Park Tool TS-8 Home Mechanic Wheel Truing Stand Tools

2/5 (2 Reviews)
Weight : 10.4 lbs MSRP : $127.99

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Product Description

Designed especially forThe home mechanic,TheTS-8 allows accurate wheelTruing at an economical price. It features an innovative sliding dropout designThat allows quick wheel installation and removal. Accepts wheels withTires from 16-29" Handles hubs upTo 170mm wide Heavy-gauge steel Use freestanding, or optionally boltTo a bench for extra stability

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by averagejoe686 a Weekend Warrior from Prineville, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2009

Strengths:    no strengths at all

Weaknesses:    flimsy, awkward, crude, horrible, can only true one side at a time. Overpriced.

Bottom Line:   
Way overpriced for a piece of garbage. You'd almost be better off using a popsicle stick taped to your frame to gauge your rim trueness. Lamest product ever from Park tool. You don't get what you pay for, you get WAY LESS than what you paid for...I would hesitate to call it a tool.

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Favorite Trail:   Ochocos

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Park TS-2 "Pro" truing stand, Pedro's Precision Truing stand.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by LegendaryMrDude a Weekend Warrior from London, UK

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2007

Strengths:    Simple to assemble, sturdy construction, easy to operate, will fit 29" wheels.

Weaknesses:    Expensive for what you get. Wheel mounts are a bit fiddly. Only allows you to measure one side of the rim at a time. No calibration, so everything "by-eye".

Bottom Line:   
Comes flat-packed and requires assembly, but this is a trivial task. Low-tech nature of the device means it doesn't need intricate setting up or calibration so it's barely minutes to use.

First use was on an OLD set of Rigida Zac 2000s that had been neglected for the last 5 years. To my relief/surprise they weren't unrecoverable. An hour of tinkering on the TS-8 got front and rear back in to lateral true with tolerance of (I'd guess at) =<1mm.

Fit the wheel to the stand, adjust the "pointer" so that it barely scrapes the surface of the rim, then spin the wheel and use your ear to find the off-spots, get your eye in and tweak the spokes until one side is true. Then flip the wheel, reset the "pointer" and hope that the other side is naturally within tolerance.

The design of the stand means that radial truing is not quite so straightforward - the position of the truing guage/pointer means the TS-8 really needs to be mounted on a bench so that you can get a good view under the wheel.

Of course, more expensive truing stands with calibrated calipers will make this much easier/quicker but for the money and given light/occassional use The TS-8 seems a reasonable solution.

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Favorite Trail:   Almost anything in Wales

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

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Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock 2006 Trek Fuel EX8

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