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Looking for my first repair stand and on a budget. Have some options but could use some tips on choosing wisely. This stand will be used mainly for minor repairs and maintenance duties (beginner/intermediate skill level).
The contenders:
1. Park PCS-1
2. Ultimate BRS-70B
Any info is appreciated
 

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TREK'ed-out! said:
Looking for my first repair stand and on a budget. Have some options but could use some tips on choosing wisely. This stand will be used mainly for minor repairs and maintenance duties (beginner/intermediate skill level).
The contenders:
1. Park PCS-1
2. Ultimate BRS-70B
Any info is appreciated
I strongly recommend the ultimate stand because You can manually adjust increments of force apply to the lock to hold the tube without damaging the bike. I have the ultimate stand. I did a lot of research before buying it. The park stand can also allow user to adjust the force of the clamp but it lacks the refine adjustment. Park stand tend to use more brute force. It easy damage the tube. Why don't you read the section on mtbr on stand. Check out all the reviews on Ultimate. It is very good I assure you that much. You can't go wrong.
 

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I too just bought an Ultimate stand based on the reviews it had gotten within the review sections...
 

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Check it out: Grab an Ultimate "Consumer" and you'll be happy for life.

Same capacity & height adjustment as their "Pro" stand. Sturdy enough to handle BB installations and headset cup removals.

Tripod base works as well on your garage floor as it does on the back lawn during bike wash or at the trail head to adjust your knucklehead buddy's rear derailleur (go on, be the hero).

The stand is pretty lightweight and folds up small like a camera tripod for easy stow-and-go.

Like Picard says, the clamp can be adjusted gingerly to lightly kiss your frame tubing.

Great 360° frame rotation.

Their tool tray is... well, the ultimate. Instead of clamping on with bolts, it slides on to a wedge-shaped thingie. Big deal? Not come wash day, when it slides off in two seconds so you can set it aside away from the hose, or when you have to fold 'n stow the stand. (Oh yeah, depending on mood and time of day, it'll hold your beer or your coffee and serve as a cheeky little parts washer -- talk about speaking to your most inner desires!).

Can't say enough good stuff about this workstand, especially considering the price. It's a keeper you'll be happy with.

 

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I have read many good reviews of the Ultimate brand. I just wasn't sure what to make of it regarding entry-level stands. In any case, the Ultimate BRS-70B is actually $25 cheaper - And that, my friends, will seal the deal...
 

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TREK'ed-out! said:
I have read many good reviews of the Ultimate brand. I just wasn't sure what to make of it regarding entry-level stands. In any case, the Ultimate BRS-70B is actually $25 cheaper - And that, my friends, will seal the deal...
Apply the $25 you save to the tool tray. Well worth it, very convenient.
 

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What's the difference between the 70 and 80? Spinner clamp vs. Slide lock?
The clamp, heavier guage tubing, quick release height clamps, different style pivots.

There's no doubt the Pro is a superior stand, but the Consumer has the same capacity and working range and is more than enough workstand for the home mechanic.
 

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is the way to go...I have a 6 year old Pro stand that has seen it's share of abuse. After replying to a thread on RBR.com about Pedro's (which I also have) vs. Ultimate I commented that I liked my broken Ultimate stand better than the Pedro's. The next poster was Brent from Ultimate offering up replacement parts for my 6 year old Pro work stand. It's as good as new now and Ultimate's customer service is great. Buy one without remorse. The only stand that I'll get to replace it (and it won't replace it, just compliment it) is a 2 sided Park shop stand with a 60 pound plate steel base.
 

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Ultimate recommendation

Have just entered the world of workstands and my back loves it! Bought the Ultimate consumer stand in Australia from the ex-distributor for a good price and am loving it. Other alternatives were a locally produced stand or shipping from OS - the Ultimate lives up to it's great reputation and is really easy to use - go for it!
 

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So how about the Park PCS-1 for $150 or the Ultimate Pro for $180?

This will be for my ~30lb MTB. I'd like something that I can use to spin the bike 360* around. Is this an impossible request for this budget?

thanks & sorry for posting to the old thread, better than creating a new one...
 

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So how about the Park PCS-1 for $150 or the Ultimate Pro for $180?

This will be for my ~30lb MTB. I'd like something that I can use to spin the bike 360* around. Is this an impossible request for this budget?
Either of these stands will meet your needs. The Ultimate Pro gives you a greater range of height adjustment, has a better clamping mechanism, is more stable, weighs less, and folds up more compactly. In my opinion the Ultimate Pro is worth the extra $30.
 

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Bike stand, and so much more...

My Ultimate Consumer had been tasked with all sorts of tasks besides working on bikes.

It's great as a bicycle wash rack, of course, especially for scrubbing those underneath spaces otherwise neglected,

It serves as a grooming stand when I have to shave the dogs,

Its clamp is great for holding a Dremel tool when I have the flex-shaft attached,

It was invaluable for painting my rear triangle recently,

And I put it to use as a light stand every time I take eBay photos.

Budget a few extra bucks for the tool tray, too. Not only is it deep (making it very useful), it quickly detaches so you can still easily stow the stand or use it to wash without tools getting in the way.
 

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Another vote for Ultimates. I have an 80-pro and it works awesome. There are some areas where park does not make the best product.
 

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Re: Ultimate

I may be a little late on this thread, but if you have the chance, go with the Ultimate Pro. Yes, the consumer stand is a better deal, but the Pro will definitely outlast it. I have seen several consumer models crack where the tripod legs meet the plastic base, and I have also seen the plastic collar crack at the height adjustment knob. The Pro stand is worth the extra bucks.
 
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