Park Tool PRS-5 Professional Race Stand Tools

4.63/5 (24 Reviews)
MSRP : $230.00


Product Description

Park Professional Race Stand (PRS-5)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JR from Poway, CA

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2004

Strengths:    Strong clamping mechanism, able to rotate bike on vertical axis, good overall build quality, easy to stow, compact

Weaknesses:    Limited working height adjustment, low working height, poor design, expensive, unstable compared to tripod stands, clamping mechanism adjustment not user friendly, vertical support arm bends under weight of bike when raised to working level

Bottom Line:   
Once upon a time this was the stand to have if you wanted a high quality lightweight collapsable work stand. However, the current collapsable tripod stands surpass it in quality, usability, stability, and cost. Park needs to get out from behind their name badge and design a better stand if they want to stay on top of the bike stand market. If your interested in buying one of these stands take it out of the box and compare it with a tripod stand. You'll find any one of the high end tripod stands to be better both in quality and price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $210.00

Similar Products Used:   Shop stand


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eddie a Cross Country Rider from Asheville, NC

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2004

Strengths:    Very stable on even ground. Rotating arm allows you to hold bike at any angle. Very convenient carrying case. Park Tool quality.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
A lot of reviewers have listed the inability to grab the larger frame bikes by the frame itself as a weakness of the product, but why you would need or want to do that when the clamp rotates 360 degrees when clamped to the seat post, is a mystery. This repair stand is well worth the money and will probably outlast your bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $224.00

Purchased At:   bikeworld.com

Similar Products Used:   Ultimate.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Eastern Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2003

Strengths:    Its Park!! Made in USA. Quickly folds into a compact package for storage and transport in a bag which was actually designed to fit the intended item. Seperate pouch for the clamp is attention to detail. Foldability does not sacrifice strength or usability. Infinitely adjustable clamp rotation and height. Lite.

Weaknesses:    Obviously minor, but the hardware is not rustproof. A few bucks at you local HW store will correct this issue if you plan to get the stand wet. Clamp requires adjustment each time you mount a different bike. Clamp does not work with larger diameter tube frames, hence use of the seatpost is your only option. Making one think the clamp was designed for bike frames used pre 90's (small diameter tubing). Base/legs were designed to work on flat surfaces (only). Tri-pod style legs would be better for these situations, but might sacrifice stability.

Bottom Line:   
If you can only have one workstand, and require portability and/or something that will quickly and easily fold away for storage... Look no further, you found what you were searching for. Anything more wouldn't be small (folded), lite and portable. I'm giving the stand 5 chilis because it delivers the goods and most of the nitpicks are personal preferences. In terms of value.. Considering the stand was almost the least expensive item for my bike.... I think its a great deal for what you get & what it offers. 5 Chilis for Value.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   e-Bay Merchant

Similar Products Used:   Only Pedro's, but looked at a dozen others before purchase.

Bike Setup:   Intense Spider XVP with all the trimmings.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Nevada City, CA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Strengths:    Holds bike securely in any position. Portable. Pretty indestructable.


Weaknesses:    Bolts rust (hey Park! use stainless!)
Clamp needs slow manual adjust for different tube sizes.


Bottom Line:   
If you have only one stand, this is the one. Works great, portable to take to the races, or to take outside to wash the bike. Holds the bike securely at any angle, even upside down. Clamp won't crush tubing *IF* used correctly.

But: if you wash the bike with this stand, the bolts holding it together rust. $10 at the local metric hardware emporium will replace them all with stainless ones, but on a $200 stand, Park should supply them.

And: every time you grab a different bike, you need to readjust the clamp - a tricky operation if you're holding the bike in one hand. I always clamp to the seat tube (well, if the seat tube is installed) but there are still several sizes. (That's why you see so many pro mechanics just hang the bike on the stand if they're only doing minor work).

If you've got a discount coupon for a single item, or want a christmas present, get one. Even if you win the lottery and can afford anything, get one.

