Going beyond the essentials

Wheel builders agree spoke tension matters. Most accept that it makes sense to invest in at least one calibrated tension meter to verify tensions. Tensions need to be to a suitable level (largely depending on rim specifications). Get tension too high, and cracked rim eyelets will often result. Too low, and the overall strength of the wheel will be compromised, as spokes will essentially “work” more as they decompress at the bottom of the wheel