- A sturdy, brand name bike work stand with a lifetime warranty, offers up to 80 lbs of load capacity for use with heavier bikes such as electric bikes (take your battery off before loading to reduce weight)
- Compared with the PCS-9 the PCS-10 featured here has more adjustability in the support arm and jaws, compatible with aero seat posts, it has replaceable rubber cuffs and works with accessories
- The stand weighs ~16.5 lbs without the optional accessory tray, the legs fold down and the mounting cuff slides up for a folded length of just 41" making it easy to store in a corner or slide into a car
- The fold out legs can get in your way while walking or working on a bike and they take more ground space, the rack is expensive and fairly heavy compared with cheaper off-brand options, I feel that the optional accessory tray could be improved with some larger holes for thick tools and a more closed off side basket (because my smaller tools fall out)
There are lots of bike stands out there to choose from… some are cheap, some are built into car racks like the Küat NV 2.0 and some are even powered with electricity! I chose the PCS-10 from Park Tool because I liked the way it looked, have seen other stands and tools from the same brand in lots of bike shops that I trust and appreciated the lifetime warranty. I didn’t just buy a stand, I got some other accessories to go along with it and it made me feel good to match the blue colors and feel like the parts would work together properly.
Interoperability is actually a leading reason I spent the extra $50 for the PCS-10 verses the PCS-9. Both racks fold, both can handle 80 lbs of weight (which was important since I work on heavier electric bikes) and both have a decent clamp system. I knew I wanted to add the work tray adapter to help organize parts and tools and this requires mounting holes that only the higher level offerings have. I thought about going for their premium portable bike stand, the PSR-25 which offers 100 lbs of weight capacity and is listed as being lighter weight but it just didn’t seem worth it… and I liked the blue color vs. black. To my delight, upon receiving the mid-level PCS-10 I weighed it at 16.5 lbs vs. the 25 lbs listed on their official website. That’s a big win because I do fold and carry it along in my car occasionally and lean it in the corner of my shed. With the legs folded in and the cuff slid all the way up you’re looking at just 41″ of length and the support arm at the top (which holds the clamp jaw) can be removed quickly and easily.
I love how solid and smooth this thing operates. You can spin the support arm all the way around (allowing you to flip bikes upside down when they are clamped in) and the clamp itself has soft rubber jaw covers that are replaceable for under $15. None of my bikes have been marred so far and I have been able to work with tapered seat posts (dropper posts) without having a perfectly smooth flat surface. The jaw is ~3″ deep and can accommodate aero posts (that are more oval in shape) as well as curved sections of frame. This means you can use the stand for more than just standard bicycles… consider ebikes, step-thru electric bikes, recumbent bikes and possibly even trikes! The stand is solid and easy to operate even if you’ve only got one free hand. I found the crank levers to be easy to grab and turn quickly… and with the main clamp you can set it for the correct width and then hinge it shut. There’s a neat cam system that lets you go from open to close in one motion, saving time and preserving your set width.
As with any product, there are some trade offs to consider here and the first is whether you need a portable stand at all? I love the flat base design of the PRS-3 and wouldn’t mind paying a little more for the double arm version to use as bike storage! The big downsides with these racks is that the price really goes up if you have to add the base vs. bolting it to your floor… I’m talking $10 to $300 more just for the base! You won’t get tripped up the same ways as I have been with the tripod leg design of the PCS-100 and it won’t slide around as easily when you’re lifting and mounting bikes but for me it’s just not worth it. This is a home mechanic repair stand and I don’t want it taking up space in my garage permanently ;)
Using this stand has been fun but in total, I paid over $300 including the Park Tool accessories to go with it. For me it was worth it because I do lots of bike assembly and maintenance but consider using a mobile bike repair service like VeloFix or just going to your local shop vs. buying all of these tools yourself. It only costs ~$150 to have a bike assembled and tune ups are ~$70 so you’d be assembled and tuned twice for what I paid just to get started then do the work myself! Looking back, I would still choose this exact same stand… It should last well and I love how compact it gets. Some of the other accessories I bough along with it to match were the front wheel straightener HBH-2 Handle Bar Holder, the PW-3 Pedal Wrench (which fits 15 mm and 9/16″), the TL-6.2 Steel core tire lever set (which I really like), a 4 oz tube of PPL-1 Polylube 1000 Grease and their iconic AWS-8 balldriver hex wrench y-design set (has 4 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm heads). Each of the tools has done its job and the tray has worked okay… though I wish it had larger holes to put scissors and thicker drivers and I also wish that the side basket portion wasn’t so open because tools can fall through the sides there.
