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    Wheel Trued after Crash (Sort of)

    Hi Guys, I just got back into mountain biking. After riding my 14 year old Trek 6000 for a few weeks I bought a 2014 Stumpjumper fsr comp in small.

    Loved it after my first ride. Got a little cocky. On the second ride I had a low speed crash where I took a tight corner around a tree too fast, touched my front brake, and went over the handlebars. landed on the right side of my back and bruised some ribs, but not too bad. My bike on the other hand ended up with a fairly severe wobble. I had a quarter mile to get back to the car and didn't even really notice it till the final gravel road down to the truck. Took it to the bike shop and he said he could true it.

    A couple days later he called me to pick it up. He said it still had a little wobble but he thought it would be fine. He said he couldn't true any better because the spokes on 1 side were too tight compared to the other side. He also mentioned he had a front wheel (He said slightly higher end) he could let go for $150. I've read around this forum that wheels are typically the first thing to upgrade, so I figured I would ride it like it is as long as it is safe until I'm ready to upgrade the wheels.

    After looking at it for a couple of days I'm a little nervous about the wobble and I can feel how the spokes on one side are significantly tighter than the other. Should I take him up on the new wheel offer (I can get specs on it if requested) or do you guys think it is safe and I shoudl wait until I upgrade wheels in a year or 2?

    Here is a video of the wheel turning:

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    I would not trust a wheel with uneven spoke tension like that, it is unstable and could easily cause a wreck instead of being the result of one. Highly recommend a new rim or new wheel.

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    I wouldn't ride a wheel with that much wobble. That said, I have no idea what type of damage the rim sustained or even what the shop actually did.

    Also, you need to check it without the tire to see what real lateral (side to side) and radial (up and down) movement you have. I don't want you to ride on an unsafe rim, but I'm less than convinced about the extent of effort and time the shop spent on actually trying to get the rim trued up.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm just going to have him put on the new wheel he has (It is left from a pair he got for a warranty replacement of a rear wheel). It's a Roval Control Trail 29. He is selling it for $150.

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