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Spoke TensionometerJRF
Oct 3, 2002 11:38 AM
Hey folks,

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 fineBipedZed
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......... nmJohnG
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 thinkingJRF
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 LinkJRF
Oct 3, 2002 4:47 PM

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