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Durability of Black Spokes/Hubs?(6 posts)

Durability of Black Spokes/Hubs?PsyDoc
Nov 16, 2002 7:24 AM
I am thinking about buying new wheels, but am somewhat torn between silver hubs/spokes/nipples vs. black hubs/spokes/nipples. Has anyone used the black setup for over a year? If so, how are the spokes holding up? I would imagine there would be little wear-and-tear on the hubs, but I would think the spokes would see more. I typically have some sort of large bug fly into my wheels on almost every ride and worry that over time the black setup would begin showing wear and look crappy. I have not made up my mind yet, but I am leaning toward the new AC 350 wheelset.
Nov 16, 2002 10:10 AM
What I have found:

Wheelsmith black spokes (as well as sapim and union) tend to fade over time. After about one year, they begin to take on a less dark black color. Almost purple hue in some light. DT however, doesnt seem to have this fading. Mayve its a better coating or treatment, I dont know.

Nipples are ok, but I think silver nipples look good with black spokes and black rims.

Hubs (am classic and hugi 240 I have noticed in particular) do loose some of the color and fade over time. Again, one year seems about the time you notice it.

It might depend on frequency of washing. Not sure.

thats all I have experience with.

oh....Ive never noticed Mavic hubs to fade. Maybe they use paint instead of annodizing. ?
Nov 16, 2002 10:52 AM
ever seen Mavic black colored spokes after about 6 months use? Chips on tha paint all over the place, not a very pretty sight.
Thank you both for the replies...nmPsyDoc
Nov 16, 2002 11:37 AM
A friend has black spokes and did 5000km...PeterRider
Nov 17, 2002 6:13 PM about 1.5 years, I know he crashed his bike. Well, I'm surprised, his spokes are still black. He has also the inner part of the rim black (not the side). Still completely black. He has shimano 105/open pro setup. And I know that he crashed his bike.

re: Durability of Black Spokes/Hubs?pmf1
Nov 19, 2002 11:56 AM
As long as the black coating/paint/anondizing is not on the part of the rim where the brake makes contact, you'll be fine. I recall Open 4CD's (the ones before Reflex that were before Ope Pro) had black on the brake surface and that would wear off and not look so nifty.

I've had a bunch of wheels in non-silver for several years and they all look fine (e.g., Open Pros in blue - only rims, Ksyriums in black - both rims and spokes, Dave's Speeddream Areolights in black - both rim and spokes, Spox w/ black rim).

Get those black wheels without reservations. Bugs aren't going to eat the paint off them.