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Truing stand question - Performance/Spindoctor(8 posts)

Truing stand question - Performance/SpindoctorPdxMark
Oct 31, 2002 10:21 AM
This follows the thread started by joekm.

I too am thinking about a truing stand, and the virtues of the Park standard stand are well-known. But for the sake of saving $100 and having something that might be easier to store, I'm looking at the Performance/Spindoctor stand II. Anyone tried one? Comments?

Reviews note that the older version (a virtual copy on the Minoura stand) had plastic hub supports that could be broken with a quick release. Any other experiences?
dependsstr8dum1
Oct 31, 2002 10:32 AM
it all depends on how serious you are about building wheels. if you are just going to true up wheels or maybe build 1 set just buy the Pbike one. I just bought one and its fine. The Park has better centering and guages to make a round wheel easier.

So it al depends on how much you are going to use it. Alot, get the park. very little get the Pbike.
Got the spindoctor myselfStampertje
Oct 31, 2002 10:45 AM
I find the plastic hub supports nothing to worry about, as long as you just use your fingers to tighten the skewers. It may not look like it's built for life but I see no reason why it wouldn't last.

I've built three wheels on it and I did not feel limited by the quality of the stand. I do think that a more solid stand would require a little less patience - you have to be very careful when you're inserting or spinning the wheel, otherwise it will wobble a bit. Of course, I had it set up on carpet so that's not exactly a stable base. I use a park dishing tool (the portable one).

In conclusion - if you gotta have the best or just have money burning in your pocket, don't get this one, get something better. But it's definitely good enough for the average enthousiast.
Got the Minoura WorkmanPro (the same??)Nigey
Oct 31, 2002 11:57 AM
Assuming the WorkmanPro and Performance Spindoctor are the same (which I think they are) I echo Stampertje's comments.

I've built up a couple of wheelsets now, and though the WorkmanPro does have limitations, you do realize them pretty quickly. I have the plastic axle supports, and they do look flimsy, but no problems yet. I don't have a dishing tool -I just flip the wheel around in the stand anyway, and use the automatic centering gauge as a rough guide. I don't know if a dishing tool is going to help that much as you'd still have to untighten the wheel in the stand anyway to use it.... but keep in mind I've never had a dishing tool and am not speaking from experience.

By the way, I think my stand cost me about $35 when they were on sale and I had a 20% coupon a year or so ago. Anyway, I can't agree more; if you're going to only build up a couple of wheelsets every six -twelve months or so, save your money and get the Spindoctor. If you're going to be doing some heavy duty wheelbuilding, get the better one.
re: For how many wheels?dzrider
Oct 31, 2002 11:20 AM
I use an old Minoura and am able to build good enough wheels on it that I don't have to use it very often. That being said, when I've used the Park stands, I find it much easier to be precise especially dealing with roundness. For building a wheel set every few years and occasional truing it's never been worth it to me to buy one.
re: Spindoctor is fineHillRepeater
Oct 31, 2002 11:53 AM
I got the Spindoctor stand for Christmas last year and have used it to build up 6 sets of wheels over the last year. It works just fine. If I built wheels for a living, I might want something a little nicer, but for the occasional build / true, I can't imagine needing anything better. The plastic hub supports are plenty sturdy, and the 'feeler' gauges work just fine.
Minoura WorkmanProJuanmoretime
Oct 31, 2002 12:05 PM
I had one for years without any problems. The Performance is the same thing. I've built dozens of wheels on it. I would go with the Park if I built more than 3 or 4 sets of wheels a year. For general truing and building up the occassional wheel, get the Performance.
Thanks all for your comments...PdxMark
Oct 31, 2002 1:09 PM
I'll just be doing some truing... maybe build one or two wheels, so maybe the SpinDoc will do the deed. Thanks for your thoughts...