rich old men in their garage? Camera Actually never mind don't tell us !
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: Cos I spent many years fixing expensive bikes for a living...
  • 3 0

You just described my Tinder preferences

Old, Rich, unable to lift a bike - Sign me up. Want to meet me at Wholefoods?
  • 51 0
 They should've called it the "Do You Even Lift, Bro"
  • 52 2
 Are you available to help with our marketing?
  • 6 3
 @Remco-Tools: Have you considered a cross promotion with yesterdays "Saddlespur?" Asking for a friend.
  • 4 1
 @oscartheballer: Not as of yet, no. But if was mutually beneficial then I think we'd be open to it.
  • 7 0
 @Remco-Tools: unfortunately the SaddleSpur doesn’t appear to come in a double ended option.
  • 2 0
 @tkrug: the tandem riding market is upset
  • 4 0
 @Remco-Tools: "Open to it" might not be the best choice of words in this case.
  • 42 3
 It's nice to see a cheaper alternative to the Park version. I know plenty on here will make fun of it but as a professional mechanic I've tweaked my back more than once getting a bike into the stand and that means two things: no work and more importantly no riding...
  • 8 1
 Even the more expensive options don’t seem that crazy for a busy shop.
  • 27 1
 This is exactly why we brought this to market. My days as a professional mechanic are behind me but I hurt my back riding last fall and couldn't lift my 36lb bike into my stand to work on it. The existing options are great but also expensive.
  • 1 34
flag trillot (Nov 8, 2023 at 7:23) (Below Threshold)
 Dude, if you can't lift your bike 2 feet, how do you ride with it (and lift it over a log that's fallen over the trail)? Or how do you get it on your bike rack when going on a trip (when you can't commute to the trailhead)?
  • 13 1
 @trillot: @trillot: dont go after him, if youre hurt, you cant do the things you normally can. Hes recovering, and found solutions that can help himself and shops around.
  • 3 1
 @Remco-Tools: I feel like you could make a mechanical version that works like a seatpost, with an adjustable air spring that provides varying levels of assistance. Put weight on it to push it back down. But I have no idea what I’m talking about
  • 3 0
 @BryceBorlick: Like an old school barber chair. Foot pump to Jack it up. Release the air with a switch and it lowers.
  • 1 0
 @BryceBorlick: I think that could certainly work. My past work experience is primarily with lifting columns though and not pneumatics. There are some cool motorcycle lifts that work similarly using a pneumatic jack.
  • 4 0
 They're also super handy just for work height adjustment regardless of the weight of the bike.
  • 4 0
 @Remco-Tools: I work at a shop and pushed for 2 years to get a park tool electric lift stand. We finally got one and immediately the owner and all mechanics wondered why we didn’t get them sooner. Even if you are working on a light road bike not bending over but moving the work to a comfortable height makes all the difference at the end of the day.

Also having mechanics ranging in height from 5’-2” to 6’-7” having adjustable stands makes it safer for all of us.
  • 75 42
 Keep telling yourself these aren’t motorcycles…
  • 27 10
 Ok, I will.
  • 36 38
 @PtDiddy: I love seeing ebike haters lose their minds - it makes me smile lol
  • 24 24
 How many Motorcycles do you pedal?
  • 12 6
 I have a motorcycle and it's a million times better than a plastic Santa Pon
  • 17 6
 motorcycles with pretend pedals
  • 50 16
 @cuban-b: watching ebikers pretend to pedal up the hill makes me smile - reminds me of being a kid when my mom would push me around the grocery store 3
  • 21 16
 Call them what you want, we dont care, they are ace.
  • 1 0
 @TommyNunchuck: prob cheaper too
  • 10 7
 Still using an unpowered hand drill / saw? I do sometimes, but then I also like battery powered tools.
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: a fraction of the price
  • 3 4
 They are not motorcycles, they are cycles with a motor.
  • 2 2
 @powderhoundbrr: pedal assist, not motor assist.

