Oct 3, 2002 11:38 AM
Do any of you fine upstanding road bikers out there use a Spoke tensionometer?
I would like to purchase one and would like some opinions. I have found two potential products, one made by wheelSmith $99 and one made by DT swiss $240.00. I would like to purchase the cheaper one but if it is a Pain in the butt to use I will fork out the extra bucks if I have to. Any help is always greatly appreciated.
|Wheelsmith is fine||BipedZed|
Oct 3, 2002 1:24 PM
|The DT Swiss has a dial gauge for more accuracy but the Wheelsmith is plenty easy to use and fine for checking spoke tension. Back when I worked in shops and was building lots of wheels I didn't even use a tensiometer and checked by tone instead. Now that I build a wheelset once or twice a year or so I'll doublecheck with the Wheelsmith which is plenty adequate for building evenly tensioned wheels.|
|ditto on the WS tensiometer......... nm||JohnG|
Oct 3, 2002 6:06 PM
|I also agree...||Shad|
Oct 4, 2002 8:22 AM
|I've used the Wheelsmith and it works pretty well. They give you a chart to determine proper tension for a given spoke gauge and you simply squeeze the two halves and hook the device on the spoke. The only slight complaint I have is that reading the gauge is not as easy as it would be with the $240+ dial type. There are a series of lines on the two halves of the device, and the actual reading is wherever two lines happen to intersect most closely. If I were building many wheels I might opt for the dial type. I guess it's up to you whether this feature is worth nearly 2.5 times the cost. I might order both, compare them side to side and return one of them. |
Also, they are both fairly delicate measuring devices and I wonder about getting an accurate measurement over time. However, even if you didn't get a true number, you would still get a number that would allow you to compare spoke tension to ensure consistent tension on each half of the wheel.
|that is what I was thinking||JRF|
Oct 4, 2002 12:30 PM
|Let me premise, TODAY, I am not considering building any wheels. I am mostly concerned with keeping the wheels I have in top shape. A comparison is what I think I would be most concerned with. Thanks for your help and everyone elses.|
|where did you see it at 99 ?||PeterRider|
Oct 3, 2002 4:15 PM
|Here is the Link||JRF|
Oct 3, 2002 4:47 PM
Or if this dose not work try www.Lickbike.com