Hands-on Gear Review

Park Tool PRS-20 Review

The Park Tool PRS-20 is an example of an axle/bottom bracket mounting work stand
Price:  $260 List | $219.95 at Amazon
Pros:  No clamping fragile or odd shaped frame tubes or seat posts, spins 360 degrees, bottom bracket strap, small footprint.
Cons:  Need adapter for 15 and 20mm thru-axles, narrow base, limited height adjustment.
Bottom line:  A great option if you don't want to clamp down on your frame. Otherwise, other models are better.
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Manufacturer:   Park Tool

Our Verdict

This stand is a solid choice if you're looking for something that will allow you to service your bike, but don't want a clamping style stand. This stand will give you a lifetime of service and should it fail to do so, Park Tool offers an impressive lifetime warranty. You'll likely notice a distinct lack of plastic parts that on other stands can make you question their longevity. Depending on the bikes you own, specifically those with 15 or 20mm thru-axles, you may need to purchase an adapter before you grab a wrench. Traveling roadies or those with limited space to work should consider this stand a strong contender.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Sean Cronin

Last Updated:
Thursday
March 10, 2016

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Performance Comparison



Ease of Clamping


Like others of this design, the Park Tool PRS-20 requires removal of the front or rear wheel. If your bike is equipped with quick release axles and you don't mind taking a wheel off every time you put your bike in a work stand, then read on. A four-pronged bottom bracket cradle is coated in rubber, while a strap is included for additional security. This stand features two faux quick-release skewers, for front and rear axle mounting, welded to a slider tube that slides onto a beam. With this traditional thru-axle, much like the one that may already be on your bike, mounting was a little tippy and generally required two hands. It is best to almost pre-set the quick release so that all that is required is camming the lever shut. The 9mm diameter axle on the Feedback Sports Sprint did a better job of keeping the bike upright before locking it in place. The fork quick release is the standard 100mm size, although a separate adapter is required for 15mm and 20mm thru-axles. For comparison, the Feedback Sprint natively accepts 12/15mm and only requires an adapter for 20mm.

Rear axle mounting is similar. Remove the rear wheel and lower the bottom bracket onto the rubber cradle. The rear quick release axle accepts both 130mm and disc-brake width 135mm dropouts; unscrew the quick release to accept the larger size. Thru axles require the adapter mentioned above Both axle/bottom bracket mounting stands we tested required an adapter to mount the variety of bikes we had at our disposal. Adapters increase the cost of a stand and are one more thing to keep track of. This stand had us worried that whenever a new "standard" size comes out, we will need yet another adapter.

The "fake" quick release skewers on the PRS-20 are used to mount the front or rear dropouts.  The knob allows the slider to move along the beam and then tightens into place
The "fake" quick release skewers on the PRS-20 are used to mount the front or rear dropouts. The knob allows the slider to move along the beam and then tightens into place

Angle Adjustment


The angle of the beam cannot be altered from its slight upward orientation and the beam is held in the bracket by a cotter pin and bolt. Despite not having any angle adjustment, this stand can be rotated 360 degrees with no more than a light spin; this is particularly useful when washing your bike. It also allows you to access the other side of the bike without getting up or walking around. A quick release collar is locked on the vertical post to whatever height you desire the stand stay at. By simply unlocking the knob at the base of the tripod legs, the pole slides down and is now free to spin. By tightening the knob, the bike locks back into position.

Height Adjustment


Height adjustments were smooth, but we detected a slight stickiness. The range of height adjustment was rather limited: from 28 to 38 inches, the smallest tested.

With this quick release collar locked the height of the stand is maintained.  Loosening the knob below allows the stand to spin freely to access both sides of the bike
With this quick release collar locked the height of the stand is maintained. Loosening the knob below allows the stand to spin freely to access both sides of the bike

Stability


The tripod base of this stand did not drop as low as the Feedback Sprint and therefore felt quite a bit more tippy, with the legs measuring a short 20". A small footprint is achieved with this design, but we feel stability and safety were compromised. This was the only stand we knocked over accidentally when loaded with a bike.

Everyday Maintenance


Inherently by design, tire removal is necessary to mount a bike in this stand. A smaller percentage of our test bikes were able to be mounted to this stand as purchased, due to them being equipped with either 15mm or 20mm thru-axles. By comparison, only those bikes with 20mm thru-axles required an adapter to mount on the Feedback Sprint.

Portability/Weight


This stand weighed 18 pounds and is constructed with a mix of steel and aluminum parts. It folds down to a stored height of 38.5", about eight inches taller than the similar Feedback Sprint. While the beam itself does not lock into a stored position, the bottom bracket strap can be used to secure the beam for transport. The tripod legs do not lock into place and we found this to be both a blessing and a curse. Other, wider stands are impossible to carry through a doorway deployed and with a bike loaded, while this stand's legs will fold in slightly when picked up. However, one must take great caution when setting the stand back down in order to ensure the legs are properly extended again.

Setup/Breakdown


This stand arrived fully unassembled and without tools; Park didn't even kick down an Allen wrench. It took about 35 minutes to assemble. Spare parts are readily available, and unlike anything bike related, you can probably find most parts for this stand at your corner hardware store.

We like assembling bikes  not assembling the work stand that we will use to assemble our bikes.  The Park PRS 20 required lots of assembly.  Granted  you'll only assemble it once.  However  it was in stark contrast to the Feedback Sports Sprint Stand that came fully assembled.
We like assembling bikes, not assembling the work stand that we will use to assemble our bikes. The Park PRS 20 required lots of assembly. Granted, you'll only assemble it once. However, it was in stark contrast to the Feedback Sports Sprint Stand that came fully assembled.

Best Applications


We could see road biking clubs being great consumers of this stand. No adapters will be necessary and the heavy duty construction of the stand would withstand years of abuse by many different users. Replacement parts are easy to come by and wearing out one of these stands would likely take years of constant use. Although it is not carry-on friendly, those driving to races that spend lots of time wrenching in their hotel room will appreciate the small footprint this stand offers.

Value


At $239, the PRS-20 was not the cheapest option, and the cost will increase if your bike requires the purchase of additional adapters. There is intrinsic value in the fact that this stand will probably never wear out. And don't forget Park Tool's lifetime warranty.

Conclusion


The Park PRS-20 is a burly stand that will provide years of service and is highly rebuildable should it get tweaked somewhere along the way. Depending on the variety of bikes you own, you may find it quite limiting out of the box. It has the advantage of not clamping onto delicate or expensive parts. However, if forced to battle gravity, the relative lack of stability is secondary to its narrow base of support and this may threaten to negate this benefit.

Other Versions


Park Tool PRS-21 Super Lite Team Race
PRS-21 Super Lite Team Race
  • Cost - $290
  • Claimed weight - 13.5 lbs
  • Weighs 35% less than the PRS 20 while maintaining the same features and stability

Park Tool PCS-4-1 Home Mechanic
PCS-4-1 Deluxe Home Mechanic
  • Cost - $300
  • Weight - 26 lbs
  • Foldable, four-point leg system
  • Heavy duty stand with 100 lbs max load capacity

Sean Cronin

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