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If you plan on working on your mountain bike at home, good luck doing it without a repair stand. Park Tool is the king when it comes to bicycle repair stands with multiple models and styles to suite your needs. In this review, our customer Pablo decided to go with the Park Tool PRS-25 stand. Check out what he had to say!
I had been using an Amazon-special, no name bike stand for many years. Considering I’ve primarily had road and mountain bikes on the lighter side it served me quite well. Sure, it did not have many of the fancy features like a micro adjustment clamp, on the fly rotation adjustment, not the easiest to dissemble, etc. but it served its purpose. I was watching the e-mountain bike industry closely and pulled the trigger on a Specialized Levo S-works which was on the lighter side for an e-mountain bike around 44lb (claimed). This is where the issues started with my current stand and began to look for a quality bike stand. I left my Levo on the Amazon stand and low and behold the plastic arm that is on the vertical post and holds the bike completely bent with the weight of the Levo overnight. I researched quiet a bit of bike stands and ended up with the Park Tool PRS-25.
I was particularly worried that all the bike stands had a plastic arm at the top that holds the weight of the bike. Considering my experience with my old bike stand I had a bias towards this design/material choice. After reading many reviews and noting the 100lb capacity I pulled the trigger an purchased it.
When I first received the Park Tool stand I was completely impressed by the light weight design. I loved the sturdy legs and the aluminum bottom bracket. I placed my Levo on the bike stand in the morning and every hour or so I would come and see if anything was bending. Sure enough, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, hours etc. went by and the bike stand was standing strong. I got to the point where I have left the bike for days on the stand and I can assure you it is absolutely perfect! The plastic top arm is well designed, durable, and does not creep under the weight of a 50lb bike!
I am absolutely impressed at how light it is. I do not travel with the bike stand but did want something that was light, easy to store (lift) on a rack in my garage, compact, durable, and practical. Not to mention, this bike stand looks very sharp! The clamp is extremely easy to use and love the micro adjustment as I clamp on my dropper post (with a protective cloth) and feel confident that I can apply just the right pressure to hold my bike up without damaging anything. The rotation comes in handy and although for a heavy bike you have to tighten it significantly to hold the angle on a heavy bike, once you set it, it holds!
You can imagine that given the excellent performance with my 50lb Levo, the PRS25 does not even know when my 17lb roadbike is on it. With a 17lb roadbike the PRS-25 really shines allowing you to easily hold the bike up, rotate it, raise the height, etc.
Disassembly is a breeze! Simply raise the lower bracket, fold the legs, store it away. At 13lbs, it is an extremely light bike stand that is extremely durable, versatile, easy to store, and has many nice to have features. Sure, it is not the cheapest on the market but you get what you pay for. I would absolutely recommend this stand!