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 Post subject: Black spokes
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:21 pm 
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Can anyone tell me when they first start using black spokes for MTB's???

I want to make a set of new wheel using black spokes, but don't know if it is period correct.....

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 Post subject: Re: Black spokes
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:32 pm 
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I fitted mine in 1998, but am sure Specialized were peccing them much earlier than that


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 Post subject: Re: Black spokes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:45 am 
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I am pretty sure the black spokes craze started beginning with 1998. The Crossmax look was very in those days. I can vividly remember STX-RC equipped Scott hardtails with full black wheels and IRC Mythos tyres in rustwall trim. Quite the eyecatchers! I am pretty sure 1997 was still a "normal" year. I devoured magazines regularly and can't remember standard black spokes before 1998. I'd go for silver ones if I was you.

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 Post subject: Re: Black spokes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:29 am 
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When I started riding in '92, my flatmate had a brand new Repco K2 (australian brand), that had black rims laced with black spokes, black nipples and blackwall tyres. We all thought the wheels were the sickest thing around.


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 Post subject: Re: Black spokes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:04 am 
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Hm! Interesting! But they were not the industry norm, I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: Black spokes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:17 am 
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well... thats how I remember it... I could be completely wrong, if you ever find a pic of one, then that would confirm (if i'm right or my memory is shot)


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 Post subject: Re: Black spokes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:52 am 
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I'm planning to use black spokes on a 1994 bike. If they were available in 1992 it would be OK. A pic would be great!


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