Gosh it’s been like, forever since I have been on here. (Been working on degrees, certifications, and busy work with upcoming retirement from service)
Anyway, I’m going to keep rocking my Yeti SB66 and my wheels need a nipple and spoke change. I was looking at truing stands from Park Tool. Although I am O.C.D. and want them as straight as possible, I’m unsure about shelling out over $200 for the 2.2 model v.s. the TS-8 that about $100 less. This makes me want to build one for something so overpriced. It’s crazy enough that their Spoke Tension meter TM-1 goes for $80, whole others that can accomplish the same tasks are half the price. FYI, I am very skilled in mechanics and electronics, pretty much anything home/auto/life. So, this isn’t a concern there.
The only reason I look at Park Tool is because I’m investing in sustaining this bike, which really is centered around 26″ wheels. Therefore, I need (want) good quality and long lasting tools to keep these 26″s which are hard to find going strong.
FYI BACKSTORY: I’m running Azonic Outlaws which are 20mm front axle and 142 rear. In time and can change out hubs if I wanted, however these wheels have been TOUGH. The only issue is the typical spoke nipples corroding and breaking on rides.
Please give me your thoughts and opinions. I know you have them and thanks for the time and feedback in advance.
As a shop mechanic, the TS-2.2 is in my opinion WELL worth the money. It’s a tool that we use every single day, and with minimal care can last for years. They’re incredibly well made. That said, for a home mechanic, the TS8 would probably work well enough. I haven’t honestly used one but it doesn’t look anywhere near as heavy duty (I have seen the tiny box they come in).
Again, having spent a number of years using Park Tools, I’m not sure how much I would trust a cheap one. The Park stuff is really good. Another caveat – the problem with a cheaper tension meter is how quickly it drifts out of calibration. Again with less frequent home-mechanic use, it will be less prone to this.
I have an older version of the shop level park ts and say it’s well worth the money. I would argue that a nice one that dishes and trues both sides all at the same time is so much easier to use you will be inclined to use it more often for maintenance and take better care of your wheels. For me, the cheap one makes the process tedius and annoying and a nice one makes for a relaxing, meditative task. But either could eventually achieve the same result. Your call.