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Bladed Sapim spokes(3 posts)

Bladed Sapim spokesPaulCL
May 22, 2001 7:54 AM
I own a set of Speeddream wheels with bladed sapim spokes. The wheels are perfectly true today, but who knows about tomorrow?? This is a post for future reference - something that occurred to me.

My question...if I adjust the spokes (tighten or loosen) won't I also twist the spoke itself and therefore, ruin the aerodynamics of the bladed spokes?. Unless I turn the spoke 180 or 360 degrees, the bladed section will obstruct airflow. So how do you true bladed spokes??
re: Bladed Sapim spokesseth1
May 22, 2001 10:07 AM
NO DON'T TWIST THEM 360 or even 180. Use a pair of pliers to grip the spoke on its bladed section as close to the rim as possible to prevent any twisting from the torque on the nipple.

I got the Aerolites also, they blow me away.
pad those pliers!dave
May 22, 2001 3:53 PM
If you use pliers, pad the jaws, or use a folded piece of .010 aluminum shim stock to keep from damaging the spoke. Deep scratches could cause early spoke failure.

Mavic provides a plastic tool to hold the spokes on Ksyriums.

You could make a similar tool with a short length of 3/4" PVC pipe, with a slot sawed into the end. A standard hacksaw blade would probably create a slot wide enough to hold the spoke.