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Which workstand?JL
May 9, 2001 11:45 AM
There's a few sales on workstands that I've found, and I needed some opinions since Park seems to be the only one listed in the RBR Reviews section.

Which one is better, worth it, the Ultimate Consumer Stand or the Minoura Work Stand? Both fold, but the Ultimate seems to be height adjustable. The sale price on both is about $100, and the Minoura comes with the Minoura Truing Stand as well.

Just wondering what would be better for a newbie maintenance guy with little extra cash.


Wrench Force Ultimategrz mnky
May 9, 2001 1:00 PM
Or whatever it's called these days. Very well made, easy to use and folds up into a little carry bag. The also make a little tool box that clips in and serves as a tray and will even hold beers!

I use the bolt on bench mount in the shop (way cheaper), but it lacks the height adjustment. The portable unit is great for travelling and washing bikes out in the drive way. Everything else seems like a compromise.
Wrench Force UltimateAkirasho
May 9, 2001 1:22 PM
... last I checked, Ultimate made two versions of their portable stand...

I bought one of the original Work Force stand aboout 4 years ago and it's still going strong... bought an Ultimate Pro last year to supplant the first... and it works bout the same though it's cosmetically sweeter...

One caveat... get the Pro version... it features the quick release clamp that makes hefting a 35 lb. 'bent in and out a snap.

Be the bike.
Does Trek own Wrench Force?mike mcmahon
May 9, 2001 2:29 PM
I looked for the Wrench Force web site and got the following message:

"The site has been discontinued.
The product, as always, remains available at
independent bicycle dealers throughout the U.S.
and beyond. If you have any questions about
Wrench Force products, please do not hesitate to
call our customer service center, a division of Trek Bicycle, at 920-478-4678.
Thank you for your understanding."

Does Trek own WF, or does it just handle the company's customer service?
Who Knows What Trek Owns Anymore.Akirasho
May 9, 2001 2:53 PM
Their sudden acquisition of all manner of makes and marques a few years back seems to be rivaled by their recent (apparent) divestments of late...

Trek used to own Wrench Force and it's associated tools... don't know anymore...

Ultimate can be reached at

At some level, we'll probably learn that Ford is actually owned by Tibeten Monks...

Be the bike.
Wrench Force Ultimate12x23
May 9, 2001 5:34 PM
Is this the same as my Ultimate Pro? That beerbox, uh 'mean toolbox, would be real convenient.

Seriously, the Ultimate Pro is way nicer than my old Park consumer stand.
You get what you pay for...MJM
May 9, 2001 1:31 PM
I've used both the Park PCS-1 consumer stand and the PRS-5 Race stand. The PCS-1 is not worth a darn, don't waste your $$. I now own the PRS-5 (and have for about 4 years now) and it's very much worth the extra $$$ It folds into a small bag, its clamps are superior to any other one I've seen, adjustments are easy (height, rotation and clamp force)....

If you plan to do a lot of your own maintenance, go with the PRS-5. It's money well spent.
Go to your LBS....Curtis
May 9, 2001 6:29 PM
...and look in their shop. See that Park stand there? Good, now go to another LBS. See THAT Park stand? Continue until you have gotten the idea or you run out of LBSs.