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Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Bikes: 1990 Burley Bossa Nova, 1992 Paramount PDG-70, 1993 Specialized Stumpjumper, 2005 Jamis Dakar XC Pro, 2007 Rivendell Bleriot
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Having just built my first wheel, i succumbed to the temptation to begin fiddling with my existing wheels. I guess, to a man with spoke wrench and truing stand, everything looks like a wheel that needs adjustment.. Or something
Anyway.. I have a front wheel that i got custom built by JensonUSA this summer. It's a Hope Disc front hub, with Wheelsmith DB spokes (14/15/14 i believe), alloy nipples, and a Mavic 717 Disc rim.
I haven't actually had any problems with the wheel, but decided to stick it on the truing stand and see how it looked. It turns out it was perfectly true, but when i plucked the spokes, the pitches seemed really low (around a G below Middle C on the disc side, and a dull thud on the non-disc side). The disc side has a slightly taller flange than the non-disc side, so some variation in pitch is to be expected, but as i understand it, a dull thud is not a good sign.
So, i started tightening up all the spokes, while trying to keep the wheel true. In the end, i had gotten the disc side to around middle-C, while the non-disc side is somewhere between an F# below middle-C and the same dull thud. There is a lot of variation in the pitches of the spokes - a lot more than in the new wheel i just built up.
Anyway, is this OK? Should i be concerned? Should i have left the tension the way it was when i got it from JensonUSA?
Last edited by robo; 10-01-05 at 10:53 AM.