How To True A Bicycle Wheel | Mountain Bike Wheel Service

How To True A Bicycle Wheel | Mountain Bike Wheel Service


Maybe you had a big crash, landed a bit too sideways on that whip, or simply just bent your wheel out of shape during regular riding? In this video Henry helps teach you how to true and re-tension your wheels.🔧

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60 Comments on "How To True A Bicycle Wheel | Mountain Bike Wheel Service"


  1. Goes to same witchcraft section with getting perfect rear gear changes. You know perfectly what to do, but in the end it's mostly luck 😀

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  2. Wheel building has a funny reputation because it's more difficult to learn than most maintenance jobs – people call it a dark art. But really it's just a skill like any other that can be learned. My advice is get an old wheel which you don't care about, take it apart and try to put it back together again. Your first attempt will be terrible, but it gets a lot easier surprisingly quickly.

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  3. I love these GMBN tech videos!
    Great teachers ! I’ve got a new channel I’ve been working on/
    So.dirt.e productions.
    We have a new video just posted . Come check us out! Action sports and outdoors. Thx guys!

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  4. You should do a few videos on how to dish the wheel, lace the wheel with the goal being after all the videos you can assemble a playlist on how to build a wheel

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  5. I know how to build wheels in the easiest way ever. You just walk your bike shop with a big bag of cash, then you walk out of there with an empty bag and a brand new carbon wheelset, super smooth

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  6. I like to do a max of 4 spokes then spin to check see if the problem are has shifted. Repeat until its straight

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  7. Interesting vid again Henry, but I think you summed it up at the end. Spoke tension is the key not perfectly true. I bash my wheels about regularly and to keep them going i check the tension regularly, as the backs are always slightly out after a battering if the odd spoke has loosened at all.

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  8. Very confusing. It look more
    Like a park tool commercial. What’s a flat spot, lateral true, you can do that you can to this bit it’s not systematic. We’ll get it with time?! What that even mean?! How do we know if we are going in the right direction?!

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  9. super thank you. before I move to other areas or finish I squishy the spokes like you did all the way round to unload any built up stress. just in case something adversely shifted.

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  10. When I sit up and take my hands off the bars, the bike wants to turn unless I lean it to one side. What is making that happen? Maybe I'll ask this one on a #askgmbn

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  11. Never had to true my wheels because I buy quality Spank wheels. I bent a few low quality rims over 10 years ago using stock rims. But my current Spank Spike Race 33 have been on since 2016, rode multiple 14k mountains up and down and they are still straight as new. Sorry you guys buy crap wheels. You could've saved money spent on a truing stand.

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  12. Henry, can you address stress relieving wheels? I've built several pairs of wheels and found bedding in spokes and stress relieving to be essential to get a wheel that stays strong and true. Any tips? I block up the hub and press the rims down on mine as well as bending the spokes into the hubs, are there any better methods?

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  13. Hey, Im from Brazil and im thinking about upgrade my 2015 a1 Pike to debonair and charger 2 damper. Question is: the service kits remains the same? Thx

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  14. hey im building a new set of carbon wheels and just wanted to know if there is any tips i should know about like spoke tension and truing it

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  15. I have used your videos for servicing my suspension I don't think I could true a wheel after that video maybe it's to much for short YouTube video

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  16. #askgmbntech is there additional things to consider if you are building a Fat Bike Wheel or to take into consideration if you are building a wheel for a very heavy rider? 385 lbs of rider right here!

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  17. It's all about relieving stress.

    You sit behind your truing stand for hours and then you have your stress relieved. And also you have insanely true wheel.
    Seriously it's like meditation.

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  18. I was of the understanding that for every few adjustments to spoke tension, you should take the wheel out of the stand and apply weight to it on both sides. Is this actually necessary/useful?

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  19. Really clear and useful vid H, espec about the stages to focus, tension, flats, lateral etc then repeat, and it GRADUALLY getting better all over, rather than trying to fully fix the one bit -always work on the worst bit until its not the worst.
    Wheels…softly, softly, catchy monkey.
    Awesome vid. Hope will be one fir lacing up too.

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  20. Tension seems to be where you place your importance, but I don't think how to get proper tension was explained well enough. The proper tool way nor the without tool way.

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  21. This seems like less of a wheel true and more of a laced up and tensioning perspective. When trueing I would care less about tension, but not ignore it completely. I would concentrate on getting the rim straight.
    The thing is when bringing a rim back into true as most viewers will be looking to achieve these rules somewhat go out the window.

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  22. It would have been a lot more helpful to take a wheel that was out of true and demonstrating the process. After 15 min of talking I still had no grasp on how fiddly the job actually is.

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  23. Built wheel before and trued my own wheels for years. Trial and error mainly, first build I dished wheel the wrong way! What a plum. Wasn't actually that bad to get it back, eventually ended up with a mint wheel. Was tricky finding out the spoke lengths needed for a build as it is dependent on the hub flange diameter and the depth of the rim. Might be good to cover and actual build start to finish.

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  24. Thank you so much! Suggestions for a spoke tension meter? Quite a few options out there, figuring out best option for a home mechanic.

    I am proficient enough to true a wheel (now having to deal with a CX tubular w. internal nipples. Not the most straightforward job so want to do it right and avoid removing a glued tyre in the future!

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  25. "decreasing return" is exactly right. But if you have a bit of OCD (like me), it's actually kind of fun.

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  26. I was getting an irritating pinging noise from my rear wheel on climbs when the drivetrain was under load. I kept thinking it was my BB or grit in the spokes. Once I got the Park Tool spoke tension meter I discovered the tension was all over the place on both front and rear. I took a few hours to sip beers and get the wheel to a nice even tension with <0.1mm true and dish and the difference is night and day. No more noise.

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  27. Dish!!!! Thanks for the tip, I thought my new tires were too fat and rubbing on one side on corners. I had the tools…. did the “yob” we’ll see tomorrow :0)

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