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My rear wheel is out of dish, but true will it affect ride?(4 posts)

My rear wheel is out of dish, but true will it affect ride?benja15
Mar 5, 2003 8:34 PM
My rear wheel has been out of dish since I built up the bike. I have bontrager race lite wheels, making them annoying to mess with so I never fixed the problem because they are in true, and have held true. I am wondering if the wheel being out of true is affecting my ride quality in any way, such as tracking and handling ect. The wheel is noticalbly uncentered in the frame. The gap between chainstays is probably 1/3 to 2/3 ratio.
re: My rear wheel is out of dish, but true will it affect ride?Bananaman
Mar 5, 2003 11:21 PM
If the wheel is that much off centre then your weight distribution through the frame onto the points of support (wheels) won't be in equilibrium. Ride in a straight line and take your hands off the bars and see what happens. You will naturally compensate by very slightly shifting your weight to one side to keep balance. You are also putting additional stress on the spokes and rim so it would be worth getting it sorted out.
wait, wait....ekdave
Mar 6, 2003 6:01 AM
before you do anything, make sure it actually is off center. Chainstays are not always going to show center by clearance. I have a bike that has one chainstay wider than the other on purpose.

Take the wheel out and replace it in backwards - like flipped around - cassette on the left side. Tighten down the skewer. Now, is the wheel off to the other side 1/3, 2/3? If it is, then YES the wheel is out of dish.

If it is out of dish, then Id suggest loosening all the non-drive side spokes 1/4 turn, and then tightening the drive sides 1/4. In that order.
Good idea53T
Mar 6, 2003 12:20 PM
Don't assume the most difficult problem to fix is your problem. Often the easy to fix problems are the easiest to occur. For instance, how do you think the wheel could have gotten out of dish? Did you buy it used on ebay? Did you build it yourself? Manufacturer's defect? It sure didn't happen by JRA.