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Best Price for Spokes??(6 posts)

Best Price for Spokes??alexfr99
Feb 13, 2002 6:20 AM
Can anyone recommend a good source for purchasing spokes in quantity?? Say, for 2 or 3 wheels at a time----thanks all
Have you tried Excel???Cima Coppi
Feb 13, 2002 8:07 AM
They sell DT spokes in packs of 20, but I'd bet they would make you a deal on buying in bulk.

Also, Branford sells DT straight gauge spokes in boxes of 100, and DT DB spokes in boxes of 72.

http://www.branfordbike.com/wheels/wheel5.html#item2

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check your lbscory
Feb 13, 2002 8:23 AM
Why not ask at your bike shop? The difference in price for spokes may be so small you won't recover the shipping, and you'll build a relationship that might come in handy someday.
maybe at YOUR LBSKerry Irons
Feb 13, 2002 4:28 PM
But around here, spokes are a high profit margin item for bike shops. Excel has good prices.
High profit margin???Spoke Wrench
Feb 14, 2002 5:59 AM
Spokes are a pecular product to sell. When I owned my own shop, I eventually fell into a two tiered price structure for spokes.

Guys who only wanted to buy one or two spokes got the higher price because that is a high activity, low dollar volume sale. Most of the time is spent determining the proper length for their "its just a standard wheel" application. Then they'll return the one they didn't need the next day. If you have to spend a half hour to make a sale that grosses you $1.00, that is NOT a high profit margin. Selling one or two spokes is a pure customer convenience sale and I think its fair that they pay a little more.

Guys who would buy a whole wheel's worth of spokes got the good price. They're much easier to deal with because they usually know what they need and, because we're working with more spokes, the gross margin will at least cover my labor costs. I think they usually would do a little better with me than mail order because for a 32 spoke wheel, they only have to pay for 32 spokes.
Shop around online and then ask shop if they'll match price.Barnyard
Feb 13, 2002 7:43 PM
That's what I do. Although I know everyone one that works at the shop. I tell them how much I'm willing to pay, but other shops will rob you blind.