Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
Bikes: Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
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Don't bother buying cheap spoke wrenches: you'll spend the few bucks saved on stripped nipples and frustration.
If they're Park wrenches, they make two different styles, the SW-2 and the SW-42 in Red and the SW-0 and SW-40 in Black, the two most common sizes. My advice: Buy them both.
The SW-4X is a four-sided wrench that gives much better nipple engagement to prevent stripping. Here's the difference:
The SW-4X also has a bit more cushion which is appreciated.
I'd recommend buying quality spoke wrenches, but as previously stated, almost any truing jig will suffice. I would also recommend the Minoura. I have a heavier duty shop jig, but I still use the Minoura for mobile work since it folds down compactly for travel.
Originally Posted by ahsposo
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