Wheel truing stand suggestions?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by HandsomeRyan, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. HandsomeRyan

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    I'd like to pick up a wheel truing stand for both truing my existing wheels and taking my wheel building to the next level. I know there are a lot of options out there from some very inexpensive units to some very expensive shop quality stands. I live in a 900sqft apartment so the DIY option is pretty much off the table as all my tools are 500 miles away in storage in my parents basement.

    Can anyone recommend a wheel truing stand for a casual hobbyist?

    Here are a few I'm looking at:

    • Park Pro Truing stand ($180ish) probably more stand than I really need at this level.
    • Park TS-8 ($90ish) This one doesn't look too bad for the price.
    • Spin Doctor Truing Stand 2 ($70ish) looks cheap/flimsy from the pics I've seen.
    • Feedback Sports Pro Truing Stand ($60ish) looks like it needs to be mounted to a workbench (which I don't have)

    Right now I'm leaning toward the Park TS-8 as a good compromise between quality and price.

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    Any thoughts?
     
  2. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    My feelings about tools are to get the best you can afford. There was never any doubt in my mind as to which truing stand to get. It was a no brainer--Park TS-2. I got one on ebay for around 100 bucks.
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  3. Grape Ape

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    Have you ever thought of just using the front forks as a truing stand. When I was younger I trued a few rims by flipping my bike over on the seat and handlebars and trued a rim by using the brakes as a guide. Best part is you already have it. If you are running disks you may have to come up with a guide but if you have rim brakes you have it made.
     
  4. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I used the Spin Doctor. It's fine for truing, not so good for building.
     
  5. Michigander

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    I'm pretty much with Grape Ape. I've never had too much trouble truing them up right while on my bike stand, still mounted to my bike. Maybe I won't get them as perfect as I might have with a stand, but I know for sure I'll be bashing them back out of shape, so I don't think it makes much difference.
     
  6. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    Pretty much any truing stand will do including the on-the-bike method if all you're doing is truing an existing wheel. If you are building a wheel, I think it's worth the extra $$$ for the best. Just my two pennies.