Brucey wrote:chart in a post above. '28' is allegedly 173kgf,................
I can't read that on my phone.
Its 10 years since I retired from Spa, but I think they now check (all) their Park gauges against something much more expensive.
In my time there we sent back a whole batch of Park gauges which read way too high, and it looks like there are one or two more mentioned on this thread.
I don't think 173kgf is actually achievable.
On the whole, theres much more nonsense than enough talked about wheelbuilding.
Getting them round, true, tight and even is just the start.
Unless something is badly awry, NDS spokes will never be the first ones to fail for the simple reason that their tension is the lowest of them all.
Properly stress-relieved spokes will see off more than just one set of rims where the brake blocks have worn the rim away.