For wheel building, repairs and/or replacing, spokes are readily available. If you’re unlucky enough to break a spoke the job of replacing it can be quite simple if you know the length and type of spoke that’s broken.
Depending on the type of wheel, whether it’s front or rear, drive or non-drive side the length will vary. There are J-bend spokes, so-called because of the hub end fitting making a vague J shape. Straight pull spokes, again so-called because at the hub they tend to be straight fitted with no J-bend.
As a rule, most spokes tend to be either silver or black, but some are occasionally irregular coloured as a one-off or for style as with BMX wheels.
There are bladed, aero spokes and rounded spokes, with some increasing in diameter at the rim and/or hub. These spokes are referred to as butted or double butted and are so designed to increase strength.
Many modern wheel manufacturers design specific spokes for a particular wheel or wheelset and replacing the correct spoke is entirely dependent on assessing correctly the exact wheel and its year of manufacture; Mavic and Fulcrum being classic examples. Some wheels need specific nipples to fit the spoke to the hub and/or rim and ensuring you obtain these when replacing the spoke is vital.
DT and Sapim provide spokes for many other wheel brands and can usually be obtained in a variety of lengths and styles with nipples to match.
So whether you’re looking to build a wheel, repair a wheel or simply replace a spoke, check out our range of spokes.