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Old 03-28-18, 09:44 AM
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Hoshi spokes

Perhaps a silly question, as spokes are spokes, right? but has anyone built wheels with these (or know much about them)? How is the quality compared to something like Sapim? Are they top tier? Mid tier? Bottom of the barrel?

I'm thinking of having a wheelset built locally, and the builder uses Hoshi spokes, which I've never heard of.
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There's nothing wrong with Hoshi spokes; they've been around for decades. If you trust the builder, and that's what he prefers, there's no reason to argue.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
There's nothing wrong with Hoshi spokes; they've been around for decades. If you trust the builder, and that's what he prefers, there's no reason to argue.
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No reputable wheelbuilder would use crap spokes. It only leads to more problems for the builder in the long run.
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Hoshi is popular with Keirin wheels and those certainly take some beatings. If the wheelbuilder is of good reputation I would see no reason not go with their recommendation.
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A little late on this reply, but I just identified the spokes on my 1991 Eros as being Hoshi spokes. They are 2.0mm straight-gauge stainless steel, and I've had no issues with them.
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