Next Level Racing Wheel Stand 2.0 Test

The appendage 2.0 declares it is believed that the Wheel Stand has a predecessor. This isn’t a secret; in fact, several race game enthusiasts depend on it; as one of the first folding models that offered ample legroom due to the absence of the center bar, it also had a range of rails that could be adjusted for the rack’s height as well as pedal elimination. This is by no means a requirement for a mobile stand.

As was the case, in the beginning, there were new demands that arose as time passed. For example, inconsistencies were revealed when the wheel of steering wheel technology continued to rotate. Specific customers requested extended support for new models of steering wheels (in the sense of having larger pre-drilled holes in the carrier); however, some complained about the inflexibility of the comparatively narrow plate, which was unable to be adjusted at an angle that was especially apparent with the brand new Direct-Drive steering wheels. In addition, in contrast to traditional belt-drive steering wheels aligned with bolts, these are in a straight line, which could cause discomfort in the long run if you don’t adjust the seat of your race car to semi-recumbent in a Formula One fashion.

Next Level Racing took these and other complaints to heart. The Wheel Stand 2.0 was launched in October 2021 and is finally accessible in Germany from the beginning of January 2022. The old version is still in stores across the country. It’s priced between the 210-230 Euro mark after ten years, the same as the latest model. But it’s almost guaranteed not to remain that way because wheel stand 2.0 is believed to be superior over the previous model.

We have a wealth of experiences with the first version; we can tell that it doesn’t seem to be the case. While many aspects have been made better, the maker did not improve the quality of its products in two areas. The updated version performs better in these two areas. We’ll discuss what exactly this is all about in a minute.

One Rig for (almost) every model

The first thing to do is to know for which wheel types the new Wheel Stand 2.0 is suitable. The answer is easy. It’s for all models made by Thrustmaster, Fanatec, and Logitech. It may also work for lesser-known brands such as Simucube and Simatic; however, we could not test that. It is clear that there are enough drilling holes in the frame, and the frame has nothing to be desired about stability as long as you keep it below the limit, which is twenty Newton meters of torque. The manufacturer isn’t looking to warrant anything higher than this. Therefore, if you’re planning to maximize the 25 NM capacity of a DD2 or other comparable machines, you should consider the manufacturer’s next-larger model, and it’s not named Wheel Stand DD for anything. This more stable rig isn’t collapsable.

We’ve drained the capacity of Wheel Stand 2.0 using the aid of the Fanatec and the DD1 steering wheels, and we are not complaining. When you tighten all Allen screws correctly, there is no way to bend even with massive force. This is even though the carbon-steel plate on the back of the wheel has more flexibility than the previous model. It is tiltable between 80-40 degrees to account for an exact alignment for direct drive steering wheels. It can also be tilted 40 degrees lower so that you can adjust the beveled inherently of belt-drive wheels into Formula One configuration.

We are generally pleased by the high-end design of the equipment. Its components appear superior and are better made than their predecessor. The design is even more appealing in its all-black coating. You should allow about forty minutes for initial setup as the components themselves are weighty. The assembly instructions are presented in large, clear diagrams, ensuring that every procedure is described clearly. It is, however, painful that the instructions state videos of the assembly through a QR code, but it’s not yet available (yet). It is likely to be released at a later date.

That’s it. It is possible to get the machine set up and ready to go without the need for a video and include all the new features. For instance, an armrest rail for those with a gaming chair with wheels. If you place those feet in front of your seat into the bracket, you can engage the brakes with full force and not move it in the reverse direction.

Flexible? Absolutely, but certainly not only to make things more flexible.

The other innovation is an extension plate for handbrakes which can be positioned close to the shifter plate. This is a practical feature; however,, this is also the first thing that results in a minor degradation compared to the prior model. The two plates used to shift gears and handbrake are attached to an arm made of metal attached to the right or left of the central strut instead of being hung from the crossbar above the wheel like previously. The lever creates an unmistakable sound when shifting gears and pulling the handbrake. There is also an occasional flexing of the arm’s material.

Because it is carbon steel, there is no chance of damage; however, the bending could be irritating in the long run. It’s certainly not a problem, and more likely a reduction in the B grade because the improved flexibility of this new product could be laudable. It gives you more choice to choose the appropriate maximum height you would like to place the stick. But, the screw connection appears to be a little tight. Unscrew it as you change into Formula 1 and do not feel as if the gear stick is now not feasible because it results from 5 minutes of Allen action.

While we’re there, we can move on to the second issue, which is folding. Its Wheel Stand 2.0 weighs seven kilograms more than its predecessor due to the improved materials. Twenty-two kilograms and the additional weight from your race equipment is not a good choice for smaller individuals, especially considering the non-slip nub feet are designed to keep the rig from sliding when you brake and stop the equipment from sliding away. In addition, it requires two more handles than Wheel Stand version 1. It’s unnecessary to consider this an issue, as the new design is more effective in overall stability. However, the reality is that Wheel Stand 2.0 is slightly heavier to operate and is more challenging to maneuver towards the corner because of its weight. It’s a device designed to earn points for its maneuverability; it’s not an impressive feature.

One thing to note is that it shouldn’t be weighed overly since the folding process takes less than 10 seconds, even with added two handles. And once it’s at the corner, it is tiny. With the steering wheel that is screwed on along with the pedals small enough to pass through doors in a room, however, it’s still quite space-saving with approximately 22 centimeters between the two feet that fold.

Flexibility is the keyword that also works in reverse. If you eventually have the space for a permanent structure, it is possible to upgrade Next Level Racing’s entire ecosystem. For instance, you can get a complete racing chair priced at approximately 500 euros or mounts that accommodate three monitors for under 200 euros or 400 euros. Additionally, you can purchase a floor mat, a keyboard holder, and numerous other items. Credit card transactions are in good shape. There’s nothing to complain about because you’ll get a decent product for your money.

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