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Spoke tension

rob.mrob.m Posts: 89
edited February 2014 in Workshop
When building wheels by hand how do you determine what tension the spokes should be if using a tension meter?
Is a tension meter necessary? :roll:
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  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Rear DS tension 1200N and front 900N no other way of doing it other than a spoke tension gauge bu the park gauge does not give you correct tension. Of the three I own on the the most expensive (DT Swiss tensio) is spot on. I have a spoke tension calibration jig to check them now against different types of spok. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • rob.mrob.m Posts: 89
    Hi thecycleclinic, what about rear NDS? and how far out is the park tool?
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  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    NDS will the tension it needs to be to kepp the wheel dished. You do have a dishing tool. Each park tool varies somewhat but figure on at least 10% under rear so if you show 1200N you probably 1050 or something like that. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,569
    FWIW the Park Tension Meter comes with a chart for various sizes, shapes, and spoke materials. I use one and have built up some wheels, for myself, that have never given me issues. And I'm not the lightest rider you'll ever see. :oops:
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