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Old 06-16-20, 05:06 PM
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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.
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Old 06-16-20, 05:08 PM
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Old 06-16-20, 05:17 PM
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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.
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Old 06-16-20, 05:42 PM
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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....


The spokes on this set of wheels set me back $0.00...


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.
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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
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
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.
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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.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
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.
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Old 06-16-20, 07:58 PM
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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.
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Old 06-16-20, 08:43 PM
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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.
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Old 06-16-20, 09:20 PM
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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.
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Old 06-16-20, 09:27 PM
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kroozer I recently used prowheelbuilder.com for spokes. Slightly over 50 cents but good price still.

https://www.prowheelbuilder.com/sapi...mm-spokes.html
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Old 06-16-20, 09:28 PM
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I think pillar are often the cheaper alternative to sapim, no?
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Originally Posted by vintagebicycle View Post
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
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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.
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Yojimbos garage on ebay
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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....).

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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Yojimbos garage on ebay
Thats my go to for Wheelsmith DB spokes - about a buck each.
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Yellow Jersey. One wheel of spokes $30. One flavor only - Hoshi 2.0/1.6 sold together with DT nipples.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
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.
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Ive always used Universal in Portland for spokes and just about everything else that I cant 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
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Old 06-17-20, 11:43 AM
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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 ...
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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)?

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(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
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yojimbos garage on ebay
+1.
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