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  • #265446

    With disk brakes, it doesn’t matter as much but my new wheels are already slightly out of true. I’m curious about two things:

    How true are your wheels?

    • Perfectly true
    • Slightly out of true
    • Noticeably out of true
    • Untrueable (dinged, bent, etc.

    How do you true your wheels?

    • Do-it-yourself
    • Take to shop
    • Ignore until tire rubs the frame
  • #265449

    1) Perfectly true

    2) I do it myself. Spoke wrench & zip-ties. 5 buck investment.

  • #265452

    Perfectly true. When I re-tape rims or change tires I throw the wheels on my truing stand. Otherwise I go with the zip tie method.

  • #265459

    I’ve had rims that stayed perfectly true for the entire life of the bike.  And I’ve had rims that needed to be trued yearly.   However, most of  my bikes have wheels that are just slightly out of true and I just leave them that way until they are noticeably out of true.  When they get to that point,  I get them trued at the shop.  In my experience, the narrower the rim, to more likely it needs to be trued.  I don’t think that I’ve ever had to true a rim that was inner width i30mm or wider.

  • #265920

    True, as I’m 140 pounds nothing on the bike gets stressed. Everything is built for heavier riders.

  • #265971

    Perfectly true.

    Mostly do it myself, however I’ve ran heavy duty carbon wheels for the last four years and they rarely need any truing.

  • #266041

    Both wheels are slightly out of true and dented. There’s a reason I don’t get expensive carbon wheels.

    If they get really bad and need to be trued I’ll take them to the shop.

  • #266086

    Slightly out of true.

    I do it myself with the zip tie method.

    I usually check my wheels twice a year and make any necessary adjustments

  • #266329

    Love the question.  Mine are slightly out of true.  If they get any worse I’ll have them trued the next time I need to bring the bike in to the shop.  Before I swapped out my stock rims on my XC bike the wheels needed to be trued 3-4x per year and I was set on learning how to do it myself.  But after I upgraded my wheels I find that they only need to be trued about once per year so I don’t have the same motivation I did previously.  And since I usually take my bike in to the shop at least once a year anyway I just ask them to true it when I’m there.

  • #266337

    My front wheel is true and my rear wheel is slightly out. I take it to the shop, but I’m slowly learning and adding bike knowledge and tools, so I hope to figure out how to do this for myself eventually.

  • #266449

    1) Perfectly true

    2) I do it myself. Spoke wrench & zip-ties. 5 buck investment.

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