Park Tool celebrates 50 years - Interbike 2012

Heaps of new candy for mechanics for 2013

Park Tool is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the company isn't just sitting around eating cake. While the new year brings a celebratory limited-edition three-way hex wrench with an anodized aluminum body and gold-plated, replaceable bits, the rest of the range is all business as usual.

Doing the heavy lifting for 2013 – literally – is the new PRS-33 Power Lift Shop Stand, which incorporates a burly electric motor reportedly capable of lifting 54kg (120lb). Why bother, you ask? Certainly this sort of thing is overkill for the majority of standard bikes but the emergence of e-bikes and their weighty motors and batteries have certainly changed the landscape a bit, along with the growing crop of freeride, downhill, and even classically styled – but often very heavy – cruisers.

Not surprisingly, Park Tool doesn't expect many consumers to purchase the PRS-33 but dealers can pick one up for about $1,200 without the mounting base but with a single clamp. The PRS-33 can also accommodate a second arm for dual-sided work and the accessory bar up top can be used to mount storage hooks and even lights.

Chain tools have also received a host of changes for the coming year, catering especially to Campagnolo 11-speed chains that require the pin to be peened and mushroomed following assembly. Built-in 'anvils' are now included in the redesigned CT-4.3 Master Chain Tool and portable CT-6.3 Folding Chain Tool while the standard CT-3.2 Chain Tool omits the anvil but gets a sliding shoulder to make it compatible with nearly any chain width.

Other additions include a promising-looking PFP-7 Professional Mechanic Floor Pump with aggressively textured flip-up steel feet, reamers and pilots for BB30 and PF30 bottom bracket shells, newly independently adjustable jaws for the CRP-2 crown race puller, a handy benchtop overhaul mat, tap handles, and even a new axle and spindle vise clamps.

Most of the new items are slated to be available starting late this calendar year.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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