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 Post subject: Carbon spokes
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 11:27 pm 

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Location: New Zealand
Does anyone make them or have any experience with them? Does such a thing exist? Not like a Topolino, Sinergy or R-Sys spoke but like a standard threaded spoke? Would they be strong enough?

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 Post subject: Re: Carbon spokes
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:56 am 
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Joined: Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:02 am
Posts: 1980
Location: NoVA/DC
Fiber Flite made some back in the 90s. They had a reputation for being fragile, which they definitely earned. Carbon bladed center section, with a small J part of a stainless spoke on one end and a short threaded stainless spoke on the other. If you find some, run the other way.
It would be interesting to see what someone would come up with now, with current materials and manufacturing technology...

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 Post subject: Re: Carbon spokes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:32 pm 

Joined: Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:59 am
Posts: 693
Location: Surrey UK
http://www.fotosik.pl/showFullSize.php? ... d616c54afd"
With few other hand made carbon parts, they are at least 4 years old, not mine.
http://www.fotosik.pl/showFullSize.php? ... 13290a730c"
And the guy behind it, a bit younger :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Carbon spokes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:38 am 
Formerly known as wassertreter

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Posts: 2238
Location: Pedal Square
The biggest challenge is obviously bonding the carbon center part to the bend and thread ends, you need extra material there. I doubt there's much to gain really, because the middle part of something like a Sapim Superspoke is already very thin and light, while foregoing the need of bonding end parts.

Bikes: Raw Ti, 650b flatbar CX

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