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Questions tagged [wheel-truing]

The procedure to align the wheel by tightening and/or loosening the spokes

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Bent front wheel

I own a 27.5" mountain bike and its front wheel is a little bent. Not too badly, but it is noticeable when riding or spinning the wheel. It probably wobbles about 1/4" or so. I have disc brakes, so it ...
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Danger of adjusting spokes on the road

I'm about 3500 miles into a long tour, and the other day we noticed a few of the wheels between my own bike and some other guy's were starting to warp pretty noticable. With the help of someone more ...
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What is the recommended tension for my AlexRims X2100 rim?

I'm working on a bike which needs a couple of fixes, but the truing process is a new world for me. And I want to give long life for the wheel. I have a 26" wheel with 32 plain gauge spokes (aluminum ...
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Back wheel is “wobbling”

I have a bike which is about a year old. I went to ride it yesterday and saw the back wheel wobbling. Is it a major problem or a easy fix? Please help.
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Is this new wheel out of true?

I just got a new road bike. Is this front wheel out of true? Or is it an acceptable amount of movement? I'm only using it to commute 10 miles a couple times a week. Thanks. https://streamable.com/...
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How perfectly can an 18 dollar tire be centered / bead seated?

My tires are 622 x 38C, and on the rim it says 622 x 21C (m̶i̶n̶i̶m̶u̶m̶ ̶t̶i̶r̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶d̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶r̶i̶m̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶p̶o̶r̶t̶s̶,̶ ̶I̶ ̶b̶e̶l̶i̶e̶v̶e̶ rim width). These tires cost around 18 dollars ...
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Rim shot? Goes badly out of true at medium tension

I am pretty sure this rim is shot, but wanted confirmation and/or a better understanding of what's up. I'm fixing up a donor bike that was pretty apparently stored outside for years. Despite that, ...
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How do I true a trailer wheel?

We use a Croozer Kid For Two, and we love it. I replaced the tires recently, but badly: one twisted, making the wheel look like it was out-of-true -- to the extent people started stopping me to tell ...
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Park Tool TS-2 Truing Stand Upright Adjustment Knob

I just bought a used TS-2 truing stand that was in storage for years. Used one time, according to the previous owner. I cannot get the Upright Adjustment Knob to move the uprights in or out. The black ...
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What other tools do I need with my truing stand?

I just got a truing stand but the manufacturer seems to do a good job of advertising every other accessory under the sun to go with it. What are the essentials? A wheel dishing tool? Tension meter ...
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How tell if spokes too tight without tensionometer

Is there a way to tell if a spoke or spokes are too tight, if you don't have access to a tensionometer? I had to tighten several, and obviously I don't want them too tight, otherwise you risk broken ...
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What is a taco?

I figure that "tacoing" is a typo but I can't work out what it should be. What is a taco, or tacoing a wheel? Originally from this question
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New Park Tool truing stand doesn't seem to be calibrated, calibration seems off out of box

I recently purchased a Park Tool TS-2.2 truing stand, however I feel that the calibration is off. I have a wheel that was recently trued at my LBS and there is a significant gap between the rim and ...
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What does the truing “release tension” step do?

What tension is being released? Between what and what? Context: I've seen it said, as part of wheel truing, that after you've gotten it where you want it you should release tension then recheck ...
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How to fix a rim, that bent vertically inwards?

The rim is mostly round, but in one place it's bent a little bit (3-5 mm) towards the center. I only found manuals about fixing wheels that are wobbling side to side, but nothing about vertical ...
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How do to tension and true a rear wheel with a warped rim? [duplicate]

So, after doing extensive research and youtubing on bicycle truing and wheel building, I decided to completely de-tension a rear wheel on one of my old bicycles and try bringing it back up to tension/...
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Should an amateur attempt truing a wheel

I was in a bicycle crash recently, and noticed afterwards that the wheel was out of true (it hits the brakes once every revolution). The damage doesn't seem extreme to me though: it's not visible just ...
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Wheel gets stuck

Hey I have a single speed bike with rim brakes. The problem is at a certain position, the wheel gets stuck and after some effort gets going. This happens at almost every rotation. It needs a lot of ...
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Rim compression after tire inflation

I trued my wheel yesterday a bit, since many spokes lost some tension. Once I finished, all spokes were quite rigid. Then I put the new tire on and as I was inflating it, I heard the spokes loosen up,...
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Would rim brakes help a slightly bent rim?

After recently falling and bending the rim a bit I was wondering if forcefully applying the brakes while in motion help it straighten a bit? Might be my imagination but it seems much truer than ...
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Wheel builder London?

Bought a new bike and rode it for a week. Unfortunately the spokes loosend until it was unrideable. No idea how this came about but it looks like I need someone to rebuilt the wheel. Does anyone know ...
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Can an untrue wheel cause up down jerks?

I've noticed during a ride that the back wheel was giving me unpleasant up-down kicks (sort of like a weight was added on a section of the rim). I realised later that it had maybe 2-3 mm of left right ...
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How to remove spoke twist

I just built my first wheel following the excellent ebook from Roger Musson. The build turned out great, but as hard as I tried, I couldn't master the technique to eliminate the spoke twist. I've ...
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New Rear Wheel goes out of true

Couple of months back, I installed a new rear wheel for my road bike. Its a wieman LP18. Since then I had to get it trued at-least three times. Is this normal for new wheel?
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Wheel Wobbles and Rubs on Brand New Bike?

