Quick Answer: How tight should MTB Spokes be?

The most essential key to a long lasting wheel is even spoke tension. They should be nice and tight and even all round. Any spoke that is tighter than the rest may cause ones next to it to loosen, and is more likely to snap as it’s taking more strain than it should do.

Can MTB spokes be too tight?

some will say yes, they can be too tight, while other will say that the nipple and/or rim will give out before the spoke is too tight (ie what Mackie said).

How tight do bike spokes need to be?

Spoke Tension – Front and Rear Wheels

On front wheels the tension should be equal on both sides. On rear wheels the tension will be higher on the right side, or drive side of the wheel. Therefore proper spoke tension should be measured on both sides, but set to the right side spokes of rear wheels.

How tight should rim spokes be?

Once the rim is free from blips and serious flat spots, check the tension of the spokes. Put your thumb around one spoke and your fingers around the spoke next to it and squeeze. The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard.

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What if spokes are too tight?

Too tight spoke tension will pull eyelets out of the rim, crack the rim, and cause the wheel to bend instead of yield under loads. You should be able to pinch the spokes about halfway down from where they cross and they should yield towards one another easily.

How do you tell if your spokes are too loose?

Your wheels should not rattle! It could be several things, but it’s often loose spoke nipples. (It’s what they’re called… go ahead and giggle.) If your spokes are so loose they rattle, they’re providing virtually no strength to the wheel structure.

How often do spokes break?

Well, 5000 to 6000 miles of riding is an average duration on how often the bike spokes break. But, some riders have completed around 20000 miles with a single pair of wheels. Where few riders get broken spokes even before completing 500 miles. So, you can’t say exactly how often do bike spokes break.

How tight should my BMX spokes be?

BMX spokes should be tight enough to provide enough strength to the stability of the wheel. If you squeeze the two near to parallel spokes, they should not move more than a couple of millimeters. If they move more than this, they need tightening. It needs to be tight enough to provide a smooth ride.

Can I ride with a loose spoke?

Never ride with a loose spoke. The friction created will cause the rider to burst into flames and may even cause the Earth to slip off it’s axis.

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Why do bike spokes get loose?

Spokes can loosen from hitting bumps hard or from landings following jumps. … If you don’t tighten the nut enough, the tension from the opposite spokes remains greater — and the spoke nut loosens again as the novice continues to ride. Bicycle wheel builders use a tension meter to ensure the uniformity of spoke tension.