With perfectly aligned wheels your bicycle will move faster and better. Radial and lateral errors can cause poor performance. Tacx has a perfect wheel truing stand and in combination with the wheel alignment gauge and a nipple key you can align your wheels quickly and easily. The Tacx Exact Wheel truing stand is accurate for checking height and sideways rotation. The wheel holders can be tilted forwards or backwards, so that the truing stand can be placed in any desired position. To prevent damage to the rims, the truing pins come with protective caps.
Tacx T3175 Exact Wheel Truing Stand Features:
The Exact fits on working surfaces with a thickness of between 2 and 5 cm and is suitable for wheels from 16 to 28 inches.
Buy Tacx T3175 Exact Wheel Truing Stand from Chain Reaction Cycles, the World’s Largest Online Bike Store.
Rated 1 out of 5 by LeeB Not worth the money
I've built around 15 wheels with this stand and while it does enable you to build a reasonably round wheel, the quality is so bad it's not even worth the £27 I paid for it. The RRP of £62.99 is a complete joke and I regret not shelling out for a decent stand when I could afford one.
Aside from having to bend the arms as mentioned by another reviewer, there is another more serious problem in my opinion. Vertical truing is done with a kind of 'flap' that you have to push against/pull away from the wheel, rather than screwing it in/out with a knob like you do for the lateral trueness. It's therefore impossible to finely control how close you move the flap to the rim, thus you neither get a precise nor stable reference point to work from.
I wouldn't recommend this for building anything other than the cheapest wheels, or for a one-off build, or for occasional re-truing (A properly built wheel shouldn't go out of true anyway, barring some sort of disaster (e.g. crashing into a wall at 40mph) so you shouldn't need to true wheels often. Better off taking them to your local bike shop...). If you plan on building numerous wheelsets buy a decent stand. Cheap ones like this are a false economy. If you're building a decent set of wheels, it's not worth skimping on a stand.
05 January 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by CycleDoctor Not bad on a budget.
Just about the cheapest wheel truing stand out there. hardly a precision device but with a bit of experience in truing wheels you should be able to get lateral 'trueness' within 0.5mm without much trouble. Also folds up very nicely. If you built or true wheels often seriously consider investing in the Park stand.
19 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by KRISHOLM4EVOLUTION For the price this is great kit for wheel build/ truing
Fully adjustable, versitile and slightly more than at probikekit its worth while.
i want nothing but perfect rims and this with parktool tensioner make a great combo.
09 September 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Cheap and very cheerful
Just used this stand to do my first wheel and it was completely competent for the job. It held the wheel tight and tightened sufficiently to the work top so there was no flex. Very happy with this.
05 May 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Not worth the price
This was my first truing stand that I purchased. I realized after trying to use it for a few hours that the construction is so poor that is basically useless. Mainly you would expect this to be a precision instrument that you do not need to bend (to fit in wheels with different hub sizes like rear and front) and the pointer-screws fit in so tightly (effect of bad construction) that you need to use tongs to screw them in and later to adjust them (instead of just two fingers like any precision instrument). This has the first nasty effect of scratching the handle and most important you risk bending the whole thing!!!!
Basically you are better off by using your break pads as pointers when the wheel is mounted on the bike!!!!! This method is almost as precise and even cheaper.
01 January 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Great Value
This stand is largely pre assembled with medium sized machine screws. The legs and adjusters do flex a little under load. If you wang the wheel about, the frame will wobble.
I am an amateur wheel straightener. I have had two wheels in this badboy, on my desk in my office for the last few days.
The adjusters are not perfect - but they are perfectly functional. I am down to 1mm radial and lateral in a 135mm x 9mm qr back wheel right now.
My wish would be for 1 more arm to the back of the stand (so you can set and forget an original dishing reference point), but that is me being picky (and trying to save on a dishing stick).
I would recommend, and buy the same again.
My last wheel truing efforts were done in the garage working in-place with zip-ties, and now, frankly, I feel like a king with this badboy on my desk in the warm!
01 December 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous Spend more and get more
This truing stand caused me great frustration and loss of my week-end!
My first impressions of the stand were that it was sturdy and well made. The clamp works well for fixing to your work-top and everything feels well made. However, the arms of the stand are designed to flex in (with quite a fair bit of tension) and then need to be held firm with the wheels QR. This, at first, seems an OK compromise for accomodating different wheels.... it's not until you reach the later stages of the build that you realise that this set-up isn't fit for purpose. You are tuying to adjust a wheel to within mm tolerances, however the torsion induced by the arms scews the wheel in the horizontal and vertical plane, basically making it impossible to finish the job. Additionally, as the wheel doesn't sit straight in the stand then dishing becomes a real big problem and it is impossible to find a centre reference point (necessitating a dishing tool). Finally, with no possible way of knowing how the wheel is sitting the screw pointers (which are nasty to use) are worthless.
As Confucius didn't say: If you want a true wheel, then one must buy a true stand…., and not cheap c***!
I spent hours trying to "make it work", thankfully CRC have allowed me to return the item and I have bought the Park TS2.2 instead (awesome!).
08 March 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous cheap truing stand, easy to use
I own (and several friends too) this truing stand. Have purchased because it seemd to me a good compromise between functionality and price. Don't know similarily priced truing stand like this but would rather prefer more professional product in the future
08 April 2010