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View Poll Results: How often do you true your wheels?
Every 500 miles
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5.88%
Every 1000 miles
11
21.57%
Every 2500 miles
10
19.61%
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Poll: How often do you need to true your wheels?

Old 08-10-08, 03:44 PM
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Poll: How often do you need to true your wheels?

Just wondering.
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Old 08-10-08, 03:50 PM
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seriously...I have not trued my Ksyrium ES's in about 15,000 miles. 2,000 miles and no truing for my Mavic Carbones
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Old 08-10-08, 03:51 PM
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I trued mine a few weeks ago. First time in at least 5000 miles, maybe more.
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You forgot "as needed". I can't put a milage factor on it because a true wheel doesn't degrade at a specific mile point like changing oil. I check about once every two weeks and if I need to, I true the wheel that's out. I have my own stand so no big deal.
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My understanding is if its a well built wheel in the first place "as needed" will depend mostly on "as abused"

clyde+lots of standing+cheap stock wheel+no skill@truing = every couple hundred miles...
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No set distance that I go before I have to true. Once a wheel is true I essentially never have to true it unless I hit something, which is unpredictable. I've gone years without truing a front, I've had to true a rear twice in a week because of hitting something.
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NEVER, unless I hit something big. What's with this 500/1000/2500 crap? Is that really how short the lifespan is on machine built wheels?
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A properly built wheel doesn't need to be trued. I've built numerous wheels, but have never had to true any of them. I'm not a dainty rider either. Other stock wheels that I have owned have never needed truing either, after then were properly tensioned (by me).

Get your wheels tensioned correctly folks. Poorly tensioned wheels commonly go out of true because the spokes repeatedly go slack when the wheel is under load. When your spokes are tight enough this doesn't happen, even if you hit big potholes.

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Old 08-10-08, 04:30 PM
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Alex 260's with 12,000 miles, and the rear was trued once at about 10k because I had a spoke break, front one is still running straight as an arrow.
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I said 500 because that's how often I check.
I have access to a stand so I try to 'true' my wheels every chance I get.
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Neuvation M28's = havent had to yet (500 miles)
Alexrims that came on my bike= twice in about 250miles.
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where's the "after a wreck" option. That's the only time I've touched my Ksyrium Elites
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You need to expand your poll with additional options!! After Wreck? After hitting monster pot hole? Also, add additional mileage options of 5000, 7500, & 10,000+ miles. Currently about 2500 miles on MAVIC KSYRIUM elites which do not require trueing. True as when I purchased my new bike.
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when they need it.
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At the present rate, twice the past 4 years or so.
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After 8 years and numerous potholes and slight truing adjustments later and I had to rebuild them. Took my hand at it and am noticing small problems and true when needed/bored.
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Both sets of Mavics at the house are always out of true after each 1000 miles
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Easton EA90 SL's...never
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A lot of miles. A real lot.
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I ride Campy machine built wheels and virtually never have to true them and I weigh 185#.
Big Campy wheel fan here.
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Alex DC19s: About every 1,000 miles. No idea why.
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I've got a set of Velocity Thracian disc-specific wheels, and in the last 3 years I tightened one spoke. The wheel wasn't even out of true; I just found the loose spoke during a routine check.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach
A properly built wheel doesn't need to be trued.
+1. My wheels are at 15,000 miles or so. They've never been touched by a spoke wrench since they were built. I never bother checking to see if they're still true.
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when my bottle flies out of my bottle cage and into my rear wheel, bending a spoke.
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I haven't trued one of the wheels I built in years (other than the original build and one bad accident).
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