Spoke Aesthetics

CX vs Alpine III.jpg

Remember when all spokes were silver? I thought black spokes were stupid when they first came out…now I’ve got this fetish for them. Here’s a picture of a straight-pull Sapim “CX” 2.0/1.5mm spoke against a wheel built on DT “Alpine III” spokes (2.34/1.8/2.0mm).

And what happened to those colourful plastic spoke sleeves kids used to put on their bikes? Did those disappear from the market when The Partridge Family went into syndication?

While I was in Japan, I saw bags of spokes for sale at bike shops, powdercoated in a variety of neon colours. It’s only a matter of time before the fixed gear crowd stateside gets ahold of them. It’s occurred to me that fixed gear bikes are developing from velodrome speedsters to trick bikes in a manner that parallels BMX’s transition to flatland freestyle bikes. Hopefully I’ll have more later to write and maybe video.



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I’m rockin’ black spokes, but it’s on an SS MTB.  Don’t think I’d ever go for the neon spokes, but, then again, my “whip” is an MTB—I may have no actual cool runnin’ in my veins!  ;o)
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Come on Genghis, we all know that neon spokes would be perfect matched up with some old school purple ano.

So I’m kinda liking the idea of black spokes but silver rims.

Which is exactly the opposite of a cheap wheelset, with black rims and silver spokes.  Thus, shows that the rider is a little nuts.

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