wheel building help please – final tensioning
wot al said
don’t panic and don’t get fixated on your meter – they’re not that precise, I don’t think
Once you have pretty much the tension you want, you can finalise the tensions by ear – “pluck” and those on the same side of the wheel should all sound about the same
DOn’t forget to destress by giving a damn good squeeze to all spokes – in pairs (2prs of gloves helps here)Posted 5 years ago
STW please please can you help? Building this wheel is doing my head in!
I am struggling with final tensioning of my first wheel build (Front Pro2 onto Mavic EN521).
I have built the wheel up and got it perfectly true and am now tensioning it up.
I have reached this stage before and got the tension way low so invested in a tension meter and now have the problem that the spokes on the disk side are all low on tension but for the wheel to be true (dished properly) I need to tighten all the spoke on the non disk side which are already high on tension.
Where have I gone wrong? What can I do to fix it ?
For the sake of my sanity please help me out.
RustyPosted 5 years ago
Pretty sure spoke lengths are correct, checked them on DT Swiss spoke calc and wheel pro.
Have now got it true and dished with disk side spokes at a good tension. Have not checked non disk side but off to bed now.
trail_rat will probably drop you an email in the morning to see about getting it checked over.
Cheers allPosted 5 years ago
Tension meters are interesting, but really just get the disc side as tight as you can, and the rest will follow.
It’s actually a good idea to get a scrap wheel and have a go at tightening nipples to see what happens – eventually the square part of the nipple will shear off. You want them just a bit less tight than that.Posted 5 years ago
with the mavics i tend to agree with ben – its a comes with practice thing
also if building track wheels for powerhouses i tend to err on the tight side of tight
how ever stans wheels – you cannot do this the holes in rim will split.
once “snug” being even is more important than the actual tension how ever loose spokes tend to loosen off under jarring thoughPosted 5 years ago
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