Performance Spin Doctor truing stand Tools

3.56/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.99


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Performance Spin Doctor truing stand


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bernard a Cross Country Rider from NH

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2005

Strengths:    accurate, Cheap and portable

Weaknesses:    truing mechanism+indicators could be sturdier, does not clamp wheels very well.

Bottom Line:   
Well this is a good stand i will say that, its very accurate. I can probably get wheels true within .3 or so mm. I like the centering thing, though i usually just flip the wheel over to check dish. But the markings are a good overall indicator. You have excellent adjustement. With the TS-7 it has very difficult to adjust, that product is beautifully made with the steel and all but the design is total crap. Spin doctor has a nice design but its not beefy in the least! The plastic components which make up the arms to the indicators flex around a lot, which can be a pain. But i suppose you get used to it. I would say the only thing that seperates this from the much more expensive TS-2 is that the TS-2 is much sturdier, and the auto centering. It will go faster with it, but its not worth buying that for most of us. This unit is nice and portable, which is nice if you have to go somewhere you can slip it in a bag easily. My biggest gripe is that it does not hold your wheels well, and you're not supposed to use quick release, although i do it a anyways but lightly. I am very fond of this stand despite what i have said, i would not minded paying a little more but some sturdier parts, its very cheap though so thats nice. 4 stars, if it was not for the weakness issue i would give it 5.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Park TS-2. My fork with brake pads. Park TS-7


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Lundberg from Baltimore, MD USA

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2004

Strengths:    It's stable, the arms auto-center, and the vertical and horizontal guides work well. This standr also fold flat for storage and transport.

Weaknesses:    Some parts are plastic (the fork ends, the U that holds the horizontal guides), so you can break it (especially if your truing methods involve large hammers).

Bottom Line:   
I worked for years in a bike shop and have built and trued many wheels on a Park TS-2. I've also lives for too long away from the shop truing wheels on a bike by starinbg far too hard at brakes blocks. Using this stand is so much better than truing a wheel on a bike.

As for dishing wheels, this stand has fork arms that self center, but the large plastic U which holds the guides can be slid to center on the hub. The vertical guide (a flat plate the lets you adjust rim height or runout) is marked with lateral measurement lines. If you flip the wheel in the fork and the rim is now displaced to the side, you know just how far off you are on the dish.

Granted, I have to pull off my tire to do a good truing job with this stand (for height), but that's pretty much true for a TS-2 as well. This will true your rims as well as a TS-2, and much better than I could do on a bike. Unlike a TS-2, you could brake break this stand if you dropped it badly. On the other hand, this stand is lighter, and folds flat for storage and shipment.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Performace

Similar Products Used:   Park TS-2, front and rear brake pads

Bike Setup:   Many bikes, now I just gotta see if these forks go wide enough to true a Schwinn Stingray 20" x 4" rear rim with it's equally mutantly wide hub.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by weather a Cross Country Rider from iowa

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2003

Strengths:    trues

Weaknesses:    doesn't auto-center, but no dishing gauge included. needs light touch. extra care when putting wheels on.

Bottom Line:   
you get what you paid for. this is trueing stand stripped to its bare bones--literally. lateral trueing, radial trueing. that's it. need to dish a wheel? get a dishing gauge (20 bucks for a cheap one i think). quite a few plastic parts where the stand contacts wheel, so be careful not to break those when you mount the wheel. the stand flexes a bit, but a light touch will get your wheels true within +- 0.2mm. not bad for fourty bucks.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   performance, stupid

Similar Products Used:   park

Bike Setup:   duh

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by steve from Mountain View CA

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Flimsy

Bottom Line:   
I ended up exchanging this Minoura for a Park consumer stand. The Minoura stand was too flimsy for anything but fixing a slight wobble.

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Favorite Trail:   Page Mill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Park Consumer Truing Stand

Bike Setup:   mountain and road

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Loch Miwa a Weekend Warrior from Crestwood, IL

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2001

Strengths:    GREAT PRICE!!!
Reasonably well made for "home mechanic" types.
Auto-centering for trueness and roundness.


