-No more extra hub filing; the hub manufacturer's guarantee is unaffected.
-Almost as light as Titanium.
-Stronger than all the spokes, currently on the market.
-Unbelievably high fatigue test results
-Special alloy treatment and sophisticated production.
-The best aerodynamic spoke now available.
-Produced from high-tensile, fatigue-resistant 18/8 stainless steel conforming to the SAPIM quality standard specifications.
-Packed per 20 pcs. in luxury bags including high-resistant light alloy 14G/2mm Polyax nipples, length 14mm, silver polish finish.
-Available from 182 mm to 310 mm in even lengths.
$2.00 each in silver, $2.25 each in black, $2.50 each with nipples
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2008
Strengths: Strong, Light, Looks
Weaknesses: Expensive, not readily available
These are good spokes. Used them for a year now and no problems with the spokes themselves, they are holding up just fine. The question is, are they worth the extra cash? If weight is an issue for you, probably. If you want looks, probably. If you want durability, probably not. Another problem is that most LBS don't stock them. Average waiting period over here is 3 months! And at one time (and the last time) i had to wait over 9 (yes, NINE) months for them. Was that worth the waiting? Maybe, if the wheel was properly built. But it wasn't. And nomatter how good the spokes, if the wheel ain't built right... well, you'll guess. And to add insult to injury, this particular LBS (Snel Tweewielers) gave me a really nasty attitude when i complained AND even tried to rip me off for $200! So, if you decide to buy these spokes, don't make the same mistake as i did. Buy them from a good LBS that doesn't treat it's well paying customers like sh#*t and rips them off on a regular basis. Please.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007
Strengths: Very light, very strong and very trick!
Weaknesses: expensive...but you get what you pay for. Most LBS's have never heard of them so keep a few extra
Even though my Aeroheat rims aren't the lightest but these spokes make up for the weight. The overall package the Lyle put together is perfectly suited for me. My wheels have never had to be trued and I'm 6'4 and 210lbs. I don't feel flex or have to think about my wheels failing anymore!
Bike Setup: specialized 05 ht s/works full XTR , carbon items etc etc
a Cross Country Rider
from Pensacola, FL
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2005
Strengths: super strong, light, looks awesome
Weaknesses: Not stocked at LBS, somewhat expensive
I just cant say enough about the CX-Ray's and would highly recommend them to any XC rider. As everyone else has mentioned, these spokes do exactly what you want spokes to do; yet, they are really light. The only downfall is that they arent available at most LBS but you can always order a few extra when you build your wheelset for spares. Some would also argue the price is too steep but I personally think the pros well out weigh the cost.
Bike Setup: Titus Switchblade, wheelset buildup: Chris King ISO hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, Stans Olympic rims
a Weekend Warrior
from WA State
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2003
Strengths: Very strong, very stiff, very cool looking
Weaknesses: Not at my LBS, they had to get them from Thor which was no prblem once they figured out he does have a phone.
This is probably the best wheel I have ever ridden on, and being a 235lb rider I can flex a wheel. It does not move side to side, and I have not had to true it yet. I got these from Thor because he sold them at a very fair price. Now I am glad I did buy them, and they will be going on my next wheel set. They do cost a bit more but I highly think they are worth it. These would be good for all types of riders IMHO.
I was then thrown back to the right on top of the rider I tried to pass. Neither one of us was hurt, thankfully.
The blades spokes cut into the end of the pole 2-3" deep. Took a good tug to remove the bike from the pole (The pole was 20' long. much easier to pull on the bike). And I had to untangle the pedal of the other bike from the wheel, too.
Damage to spokes: None. No bends, no kinks, no nicks.
Damage to wheel: It is 2-3mm out of true and perfectly ridable.
I doubt many spokes, let alone ultra light ones, could have survived the impact.
Bike Setup: Custom Matt Chester Ti singlespeed. X Fly 100 fork, Profile Racing cranks, WTB dropbars w/ Dia Compe 287V levers, Avid disc brakes, Velocity VXC rims, American Classic disc/Paul WORD Disc hubs
a Cross Country Rider
from Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2003
Strengths: Extreme lightness for a steel spoke. Quality. Able to "see" windup.
Weaknesses: The cost - but this is a small portion of a top quality bike.
Here we have the world's best spoke. They are really close to that weigh of the lightest available spokes AND they are used by Nico the world DH champ. What does this say about their strength? Oh yeah, Lance uses them too.
This is an aero spoke that fits through normal hub spoke holes without any filing (that would ruin your hub warranty really fast).
Because of the finest materials and heat treatment Sapim are able to give you almost everything - light weight and strength. But the old saying of "Light, strong, cheap - pick any two" was never more true. If you want light AND strong you're going to have to pay for it. But you knew that didn't you?
Here is a paradox - these spokes are the hardest to build with and also the easiest. How so? Because of their lightness and small cross-sectional area (about the same area as a 1.5mm Revo) they twist like crazy when building BUT because of the bladed cross-section it's dead easy to see the twist and remove it. ThorUSA or any Sapim dealer can supply you with the special simple tool to hold the spoke to prevent it twisting. Or if the spoke does twist just use the tool to remove it.
This is a quality spoke and it shows in building and in use. I've been using them for just a year and I've yet to put a wrench to them since the day I built the wheels. Just make sure you tension, equalize and stress relieve perfectly - they, and your investment, deserve it.
It was a tough decision to award 5 Flamin' Chilis for "Value" as they are quite expensive. But then I weighed this cost against the rest of my bike and went with another old saying - "Value lives on long after price is forgotten".