So more accurately, motorbike with pedals. A pedal bike with supplemental motor would be a road bike with a small motor stashed in the seat tube-the kind the UCI still checks for on road bikes.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: why???
  • 3 4
 @wyorider: Nope, my Norco Sight VLT certainly requires pedaling in order for the motor to offer any assist. It measures the amount of force that I apply to the pedals and assists based on that force. You can't just spin the cranks and have it take you up a hill, you still need some real effort. They are certainly NOT motorcycles, the motor DOES assist the pedaling, not the other way around. The motor only makes 250 Watts, that's not much when it comes to steep climbs.
  • 11 0
 @gasgasguy: 250 wats is not much, man, try to get consistent 200 wats an a few minutes climb on normal bike and come back...
  • 3 0
 @nutterbuts: riding an ebike reminds me of your mom too.
  • 5 0
 @gasgasguy: Only 250 watts? You have no idea how hard it is to put out 250 watts consistently.
  • 4 3
 @lkubica: I average over 200W for my 2 hour spin bike training rides each week!
200W isn't hard if you are fit.
I did try to hold over 500W for the last minute effort tonight.. epic fail.

The Bosch gen 4 in EMTB though means I can climb in well under half the time, close to a third of the time I can on the Amish. My local is now a 7 minute lap if I am by myself on the eeb and pushing it on the climb.

EEBs excel at getting more laps for your time, I can get 12 laps from 2 batteries in a 2 hour training session. (I build and maintain the trails so trail wear isn't an issue). That's a whole days riding on the enduro bike and I can be home, go out for the day then do the gym at night with a cheeky gin. What's not to love.

Oh... And I can get to other trails with tools to maintain them quicker too.
  • 1 0
 @gasgasguy: you have to turn the pedals at how many watts? The industry calls them "pedal assist" for a reason. 250w sustained is a lot.
  • 6 4
 @betsie: You know what else isn't too hard if you're fit? Pedalling under your own power.
  • 5 4
 @warmerdamj: you just don't get it.... It's ok, give it a few years and you will.

More than capable of pedalling up my local in 20 mins under my own power, doing 10 laps in a day, or I can pedal up with my own power (more of it but for a shorter time) and do 10 laps in 90mins (2 batteries)

Leaves me more time for making love in the morning before heading out, then home and out for waterfalls, castles and hills in the afternoon.

Will whilst your slogging it up that hill in 30 mins as your not fit and slagging off EEBs haha
  • 3 2
 @warmerdamj: You're right, it isn't too hard. But it's still a serious effort. Sometimes I don't want a leg burning fitness ride, Sometimes I just want to ride fast and have fun. It's amazing how fun the flat bits are when you aren't trying to recover from a climb.
  • 1 0
 @wyorider: I don't know the exact scale for how many watts you put in vs. how much it gives. If I were to guess, It probably takes about 150 Watts of input in order to get 250 Watts out of the motor.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: The average Watts per kg for a CAT 5 road racer (the lowest level of road racing) is 2.4 - 2.9 W/kg over 60 mins. That means an 80kg person racing an entry level race is pulling 192 Watts over an hour at the low end. Pro cyclists are over 400 Watts over an hour. You have to be fit but 250 Watts sustained is not out of the question.
  • 5 3
 @betsie: if you can't find the time to f*ck and go for long rides maybe you should check out the latest offering from SaddleSpur.
  • 2 0
 @gasgasguy: I’ll send you my Garmin power meter pedals to use, free of charge, for 1 month. If you put down 250 for an hour, upload the data to prove, you can keep them.

250+ ftp and complains that they need to “recover from the climbs” to enjoy the flat bits? Get outta here.
  • 1 0
 @no-good-ideas: I never said that my ftp was 250+. I was saying that the 250 watt peak that my motor puts out is not in motorcycle territory nor can it make me fly up hills. It is on par with an average competitive road cyclist.
  • 2 0
 @warmerdamj: you're right 250 watts is hard but nowhere near what a pro cyclist can put out. It's awesome fun to be able to experience almost the same speed as a pro but still be a 44 year old dad who likes to spend more time with the kids and riding than in the gym.
  • 3 0
 Gentlemen, Gentlemen! Let's not forget we are _all_ mountain bikers here and it is the equestrians and dog walkers that don't pick up their dog's poop that we should all band together to hate.