Weaknesses:    Can't clamp QR, hand tighten only.
Not sturdy enough for pro use in a bike shop.


Bottom Line:   
If you are planning to use a truing stand a lot, buy the Park TS-2. However, if you will only be using it to periodically check your rims and will occasionally need to replace a rim, this is a good buy. It is cheaper than the Park TS-7 and a LOT more useful.

It has the same features as the Park TS-2, just not built as solidly. The ends of the fork are plastic, so if you clamp the QR down you risk cracking them. However, simply hand tightening the axle held it well enough for me to build a wheel from scratch in under an hour and true it more accurately than a lot of brand new wheels.

Bottom Line:
If you're a pro, buy the Park TS-2. For the rest of us, this is a good stand at a great price.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   www.PerformanceBike.com

Similar Products Used:   Compared with Park TS-2 and TS-7


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Evan Truesdale a Racer from Chicago

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2000

Bottom Line:   
cheap, but effective for truing quickly, you just need a dishing tool to check the dish because the stand can only accuratly check front to back and side to side trueness, I would reccomend the Park Tools stand that 10-20 more and then you wont have to spend 12-18 on a dishing tool


3 flaming crack rocks both ways

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Favorite Trail:   tailwind when time trialing

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   performance

Bike Setup:   Giant TCR 1T, king headset, Ultegra drivetrain and brakes, d/a BB, MoDoLo levers, ITM 'post, stem bars, frog steel pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Galilao Tsu a Cross Country Rider from Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2000

Strengths:    Good quality for the price. I was able to true my wheels to 1/40" lateral runout. Someone with very good near focusing vision should be able to true the runout to 1/64" possibly 1/128". Since the forks are made of plastic, I tightened the skewer knobs hand tight w/o compressing the Q/R and found the rim sufficiently rigid when rotating the rim along its circumference so as to exert no side force. I also got the alignment tool to calibrate the stand's gauge laterally. Although I used a dishing tool in the replacement of my front hub, the stand's gauge should be able to dish a rim adequately to within 1/32" possibly better if you are a patient wheel truer.

Weaknesses:    None noticed.

Bottom Line:   
Does the job at a reasonable price. Performance offers a satisfaction guarantee.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight with Bontrager Valiant rims. Mongoose IBOC with Sun Sub IV rims.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BS a Cross Country Rider from Silver Spring, MD

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2000

Strengths:    Quality construction. Price.

Weaknesses:    Can't clamp wheel onto stand. No dishing tool included.

Bottom Line:   
Returned it. Because you can't clamp the hub onto the stand's forks (you have to see the design to understand what I mean), the wheel tends to wobble a little while you are truing. This of course is intolerable and makes wheel truing difficult. Now I'm back to using my Park stand.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Park TS-7


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Michael J. Ritter a Cross-Country Rider from Mountain View, CA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 1999

Strengths:    
Price. Has truing gauges on three sides of the rim and they are mounted on screws. Stands on its own (i.e., does not have to mounted on something) and no assembly required. Lastly, axle uprights move simultaneously like the Park TS-2, which is way overpriced.


Weaknesses:    
Did not come with directions on how to true a wheel


Bottom Line:   
This is absolutely an amazing truing stand at any price, but it is only $39. Believe me, I tried other inexpensive truing stands (e.g., see my reviews of Park's TS-7) and this is the one to buy, but not just for the price, for the features as well. I thought I had to spend $160 on a professional truing stand to get all the features that this stand has (see above), but I was wrong. Don't be an idiot like me who bought a Park truing stand (and yes, I do like some of Park's other tools, but their truing stands are either way too expensive or have pathetic features). I should mention that you probably should buy a dishing gauge ($18) or a truing stand alignment tool ($10) and track down instructions on truing a wheel if you don't already know how (it is really simple though).

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Park TS-7


Bike Setup:   
Truing mountain bike wheels

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