Same great stability, versatility, and features as the PRS-20 stand, but weighs only 13.5lbs, 35% less than the PRS-20. It's built using the perfect combination of steel for strength in the joints and pivots, and aluminum to shave grams. The PRS-21 is ideal when size and weight are critical -- ideal for the traveling mechanic, or for the mechanic who'll be traveling. And if you buy one, don't neglect to get the Park BAG-20 bag to store the PRS-21 in for transport.
Strengths: It fills a gap in the workstand line up for a solid stand that allows you to spin the bike around for easy washing...not a big market probably so but I'm glad Park went ahead and filled it. The only other stand that I have had that had similar functionality was my ancient Cinelli chrome steel stand that clamped on the downtube so it didn't really work for modern bikes.
The stand is solidly constructed. Folds up fairly compact. Lighter than the PRS-20 which was laughably heavy.
Weaknesses: The adjustable bits aren't well thought out, the two screw down devices (one stops the stand from rotating just above the tripod and the other stops the fork end/dropout slider from sliding) don't actuate any type of clamp, they just gouge into the side of a tube. It works ok I guess but not good for longevity and for $250 or more I expect something better than high school metal shop "engineering".
The fastex type strap that secures the bike near the bottom bracket is some off-brand that flat out doesn't work or maybe doesn't work when its wet? Not a big deal, this is easily replaced w/a few toestraps daisy chained or a strap from a mountaineering store but again, at $250 maybe some more thought could have gone in to it.
The bottom bracket cradle is pretty fragile, my stand fell over and one of the plastic BB "shelves" snapped right off. Park is very good about replacement parts being made available though and I was able to replace it quickly enough.
Overall it is a good, solid piece of equipment that will last. A little more thought could have been put into the details but frankly the shortcomings don't affect the functionality substantially.
Similar Products Used: Park Shop Stand, Ultimate Stand, Cinelli workstand
Bike Setup: n/a
a Cross Country Rider
from Charlotte, NC
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010
Strengths: This stand is very mobile and lightweight, but holds any bike solidly.
Weaknesses: Must remove front wheel to mount on stand
This stand is rock solid, and highly adjustable. I can work on my bike standing or sitting, and can adjust the height easily. I can easily spin and/or elevate/lower the stand once the bike is clamped in. As long as you're equipped with quick release front tire you're good to go.
This was a great deal at a huge discount. I picked up this stand from a shop that was changing ownership and I saw this stand that was previously used for the shop-sponsored team at race locations and picked it up for well below retail. If I were buying new I'd probably look at a stand that doesn't require front wheel removal though.