(I have no idea why, but calling mtbs amish bikes doesn't grate on me nearly as hard as calling them acoustic bikes, good one!)
  • 2 1
 @warmerdamj: Its making love big boy xxx.
If your ever over, come for a shreddie, your bike looks like a well used bailer so your a man like myself.
Bikes are for being abused not hung on the wall.
  • 1 0
 @no-good-ideas: can you send me some pedals too and I will put down 250W average for 1 hour for you and keep your pedals, on the look out for power pedals but they are too expensive to justify the price.

Sadly I would also like a lactate meter
  • 46 23
 Step 1: Get a bike you barely have to pedal, get weaker.

Step 2: Get a workstand that allows your weakened body to lift your motorized contraption for the frequent service and parts replacement it needs.

Step 3: Just give up and park your flabby carcass on the couch-spend the rest of your life watching YouTube clips.
  • 25 0
 Wall-e was a warning
  • 6 9
 I get your point, but the most exhaustive days I’ve ever had biking were on my ebike.

I think this stand has loads of practical use:

We have a Rad Power Wagon, which weighs about 5000 pounds. Trying to hold that up one handed while clamping it in the stand is incredibly hard to do.

If a shop has a client base of 75% commuters with heavy ebikes, it would be a no brainer.

Injured people (back injuries?) who can’t lift much weight.

My 76 year old dad who wishes he had an ebike.

I’m not going to drop $800 on a stand for my garage any time soon, but there’s a boat load of people out there who have way more money than I do. You’re forgetting that there is way more money in people’s pockets than you think, especially in a niche sport with a fairly expensive cost of entry.
  • 1 1
 @joecrosby: 5000 pounds-that's heavy even for a Broped. Might need a commercial auto lift for that........
  • 2 1
 I’ve lost weight and gotten in better shape ever since I started ebiking. But when I visit pinkbike, I’m a fat lazy slob.
  • 1 0
 @wyorider: exactly, so you proved my point for a commercial bike lift
  • 15 2
 A world with bikes too heavy to pick up is a world I don't want to live in. Forunately most of our clientel still likes light bikes and e-bikes haven't gotten popular yet.
  • 11 1
 With many e cargo bikes weighing >75lbs this is a great idea and is a solid price for shops. Anybody making fun of this hasn’t had to lift many heavy ebikes with one hand into a regular stand.
  • 11 0
 You think it's dumb until you work in a shop and have to lift these goddamn things 25 times a day
  • 7 0
 I think more than the actual ease of lifting, the real bonus is that you can securely clamp the bike _before_ lifting it at all. No hoping that you don't twitch while holding the bike up and end up accidentally clamping the seat collar or something and end up with a wonky clamp hold and have to start all over.
  • 10 0
 Damn, that's pretty cheap. Park Tool and Unior sell theirs north of 2k.
  • 8 0
 If your working with bike every day that worth it, cheaper than few visits to the chiropractor.
  • 8 0
 Need help “getting it up?” Call now! Our operators are standing by.
  • 4 0
 I bought an electric hoist on Amazon for $100 and mounted it with rollers ($25) on a piece of strut channel ($35) on the ceiling of my workshop. It's a lot cheaper and a lot more versatile than a lift stand.

I have a bad back, so lifting bikes into my stand can be a bit iffy.
  • 6 1
 As a tradesman carrying tools and equipment up ladders and into awkward spots all day, gotta laugh a little. Or, maybe just jealous since techs not coming to my back’s rescue anytime soon.
  • 1 0
 Was thinking the same lol. See how they feel hand bombing a few skids of cinder blocks or getting shingles up on a roof. And sometimes the tech is there but the spend isn't; I mean why break the bank when the company can break a few backs and save a few bucks instead?
  • 8 4
 With this lift you can afford a GoPro so you can film yourself "Bumbling Around" with tools and then put your crappy Dream Build on YouTube so Pinkbike staff can clown you on a podcast! It's a win win!
  • 4 1
 I work on a friend's SB160e occasionally. It's ~56lbs with all the doo-dads and add-ons hanging off it. A "team lift" makes it a little less awkward. If I was working on these every day all day, I would certainly want a powered lift.
  • 8 3
 Can it lift it high enough that eeebs can’t get their e-bike down?

