WHAT IS IT? True to its name, the Motion Pro Tire
Station is a tire-changing stand that can house an air tank
within the stand for convenience when fixing a flat or
changing a tire.
WHAT’S IT COST? $124.99.
www.motionpro.com or (650) 594-9600.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Motion Pro Tire Station.
(1) Air tank. The most interesting feature of the
Tire Station is its ability to house an air tank inside the
tire-changing stand’s metal rings. Having air available just
inches from the tire simplifies the tire-changing process.
It is designed to house 5- to 10-gallon air tanks (14-1/2
inches to 24-1/5 inches in length and 9 inches to 12-3/4
inches in diameter). Take note that we are talking about
an air tank, not an air compressor. The air tank is not
included, but tanks are available at auto parts stores for
$30 to $100. Sorry, backyard mechanics, but pancake-style
tanks won’t fit.
( 2) Assembly. Without the air tank, the Tire Station
takes 10 minutes to assemble. Positioning an air tank
within the stand’s rings is a bit more time-consuming.
Be careful not to over-tighten the bolts, as doing so can
damage the air tank. Our only issue during assembly came
while installing the center rod (the one that the hub slips
over). During manufacturing, Motion Pro forgot to cover
the threads before the powdercoating process. As a result,
the center rod refused to thread into the upper ring until
we used serious elbow grease. Note that the Tire Station
isn’t designed to be taken apart for transit. At 25 inches
tall, it’s short enough to fit in a truck bed; however, at 16
pounds (without an air tank), the tire stand is hefty.
( 3) Adjustment. What you see is what you get with
the Motion Pro Tire Station. The height cannot be adjusted. Several test riders wanted the stand to sit higher. We
recommend installing a 10-gallon air tank, which adds over
6 inches to the overall height. Fortunately, given its static
stature, the stand is incredibly sturdy. The circular, 15-inch
base does need a flat surface for stability but comes with
three mounting posts so the stand can be affixed to a
larger base (like plywood) or a shop floor.
( 4) Performance. Once we got over the low height
(sans air tank), we felt comfortable using the Motion Pro
Tire Station, which is half the battle when changing a tire.
The center rod kept the tire in place. We could easily leverage a tire onto a rim, aided by the spoke-supporting upper
ring. The Tire Station didn’t come with a wheel-securing
wingnut, but this wasn’t a major issue since the wheel
stayed in place without it. For added torque, we stood on
the lower ring while installing the tire.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Three complaints. (1) The
stand needs to be taller. ( 2) Threading the center rod into
the upper ring was a challenge. ( 3) Given the weight and
narrow base, the Tire Station is best kept in the garage.
Anything that makes the arduous task of
changing a tire easier is a win in our book. We
like that the Motion Pro Tire Station can hold
an air compressor; however, if you’re a
bicycle-pump guy looking for a portable tire
stand or are taller than 5-foot- 8, there are bet-
ter options out there.
MOTION PRO TIRE STATION
MXA TEAM TESTED