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Work stands which is perferdPhatMatt
Aug 11, 2002 7:15 AM
I am looking at finanly taking the plunge for a work stand. O am looking at a couple of different ones and want some opnions from the owners as to what they like and dislike about them. the modles are:

Park Consumer workstand (130.00 (REI))
Ultimate Consumer (140.00 (REI))
Ultimate Pro (195.00))

re: Work stands which is perferdAkirasho
Aug 11, 2002 1:11 PM

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Go to your LBS........curtis
Aug 11, 2002 1:16 PM
.......ask if you can look in their shop. See that work stand THEY use? It's a Park, right? Next, go to any other LBS and look at their work stand. Chances are, it's a Park, too. Continue until you understand...
re: Work stands which is perferdfirstrax
Aug 11, 2002 1:28 PM
Nashbar has the Park consumer for 118.00 right now.
I have the Minoura Alien Pro. Very happy with it.
I got the Ultimate ProKillerQuads
Aug 11, 2002 2:08 PM
I drove 60 miles to my nearset Performance Bicycle shop to check out all of their work stands (including all of the one's you listed. The Park Tool stands have a "square" base that does not fold up as small and may rock on uneven surfaces. My experience with Park Tool clamps is that they require a little trial and error to set correctly and the long lever arm can make over clamping possible (in the wrond hands). The Spin Doctor Pro stand had a broken clamp that I could not get to operate in the shop. The economy work stands looked either flimsy or cheap.

In the end I bought the Ultimate Pro stand on sale. It has a folding tripod base which is steady on uneven surfaces, yet folds very narrow. The tripod legs and height are adjusted with quick release levers and are easy to use. The height, clamp rotation (360), and pivot (360) have infinite adjustability. The clamp is very versatile and firm. You do not have to worry about over or under clamping since there is no lever arm on the clamp. The clamp easily slides closed and then you tighten and lock with a screw knob. To release, you unscrew the knob 1/2 turn which lets you slide the clamp open all the way. The shape of the clamp allows clamping the top tube, even if there is brake cable above or below the tube.

The red anodized finish is very nice and it has a high-quality, sculptural appearance. It makes a great display stand to keep kids or dogs from knocking your bike over.

One thing that was strange was that there was no owner's manual or instructions, just a few stickers on the stand itself. I discovered the convenient sliding feature of the clamp on my own.

I think you should get the Ultimate Pro. Like my father says, "If you buy the best, you won't have any regrets."
Ditto (nm)GeekRoadie
Aug 11, 2002 2:22 PM
Ditto, Dittocoonass
Aug 11, 2002 5:30 PM
No regrets here, except that I should have bought it years ago..(I've had mine for about 4 or 5 yrs) you did fail to mention that it can be adjusted to a 70" height; this and the fact that it's exceptionally stable and easily adjustable (without tools) is the reason I bought mine....
true dat....dustin73
Aug 11, 2002 7:02 PM
i messed around on a Park Pro (believe it or not, the wal-mart i work at uses one), and didn't really like the wobble it had. went to Bikeworld in San Antonio and checked out the Ultimate it. they price matched REI, too. my only real gripe is the creaking. the stability makes up for it, though.
I got the Ultimate Proclintb
Aug 14, 2002 9:58 AM
Got the Pro as well. Superb piece of machinery.

I used to work in a shop and later had my own Park shop stand. I can't remember the model, but it has the huge square steel base and is heavy as all get out. Anyway, the Ultimate Pro is darn near as good. Even better if you consider that it's infinately more portable.
I just bought the Ultimate Consumer. It's great! nmMXL02
Aug 11, 2002 2:24 PM
I just bought the Ultimate Consumer. It's great! nmTommyRides
Aug 12, 2002 5:00 AM
I have the Ultimate consumer and like it alot. From what I hear, if you plan to wash your bike on the stand, get the pro model. If just doing repairs and such, the consumer is fine. From what I can tell, the only advantage to Park, is that if you live in tight quarters, the Park will hold your bike in a smaller space, the Ultimate DOES take up some floor space but easy to fold and toss in your trunk for races, etc.

I do agree that mostly all LBS use Park, however they are the shop set up's with the huge heavy round bases or have seen some floor mounted.

You'll be happy with the Ultimate!

Good luck
I wash my bike on the consumer model.MXL02
Aug 12, 2002 6:38 AM
Why does one need the Pro model for washing the bike?
Thanx .. No I just have to negociate w/wife on xta 40 nmPhatMatt
Aug 12, 2002 11:54 AM