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Truing Shimano R500 wheels

RhodsRhods Posts: 400
edited February 2009 in Workshop
Hi all

Just been reading Sheldon Brown's article on wheelbuilding, Truing in particular. His article concentrates on wheels with a high spoke count.

A very novice question - do the same principles apply to truing a factory wheel such as mine?



  • Yeh, exactly the same, just make sure you have the correct size spoke key!
    Carbon fibre, it's all nonsense. Drink beer. Ride a steel bike. Don't be a ponce.
  • RhodsRhods Posts: 400
    Another quick one -

    I am noticing a very slight deviation in my wheels. Will the fact that there are tyres on the rims make it look worse than it really is?

    Thanks again
  • Yes, possibly. I tend to just leave the tyres on when I true a wheel... probably not the best way to do it.

    The R500 wheels come with a tiny machined silver alloy spoke key. Normal spoke keys won't work as the nipples are a lot larger on the R500 / R550 wheelsets...
  • RhodsRhods Posts: 400
    Thanks guys.

    When you say "comes with a tiny machined silver alloy spoke key", does that mean I should have received mine when I picked up my bike?

    Can you buy them separately?

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