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opinions needed on repair and truing stands(6 posts)

opinions needed on repair and truing standsgetoffmywheel
Dec 9, 2002 9:44 AM
Looking for home repair stand that is reliable and sturdy that also folds up for easy storage and travel. I was looking at the Park PCS1 with truing stand add on. Any opinions appreciated.

Park truind stand, wrench force workstandonrhodes
Dec 9, 2002 10:02 AM
I don't know if Wrenchforce still makes it, but I highly recommend what Colorado Cyclist has as the Ultimate Pro Repair Stand. It is $199 and worth every penny. What sort or truing do you want to do? I recommend the Park TS-2. Did you want to travel with your truing stand? If not this is the best one to get period. You don't need the TS-3, and there is nothing as good as the TS-2 available for home use. It is $160, but you might find it cheaper at
re: opinions needed on repair and truing standsAkirasho
Dec 9, 2002 10:03 AM
... the Ultimate Pro workstand... the type and model of truing stand depends on how much wheelbuilding/repair you intend to do... Aside from Park truing stands, the Minoura/Performance Spin Doctors are relatively reliable, easy to use and inexpensive.

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re: opinions needed on repair and truing standsSprockets
Dec 9, 2002 1:52 PM
I have both the Park PCS1 and the Ultimate Pro work stands. Just like most things in life, they both have their strengths and weaknesses.

PCS1 strengths. Economical, great reliable clamp design, foldable legs, and is stable even with heavier mountain bikes clamped upside down. Weaknesses. You can't adjust the clamp height, which may not seem like a big deal until your back starts to ache from lots of manual pedaling and gear shifting. It's also rather heavy because it's made out of steel. Finally, the legs only fold flat so it's not as portable/storable as others. I had to put down the rear seats of my Integra hatchback to transport it.

Ultimate Pro strengths. Adjustable clamp height (up to 72"!), light weight, and very portable/storable. It folds up small enough to fit in a car trunk with room to spare. The tripod design allows you to set up on uneven surfaces such as road shoulders, trail heads, etc. Also, the lever-less clamp design fits in hard to reach places. Finally, you've got the coolness factor. It looks good enough to use as a display stand. Weaknesses. Pricier than the PCS1. Also, the clamp is not a true "one-handed" device. It works well, but you have to push it closed then turn a small knob to secure it. Lifting the bike in one hand and operating the clamp with the other could take some practice.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Ultimate Pro and I think it's worth the extra $$. In fact I sold my PCS1 to a buddy because I stopped using it. I can't comment on any truing stand accessories though. That's something I don't do.
thanks for the feedbackgetoffmywheel
Dec 10, 2002 9:37 AM
I'll probably go with the Ultimate.
Sure thing.Sprockets
Dec 12, 2002 11:30 AM
You won't regret spending the extra $$ on the Ultimate Pro, especially if you spend a lot of hours tinkering with your bike like I do. You'll find that the quality of construction is good, the materials and hardware are solid, and the design is actually quite innovative.

FYI, Ultimate is not new to the support stand market. I used to be really into electronic music and they started out making keyboard and speaker stands years ago. Check out I have two of their keyboard stands that are time and road tested. Great company too. Enjoy.