Spoke Tension

Does anyone know what the spoke tension is suposed to be for the Following Wheels?

24" Alex DX32 with 13 Guage spokes.
KH24 2007 with 13 Guage spokes.
KH29 2005 with 13 Guage spokes.

Recently I brought the 24" Alex DX32 wheel into a well know bicycle shop to be trued. The mechanic measure the spoke tension and was in shock he said that the spokes had about twice as much tension as any bycicle wheel that he ever worked on. Does this seem logical?


well uni wheels should have more tension than a bike wheel cause it takes all of your weight as opposed to a bike wheel that takes half

That doesn’t make sense. For a unicycle wheel you want it to be built as strong as it can be with the components available, but the same is true of a bike wheel.

i guarantee you theres more tension in the spokes of my trials uni than any bike i own.

I couldn’t with you more there iride. I also think the spokes of a unicycle are more stronger than a bike for some reason. Cause in comparison to a bike, wouldn’t unicycle spokes have to be built to the point of breaking because of people trying bunny hops and whatnot??? :thinking:

Yea, but none or your bikes are too crash hot. As Danny said, a rider generally will want the strongest wheel build he/she can get with the components they have no matter if its a bike or a uni.

Trials bikers and downhill mtber’s probaly put a lot more pressure on their wheel sets than we do. Either way bikers and unicyclists can both use the same spokes and rims so the wheels we build cant be much stronger than the other.

my bikes are alright, theyre not kmart material but there not worth thousands of dollars.

and generally unicycle spokes do have more tension than bicycle spokes.

I think because sometimes there are more spokes on a unicycle than a MTB/BMX That’s what i think. :smiley: :smiley:

but my bike has 72 spokes and my uni has 36 !! :stuck_out_tongue:

Well, umm…erm i don’t know what to say now. :smiley: :smiley:

haha fair enough.

Maybe it’s the material the spokes are made of??? :thinking:

most unicycle wheels are double skined which makes it considerbley more strong than the wheels on bikes

If most unicycle wheels have double skinned rims then that would be a relatively recent development, probably related to the rise of trials unicycles in recent years. Bear in mind, though, that those rims were made for bike wheels. What that means is that bike wheels often have double skinned rims.

As it happens, all of my bike wheels have double skinned rims. None of my unicycle wheels has a double skinned rim (I don’t possess a trials unicycle). There is no reason why a unicycle wheel should be any stronger than a bike wheel, assuming the same (or equivalent) components are used in its build.

I suspect that may say more about the build quality of your bike wheels than about general differences between spoke tension for different purposes?

Can I assume that your bike and unicycle wheels were not built by the same person using matching components?

nope, they werent, but theyve been trued and tensioned by the same guy at stages in their life.

i think we have to seperate between theory here and reality. in theory yes they should be the same tension because of the components, in reality, they are not the same tension, and that’s just how it is.

In reality a wheel should be made to be as strong as possible with the components you have. In theory wheels will have different components and wheel builders so they wont always be the same. Therefore depending on what components you use bike wheels can be stronger and uni wheels can be stronger.

and unis pretty much use the best components there are, because we need them, and bikes dont really have the best components on them (i.e my trek).

Thats true, but it probably has better components than my shark uni did. An average bike and an average uni will probably have the same tension as they would probably use similar components. A top of the line bike will probably have around the same tension as a top of the line uni, maybe more considering bikes have a lot more variety in their components.