I just got a brand new bike and it came partially assembled in the box. I don't have a whole lot of experience when it comes to working on or building bikes but I managed to put it together. theres a ...
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What could cause an inflated tire to be “untrue” on a true rim

I just bought a new set of tires (Continental UltraRace 25-622 700x25c) for my bike, which has rims Rigida 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 - 700c. When I inflate the inner tube (both a Schwalbe 28" 18/28-622/630 ...
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New Trek 1.5 wheels need to be trued after 2 rides, normal?

I took my new Trek 1.5 out for 2 spins after I got it and the front wheel is running a few mm off true. The back is too but it isn't that bad. I rode it approx 35km. I stupidly didn't check the ...
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What tolerances should I use for spoke tension when building a wheel

I am replacing the rim on my rear wheel with a new one. I've brought up the tension on the spokes close to the final tension by truing / increasing tension / truing / increasing tension. I've got ...
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What does a “dished” wheel mean? How to tighten spokes on such a wheel, without a spoke tension meter?

Should all the rear wheel spokes have equal tension? Or should the spokes from the side of the cassette be tighter, in order to skew to wheel in that direction, and the wheel to be centered in the ...
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Wheel bust after 10 months, is this normal / usually covered by warranty?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask... I bought new bike about 10 months ago. The past few weeks I've had no end of trouble with the rear wheel (Mavic Aksium) in regards to spokes. About 4-5 ...
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Finding Correct Size Wheel for Bike

I am looking to replace the stock wheelset on my 2009 Jamis Aurora. I'm looking to replace wheels because I have a number of spokes break over the wheel lifetime and now my rear wheel is only in true ...
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What tools are required to replace a spoke?

When out riding at the weekend, for the very first time, I managed to break a spoke on my wheel. Because I've not done it before, and I want to get back out on the bike soon, this time around I am ...
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dishing on alfine hub

I am building a wheel with an Alfine 8 speed hub which has space for a disk brake. I am measuring the dishing by supporting the rim and measuring the distance from the table to the end of the through ...
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Checking spoke tension without specialized tools

I have laced and trued my first wheel (YAY!) at home, while in the fork. It is fairly true (to the point I used to pay money for), but I am not sure if the spokes are tensioned properly (I guess it is ...
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How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?

How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?
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Is it difficult to do a post-break-in wheel tune-up?

I've heard that when you get new wheels you should put a couple hundred miles on them to let everything get set in and get an initial stretch, then do a tune up. Can I just go by feel and tighten the ...
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Tensioning rear wheel?

Tensioning a front wheel is - at least in theory - very simple: Go around and tighten each nipple by e.g. a quarter turn. Then re-adjust trueness if necessary. I guess if I'd do the same to a ...
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What causes a wheel to suddenly go out of true?

This morning I noticed that my wheel was suddenly out of true and rubbing against the brake pad at one point. My first guess was that I had broken a spoke, but all of them seem to be intact. A few ...
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Spoke tension is way off but wheel is true, How do I fix this

After truing my front wheel, it seems that it is laterally true. However, the spoke tension seem very uneven, with a few spokes that are very taut next to other spokes which are more loose. If it ...
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Why offset the rear rim to the hub and not the hub in the frame?

I'm currently reading The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt, and I'm reading all of the issues with offsetting the rear rim toward the drive side of the hub... Asymmetry in a rear wheel built for a ...
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Truing rear wheel with gears cassette

I have a 700cc rear wheel with gear cassette. The centering or dish of the wheel appears to balance towards the gear cassette. This means when i use a tool like the below image, that the hub (and the ...
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How much hop is correctable, and beyond which point should a rim be replaced?

I have an aksium wheel that is somewhat damged. I'd estimate that there is about 3 - 4mm of hop (meaning that the rim extends at this point? or that there is impact damage at that point?) at one point ...
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Tips for radial wheel truing

Several drive side spokes on a mountain bike rear were damaged the rear mech being pushed into the wheel by a rock, with one snapping completely. I've replaced the affected spokes and have managed to ...
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What are the risks of untrued wheels?

I understand that wheels should be trued for efficiency. Are there any safety risks (or risk of damaging the bike) in using untrued wheels? Are the risks different between wheels untrued left-right ...
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Why am I breaking a ridiculous number of spokes?

First, this is a follow up to this: Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue? (The short version is I bought a used bike a few weeks ago, I broke a spoke on the back wheel, replaced the spoke, ...
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Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue?

So I broke a spoke a week ago, and when I put a new spoke in you know I trued it. Now, a week later, the bike feels like a kayak, because the back wheel is not very straight. Any idea why this would ...
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Which size spoke tool. Currently size 14

I have this spoke tool. The number I use on this tool is 14. I use it on a hybrid mountain bike. . I want to get one which is easier to use but I do not know which size. Here are the available ...
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misaligned wheel - could this cause problems?

Last summer I was on tour with my Trek 520 when my rear rim cracked. I found a bike shop, and they rebuilt the wheel with a new rim. Recently I noticed the wheel was off center relative to the frame ...
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What are wheel tension relief machines called?

At a San Diego bike shop I saw a machine that is purported to take the tension out of a wheel while it's being built so that the tension won't be released when you first start to ride it. Description:...
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Should spoke tension be measured before or after adding a tube and tire?

I built my first set of wheels and measured the spoke tension when I finished. They were all uniformly tense at about 100kg of force. Once I put the tire on, that measurement went down a little, to ...