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    Spoke tension for rear wheel

    I have read and observed that the tension on the rear wheel is different on one side than the other. I can see on both my bikes that the cassette side appears to be under more tension, drawing the rim closer to the cassette.

    So I'd like to true my own wheels using a device that measures tension, but Easton does not appear to publish any tension specs for their wheels. One tension do you shoot for on either side of the rear wheel? What about the front wheel?

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    Also, when is the right time to tension? Before or after you true? Seems like truing with throw off your tensioning efforts.

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    Read the section on tensioning here (actually, read the whole page):

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html

    The rim manufacturer will recommend a spoke tension. 100kgf seems to be standard for rear wheel, drive side. The heavier you are the more tension you want else the spokes will tend to work themselves loose. Get a spoke tension meter to remove any doubt about how tight they are.

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