Hello mechanics posters,
I'm currently in process of building my first set of wheels (I started a long time ago) for my fixed gear. Velocity A23's with Sapim Laser spokes, Sapim polyax nipples, and Novatec sealed formula hub.
I've laced the wheel 3x and I'm having trouble getting the wheel to stay round and true as I build up tension. I purchased a Park Tool's TS-2.2 and a spoke wrench for the build because I want to learn correctly and plan on building all my own wheels for no on. I have not put any Wheelsmith spoke prep either, just some chain lube that I had lying around on the threads. I have yet to oil the holes where the nipples interact with the rim.
I've developed hops in the rim and I simply cannot fix it. Whenever I try to tighten or loosen a set of nipples, the rim turns into a series of mini hops. At this point, both wheels are not evenly tensioned and are out of round. Is it worth it to loosen them all and try again?