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    New Fantom Trail DS - Possible issue with the front wheel

    I received by brand new Fantom Trail DS by UPS last week. I just finished putting it all together on Saturday (it didn't take that long - I just didn't have a lot of time to devote to the job all at once). It really was not too much work, although it would have been nice to know AHEAD OF TIME that I would need a T25 torx bit.
    Anyway, I took it out for a quick spin up the block and noticed something strange with the front wheel right away. The tire appears to be closer to the left fork than to the right fork. I* didn't measure the distance (yet), but it is very obviously not centered. I thought maybe the forks might be off-center to make room for the brake disc, but I dismissed that thought since the tire appears to be closer to the same fork that the brake is on. The hub appears to be fine, installed correctly, and centered. The brake works fine, too. I think the spokes are tightened in a way that has the rim not centered properly aligned with the hub.
    Is this a common issue with Motobecane bikes, or with any brand bike for that matter?
    Is it worth trying to contact BikeDirect about it, or should I just assume that the spokes were not tightened correctly and start loosening half the spokes while tightening the other half to get the rim centered with the hub again?

    Any advice appreciated.

    -Dan
    - Dan

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    My Windsor (also BikesDirect) came with the rear wheel out of dish (off center you mention)

    The BikesDirect bikes come in dealer ready condition. As someone who used to be a bicycle mechanic, this is not an uncommon problem with machine built wheels on any dealer ready bike (including Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc.) fresh out of the box. When an LBS builds up a bike, it will take care of any "dish" issues before the bike hits the sales floor. But buying direct means you may run into this issue. Its an easy fix...if you know what your doing. But you can do more damage than good if you don't know what your doing.

    Unless you are really versed in wheel truing, spend $15-20 and have a LBS dish, true, and tension that wheel.

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    http://miketechinfo.com/new-tech-wheels-tires.htm

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html


    I found these cuz I like doing things myself. $20 at the LBS for peace of mind is a good deal though.

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    (posted on wrong thread)
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    Thanks for the info. I've built and trued dirtbike tires before, so I may take a shot at it myself.
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    I think this could be a problem that occurs with disc brakes. just losen the quick release and line everything up and see what happens. Is the wheel leaning torward the side with the brake? I know that's happened to me a couple times. Ive noticed it on my buddys cannondale too.

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