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A functional truing stand is a lot cheaper than a tension meter. But you don't need either to build a wheel. A bicycle makes a reasonably good truing stand all by itself. You can use zip ties to get good markers for getting the wheel properly centered and round. The problem with using the bike as a truing stand are largely ergonomic. Building a wheel ...


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In short no. I actually took a true wheel that I had built and carefully equalized all the spokes on each side with a spoke meter. This actually put the wheel slightly out of true. Rims, spoke nipple rim interactions, hubs, etc., are all imperfect. How you place the tension meter on the spoke will be imperfect. All of these little errors can add up to ...


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A wheel could theoretically be trued by tension alone if you started with a perfectly manufactured rim, hub, spokes and nipples and you were building a perfectly symmetric wheel. The reality is that there are minute differences and that tolerances are not all that tight. Not to mention that ultimately the wheel has to go into a frame that also may not be ...


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26" wheels are stronger than 28" wheels but I think you can get 28" wheel suitable for your weight that will last. Whatever size you choose I would advise you to invest in your rear wheel instead of using stock wheel you get from the shop. Buy strong rim suitable for 36 spokes, find a reputable wheel builder in your area, and ask him to build a wheel with ...


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I've heard before that a smaller wheel is actually stronger, and this site states the following. Because a 26-inch wheel has a smaller circumference than a larger 700c wheel, the rim is structurally stronger and resists deformation from impact. Wheels that are 26 inches excelled at handling hard drop-offs and even crashes without losing their true. The ...


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Larger wheels tend to last longer, partly because they are less stressed by bumps and holes. A smaller wheel hitting the same size bump or hole gets "caught" in it more, so the impact and stress on the wheel is greater. Four other factors count also. One is larger tires. 29ers can have larger tires, which also insulate the wheel rim from impacts. The second ...



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