This is my first bike stand, I like to work on my bikes, but generally that would involve turning the bike upside down, propping it on its seat and handlebars and then potentially breaking my back, I didnt quite like the last part and promise that its something that we all can do without. Initially I was looking to not spend much on it and was looking for cheaper options elsewhere, but eventually decided to buy it from bikestiresdirect for following reasons.
1) I really like this store, how responsive they are, their return policy etc.
2) Park tool knows what its trying to do, you could probably save a few bucks here and there but you will probably get a product that is either flimsy or something which works for lighter bikes.
3) The reviews of PCS were solid, I think that there is a newer version but that is more expensive and has features that I dont need.
4) Overall the build quality is great, the stand feels sturdy.
I bought the pcs 9 to perform minor repairs and maintenance at home. Ithas performed very well in that role. The pcs9 provides a stable platform for this use. After researching the www, bike tires direct offered the best pricing.
Use for maintenance on my private collection of bicycles. It is perfectly adequate for everything that I need to do. Using the small allen wrench to lock down the height adjustment is kind of a pain. I stuck some strong magnets to the stand and keep the allen wrench stuck to it, within handy reaching distance. This helps to locate it when needed.
Used to lube chain, Adjust seat, bars, wheels. Makes changing wheels a snap. Don't know how I managed without this simple repair stand. It is plenty sturdy for my uses.