In a message dated 10/20/04 8:22:45 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Fair. I have only built a couple of sets of spokes with them and it was a
number of years ago. The single butted spokes with the heavier guage at the
hub are a good idea I suppose. The threading is not as good as DT or top
Japanese spokes. So they bind a little more than necessary when you are
building the wheel. No breakages but I don't know if I ride any one set of
wheels enough to evaluate the endurance of spokes anymore.
Great Notch, NJ >>
My experience differs from Joe a good bit. Our shop experience seems to conclude they build and last as well or better than DT and that is saying something. We have be using them for about 4 years and I'm not sure we have ever had a spoke breakage on anyone's wheel.
On the threading thing; never, I repeat never a problem threading, again equal to or superior to DT.
Two things on the threading. One: Sapim makes a special nipple that binds to keep spokes from rattling loose in use. Maybe those were supplied by accident.
Two: It is possible in some circumstances especially between brands to thread a 15 g spoke nipple onto a 14 gauge spoke; serious binding results but it can be done. They look alike to me.
Your results may vary,
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