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Sofa King We Todd Did
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I've been looking around for an affordable entry-level repair stand for a while now. Basically, I'm tired of having to turn the bike upside down in order for it to be stable if I want to make minor adjustments on the bike, or wash it or what not. And a turned-over bike isn't always conducive to minor adjustment or repair work anyway.

In any case, economy is the name of the game here as I don't have a ton of dough to fork out for this repair stand. At the same time, I'm not doing any major professional-level work on the bike, just your weekend warrior sort of upkeep and maintenance.

Right now, one stand I'm looking at is the Park PCS 9 stand, pictured here:


It's about $70, seems to offer the basic stuff I'm looking for, and it's a Park for crying out loud. Thing is, I can't find any reviews on this stand. Either that, or I'm not looking in the right place in the MTBR reviews section. Any users of the stand have a moment to offer up your thoughts on this stand? Any concerns with is this stand for the needs I mentioned?

Alternatively, do you have any other recos I should consider? Again, what I'm looking for here is a basic, nothing super-fancy, economy repair stand. Thanks a million!
 

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Hold onto'er Cookie
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Pcs- 9

Hey. I have been using the Park PCS-9 for about a half a year now and have not one bad thing to say about it! I use it for my 40 pound downhiller as well as my XC bike and it works like a charm for both. I have done quite a bit of heavy work with the stand and it has shown no sign of failure. I also use it to store my heavy bike to keep it off the damp floor. The only real major perks that don't come with this stand are things that were left off to keep the price down. The clamp is not spring loaded like on the more pricey models. Instead you get a spin style clamp. You have to wind a little handle to open or close the clamps. This means you have to hold the weight of your bike with one hand while twisting with the other. Another difference would be that there is no quick release collar to extend and retract the height. There is a little cuff with 2 hex screws that you have to loosen before changing the height and then tighten them down again once you have it where you want it. The Hex key for this is provided in the box, although one can assume you will already have one to fit. Otherwise, the stand has great height, rotates the bike 360 degrees, folds up nicely for storage, and has a solid feel. Seems to be a great stand for a home mechanic on a budget. The park name is what attracted me at first and the performance does not dissapoint.
 

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Sofa King We Todd Did
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Thanks for the feedback. I was also able to do a search and read a couple of other comments on the stand from previous queries. Now another stand has come to my attention... the Ultimate Consumer Repair Stand



This goes for about $110. MSRP on the Ultimate site is about $160. Any thoughts on this stand? Is the $40 premium over that basic Park stand worth it? This stand just looks like a better-made stand.

Thoughts?
 

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Don't touch me!
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I have the Ultimate Pro.

SpinWheelz said:
Thanks for the feedback. I was also able to do a search and read a couple of other comments on the stand from previous queries. Now another stand has come to my attention... the Ultimate Consumer Repair Stand



This goes for about $110. MSRP on the Ultimate site is about $160. Any thoughts on this stand? Is the $40 premium over that basic Park stand worth it? This stand just looks like a better-made stand.

Thoughts?
It is awesome. I love it. The best part of the stand is the clamp. The consumer model should do you just fine. I'd highly recommend them both.
 

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the wrench
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stick woth the park i have a 15 year old park stand that has a similar design to the one pictured above and it works great. being a shop mechanic i have tried many things and obviously the one that works best is gonna be the most expensive which is the shop stands which retail for 600 bones. that being too expensive even for me a lower end park will work well i recommend going up another model to the one pictured above for one that has the quick clamp on it. as for the ultimate stands they are only good if u ABSOLUTLY need something that folds up small enuf to fit inta a geo. now the reason i am against the ultimate stan is because 1. unless youre bike is under 15lbs it is not that stable unless you rotate the lages everytime u work on a different part of the bike. 2. the clamps that hild up the main coloum slip and end up cracking. 3. the pivot is really hard to tighten up so that u can work on the bike with out it moving on you. you are really only paying for the convienence factor of it but except for the clamp itself its not up to snuff. u will be much better off with a cheaper pakj stand. having the chance to use all of them for a slightly extended period of time i speak from experience.
 
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