Park Tool's new PRS-25 Team Issue Portable Stand looks to easily be its best repair stand to date with an easier-to-use and more stable leaning tripod frame design plus a more refined clamp that should work better with modern bicycle designs.
In contrast with the PRS-15's somewhat clunky individual five-leg setup, the PRS-25's legs move in unison with a far more elegant sliding head that also locks in place.
Stout support struts and Park's unique 'Hexatude' six-sided tubing look sturdy enough to handle downhill bikes, too, and total weight is down to just 6kg (13.2lb) for easier transport (the PRS-25 was an unwieldy 11.6kg).
The telescoping mast is adjustable in height from 112-152cm (45-60") and topped with Park's new 100-25D Professional Micro-Adjust Shop Clamp.
Flip the lever to open or close the new clamp most of the way and then screw the handle down for precise clamping pressure.
Opening and closing the new clamp is finally now a true one-handed operation with both gross quick-release and fine screw-down adjustment and the clamp size range is an impressive 23-76mm (7/8-3").
Moreover, the rubber-coated jaws are now oriented 90 degrees from the PRS-15's clamp for better compatibility with aero-shaped seatposts. The new repair stand should begin arriving in stores around January 2010.
Custom dividers keep all of your tools organised and easy to find.
Park has also developed its own BX-1 tool case specially designed for travelling mechanics. The custom-made composite-and-aluminium boxes feature customisable Park-designed inserts and tool boards for easy-to-find organisation, a removable small parts container, and a handy hanging front board.
Park will offer the BX-1 both empty and pre-filled with a collection of 35 of its most popular (and useful) tools. Either way, an optional BXB-1 harness turns the loaded case into a backpack for easier transport to and from the venue.
Park's latest Campagnolo 11-speed compatible CT-11 chain tool peens the end of the rivet to reduce the chance of chain failure - but it doesn't actually push the pins in and out like the updated CT-4.2. Ideally, well-equipped shops and mechanics will have both.
The new CT-4.2 chain tool is now compatible with all 10- and 11-speed chains while the matching CT-11 is specifically designed to peen 11-speed chain pin heads after installation for greater pull strength.
Other highlights include the BBT-90 to remove cartridge bearings from press-fit bottom bracket cups, the CBP-3 to remove Campagnolo Ultra-Torque crankset bearings, a new cutter to face 1.5" head tubes, thru-axle truing adapters, and additional cone wrench sizes.
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