How to True a Wheel Part 5: Spoke Tension

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  • ℹ️ Published 8 months ago

This video walks through the complete procedure of measuring, adjusting, and balancing spoke tension.


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Video contents:
00:00 Video Start
00:15 Preliminary Info
00:45 Why is Spoke Tension Important?
01:38 How do You Measure Spoke Tension?
04:39 Adjusting Wheel Tension
06:07 Reducing Tension
06:57 Tension Balancing
08:01 Knowing When to Stop

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Author — Dirk G.


I developed my own motto when truing wheels with limited tools available, as much as possible, turn the nipples as lesser as possible, to achieve that, both sides should be adjusted simultaneously, light tightening turn on one side and also light loosening turn on its opposite side in the "area of influence", it avoids the spokes reaching the bottom of the nipples to make room for further truing procedures later on, accuracy will be compromised if i didn't count how many turns i set on each nipple because i dont have a tension measuring device, starting up i use four complete turns on every spoke before determining the area of influence all around the rim before starting the lateral and radial truing and since i don't have a truing stand i place the rim right on the bike frame dropout itself as a visual centering tool lol

Author — Ben Vista


Nice series, and I learn a lot! But I think one of the most important achievements of the metric system is distintiction between force and mass. Please, do not ruin that by using "kgf" as a substitute for force. It is not a thing in SI. Newton will spin in his grave! Just trolling ;-)

Author — Lasse Greiner


What kind of spoke o' the chart should I look up to in your chart, for a Zipp 202 firecrest ? And if someone has the spoke tension for these wheels, i'd much appreciate having that info, as it's not available at the manufacturer site. Thx

Author — Diego de Freitas


Shouldn't the animation 0:20 be reversed? I believe that turning clockwise decreases the tension.

Author — Ján Prachár


All of the videos that I have found on wheel truing have rims where the spokes form a single row. The 20 X 3 inch rear wheel on my Lectric XP 2.0 has the spokes in two parallel rows approximately 1.5 inches apart. The angle of the spoke from the hub to the rim appears to be a lot less than on wheels with a single line of spokes. What is the procedure for adjusting a wheel like the one that I have?

Author — William Lambert


A critical question: what is the name of the units on the TM-1 (etc.) indicator dial? Are they SI units? & why are they in base 50? I call them PTUeys (Park Tool tension Units ) "Yep, that wheel is dialled up to 22 PTUeys (an obscure Imperial version of kgf {or lbf}, maybe . . . )

Author — Zygmunt The Cacao Kakistocrat


How much less tension should the side with the larger bracing angle have?

Author — Jason Long


So for front wheel with disc brake on left side, the spoke tension would be higher on the left side, correct?

Author — Jim Kodet


Why couldn’t you true a wheel by setting at least one side to all the same KGM?

Author — Gamer Boy 2.0


"You don't have to have a perfect wheel to enjoy the ride".

Also, I: being super triggered while riding knowing that my wheels aren't perfect.

Author — Steven Jaw


Seriously - not having CLEARLY READABLE numbers in another color on the measuring tool is a BIG no-no!
Other than that - great video!

Author — Erafune


My front wheel tension became loose 😔 now my wheel is wobbly. Brakes can't fit properly it keep braking while I'm not 🤧

Author — Sinky Mathibeng


hi i buy the tm1 and i want to find the recomendation tension for P 1800 SPLINE 23 5/100 mm
W0P1800AAQXSA04459 (the spokes is DT Aero comp wide straight pull BLACK 2.0/1.0 x 288 2.8mm wide) but i not understand the material is steel or aluminum. I not find anything in dt swiss site, for the material of theese spokes. And i not find the recomendation tension for these wheels. who is the best or max tension for these wheels? Thanks

Author — Cyclomonsters cycling and more


I just got a new bike and the spokes are making pinging noises, do I need to tighten them?

Author — Drone Exploration


I was thinking wouldn't be better to tension first then do radial and lateral truing?

Author — Mark Lenhard


I love these hotdog per square eagle units

Author — strbskepleso


Spokes are way too complicated. So many ways for Them to go wrong.

Author — Garry Sekelli


I was going to post a stupid comment but then I would have spoke too soon.

Author — Chris Watson