How long does this whole process take?
  • 12 8
 Self adjusting drivetrains, self pedaling bikes, self lifting bike stands, I just hope for a self riding bikes next so I have someone to ride with.
  • 14 1
 Can't wait for my self driving car to take me to the bike park, so that my autoshift, autopedal and autosteer bike can do some laps, while I sit in the café watching streams of Ninja playing fortnite!
  • 2 0
 Consider 50-60 lbs E-bikes w/ Dropper Posts? Should these really be the primary bike service stand clip-to point of contact? I've never seen a dropper post manufacturer claim that their posts are bike service stand compatible and suitable for supporting a bike cantilevered in such a manner.....perhaps it's time for manufacturers to design in 'frame lift-points' for bike service stand??
  • 1 0
I think Scott has a job opportunity for you on their design team
  • 1 0
 You sit on that post at full extension and at a 77ish degree angle, ever thought of the loads being carried there?
Lifting a bike straight up, that weighs 55lbs (that doesn't have a 180lbs rider bouncing) along is literally not even close to being a problem.

Don't worry! Clamp at will!
  • 2 1
 You need fit4racing on here to make a video shouting at the camera, telling us why we have to train to lift your EEB up rather than buy a bikelift.
Bike comp between the presenters for lifting an EEB on and off one of your trucks to failure.
Who would win?
  • 2 0
 Hang on, your second idea sounds pb academy but for the staff? Goofy challenges? Winner gets timbits? I'd watch that
  • 7 4
 "The only form of exercise is riding bikes, and I want my bike to do it for me with a motor. No lifting ever, that's too much work."
  • 1 0
 Is it ok on PB to ask an actual, non-snarky question? Here goes nothing!

The base plate looks a little small for the stated load capacity. Is it meant to be anchor-bolted to the floor?

And it's the shoulders, not the back, that catches up with you (speaking as an actual older guy).
  • 1 0
 The baseplate is about as large as we can make it and still be able to ship it easily. It currently squeaks in at just under 70lb.

It measures 23 x 23" (585 x 585mm) square. For reference, fixed height Park Tool stands have a comparable max height at 62" with a stated maximum weight capacity of 120lb (54kg) and use a 22.5 x 22.5" (570 x 570mm) square base plate.

You can absolutely bolt it to the floor if you'd like. It's also not uncommon for shops to have their baseplates fabricated locally to save money on shipping and get exactly what they want.
  • 5 1
 If its not Bluetooth I don’t want it
  • 4 0
 But does it work with a Lidl workstand?
  • 5 1
 No tool tray?
That thing is broken
  • 2 0
 Can you attach the new saddlespur saddle to this? Asking for a friend. A lube injection system would work wonders with that combination.
  • 1 0
 How do people feel about about all that weight in an ebike being clamped by the dropper post? Am I being paranoid about the stresses on the frame and seatpost in that horizontal position?
  • 1 0
 It must be me, but as soon as you have some seriously seized components or heavy duty jobs to do, this kind of 'column stand' seriously suck.
  • 2 1
 I've only used the Park 2-sided shop stand and never had an issue. Wouldn't that also be a "column" stand? What other type/style is better?
  • 3 0
 @andwrong: I currently work with the: Bicisupport BS101 PRO-TOUR - Anyway the thing is super stable, allows for a good clean grip, easy adjustability when you need get things level, or lowered etc - offers an easy flipover of the bike when you need to maybe work on an e-bike and dismount the engine etc and general decent workheight for most procedures. A downside might be lifting really heavy bikes (30kg+ or bikes which have a big off balanced weight) on and off the bench.

