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Opinion on new Park Tool TS-2.2p Truing Stand

Old 03-18-16, 05:11 PM
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Opinion on new Park Tool TS-2.2p Truing Stand

I don't like the new replaceable plastic tips that are added to the 2.2p version of the truing stand. This looks like a money making design change so we have to buy new tips when they wear out. I don't buy the idea that it protects painted wheels as the reason they changed designs. I'm in the market for the old version, the TS-2, that has the metal tip at the end of the caliper. I like this much more. It's more durable and lasts longer.

I want to make sure I'm right. Is this a valid change? Should I just buy the new version? I can get a good deal on the new version from a distributor wholesale from the bike shop where I volunteer. It's $175 from them.
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Old 03-18-16, 05:48 PM
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If you're not concerned about marring your rims, couldn't you simply leave the tips off when they've worn out?
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Old 03-18-16, 08:51 PM
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I took the plastic tips off of mine when the stand was new. When I mount a wheel in the stand, I have the caliper spread wide, I spin the wheel modestly, then slowly close the caliper to sneak up on the spinning wheel. I bet that is how you will see it in most shops.

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I seem to remember that the 2.2 is a little taller so you can true a twenty niner wheel with the tire still and it has a wider range of the hubs that can fit into the stand. You may not need these features but is nice when you do.
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I don't like the plastic tip as its big rounded end makes it more difficult to see the varying gap between it and the rim as you spin the wheel. I just take it off. It would be fairly easy rig up any kind of pointer you like and attach it to the arm. I only use the left arm and tighten the bolt on the right one so that it provides enough friction to hold it swung well away from the wheel. I am not enamored of these Park truing stands in general.
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I don't like the general idea of leaving the tips off. I want to use the stand with both arms and be able to see the minor variation. I can use the TS-2 easily. The shop I work at uses this one.

@Looigi: You say it's more difficult to see the minor variation. That's the kind of insight I need. I want to find pics of the 2.2p without the plactics tips on the arms to compare with the TS-2.

@Looigi and @steve t.: Would either of you post pics of the 2.2p arm without the plastic tips installed?

Thank you all for replying.

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Originally Posted by zoom996 View Post
I don't like the new replaceable plastic tips that are added to the 2.2p version of the truing stand.
Originally Posted by zoom996 View Post
I don't like the general idea of leaving the tips off.
Those are opposing statements.

You are worried about a part that may wear out but only cost $5 to replace. How often do you think you will wear through a plastic tip, especially when it doesn't actually touch the rim, unless you make it happen? The tips are the same with our without the plastic added. The only difference is a notch to hold the tip on.

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I don't like the plastic tips either. I just can't talk myself into taking them off. My biggest complaint about the 2.2 is that they didn't beef up the springs that hold the arms to account for the additional length.
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I find even the size of the bare metal arm to rather large to easily discern variations, particularly with a tire on the rim. It's a simple matter to cut a piece of plastic and stick it the arm with double sticky tape or use one of those black spring steel paperclips to hold it.

Plastic won't mar the rim should it touch, but I've yet to see a mark left my the metal arm hitting any rim, aluminum or carbon. Of course a sharp burr on the arm would be problematic.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Those are opposing statements.

You are worried about a part that may wear out but only cost $5 to replace. How often do you think you will wear through a plastic tip, especially when it doesn't actually touch the rim, unless you make it happen? The tips are the same with our without the plastic added. The only difference is a notch to hold the tip on.
I want a product to be used for its intended purpose. In this case the newer model has plastic tips. So it should be used with plastic tips if the design is changed in such a way as to make it difficult or impossible to use without the plastic tips. In many cases now I see design changes by companies that cut corners to save production costs and reduce the quality of the product. That's my concern here as well. That's why I want the pictures. To see if it's plausible to simply remove the tips and use it like the old version. Plus, I want to see if the quality is reduced in the new design.

In the pictures I see no reason why I can't remove the tips and use it like the old version. I see as well the the quality hasn't been reduced in this version. I like the new version. I'll buy that one. Thanks for the pictures.
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