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Determining Spoke Tension
I'm sure this is a much discussed issue, but a quick search did not turn up many results that could be useful to me. I am going to be building my first wheel set soon and finally I found a co-op that has the truing stand, tension meter and dishing gauge somewhat close to home.
My build consists of Kinlin XR300 rims (24F/28R), ultegra hubs, DT Comp spokes and brass nipples. I will be lacing all 2x. I am currently 183lbs if that makes a difference. The results that I can find online points to 100 kgf front and 125 kgf rear. Is this appropriate? How is the proper tension for a wheel is determined?
And what is allowable/desired range of deviation from the determined force on spokes? I believe in the process of truing, some spokes will have less, some will have more tension but when is one to stop messing with that particular spoke lest it goes above or below the desired deviation from set kgf for that wheel.
I hope I made myself coherent. I'm a very inexperienced mechanic when it comes to bikes and I may not be using the correct terms. So apologies in advance.