Reviews of Park TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter

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StarStarStarStarStar Great way to check spoke tension

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Easy to use
Can do with wheel on bike

Cons

none

Other Thoughts

I do about 3500 miles a year, with half on loaded tours. Hitting bumps, ruts etc, and plain ole road vibration causes the spokes to not be balanced, which will cause spoke damage at some point.

StarStarStarStarStar Good tool

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Well made

Cons

Confusing to use

StarStarStarStarStar This tool will roll you straight.

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Know the tension of your spokes while building a wheel.

Cons

They say measure twice. Cut once. Well, I don't know how much measuring I did with this thing to rebuild my wheel, but I was ready to just put the thing on my bike and ride already. Lots of measuring.

Other Thoughts

When you use park tools online graph after getting the wheel trued up, you see the differences in tension. It's amazing how much you can even it up just by knowing where to start. The graph is useful.

I have rebuilt 2 wheels with this tool. I built one before getting it.

StarStarStarStarStar A great assist to my beginning wheel building

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Easy to use. Seems to give consistent readings.

Cons

Requires judgment in reading between the lines--but that is probably insignificant to the overall project.

Other Thoughts

I am glad that I invested in this tool to build my first set of wheels. I found the idea of spoke tension to be difficult to grasp in general, so it was nice to have a tool to provide a benchmark.

StarStarStarStarStar Amateur Wheelbuilding with Park TM-1

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Simple and sturdy construction (no glass or dial gauges).
Easy to use.
Attractive anodized finish.
Bought on sale (reasonable normal price).
Made in USA.
Cool addition to the tool box!

Cons

Requires conversion table to obtain tension.
Looks less high-tech without a dial gauge.

Other Thoughts

I had built a couple 20" wheels for my folding commuter bike before I built a rear wheel for my full-size road bike. I found the TM-1 on sale, and took the plunge. I was easily able to build a dished wheel and, using the tool, get the tension of all the spokes to within 10% of the mean tension. The wheel has remained true with no spoke loosening or breakage. After this, I built a 20" wheel and had the same result.
I am a "quantitative" sort of person, and tightening spokes by tapping just didn't seem as satisfactory; I use a torque wrench on bolts, so why not measure tension on spokes?
No regrets about the purchase!

StarStarStarStarStar Park TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

High Quality
Easy to read
Very Accurate...no re-calibration necessary

Cons

A little pricy...but you get what you pay for....this is a quality product
Instructions were a little difficult to understand. Needed to Google to better understand how to use this tool and how to read the measurements.

StarStarStarStarStar Park TM-1 Tension Meter

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Simple, effective. Does the job.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

I used this with a truing stand to tune up two old wheelsets and build a front wheel from scratch. Tension meter is an invaluable tool for more than just casual use.

StarStarStarStarStar Wheel building

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Ownership: a few weeks
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

With this tool wheel truing is so much easier. It takes all the trial and error out of the equation.

Cons

none

StarStarStarStarStar Park TM1 spoke tension

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Can measure for relative even tension quickly and help with truing. Helps to avoid adding too much tension and avoid stripping.

Cons

Bulky to use and have to use the provided table to get true tension in units.

StarStarStarStarStar Must-have for wheel building

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: high

Easy to use, bike shop staple

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