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Originally Posted by TJHOO
Getting back into cycling after a hiatus of about 1/2 a decade.
Had prev ridden low profile Maxic rims and trued them consistently.
I expect the wheels you rode 5 or 10 years ago weren't tensioned properly to begin with. I've been riding seriously for over 20 years and have had to do very little truing on well built wheels.
Over the years, I've had wheels built with Mavic's Open 4CD and CXP-33, Trek's house brand Matrix and Sun Metal's Mistral rims, all on various 32 hole Shimano hubs, laced 3X with either straight 14 ga or Wheelsmith XL14 spokes. Several sets of these wheels were ridden from 20,000 to 30,000 miles and were replaced because the rims wore through the brake tracks and cracked from abrasion. I never broke a spoke on any of them.
With all of these wheel sets, I don't think I had to true them more than once or twice in their entire service lives and then it was only a minor touch up. And yes, I'm fussy about trueness and know how to both measure and correct out-of-true wheels.
My point is that with properly built
wheels, frequent truing should not be needed unless you badly abuse them. The trick seems to be having them built and tensioned properly from the start.