I've worked with the PARK PRS 3.3.2 as well - the one with a big base plate, but never really liked the thing. The clamp, the positioning, dunno all a bit clumpsy to me + you are constantly 'gripping' on something, putting stress on some component or frametube.

We have another one in the shop that is similar to the Beta 3901, which is a really cool thing, and working on heavy bikes with this stand is a walk in the park, but I like the Bicisupport better in terms of workflow.
  • 4 1
 You make me sad*
*King Arthur, The Holy Grail
  • 2 0
 I haven't seen any jokes about Remco, and lifting his bike........But then I remember it's a MTB website.
  • 1 0
 It's not even a pole
  • 1 0
 I'm sure there is a UK shop owner here that can tell me if these lifts have to be tested under LOLER/ PUWER regs?
  • 4 0
 This definitely falls under LOLER regs in the UK if used at work. Not complicated but should be subject to periodic examinations by a competent person. It also definitely falls under PUWER but I'd be very surprised if it didn't satisfy the criteria.
  • 5 0
 We're not ready to sell in the UK yet but we are talking to a few distributors. I'll look into this and make an effort to follow up with you.
  • 2 0
 The robots are taking over!
  • 2 0
 just what I need for my 7kg road bike
  • 1 0
 Ordered 2 for my garage.... I was going to order the Prepstand eUP Pro....but this is cheaper and powered.
  • 2 0
 Wait - aren’t you not supposed to clamp the seatpost at that point?
  • 1 0
 What about a properly cheap one with a pedal or lever operated hydraulic pump to target DIY e-bikers?
  • 1 0
 Lift speed: 2" per second.

Useless. Nearly a minute to get the bike up to working height.
  • 1 0
 Hah, it is even worse than that!
Minimum height: 34"

Most bikes still need to be lifted for you to put them in the stand. Certainly that Santa Cruz in the picture does.
  • 2 0
 I have a self pump hydraulic one(similar to your Car jack)
It's fantastic.
  • 2 0
 This would have been great for my Norco VPS Shore
  • 2 0
 Or just use a motorcycle lift for these mopeds?
  • 8 8
 Good, I needed a way to lift my 35lb mountain bike 2 feet off the ground Smile
  • 11 1
 And hold it up in the air, then adjust the clamp, then try to clamp it, then adjust it again, then try to clamp it, then adjust it again, then clamp it closed. Any bike shop wrench working on a range of different bikes will appreciate this thing.
  • 7 6
 @CamNeelyCantWheelie: if you have to adjust the bike in the stand 3 times before clamping, I don't want you working on my bike.
  • 3 3
 @trillot: Fine, I'll just cram down the over tightened cam clamp on your dropper then.
  • 1 0
 @CamNeelyCantWheelie: I would add a tight space to the mix and it is a little challenge. I do not use bike stands very often but clamping my expensive CF bike is hard,I always find I need 1 more arm to do it.
  • 1 0
 I need this for that freaking Ponto Go
  • 2 2
 how fitting that there‘s a santa cruz e-bike with push shock in those stage photos. remco knows their target audience Razz
  • 1 0
 Please, don't show this to lift boys
  • 7 6
 This is as stupid as ebikes
  • 4 4
 so you dont like ebikes, cool. everyone else who has gotten over their ego now enjoys the benefits of ebikes & the fun they bring.
  • 2 2
 Motocross guys lift their bikes onto stands. We've gone soft in all the wrong places
  • 4 1
 all the moto dudes i know use pump hydraulic stands.... Soft... this is a smarter not harder thing.
  • 4 4
 For gma and her ebike collection!
  • 7 7
 $800 or just workout a bit? lol
  • 10 2
 Rephrase that question for bike shop owners: $800 for a bike stand or have more mechanics with health issues? Most industries are starting to understand that eliminating repetitive strenuous tasks pays off long term and the bike service industry should too.
  • 1 0
 @finnspin: sure yes, for bike shop mechanics totally makes sense.
  • 8 9
 ebike filter should catch shit like this.
  • 5 2
 ebike lifter*
  • 2 0
 why? dont be dumb.
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