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Performance Spin Doctor Truing Stand....DINOSAUR
Jun 12, 2002 9:53 PM
The post below about wheel building strikes a cord with me. I'm not sure I'm ready to take the plunge into building wheels, but keeping wheels true has always been a problem with me. I can't see taking the wheel off of my bike and dragging it down to my LBS every time it goes out of whack. I've been doing a so-so job using the brake pads for centering the wheels but I can't get them absolutely perfect. I've been eyeing the Performance Spin Doctor Truing Stand on sale for $44.99 (plus tax and shipping). Is this a fairly decent wheel truing stand or should I spend more money for something else?
re: Performance Spin Doctor Truing Stand....Juanmoretime
Jun 13, 2002 1:40 AM
The stand is actually a Minoura Workman Pro labeled for Performance. I have been using one for years with excellent results. It's a very well built truing stand that self centers so you don't need a dishing tool. I've built about 75 wheels on mine without any problems. I think you would want a higher end stand if you where building wheels for a living. Buy it, if you don't like it, return it.
re: Performance Spin Doctor Truing Stand....hnmalone
Jun 13, 2002 5:53 AM
I've built a few wheels with it and it and I'm very happy. Dollar for dollar, the best solution for hobbyist/home use.

If you don't get a dishing tool, then you should get the optional calibration tool ($20) to set up the centering feature. For about the same money, I got the portable dishing tool. More tactile; I trust it better, but that's just personal preference.
Go with Park!Uncle Tim
Jun 13, 2002 7:47 AM
I use the Park trueing stand (the "consumer model", I forget the number...) and it works great for my purposes. I've built and rebuilt many wheels on it. It may cost a little more than the cheaper models made by other no name companies but you get a good quality dishing tool with it. A true wheel with incorrect dish is worthless.

A big plus for suggesting Park is that they know what SERVICE is. For some stupid reason, I took my trueing stand apart and stored it for a winter. Somehow, I lost a couple of the parts to the stand and I wrote to Park Tool asking for the costs of the replacement parts and they quickly sent them to me FOR FREE! That's going above and beyond for sure!

So, due to that, I only buy Park Tool.
re: Performance Spin Doctor Truing Stand....Fred the Cross Poser
Jun 13, 2002 8:17 AM
I read the reviews about the performance truing stand and bought it despite a few remarks about the plastic drop outs. Well, I think it works great, has great adjustability and I have no worries about the plastic dropouts. I considered the Park, but for me, I couldn't justify the added $$$.

I highly recommend it!
re: whats the difference....collinsc
Jun 13, 2002 8:45 AM
between this one:

and this one:
Performance has multiple codes for the same item sometimes...Bianchi4Me
Jun 13, 2002 9:46 AM
They frequently have the same item listed under multiple pricing levels. One example is that some items are priced differently for "team performance" members. They create a different item number for each pricing level, and I guess when the special expires that item number is listed as no longer available. In this case I'd guess that the old sku number is just a price level that expired at some point.
what stand do you use?collinsc
Jun 13, 2002 10:53 AM
sent you an email this morning, by the way.
I use a Park TS-3 with the dial indicators, + a Spin Doctor too!Bianchi4Me
Jun 14, 2002 6:29 PM
I have a Performance Spin Doctor stand which I've built or partially built several hundred wheels on, and it is still going strong. I use it now for initial tensioning, applying rim tape, etc., and use the lad-dee-dah Park TS-3 with the dial indicators for the actual truing.

I like to use the Spin Doctor because it is easier to remove and replace the wheel, especially one-handed. The Park fits really tight when properly adjusted. So if I'm in a phase where I am popping the wheel in-and-out of the truing stand frequently, I use my Spin Doctor.
I've been wondering that too...TomS
Jun 17, 2002 6:06 AM
It looks like the just redesigned the base to make it more stable. Also added a tray for "small parts".

FYI the original stand, without the redesigned base, is on sale for $29.99 now - not a bad price if it's any good!
re: Performance Spin Doctor Truing Stand....Stampertje
Jun 16, 2002 3:47 PM
I've build three wheels on my Spin Doctor so far - haven't put any miles on the last two, though, so I can't tell you whether they're any good ;)

It seems to work well but I have found you need a steady hand because they wobble a slight bit if you inadvertently push the wheel a bit when spinning it to check the true. That may also be because I didn't have it on an exactly stable surface, though... (floor carpeting).

Bottom line: good enough to build (and certainly touch up) your own wheels and a clear value-for-money favourite; if you're anal about having the best of the best, save up for something sturdier.