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Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter

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The Park Tools TM-1 Tension Meter accurately and reliably measures the absolute tension of each of the spokes in a wheel, as well as the relative tension between all the spokes in a wheel. Easy to use and priced affordably, the TM-1 works on nearly any bicycle spoke—no matter what the diameter, material, or shape. Not just for the experienced mechanic, the TM-1 is for anyone building or truing wheels, diagnosing wheel problems, or assembling new bikes. It’s a tool that belongs on every workbench.

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Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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      5.0

      invaluable tool for wheel integrity

      By b-rad

      from Winter Park, CO

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

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            Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

            This might be a little expensive, but keeping spokes tensioned is important. Only takes a few times breaking a spoke before this tool would have paid for itself. If you ride a lot it will help prevent wheels going out of whack if you're on top of things. I use this tool almost daily. Overall a money saver in the long term. It does take a touch of getting used to though.

            Only gripe is since its a rather fragile tool it should come with a plastic case. Mine stays in the cardboard box it came in, which is pretty ok, but you still gotta be careful.

             
            5.0

            Simple and easy to use

            By Feetup

            from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Inexpensive
            • Repeatable Accuracy

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                While this unit does not have the dial scale of units many times the price, with a little practice results are quite repeatable and plenty accurate enough even for racing wheels. there is a learning curve, but it is easy enough. I found some seriously poorly tensioned wheels I thought were good. I have been building wheels for years but was never quite sure of spoke tension. Now I know for sure!

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                4.0

                quite useful

                By jamesr

                from gainesville, fl

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Tells A Good Story

                Cons

                • 20-inch Wheels Maybe

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                  best to have a 20-inch in your lap when using - awkward fit for that size wheel.

                  difficult to find spoke tension for the mass produced stuff. i made a list of the reading for each spoke and rather than averaging looked at how the values clustered. chose a tuning spoke for reference then tinked the other spokes and got them in tune.

                  crude, but it works well for coarse adjustment. there is an interesting hpv article on the web and the tensiometer is most useful in determining a reference pitch when lacking manufacturer data.

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                  5.0

                  Last tool to complete my wheel building

                  By Pa

                  from Toronto, Ontario

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to use
                  • Simple

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wheel Building And Truing

                    Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                    On 14 gauge steel DT spokes a quarter of a turn on the nipple would create a one number change of the gauge's units. The range of the included chart gives a lot of range in the tension you use. I found I had tensioned the drive side of a rear wheel I built near the upper limit of tension. I have had cracks in rims develop in the past. I used this tool to get the tension to about 115 lbs and the non drive side was still acceptable at about 85 lbs. With a 36 spoke wheel this should work.
                    I also found using the gauge allowed me to easily find loose or tight spokes. On a rim that ran within 0.010" of true I found a few. With a Park Professional truing stand, a Campy wheel dishing tool and this tension gauge I can now measure every variable that can be adjusted in wheel building and maintenance. I am very happy with the tool.

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                    4.0

                    Simple and easy to use

                    By Rob H

                    from Bristol UK

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Grip
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • City Bikes
                      • Keep In the Garage
                      • Mountain Bikes
                      • Road Bikes

                      Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                      I found the spoke gauge a great asset when building wheels and it's a fraction of the price of the competition

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                      5.0

                      Say goodbye to spoke and truing issues

                      By Fat Man

                      from Sydney, Australia

                      About Me Competitive Cyclist

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                            I can't believe how good this product is...great instructions...went a whole DH meeting without a spoke issue

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                            5.0

                            Helpful

                            By Generic Caucasian

                            from Doggerland

                            About Me Avid Cyclist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Keep In the Garage

                              Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                              I've always built wheels using the musical pitch of the plucked spokes to determine the appropriate tension. That has worked well (never had to true a wheel, never broken a spoke, never cracked a rim on any wheel I've built in the last 15 years or so) along with following the advice in the book The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt. However, I've always been a little uneasy that perhaps the spoke tensions weren't being controlled as accurately as they should. This meter has put my mind at ease (i.e. pitch tensioning works if you have a decent ear) and incidentally proven that at least for the rims I've used (Velocity, Bontrager, Kinlin, Sun) , spoke tension can be at 150 - 170 kgf (per this tool) without cracking the rim. That's nice to know since wheels with high even spoke tension are less likely to go out of true. Now I have more confidence I'll be able to build reliably durable wheels.

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                              5.0

                              Useful tool

                              By Tom

                              from Vancouver BC

                              About Me Avid Cyclist

                              Verified Buyer

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                                    Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                                    People comment about this tool being accurate or inaccurate... I couldn't say since I do not have another means to check spoke tension. However, when I tension to the recommended level, the spokes do feel about right. This tool allows me to get consistent tension and locate problems.

                                    I routinely break spokes on my rear wheel (even on handbuilt wheels from bike shops who don't know what they're doing). Though I have had good wheels in the past so I know it's possible. Now I can tune and check my wheels much more easily. I also don't need to take the time to go to the LBS to drop off and pick a wheel... and not know what I'm going to get.

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                                    4.0

                                    No frills, but not terribly accurate

                                    By Nate

                                    from Cambridge, MA

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Included Tension Chart
                                    • Inexpensive

                                    Cons

                                    • Not very accurate

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                                      This tensio will give a fine reading for the home mechanic, but cannot match the accuracy of the DT Swiss or Wheel Fanatyk gauge (those are much more expensive, though).

                                      I've built a couple sets of wheels using the Park tool -- it's adequate, but just.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Give your wheels some love!

                                      By Chuck

                                      from Kansas City

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate
                                      • Easy to use
                                      • Good instruction

                                      Cons

                                      • none

                                      Best Uses

                                      • On All Wheels
                                      • Trouble Wheel Sets

                                      Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

                                      I never knew what a properly tensioned wheel set felt like. I didn't know if my spokes were tight or loose unless they were rattling around. I just tightened up my favorite set. Turns out they were about half tensioned and they still rode great. Park tools are easy to use and give great instructions.

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