The most surprising thing about this accessory has been how solid, smooth and easy to use it has been. The biggest surprises have been around how to fold it completely down, which way to mount the accessory basket and also how easy it is to sort of bump the basket sideways if you don’t tighten the height tube down. My tools are now overflowing in the basket and occasionally it gets pushed side to side. Part of me longs for the true heavy duty shop stand but I wouldn’t want to spend much more than I already have for tools. I feel like these will last and if I move or need to help a friend they are easy enough to toss in the car. It’s also comforting to think that any future accessories from Park Tool will also work here, I’ve been considering the paper towel rod adapter.
- The support arm and bicycle clamp are extremely versatile and easy to work with, I was able to lift my bike with my left hand and adjust the levers with my right, the clamps are smooth and feel sturdy/li>
- The clamp jaws are 3.5 inches (9 cm) deep so they can accommodate aero shaped seat posts, the jaws can be swiveled 360° to accommodate a wide variety of bicycles including step-thru, recumbent and even some trikes with unique tubing layouts (it can go horizontal, vertical or anything in between)
- As the arm supporting the clamp is tightened, a cam system wedges it in place to reduce spin, if you want it to spin however you can leave it a bit loose but still get a solid hold, I was able to flip my bike all the way upside down
- The jaws have a thick rubber protective cover on the ends that flex around tapered tubing and are designed not to damage your frame, these covers can be replaced for under $10 (part #1185K)
- Two fold-up legs offer lots of stability and work with the main tube for a three-point stand, the center yoke is reinforced (gussetted) for extra strength (maximum holding capacity is rated at 80 lbs (36 kg)
- Compatible with several cool accessories including a paper towel holder and work tray to keep your tools and spare parts from getting dirty and misplaced
- Tool-free height adjustment going from 39″ to 57″ (99 cm to 145 cm) to accommodate a wide range of bike frames and wheel sizes including 29ers, when legs are folded in the length is 41″ (104 cm) and it fits within a 12″ x 12″ tubular space
- Optional storage bag keeps the stand from scratching your car and makes it easier to carry, optional wheel truing adapter lets you do advanced maintenance
- The stand is much more expensive than a lot of off-brand units, you’re paying for the reputation, warranty and compatibility with other parts (and possibly because it’s branded and blue to match your other tools and inspire confidence from friends or customers), you’d get the PCS-10 reviewed here if you wanted to add the accessories and appreciated the more versatile clamp
- This stand is heavier than the other portable repair stands from Park Tool due to the overbuilt support arm and swivel clamp as well as the Steel material, I paid extra because I figured I’d keep it forever and wanted the extra weight support (up to 80 lbs for electric bikes) but even the PCS-9 can support 80 lbs
- As with most portable stands, the legs can get in your way when mounting or working on bikes, be careful not to trip on them while lifting the frame up into the jaws
- The optional accessories tray has a little bucket section on the left side where I’d love to put tire levers, lube and other smaller bits but the plastic is partially open on both sides leaving enough room for my stuff to fall out! Maybe they did that for weight savings or to make it easier to wash out but I wish the holes were smaller… conversely, I wish they had some larger holes along the back of the tray to fit scissors and other fat cylindrical tools, as it stands they are too small
- When I first tried the folding legs I didn’t slide the mount up towards the top and the plastic clip didn’t secure them very tightly, I figured it out later but realized it takes more time and effort to stow than I originally thought, it’s nice that it gets more compact this way though :)
- Official Site: http://www.parktool.com/product/home-mechanic-repair-stand-pcs-10
- Amazon Store: http://amzn.to/2bEj9mm
- More Pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/d3qh6dYnsQnzrsPu8