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    BMX spoke tension

    Are spoke tensions on BMX wheels lower than other wheels? I bought a used wheel off eBay and the spokes are tensioned to 10 on my Park TM-1 tensionometer, 17 is 51 Kgf. I think regular wheels are in the 100s Kgf.

    If I wanted to used the wheel for road riding should I go for a higher tension?
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geo8rge
    Are spoke tensions on BMX wheels lower than other wheels? I bought a used wheel off eBay and the spokes are tensioned to 10 on my Park TM-1 tensionometer, 17 is 51 Kgf. I think regular wheels are in the 100s Kgf.

    If I wanted to used the wheel for road riding should I go for a higher tension?
    i have the same tensiometer and just recently built some nice bmx wheels. i used SUN Big city lites rims and asked SUN what they should be and they said, i believe, 100-120kgf. forgot the exact number, but i would have remembered if it were significantly lower. basically the tension was similar to my other wheel builds...mtb, road, etc...

    now i don't know it you have eyeleted rims or not? also, are you sure you calculated the park tension meter number correctly? i am assuming you noticed that it matters what kind of spoke it is-- double butted vs straight and diameters...

    without knowing your specifics, i would tentatively say you need to crank those up to around 20-25ish on your Park tool or so. if you want i can go measure mine again. i don't recall the exact tool reading. but i do know that they were a simple no-dish build so all the spokes were equal.

    i don't think it matters much about road riding...it sounds like they are not tensioned enough. you can contact the rim manufacturer to ask them. i would imagine if you have eyelets than it would be about the same as mine.

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    Thanks, I thought something was wrong.
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
    1996 Birdy, Recommend.
    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

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