I purchased a set of handbuilt wheels from a well known, reputable, mail order company. When I received the wheels I checked the spoke tension with the Park TM-1 Tension Meter.
Here is the data:
Rim Manufacturer's Maximum Spoke Tension: 1200N (122.4 Kgf)
Spokes: 14/15 (2.0/1.8) Double Butted - DT Swiss Competition (32 Front & Rear 3X)
Here are the average spoke tensions:
Front Wheel: 153 Kgf (30.6 Kgf ABOVE MAX)
Rear Wheel Drive Side: 179 Kgf (56.6 Kgf ABOVE MAX)
Rear Wheel Non Drive Side: 87 Kgf (Within range)
These measurements were taken on the center of the spokes (1.8mm) and converted to Kgf with the Park Conversion Table for 1.8mm Round Steel Spokes.
I contacted Customer Service and they were quick to reply. The wheel builder claims this is a standard build and they build them on the high tension side and after 1-3 rides the wheels loose tension and will be at the optimum tension which will result in a long lasting wheel.
This seems to be contrary to everything I've read regarding following manufacturers maximum spoke tension specifications. My concern is possible wheel failure and cracks developing around the eyelets. I plan on lowering the tension to the 100-120 Kgf range and re-truing.
Thanks for your help.