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Tree and rope.


Bike Setup:   Lots.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Dallas

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2000

Strengths:    Stable platform to work on the bike. But most bike stands are stable. Folds up for storage. Nice storage bag.

Weaknesses:    Clamp won't fit large tube bikes. Have to hang from seat post. C-rings pop off the clamp padding. Poor design. Plastic caps on the horizontal legs fall off.

Bottom Line:   
Better than holding the bike up by hand. Big bucks for somewhat questionable build of clamp. Won't work with large tube of radical tube bikes. Must clamp to seat post. Like the carrying case. Nice touch, but would have traded for better build.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   The left hand then my right hand then my left hand.....

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SuperV

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Randy a Cross Country Rider from Detroit, MI USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2000

Strengths:    Infinitely Adjustable
Portable


Weaknesses:    Stability becomes an issue on uneven ground
A little on the expensive side


Bottom Line:   
Undoubtedly the most valuable tool in my possession. I've been doing a lot of work on both my bikes and this stand has been an invaluable piece of equipment. The portability and adjustability means I can take it just about anywhere & everywhere and have decent space to work.

A couple issues though. It gets a little tough to get it stable when the groung underneath isn't exactly level. I especially find it tilting somewhat towards the front of the bike. I suppose if I removed the front wheel everytime it might be more stable. And it is a little expensive. I mean, $230 isn't the most appealling price.

Either way, if you do decide to buy it and find that you use it alot (like myself), the price justifies the purchase many times over. Definitely, not for the occassional tweaker.

3 for the price, 4.5 overall (I guess I'll round up to 5)

Now, if there was only a better base...

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Fisher Sugar 4 & C-dale M500

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sherman a Weekend Warrior from British Columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2000

Strengths:    Adjustable height
Foldable
Comes with a bag
Strong Clamp
Adjustability


Weaknesses:    Plastic parts

Bottom Line:   
This is a great stand, it does cost more than the consumer model but in my opinion I think it is well worth it. It has height adjustment and it can fold up in a bag so you can travel with it easily. Some of the parts are plastic but I think they will be durable enough. The clamp holds the bike in place and it is excellent for working on your brakes or drivetrain. If you are debating on whether you should buy this stand or the consumer then get this one because you will regret getting the cheaper one when this one has the better clamp and the foldability, which by the way comes in handy when you live in a small house or apartment.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Seaton a Weekend Warrior from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight, easy to move with bike clamped in it, great adjustable clamp.

Weaknesses:    Great adjustable clamp does not work with oversize frame tubing. $230 is not cheap.

Bottom Line:   
Get a workstand. It makes working on the bike so much nicer. I've had my Park for about 3 years or so. Numerous complete overhauls and constant maintenance/tinkering. It is permanently setup in the living room. Having a workstand seems to promote constant working on bikes. Folded up this one is very compact and easy to carry in its bag. The clamp is infinitely adjustable for pressure. You can grip a tube tightly or loosely. It does not open up wide enough for oversize tubes. I am forced to grip the seatpost on the mountain bike. Maybe not a bad thing. But on some of the road bikes there is not enough seatpost exposed to get the clamp on. At least 4 inches of post must be exposed. The arm with the clamp does sag when a bike is in it. So when gripping a seatpost the bike is not exactly vertical. Mine had a stripped nut on one of the black brackets. I called Park and explained the problem and they sent a new one. Good customer service. The whole thing is some kind of plastic, composite, etc. Mine has not broken so it must be strong enough. I do not make the stand take the force of hard wrenching. I hold the bike with one hand and the tool with the other. Or counter balance the force in some other way. If heavy duty use is your goal then get the heavy duty PRS-3 stand. Height adjustability is nice. I don't use it too much but its nice to have it. When the bike is held at an odd angle up high the stand is not super steady but it still won't tip over. The all steel PRS-3 would undoubtedly be more steady at odd angles. The stand does not get in the way too much when working on the bike. You cannot trip over the legs. Something you can do with the Trek ultimate stand. Get the Park handlebar holder. Its also wonderful and essential when the front wheel is off the ground. I don't regret buying the PRS-5.

