Sorry in advance if this is a bit long winded!..
I've recently bought a Park TM-1 spoke tensioner meter, and have just brought one of my wheel builds up to the about the correct tension (it was a Mavic rim and i've brought it up to about 100kgf, spoke tensioner reading of about 23). It has round steel 2mm spokes.
I have compared this with a bicycle that has a factory built wheel.
My wheel has shiny spokes but the factory build has tarnished alloy appearance – but its gotta be steel right, its 2mm, the gauge provided shows that it is a 2mm spoke, is there 2mm aluminum- the TM-1 Tension Meter Conversion Table doesn't list 2mm aluminum! And a magnet sticks to it ..
The confusing thing for me is that the factory built wheel has a very low spoke tension of about tensioner meter 16.5, which if its steel it makes it under 51 kgf, almost off the park conversion table scale. This wheel hasn't seen many miles.
So i'm wondering why the factory built wheel has such a low spoke tension, is this normal or have I missed something along the way!..