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    Newbie needs advice on spoke tension

    I built my first wheel yesterday.

    It is a double sided fixed wheel so no dishing was needed.

    All components are new. (phil fixed hf hubs and velocity deep vs. 32h)

    The rim is within 0.2 mm rue sideways and up and down.

    I rode the wheel for 5 hours and everything is still true.

    The wheel has been stressrelieved several times during building and at the end.

    Elbows and spoke line at the nipples has been straightened.

    Overall I am quite happy with it, but the one thing I am wondering about is the fact that when I pluck the spokes the tension sounds uneven. Not from every spoke to every spoke but I don get quite a range of sounds. Now my question. Should I undo the wheel again and try to get more even tension? Or, am I good to go because the wheel stayed true after stressrelieving and riding? Any help much appreciated.
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    The instructions that came with my Park Tool tensiometer said that the tension should be within 10% of each other. Take the wheel to a bike shop and ask them to measure the tension of some of the spokes to see if they fall within the acceptable range.

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    Without a tension meter, you're going to have to get "close enough for government work." To get the wheel really even from spoke to spoke, you need to actually measure tension. I agree with the above post, if you are really concerned, take it to a shop that uses a tension meter.

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    Yup. The process should iterate several times between rough tension, rough true, even tension, finer true, finer even tension, almost final true, almost final tension, etc. Just getting it true in one shot is not sufficient, in my experience. Invest in a tensiometer. I love mine.

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