Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NW Louisiana
Bikes: 2011 Trek Madone 5.2 (RIP), 2013 Trek Domane 5.9
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I think that, based on everything I've read, it comes down to quality of spoke as well as other factors. I haven't come across anything definitively proving that a black spoke is any more prone to breakage than any other color, all else being equal. Not all black spokes are "Plated", some are simply painted. In my own experience, the only problem I've ever had with a black spoke breaking was determined to be caused by a defective spoke. YMMV.
Last edited by Street Pedaler; 08-01-11 at 03:21 AM.