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Old 11-24-11, 01:02 PM
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Which truing stand?

I'm looking at getting one of these two:
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1030613_-1___

or
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1030340_-1___

Ive heard good things about both. I want something that will help me get the dish close and true easily. It is for maintaining my personal fleet of 4 family bikes.

On the one, I understand you'd have to flip the tire. I don't mind that if it is a superior stand.

TIA
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Old 11-24-11, 02:23 PM
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I've had the Spin Doctor one for many years, and it's entirely adequate for home use. I have built several wheels with it and have trued many more. But... I use a Park dishing tool for the dishing part.
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Old 11-24-11, 04:12 PM
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I went with the Park TS-25 add on to my PCS-10. I don't really have workbench space so having it a part of the repair stand makes it realy convenient. Probably not an option for building wheels but works fine to true them up.
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Old 11-24-11, 04:23 PM
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+1 in the spin doctor, will do the job. Not super fancy but works just fine.
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Old 11-25-11, 03:18 AM
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I use a Minoura, which is kind of plasticky and finicky, but it does what it is supposed to do (hold and spin the wheel while you work on the spokes). If you really know what you're doing you can trim a wheel on the bike using the caliper brake pads as a guide.
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Old 11-25-11, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by episodic View Post
I'm looking at getting one of these two:
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1030613_-1___

or
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1030340_-1___

Ive heard good things about both. I want something that will help me get the dish close and true easily. It is for maintaining my personal fleet of 4 family bikes.

On the one, I understand you'd have to flip the tire. I don't mind that if it is a superior stand.

TIA
Just be careful if ordering online from Performance Bicycle. You can't change anything about your order after you submit it. Check out all of the negative reviews on resellerratings.com about Performance Bike's customer service, or lack thereof.
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Old 11-25-11, 02:28 PM
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+3 on the Spin Doctor. Mine is about 5 years old and definitely OK for home use. Although I would probably look for something like the Park Professional stand if I was doing a lot of wheel building or truing.
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Old 11-25-11, 04:07 PM
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Dont forget the wheel center gauge thingy too, you cant true w/o it.
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Old 11-25-11, 05:30 PM
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With black Fri discount and free shipping I went for the Park Tool pro stand, perhaps overkill but I've never regretted spending money on a tool.
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Old 11-25-11, 06:42 PM
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Personally I prefer the Park TS-2 because I seem to true a lot of wheels. I have used the Performance unit, and still have it. It is a good item and works as it should, but seems light and somewhat delicate. Recently I had the opportunity to have a demo on the Feedback Sports unit, and was quite impressed. After using the conventional stands it feels strange to use a one-armed stand.
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Old 11-26-11, 07:29 AM
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I've had the Spin Doctor for a few years, it worked fine. But I recently upgraded to the Parks TS-2 when I found a nice one used.
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Old 11-27-11, 08:10 AM
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Check out Roger Musson's online wheel building book. wheelpro.com. Worth every penny of its modest cost. He includes detailed plans for building professional grade wheel building tools, truing stand included, at moderate cost, with materials you might already have (plywood etc.).

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Old 11-27-11, 08:35 AM
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In the end, the only thing that a trueing stand does is to provide you with a stable place to measure from.

What you are balancing is price vs. convenience. Which is more important to you?
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