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kroozer 06-16-20 05:06 PM

Looking for cheap source of spokes
 
I bought some spokes online last year and can't remember the place.
They were Sapim 14g ss and cost 50 cents each including nipples.
I think it's a pretty popular source, could anyone out there jog my memory?
Thanks.

noobinsf 06-16-20 05:08 PM

Dan's Comp: https://www.danscomp.com/

Velo Mule 06-16-20 05:17 PM

I've used the BikeHubStore based on advice here.

the BikeHubStore

I don't think that they are $.50 per spoke.

Is it possible that you got them from Niagara Cycle Supply? They had some low prices on many items, however, they are no longer in business.

randyjawa 06-16-20 05:42 PM

Cheap spokes. I see decent prices on Ebay frequently. Of course, my idea of inexpensive might not be the same as any else's. For example, at a local bicycle shop, the stainless steel butted spokes set me back $151.00 CND plus 15% sales tax....
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...69e763f032.jpg

The spokes on this set of wheels set me back $0.00...
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b03585b940.jpg

Years ago, as I harvested parts from bikes, for different reasons, I started saving spokes. Stainless steel spokes, straight gauge, butted and double butted. To be saved, the spokes had to be taken from a little used wheel and neither the wheel or the spokes could show any damage.

nesteel 06-16-20 05:47 PM

DansComp used to sell Sapim straight guage for a VERY good price, IIRC 35c each or so. Their website no longer carries spokes, sadly.
Niagara Cycle changed they're name/restructured. They are now The Bike Shop.com

Lascauxcaveman 06-16-20 05:48 PM


Originally Posted by noobinsf (Post 21537854)

I know I bought some spokes from them last year, but I can't find anywhere on their site that indicates they sell them... ? EDIT: nesteel scooped me!

Ebay seller childhood_dreams has double butted stainless at less than $50 per 72. That's not a bad deal. Add $10 for nipples.

unworthy1 06-16-20 06:00 PM

I think danscomp is no more in the spokes biz.
I have used the ebay seller Lee Kilpatrick AKA childhood_dreams (search ebay for this handle) or email him at

lkspoke@yahoo.com

He definitely has Sapims but now sells some other Taiwanese spokes as well, rolls threads and cuts to your spec. Never been disappointed.

noobinsf 06-16-20 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman (Post 21537923)
I know I bought some spokes from them last year, but I can't find anywhere on their site that indicates they sell them... ?

Rats, it looks like these are no longer sold there. I used to find it with a google search of "danscomp sapim spokes," but the relevant search results point to empty pages now. I guess it's been a while since I've purchased spokes from them.

rccardr 06-16-20 07:58 PM

I’ve recently purchased Sapim DB stainless spokes and nipples from eBay seller Sunny_Spokes located in Leesburg, VA.
Quick service, correct sizing, about a buck per spoke including nipples.
Dan’s has been purchased, no longer selling spokes.

zukahn1 06-16-20 08:43 PM

Nice spokes on a tight budget are kinda tough correct lengths . This is why allot of bike guys save nicer spokes and nibbles off vintage wheels tell us the length and guage you need chances are a BF member has the spokes you need.

vintagebicycle 06-16-20 09:20 PM

As someone who has been around bikes for 40+ years I can't believe what spokes cost these days. I remember when a regular set of spokes cost under $5 and DT Stainless spokes would run $12-$15 per wheelset. I never thought I'd see the day when needing to respoke a wheel would condemn a bike to the parts pile. $50 to $100 for a set of spokes is insane.

malcala622 06-16-20 09:27 PM

kroozer I recently used prowheelbuilder.com for spokes. Slightly over 50 cents but good price still.

https://www.prowheelbuilder.com/sapi...mm-spokes.html

ridethecliche 06-16-20 09:28 PM

I think pillar are often the cheaper alternative to sapim, no?

ridethecliche 06-16-20 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by vintagebicycle (Post 21538218)
As someone who has been around bikes for 40+ years I can't believe what spokes cost these days. I remember when a regular set of spokes cost under $5 and DT Stainless spokes would run $12-$15 per wheelset. I never thought I'd see the day when needing to respoke a wheel would condemn a bike to the parts pile. $50 to $100 for a set of spokes is insane.

Well if you go back 40 years...

https://www.in2013dollars.com/us/inf.../1980?amount=1

SurferRosa 06-17-20 12:04 AM

Come to think of it ... I haven't received a Danscomp catalog in quite a while. It was sorta interesting leafing through and checking out the latest Vans and bmx gear.

bwilli88 06-17-20 12:13 AM

Yojimbos garage on ebay

mrv 06-17-20 05:43 AM

this is a timely thread (for me).
I have a cheap coaster brake rear wheel with a discontinued ALEX DC19 rim. It's always bugged me I don't have a matching front wheel.
So I can get a nearly matching front wheel really cheap! https://www.treefortbikes.com/Qualit...t-On-Alex-DC19
- just a bit more than just buying the spokes alone! But then the hub and spokes don't match the cheap rear wheel with a coaster brake.
So I keep thinking I'll build my own wheel from scratch - which I've only - sort of - attempted once.
My OCD-ness needing matching wheels is in a major conflict with my cheap-ness. So far my wife is winning out by putting the coaster-brake on any spending since I just re-built an old MTB that also needs new tires (a whole 'nother topic of my LBS being completely out of 26in tires....).

cheers

Spaghetti Legs 06-17-20 06:16 AM


Originally Posted by bwilli88 (Post 21538360)
Yojimbos garage on ebay

Thatís my go to for Wheelsmith DB spokes - about a buck each.

63rickert 06-17-20 07:20 AM

Yellow Jersey. One wheel of spokes $30. One flavor only - Hoshi 2.0/1.6 sold together with DT nipples.

67tony 06-17-20 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by unworthy1 (Post 21537936)
I have used the ebay seller Lee Kilpatrick AKA childhood_dreams (search ebay for this handle) or email him at

lkspoke@yahoo.com

He definitely has Sapims but now sells some other Taiwanese spokes as well, rolls threads and cuts to your spec. Never been disappointed.

I recently used Lee Kilpatrick and had excellent communication and service.
His lesser-known brand is Pillar, which he feels are similar to Sapim but a bit less expensive.

Dfrost 06-17-20 11:28 AM

Iíve always used Universal in Portland for spokes and just about everything else that I canít get used at Bike Works where I volunteer (Bikeworks.org), or purchased from good folks here at C&V Sales.

I use DT spokes that are $0.99 for silver DB Comps, $1.45 for silver DB Revolutions:

https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...p?category=198

fietsbob 06-17-20 11:43 AM

In General..
 
Buy them by the box , 50 or 100 count ,, is less per spoke.. than you buying by each .. just by the number for your wheel ...

old's'cool 06-17-20 05:47 PM

Sooo, what's the best going rate for a box of 50 or 100 stainless 2.0 non-butted spokes? What are the length increments available (or do you need to have a spoke thread die roller machine and configure the lengths yourself)?

unworthy1 06-17-20 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by old's'cool (Post 21539661)
(or do you need to have a spoke thread die and configure the lengths yourself)?

you would not want a die cause you don't want to CUT threads. You'd want a thread roller head for a machine you own (or borrow if you can find a lender) like a Hozan, Phil Woods or Cyclo

seypat 06-17-20 06:50 PM


Originally Posted by bwilli88 (Post 21538360)
yojimbos garage on ebay

+1.


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