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Old 08-05-05, 11:55 AM   #1
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Any opinions on Sapim spokes?

Sapim Leader Straight Gauge, specifically.

I've been putting off a wheelbuild for a couple months due to $$$ constraints. With DT Swiss or Wheelsmith spokes, I'm looking at $60-70 in spokes and nipples. With this, it's closer to $30, which isn't so bad. But is there much of a quality difference between Sapim and DT Swiss/Wheelsmith? Some info: This will be for a fixed gear wheelset, laced to MA3s and I'm ~190 lbs.

On a side note, is there anyplace else someone can recommend for buying spokes? Wheelbuilder.com is quoting about $30 for shipping and that seems pretty high to me.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-05-05, 12:18 PM   #2
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My LBS uses Sapin for custom builds and the touring wheels he built are trouble free. They are good as any other brand.
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Old 08-05-05, 01:45 PM   #3
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I buy my spokes typically from Icycles-USA
Sapim spokes are distributed by Thorr USA
Do a search, sapim spokes come up every so often, with positive comments
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I get my spokes from Icyclesusa.com too.
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You can buy DT Swiss straight gauge spokes including nipples from Colorado Cyclist for $.45 each in 14 or 15 ga. That means for two 32 spoke wheels you are only looking at $28.80 plus shipping. They have all lengths and their shipping is pretty reasonable.
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