Tested: Park Tool Team Issue Repair Stand

Park Tool Team Issue Repair Stand
$325/parktool.com

By Vernon Felton

Park Tool’s elite consumer stand (the PRS-25 “Team Issue” stand) is a thing of beauty. The finish quality on this stand is second to none, and the thing brims with brilliant features. Examples? The hexagonal tubes completely resist twisting and slop, lending the stand an extremely stable feel—even when the clamp is upporting a downhill bike at its fully extended height of 60 inches.

Likewise, the cam-actuated clamping mechanism is dead simple to use, and Park Tool’s micro-adjusting feature leads the pack when it comes to ease of use. Finally, there’s the rubberized saddle cradle, which is perfect for hanging bikes during quick-and-dirty tune-ups—something I particularly appreciated when tinkering on bikes with height-adjust seatposts.

As with many of the premium stands on the market, the Park Tool’s clamp rotates 360 degrees, enabling you to work on your bike from just about any angle you desire. More importantly, once I tightened the clamp into position, I never had the clamp head slip a single degree—not even when I was muscling stubborn pedals free. While the Team Issue costs a bit more than many other models on the market, the superior-grade materials and brilliant execution fully warrant the higher sticker price. This thing is bomber.

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  • Tony

    Not sure about the quality of this PRS25 stand, but I have experience with the PCS9. And it is not good! The materials used are OK, but the design is bad. The bicycle rotates along the vertical axis when mounted. This is annoying when working on it. Also, the it is difficult to rotate the bike along the horizontal axis. The design on this locking mechanism is poor. It is a design base on economics that does not work!

    Having said that, Park Tool’s more expensive stands might be good. But as a home mechanic, I’m don’t really need shop quality stands and should not have to pay for one. There are many better built stands for the home mechanic at about the same price as the PCS9. I should have gotten one of them! I just felt let down by Park Tool.

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