My back is thanking me! I have only used it for one tire change so far. I did not use it for a mousse, but a tubed tire and it was a breeze. My previous method was a turned over bucket so take that for what it's worth. Seems very well made and I'm glad I opted for the Moose over Rabaconda. Went back into the carrying bag easily..just watch the Rabaconda video if you're struggling.
I love mine. I have 4 dirt bikes in my family with kids and changing tires regularly can be difficult but not too bad when you have one of these. I've also used it to change tires on my BMW 1200RT with success. I've used it for tires with tubes and also tires with nitro-mousse inserts. I like that there is plenty of room to stand on the support legs to help stabilize your work unlike the robaconda. I prefer the stainless tire irons spoons with the rubber handles.
I bought a NitroMouse and new Starcross. After struggling with it for over 1/2 hour and getting NOWHERE, I walked back into the house and ordered this after reading reviews on it vs the Rabaconda. I also got 6 Tusk 15" irons (KEY!!!!!) Everything arrived and I had the tire mounted inside 15 minutes, EASILY. However... the real key to mounting is two part: the axle spindle on this tool that keeps your tire in place and the 15" curved tire irons. I never used the bead breaker part (although it will probably come in handy when _removing_ the tire). So... if you want to save $$$, you might look in the more compact Tusk tire stand. GET THE IRONS!!!
Good stuff... previous reviewers point out that you can stand on the feet of this tool and that was a BIG help. Also, you can hook tire irons under the tool near the bead breaker arm, and that's handy. It fits nicely in an included bag, making it easy to take along for those multi-day enduros (although, with a mousse, I'm not gonna be changing flats)
Makes tire changes a breeze! I'm not understanding the negative reviews for those who are complaining. I can see how this makes mousse changes a breeze, but I've used it strictly for tubes and haven't had issues.
Quality seems good as well. Had it for a few years now, and use it in tandem w/ motion pro tire iron set and rim protectors... Needless to say, that durability seems to be a non-issue.
Breaks down, and stores nicely in it's baby crib sized bag as well.
I run bibs front and rear, and change tires a lot for the different terrain i ride/race on and this thing has paid me back more than enough. It works great just like a tire changer should. You can do tires with bibs, or tubes. Has a long handle to get leverage on to pop tires off bead if need be. The feet are large so it doesn't wobble while working. Easy to go from 21 inch to 18 inch. And it even has a carrying case if you need to take it somewhere.
For the price this thing cannot be beat IMO...
Reason for a 4 in durability is because there are small plastic plugs in the tubes that dont stay in... But that dont matter at all really..
Between mine and my kids bikes, I change about two dozen +tires a year as a casual trail rider.. Having a tire changing stand has been one of my best mx related investments. I purchased this Moose changer and the Rabaconda from RMATV. The units are almost exactly identical. The moose is well made and will stand up to years of tire changes. The base on the moose is more stable because you can stand on the leg mounts if you're fighting a really stiff carcass. After purchasing both units, I can tell you that the moose is the better purchase for the money. There just is not enough difference in between the two to justify the Rabaconda pricing even when it's on on sale. FWIW, if it matters to you the Moose is imported, however, they employ Americans and have offices here in the USA whereas Rabaconda is simply an importer.
I have used the Rabaconda and other tire changers. In my opinion this is better built than the Rabaconda. It held up to us using it to change customer tires all season. It changed hundreds of tires. Fold up in nice little duffle bag that will fit under the seat of your van.
This thing is a lifesaver. If you've ever changed a bib mousse without one of these, then you know how challenging it can be. It does take a little practice to get it perfect, but it only took me about 10 minutes to install a brand new Nitro Mousse in a new tire the first time.
I haven't used a Rabaconda, so I can't compare the two, but I do know I saved $80 by getting the Moose changer. The quality may not be as good, but if you're only changing your own mousses and not a professional mechanic I think it does just fine.
Also, big laughs at the guy who gave it a less than stellar review because he bought a tire changer made specifically for changing mousses and then complained that it doesn't work well for changing tires with tubes...that's his own fault.
A buddy owns a Rabacondra and it is better made. The Moose changer feels loose and flimsy. The cams that hold the arms in place are shorter and the one that holds the bead breaker arm will not stay connected. It's far better than using just tire irons but not as nice as the Rabacondra.
This is the only way to go, Works every bit as good as the higher priced "Rabaconda" that costs about $350.00. This makes changing a mousse insert a breeze. I have 8 or 10 curved tire irons and 4 large tire spoons with billet handles and the first time I used this machine alone I only needed to use 4 of my tire irons and I installed 2 new mousse inserts and 2 new tires on my FE501 Husky in about an an hour. That included the time it took me to break down the old tires and removing the Tubliss system I was running the past year and cleaning up the rims. I use "Enforce" tire lube to grease up the new Michelin Mousses. -m-2015 HUSQVARNA FE 501--
I have had this for a month or so and have changed about 10 tires on it and am a little disappointed. I purchased this in hopes that it would push a standard tire/tube off the rim like all of the videos show for the mousse tube. It absolutely will not push the tire off the rim unless you have the mousse tube. I have tried it many times with different tires and with tire paste and even with some air in the tube. The mousse tube adds rigidity to the tire and without that tube it just bends the tire and damages the sidewall permanently. Another disappointment is with the height, I am a short guy and I find the height to be too low for my preference. When I change multiple tires in a row I end up wanting to give my lower back a break. I understand that they wanted to keep it small for transporting it but it's not worth the compromise. If I could do it over again I would likely get a different brand. The fit and finish of the product is very poor. All of the end caps are constantly falling off and there are random welding marks on several of the support tubes where someone arced a welder before starting to weld. I also added some vinyl tubing to cover the supports that contact the spokes as it was quickly rubbing the black off my spokes.
Is the center axle holder the same as the rabaconda,one?????? if so I will purchase it ,the one on my moose broke at the threads,I can't find where to buy a replacement axle arm for it, someone please let me know?????