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Wheel truing question & got my Fuji Team(6 posts)

Wheel truing question & got my Fuji Teamjesse1
Oct 11, 2002 2:08 AM
Got the Fuji Team from bikesdirect.com and the box looked pretty healthy - a good sign. I slid it all out and checked for cuts & bruises and found none. Spun the wheels to check the bearings on those Ritchey hubs and they felt real smooth! However, the front is WAY out of true (like 3/4" side to side, but looks to be round). All the spokes seem to be pretty tightly tensioned and I could see no areas on the rim that looked like it had been "abused".
My question is: With 24 radial bladed spokes (looks like about 3 inches between nipples along the circumfrence), should I start by loosening spokes rather than tightening?
Maybe this isn't a question that can be answered without seeing it, but any advice will be helpfull.
Thanks!
Suggest you find a builder to loosen them all and start over- nmTFerguson
Oct 11, 2002 3:04 AM
That's quite a bit of wobble.Spoke Wrench
Oct 11, 2002 4:27 AM
The first thing I would do would be to feel all of the spokes for tension. If you don't have any obviously loose spokes, that's good. That's an indication that the rim hasn't been bent.

I agree with the other poster. If you brought that wheel to me, the first thing I would do would be to loosen all of the spokes until one thread was showing above the nipple. Then I would gradually and evenly build tension back into the wheel.
First thing I would do is call bikesdirect.comMB1
Oct 11, 2002 4:34 AM
Don't even touch that wheel until you talk to your dealer. Ask them to send you a new front wheel and take back the one you have.

Why start with damaged goods?
First thing I would do is call bikesdirect.comTheKid
Oct 11, 2002 8:46 AM
My neighbor had the same situation with the front and rear wheel on his bike from bikesdirect.com. My neighbor called customer service and they told him bikesdirect is not responsible for the wheel being true and he would have to take it to a LBS and pay to have it trued. I thought this was crazy but that is what happened.
re: Wheel truing question & got my Fuji Teamrrbfun
Oct 11, 2002 7:18 PM
My rear wheel was out of true on my team but I was able to true it easily. Lossen first to break the nipple tension so you dont twist the areo spokes when tightening.