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Old 04-17-21, 01:08 PM
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Truing Stand Suggestion

does the Parks fit the bill? anyone have a better suggestion? thanks

TS-2.2P Powder Coated Professional Wheel Truing Stand | Park Tool
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That is a fine truing stand. If you are looking for the best, P&K Lie or Aivee would be top of the list but that is a fine truing stand which will give you loads of use.
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The most important aspect of a truing stand (besides fitting the wheel/axle/rim radius) is solidity and repeatability. Everything else, IMO, are bells and whistles. The absolute best in this department is the VAR Preciray. But it won't handle many modern wheels and try finding one for sale... Andy (who has that Var and the Park TS-2.? and uses the Park nearly all the time)
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I picked up a used Park TS2 about 10 years ago.
I downloaded the instructions from Park so I could "center" it and it's dead on. No dishing tool needed.
I initially started off with their TS8? I found the "one finger" design to be too limiting.
The "two finger" design allows you to see much more of the "forest". If dealing with used wheels that may have hit a few curbs, the two finger lets you see where and how even the damage is much better.
On such rims, I'll run an adjustable wrench set to match the width and run it around the rim to look for obvious high/low spots. It can be a good indicator of what to expect. The price is pretty good too.
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I use the newest version of the VAR stand and it is accurate and easy to use. no cranks to hold the wheel in place just a lever to move the stand to the proper hub width. Adjusting crank for the arms of the stand to center the sides of the truing tips. Fast efficient and durable. But a bit more than a Parks in price. Smiles, MH
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In the shop we have two Park stands, and at home I have a Park as well. Can't kill these things unless seriously abused. As long as one keeps them tuned once in a while no dishing tool is needed. The stand at home is 20 years old and has never been tuned and builds a perfectly dished wheel. The stands at work, which get used at least 10 times a day during the season, get tuned once a year and build perfectly dished wheels without the need for a dishing tool. My son also has a Park stand and all he uses it for is truing wheels. A bit of overkill, but he dislikes half-assed solutions just to save a few bucks.
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thanks guys. it's a serious investment for me so i appreciate the input.

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Since they don't really wear out, pretty available used.

It took several years of looking, but I finally got one for $100 that was 1/2 mile away (TS-2),

but regularly show up within an hour drive, in my urban area.
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I'm using Unior 1689 ("Pro Truing Stand"). That's what the spare parts are available for in my country.
Works well, quite sturdy, has support for thru-axles, and disc truing. So it does all I need, for all the wheel sizes.

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I use a dishing gauge - for me, it's easier than using the truing stand to determine the dish.
But I've also used bikes turned upside down, with just a few zip-ties for gauges - just takes more time, and it's more of a hassle.
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