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Does anyone have direct experience with the ParkTool Team Race Stand or other brands/models of bottom bracket repair stands? If so, do you like it and why? A good answer for me will include the following:

  • Describe your personal experiences using this type/model of stand.
  • What characteristics of the Team Race Stand make it better/worse than the alternatives?
  • What other repair stands like the Team Race Stand have you tried?
  • What is the Team Race Stand best at? What is it worst at?

I'm shopping for a new repair stand and very interested in the ParkTool. I have a 20 year old folding ParkTool stand that clamps onto the frame and it's not suitable for my newer bicycles. In my household we have 3 road bikes (2 carbon), 2 commuter bikes and 1 mountain bike.

The reviews for the ParkTool stand are generally good, but unfortunately the product is not heavily reviewed; and none of the local shops stock this model so that I can get a first hand look.

Note: I am familiar with and have used several models of "seat-clamp" repair stands, so I don't need a description of how those work.

ParkTool Team Race Stand

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Do you have specific concerns? Asking "do you like it and why?" isn't really an answerable question. –  Neil Fein Feb 7 '12 at 0:37
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Don't the online reviews come from people with direct experience? –  Jefromi Feb 7 '12 at 3:53
    
@Neil - If I asked you, "What do you like about your panniers (or whatever), and why?" you would be able to give me an answer. Correct? So, my question is answerable. –  user313 Feb 7 '12 at 4:59
    
According to, meta.bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/276/do-we-go-shopping shopping questions are acceptable. I am asking: about personal experiences using this product and the characteristics of this product that make it better/or worse than the alternatives. Zenbike is off to a good start. –  user313 Feb 7 '12 at 5:11
    
@Jefromi - This product is not heavily reviewed, so I was attempting to increase the sample size. I thought that asking the question on a bicycling Q & A site might work. –  user313 Feb 7 '12 at 5:42
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There are 2 types of repair stands. The bottom bracket version you pictured is compact, stable, and travels well. It is a good stand if you are using it occasionally for your own maintenance. Downside: You can only work on one end of the bike at a time. That makes it slow, and awkward for mechanics doing volume of work, or if you want to just quickly throw your bike in a stand for a gear check.

The seat post mounted stands are larger (generally, sometimes, but not always less stable, but far quicker and easier to use. Downsides depend on the model, but generally: Less stability, and more difficulty working on an aero bike due to frame and seat post shapes not fitting in the clamp.

Aero bikes are where the BB mounted stands excel, and are the primary and most useful quality that they have and why we have 2 in our workshop. If your frame doesn't work in a seat post clamp based stand, they are your best option. FWIW, I've used the Park PRS-20 and 21, and the Tacx Spider Team. The Tacx is more stable but a far larger footprint. The park has better UX design, more user friendly position swaps, and things like that.

I hope that helps.

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Main reason I'm thinking of a BB stand is that my seat post stand won't hold my newer bikes securely due to geometry. –  user313 Feb 7 '12 at 5:47
    
That is the primary and most useful quality that they have. If your frame doesn't work in a seat post clamp based stand, they are your best option. FWIW, I've used the Park PRS-20 and 21, and the Tacx Spider Team. The Tacx is more stable but a far larger footprint. The park has better UX design. –  zenbike Feb 7 '12 at 10:09
    
Thanks. I'm leaning towards the PRS-20. Also considering the Topeak Prep Stand Max and the Tacx Spider. –  user313 Feb 7 '12 at 18:22
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I'm currently using the Tacx Spider Team at home. I like it a lot. I haven't seen the Topeak, so no info there. The Park is what I use for events, like when our shop goes to Abu Dhabi International Triathlon for the week in March. Easier to switch bikes, and when you have a large number of aero bikes, that is important. –  zenbike Feb 8 '12 at 4:51
    
I'm taking a look at the Tacx today. Turns out that a LBS has them in stock. ;~) Yay! Anyway, I can get my old Park stand to hold my bikes for really minor adjustments; but, I need to overhaul my main road bike and the old stand just doesn't work any more for major work. Thanks for the tip...I could potentially have a new repair stand this afternoon. –  user313 Feb 8 '12 at 16:32
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