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Favorite Trail:   paved roads

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Floor and string tied to floor joists in the basement. Wasn't very stable.

Bike Setup:   Waterford road bike with normal sized tubing, Trek with normal sized tubing, heavy steel fixed gear with normal sized tubing, Raleigh mountain bike with oversized tubing.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Spud a Weekend Warrior from San Ramon, CA

Date Reviewed: December 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Folds up and stashes away in a storage bag, clamp, fairly steady


Weaknesses:    
Expensive, $200 from Bikeworld.com, unstable when you rotate the bike away from the vertical


Bottom Line:   
It makes working on the bike a pleasure. It has been stable for most operations including pulling cranks and the like. I like being able to fold it up and take it with me.

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Favorite Trail:   
Anything paved...

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Little crutch doodad that hooks under downtube, walls, sofa, etc.


Bike Setup:   
Bianchi Veloce

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by fastsnail a Weekend Warrior from Davis, CA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Folds up and away. Easy to set up, take down. Sturdy.


Weaknesses:    
None.


Bottom Line:   
Good investment if you have a decent set of tools and you work on your bike frequently. If not, go for the cheaper model or ask the LBS to help out.

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Favorite Trail:   
I'm not telling!

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
The ones at the bike shop.


Bike Setup:   
Klein MTB, GT Cruiser

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Lebanon, PA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 1999

Strengths:    
Light,portible and easy to use. Clamp works great.


Weaknesses:    
None.


Bottom Line:   
This is a very good stand for the price,and works great on almost any bike.
Very strong and holds bikes solid.

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Favorite Trail:   
Bill's Downhill

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
None.


Bike Setup:   
GT Backwoods,Iron Horse MT200,Marin Bobcat Trail.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: June 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Mobile, rigid


Weaknesses:    
$$


Bottom Line:   
Get this at www.bikeworld.com . It's only $197. (which I think is still too expen$ive) Don't need the extra stuff to buy with it, as in toolstand, and truing adapter. If you live around San Antonio, go to bikeworld (5911 Broadway) If not, order via online or their 1-800 mumber)

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Favorite Trail:   
Barton, Kelly, Forrest Ridge

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Holding the bike manually


Bike Setup:   
Both my Mongoose hardtail, and Diamondback FS

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Amateur Wrench a Weekend Warrior from Missouri

Date Reviewed: June 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Portable; great clamp; height adjustment


Bottom Line:   
Excellent product. Because it's portable I can work on bikes indoors or out, rain or shine. It will not clamp oversize tubes (OCLV and Fat aluminum)but clamping the seatpost is better anyway. Worth the extra bucks over the consumer stand.

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by joe s. a Cross-Country Rider from mn.

Date Reviewed: April 17, 1999

Weaknesses:    
none yet


Bottom Line:   
my favorite bike shop closed, so i need to start doing my repairs myself. i'm happy to start doing this! makes me feel even closer to my ride!! for the little i know right now (learning more everyday), this stand is perfect. also will be perfect when i learn everything. right now it seems along way away!!
price also was perfect......$197 at bikeworld.
anyway this stand gets 5.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
none


Bike Setup:   
97 LTS-3, MANITOU X-VERT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Dampman a Weekend Warrior from Dade City, Florida

Date Reviewed: April 3, 1999

Strengths:    
This thing is Great!! Very Stable, Light, and the clamp works great. You can turn your bike in any position and still be stable. It even comes with a bag to carry it with you to the trail


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
I have worked on many bikes before and this sure beats leaning the bike against something or tuning it upsidedown. I will carry this stand everyware I go riding.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
none


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Super V 400

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