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Old 11-08-04, 01:16 PM   #1
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Has anybody used this truing stand which is $30 from Performance? Is it decent? I've never owned one before and am just looking for something better than upside-down-bike.

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Old 11-08-04, 02:05 PM   #2
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I've never used that one, but it looks better then the one I've been using for 15yrs (mine is not self-centering and I did pay more than $30 in 198?). I've always planned to up-grade to a Park, but never could spend the money on that. I might have to get this one, it looks like a very good deal. So who has one?
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I've got it, and don't have any complaints. I don't give it a huge amount of use: I've trued maybe 10 wheels and built one from scratch, but everything has come out well. The self-centering works well enough that I find no use for my dishing tool (other than double checking the center from time to time).

The axle holders are plastic so you should take some care not to clamp your quick release or thread your axle nuts on too tightly, but it really doesn't take a very firm grip to hold well enough for truing/wheel building so this should not be an issue.

One word of caution, however. Performance also offers a centering tool: it is a T-shaped device that is designed to go into the axle holders and indicate exactly where the center of your centering gauge (on the truing stand itself) should be. This sounded like a great idea to me so I bought it ($10), but I found that the tool wasn't made properly-- it did not indicate the actual center! It is not a perfect T (hard to notice visually), but it is off enough that if you used it to set the centering gauge on the truing stand ou definitely would need to use a dishing tool. I'm still scratching my head wondering how they could sell a tool specifically made for centering with such poor production standards. I haven't been willing to trust Performance since I bought this... that said, I think the truing stand is a great deal.
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Good thing you got the truing stand before you lost faith! They have a good return policy, you can send back the worthless tool, if it is off center, they should refund even if it has been used. If they are shipping measuring tools that aren't measuring correctly, they probably should be grateful when you tell them. I don't like the plastic where the axle goes. On my truing stand, It is steel, and I don't need to use skewer to keep wheel in place. Are you sure you need to tighten wheel in stand to keep it in place?
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I have one, its an alright stand, I'd like a better one... I usually do most of the work at home then I bring the wheel to my shop and they do a once-over on it for me.
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Thanks for the advice. I ordered one and since I live in MD, I should have it in a few days!
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Good point: you're right in that you don't actually need to tighten the wheel in the stand to keep it in place. I read a review elsewhere in which the author complained about the possibility of hurting the plastic if you tighten the wheel too much--I personally don't tighten it at all (maybe I'll lightly close a quick release lever); my point was just that in any event you shouldn't need to tighten to the point that plastic failure is an issue.

I could see the plastic being a problem if the stand got heavy use (e.g. in a shop), but for a light user like myself I expect to be using this stand for quite a while problem free. That said, I would perfer metal mounts for the axle, but for $30...

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Good thing you got the truing stand before you lost faith! They have a good return policy, you can send back the worthless tool, if it is off center, they should refund even if it has been used. If they are shipping measuring tools that aren't measuring correctly, they probably should be grateful when you tell them. I don't like the plastic where the axle goes. On my truing stand, It is steel, and I don't need to use skewer to keep wheel in place. Are you sure you need to tighten wheel in stand to keep it in place?
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The problem might not be that the T-tool isn't accurate, it's that the stand is inherently incorrect if you're trying to use its "integrated" dishing. Align the stand to any point. Now rotate it's position (which you'd have to do after putting in the T-Tool, removing it, and putting in a wheel). The rim feelers are no longer in the same vertical plane. The truing stand is ok for the price, but you will need to dish the wheel afterward. The way the feeler part connects to the rotating metal bracket is with a compression fit that'll definitely move laterally, nor do I think that the rest of it probably traces a perfect vertical plane. $30 -- any more and you might consider park.
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I got the truing stand and trued all 4 of my wheels. Seemed to be fine, and I was careful not to put too much pressure on the plastic axle mount. I think the centering works fine, at least to within 1/16" or so. So I like it.

(OTOH, Performance overcharged my credit card, so keep your confirmation email :-P)
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