When I roll a new wheel (tyre mounted on wheel, wheel mounted on frame, frame on stand), it is dead-on true.
Still, out of curiosity, I go around the wheel squeezing and plucking the spokes. The tensions do not seem equal.
But that's inherently subjective. There might be a speck of grease at the points of spoke intersections, or, alternatively, a speck of dust. In either case it would affect the perceived tension or the musical note. I cannot go back to the store and protest a lower QA based on informal squeezing or plucking.
Now suppose that I had a tensiometer and it revealed, objectively, that the tension on some spokes is much more than on others (by some factor).
- Would it then be a good idea to return the wheel and shop for another?
- Would it be a good idea to ask LBS staff to adjust the tension when the wheel is already true?
(Note to self: check trueness and tension before adding rim strip and tyre. This way I can return the wheel as still brand new without the risk of hassle during a return transaction.)
This is a sequel question to:
- Spoke tension is way off but wheel is true, How do I fix this
- What should I do about a tensioned/trued wheel that lost significant spoke tension after first use?
- Spokes loose on a new wheel, is this expected or a bad build?
- "While our manufacturing tolerances are not up to [the] standard [of a perfect wheel], the design of a spoked wheel allows you to offset the tolerances in one area with spoke tension. If a rim is not perfectly true and round, more or less spoke tension can be used to pull it true and round." source