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Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter

USD$76.46 10% off USD$84.95 msrp
Item #: TL299F00
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May 12, 2016

Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter

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.

Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter Features

  • The TM-1 Tension Meter includes a printed table to convert tension readings to kilograms force. For steel spokes not found on the printed table, you can generate custom conversion tables using the Wheel Tension App. The app also provides an interactive tool to help visualize and analyze relative spoke tension.
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    Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Accurate (3)
    • Inexpensive (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Keep in the garage (5)
    • City bikes (3)
    • Mountain bikes (3)
    • Road bikes (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (9), Competitive cyclist (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

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    4.0

    Classic

    By Steve

    from Newburyport, MA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use Good Support

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • For Home Use

    Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

    Finally will check my spoke tension, although still not convinced it is needed for conventional builds. Of many of wheels built, never had a broken spoke due to normal use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Works well for the price

    By FlatBackFour

    from Olympia, WA

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Fragile

    Best Uses

    • Checking Spoke Tension

    Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

    I bought this after over-torquing the spokes in a rear wheel and cracking the rim. I have built dozens of wheels over the years and this is the first time this happened, so I think it's a good idea to double-check your tension after building a wheel.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Good product

    By KC

    from Southern Utag

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

        Simple but effective tool.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Works Great

        By flashalan

        from tampa

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Grip
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bring it With You
          • City Bikes
          • Keep In the Garage
          • Mountain Bikes
          • Road Bikes

          Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

          I caught this on sale and use it to true my growing bicycle fleet. The tool is well made accurate and supported by Park Tool with an on line app.

          By using this I am able to balance tension more accurately than without. This works for me very well.

          While the tension meter is a specialty tool and only gets occasional use, I am happy to have it when I true my wheels. Easy to use and seems like it will last a long time.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Good Tool For Building Your Own Wheels

          By Michael

          from PNW

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Helpful Tool

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Keep In the Garage

            Comments about Park Tool TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter:

            This was very helpful while building my wheels. I would not build a wheel without one. It ensures that all spokes are tensioned properly giving you the best wheel build. It is also very quick and simple to use.

            It comes with a spoke width tool and chart to convert the tools measurements to newtons. This way you can get the spokes tensioned to the rim's specs without any guess work.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            invaluable tool for wheel integrity

            By b-rad

            from Winter Park, CO

            About Me Competitive Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            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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                • No
                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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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                    • No
                     
                    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

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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