High spoke tensions - when do I start running the risk of stripping nipples?
I'm having my first real experience with low spoke count wheels, a Mavic Ksyrium Elite, a 20-spoke rear.
I'm finishing up a rim swap and I'm a bit concerned about the final tensioning. According to the spec, I should shoot for 140-160 kg of tension. Which although being some ways off still, is beginning to make the nipples kinda stiff to turn.
I've seen people pushing the rim sideways to unload the spokes before turning the nipples on low-count wheels, but my regular trueing stand is way too flimsy for that.
- do I need to bungle up a more rigid trueing stand for the final stages of tensioning?
- should I just go ahead, in the traditional manner?
- should I (the horror!) try to track down a bike shop / mechanic that'd actually have a chance of doing it properly?