Amassing all of the specialty tools needed for your home shop is often a lifelong pursuit. Between the cost of such dedicated tools and ever-changing industry standards, your tool chest is almost always short one tool or another. The lowly truing stand is a tool that often gets overlooked, perhaps for some because tweaking the near-magical balance of a good wheel gives them night sweats, or because of the other tools needed to get the most from a stand. The Feedback Sports Wheel Truing Station's simple, easy-to-use design makes it the ideal choice for home mechanics, and the fact that you won't have to remove the tire to do the job (even massive 29er meats) makes it all the more accessible.
The one-armed design makes easy work of wheel maintenance and repairs. The stand can be placed on top of any Feedback Work Stand, or it can stand alone on its sturdy plastic 8 x 10in (203mm X 254mm) base which features organizing slots for wheel tools like spoke wrenches and tire levers.
The unique 20in (508mm)long, one-arm design uses your wheels' standard quick releases to secure the wheel in place. As convenient as this is, it does not allow for the truing of any wheel with a thru-axle hub, so early-adopting mountain bikers may want to look elsewhere. It provides easy access to spokes while offering ample clearance for large wheels with tires installed. The run-out indicator can slide all the way up the arm to allow truing of disc brake rotors, taking care of annoying rubbing. The Feedback Sports Wheel Truing Station is made of durable anodized aluminum and weighs in at 7.8lbs (3.5kg) for a nice balance of stability and portability.
A truing stand was the last piece of bike repair equipment I needed to avoid taking my bike to the LBS for service.
I've had an issue this summer with a few broken spokes, and at $30ea for spoke, labor and truing - it made sense to get a stand, and fast.
This was the most reasonably priced stand I could find, and reviews were positive.
In short- it does as advertised - it allows you to true a bicycle wheel. Quality is fine and its quite functional.
I don't build wheels, so I can't comment if it would be a good choice for that or not. But if truing your wheels and being self-sufficient is your goal - this is a great stand.
I picked this stand up on sale. It's better than the frame of your bike, but it is not as good as a two-armed stand like the Park Tool version. Of course, it's a lot cheaper, so you get what you pay for. It works; it holds the wheel and is easily adjustable, and works for both 26" wheels and 29er wheels. It does sort of depend on QR skewers, though, so DH people might be out of luck. Also, if you have a Feedback Sports stand, it integrates seamlessly and fits on the top of the stand, allowing you to do all your work in one place. I still just use it with the base plate, though, I have it out on my coffee table (it looks like some sort of funky sculpture) and true wheels while I watch TV.
My biggest critique is the one-sided aspect of it. First, it only has feeler gauges on one side, so you have to flip it over several times during truing. Second, the single arm is not as stable as two arms (sorry, Cannondale, this has nothing to do with you) so for bigger heavier wheels, particularly my 29er training wheelset (boat-anchor 2400g without tires) it can wobble.