proper way to adjust spoke tension

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  • borsy

Posted October 26, 2000 - 04:42 PM


When checking spoke tension for a true wheel
should you check a spoke every 90° until 1 full revolution,then skip to next spoke and repeat until all are checked and adjusted.
I read one manual that said check & set every 4th spoke so 9 times in firstfull turn
then skip one and repeat until all are adjusted. not sure which is best any ideas.
Thanks borsy.

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  • Howard_Huge

Posted October 27, 2000 - 03:56 PM


Take your wheels down to someone who trues wheels for a living. The cost for me was well worth the headache of trying to true it myself.Besides that they actually got them tight enough so they are less likely to loosen.

  • Bill

Posted October 29, 2000 - 07:25 AM


Assuming the rim is straight and you are just doing maintenance. I have the bike on the stand and tap the spoke with the spoke wrench and listen for a high frequency tone when I strike the spoke. If it sounds dull I tighten the spoke about a eighth to quarter turn and go the the next spoke. I keep doing this till the pitch sounds the same on all of the spokes.

Once set they stay in place fairly well. I noticed the spokes around the rim locks are the ones that need the most maintenance and after riding a lot of whoops the spokes need to be checked.


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