on October 21, 2012
My favorite thing about this truing stand is that it can be removed from its base and attached to a folding workstand. It is small and light enough to chuck into the car without an afterthought. However this is its only advantage. The reason is simple: there are other truing stands at this price point where the contacts do not move, and thus the resulting wheel is more true.
I have trued hundreds of wheels on the TS 2.2. As was mentioned in another review, even when calibrated, the centering is not exact. In the dozen wheels I have trued on the Feedback stand, I have found that it will not dish the wheel satisfactorily without a dish stick either. To dish a wheel precisely, a dish stick must be used. It doesn't matter what kind of stand you are using.
On the Feedback stand, there is 1mm of play at the contacts when the mechanism is sprung tight, but the spring is finicky, so it can move easily if you knock it with a wheel. So, if you are extremely careful not to bump the thing, you will be able to true the wheel to a 1mm tolerance. In a real world situation, the spinning and stopping will vibrate the spring mechanism open, creating additional loss of precision. For reference, most people in the industry will consider .5mm unacceptable. I am not a great wheelbuilder myself, so I aim for .5mm. No matter how fancy the truing stand, it is critical that the contact points stay put!
Truing with the Feedback stand takes me over twice as long as with the TS 2.2 and does not achieve what I consider satisfactory precision. If you are on a budget, Roger Musson wrote a fantastic book about wheelbuilding which includes instructions on how to build a truing stand and a dish stick yourself. Roger's book is a bit exclusive because it has to be printed from a PDF purchased on his website: those who are too lazy to print and hole punch can't have it! I can confidently say that this book is the best of its kind, and with homemade instruments, you will achieve greater precision than with this stand.
I wish you all luck on your wheelbuilding journey!
on February 23, 2013
I wanted something rugged, MORE than accurate enough for my purposes, compact and affordable.
I got everything I wanted with the Feedback Sports Truing Station.
I have one of their bike repair stands and I really like it too.
I like having the option of being able to use the truing stand by itself or afixed to the repair stand.
Storage is a breeze. Separate the base from the arm and put it back into the box where it's ready for the next use. Simple. Fast. Easy.
For me, the more I can maintain and repair my bike the better.