Marwi Titanium Spoke

DESCRIPTION

Cold-forged, round titanium spokes with rolled threads.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 18, 2011]
DJpHbalance
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Super light weight, super strength and cushion's the ride a little due to there ability to flex and absorb. And of course the "WOW" factor from the TYE-DYE look. Very cool!

Weakness:

Price of course, at $2.45 and up to $5.00 per spoke remind you, your ride can get pretty costly pretty fast. Limited places to purchase brings lees of a chance of getting a great deal. Tend to break more often than stainless steel but it is rare for them to so. It depends on riders weight and style of ridding.

Over all the spokes can't be beat for the cool factor and the serious amount of attention you will receive by people asking you "where do you?, what are those? and how much were they?!" You will also feel a softer ride quality from the Titanium material that the spokes are made from. But as with any and all major purchases it all comes down to the "Botton Line" (a little play on words that I thought you would enjoy) PRICE! There are many less expensive spokes as well as lighter spokes, I.E. the
DT-Swiss Revelution spokes but who uses black or silver spokes anymore? They are a great option for those who can afford to spend serious cash on what I would call a "luxury item" but if you spend it now because you can't take it with you.......

Similar Products Used:

Unfortunately none, this is my first time into the high stakes game of Titanium spokes. But if you count the DTs' Revelution spokes as similar then there you go.

[Feb 07, 2011]
elousatu
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

They look cool.

Weakness:

I think Ti works better for nipples than spokes.

I like the idea of Ti spokes, but in practice I'm not sure if they're really worth the expense. I prefer steel DB spokes for the strength combined with TWT Ti nipples to save weight (while preserving strength). Titanium seems much better suited to nipples than spokes.

Similar Products Used:

Titanium nipples from Titan Wheel Technologies

[Nov 18, 2009]
Marquism1
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Very light and they look cool. Titanium spokes on a mountain bike are quite bling.

Weakness:

They break more easily and often than steel spokes. They're very expensive - 3x the price of the best steel spokes.

I've used these spokes in some wheels that I've built and gotten them in new wheels built by a hi-end custom wheel builder. They are super light as you would expect and they look ultra-cool. I can't honestly say that I can detect any specific "feel" difference from steel, other than the wheels are obviously lighter.

But too many of these spokes have broken on me in the last few years, way more than steel spokes. I ride tough singletrack and don't jump much of anything, so the wheels aren't abused. I've never broken one in a radially laced pattern - only in crossed patterns and mostly on the rear. They break at the J bend, usually at a peak load time, i.e. climbing. At 3 bucks apiece and hard to get, I've just started replacing the Ti spokes that break with good steel spokes.

Similar Products Used:

Every other spoke

[Feb 12, 2002]
Maciej Pike-Biegunski
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Light, cool looking, shock absorbing

Weakness:

A little flexy, expensive

These are the same weight as DT Revolution or Wheelsmith XL spokes, but they aren't as flexy. They look cool and dampen vibrations more than other spokes.

Similar Products Used:

Various SS spokes

[Apr 06, 1999]
John Palmquist
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Extremely Light and gives a softer ride when used for the rear wheel which is nice when you are useing a rigid harsh aluminium hard-tail

Weakness:

Price

These are a quality investment for numerous reasons. 1) They are the lightest spoke on the market and the weight that you are saving is on the most importiant part of the bicycle, the wheels ( less rotating weight means faster accelleration) 2) If used on the rear wheel thay will soften your ride noticeably (My first bike was a Cannondale that was entirely too stiff for my lowerback and would constantly give me a pain that would on occasion shorten my rides these spokes helped aliveiate the problem) 3) The ti-dye spokes look dam cool.
I have now built two sets of wheels useing these spokes and I do believe thay are ideal for the rear wheel, thew allow a little vertical flex but do not flex noticeably under torque. They also seem to be perfect when they are used for the front wheel when they are radial laced. When they are built using a three cross pattern thay are a little flexy lateraly.

Similar Products Used:

DT Revilutions

[Oct 02, 1999]
RICK
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Light, smooths things out, durable.

Weakness:

None that I can find... except, maybe, the cost...even at full retail, you get what you pay for with these titanium spokes!

I took this (road)front wheel for a demo-ride...it belonged to a friend, who owed me money. The first 20 feet of road, in front of my house, was so much smoother, with these spokes, that I immediately accepted a trade for the wheel. On a road ride with a friend, to prove a point, I switched front wheels with him. Within a few yards, he had a grin....Hey, this IS smooth!
A few days later, he called me up and asked what torque settings he needed for the Marwi Ti spokes, as he'd ordered enough to build himself...and his wife...a couple of wheel sets. These spokes are noticably smoother, immediately so, on a road bike, no less! I've had the wheel over a year and the guy I got it from had it a good while and raced on it. As far as I know, it's never needed to be trued, and I have hit some pot holes. If you can afford them, two thumbs up!

Similar Products Used:

Generic steel, butted and not-butted.

[Oct 01, 1998]
Speed
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

I built up a set of wheels using Chris King hubs, 517s and Ti spokes and they were increadibly lite. I shaved about a pound off of my bike with these wheels. I bought the spokes because I wanted the best and the litest. Well they are the litest. As far as the best, well they're a little brittle, I have broken 3 on the rear. They were on the non-drive side so it wasn't from the chain falling into the wheel. I have had no problem on the front wheel and the wheels have stayed remarkably true with only a minor tweak here and there. Some credit for weight savings must go to Chris King and Mavic. Over all, if you have extra money and want a kool set of hoops, they're not bad. They are liter than CrossMaxs and cheaper as well.

[Sep 03, 1998]
Roger Winther
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

Bought Matrix rims, CK hubs and Marwi Titanium spokes, put it together and ended up with one of the lightest wheelsets available in ths world. Stronger and better than the famous Crossmax that also are overpriced. (not that price really matters). I have been giving these wheels very rough treatment for the last year and have not touched them since i put them on my Mantra. For a rider that rides rough terrain i can recomend them.

[Feb 13, 2001]
Zacky
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good stuff, very light, coolest looking spokes ever. Built up with light hubs and rims, results in stupid light wheel. Yes these spokes actually do have a different feel than steel spokes, just like spinergy spokes wheels feel different.

Weakness:

Expensive, people thinking your a Hippie.

Since know one has posted anything about these spokes for two years, I thought I should reinterate how good they are. They are very good. They are a little hard to get now, but your LBS should be able to order them straight from Marwi. Yeah they are a little expensive, but if you are buying ti spokes you are an adict that spends way too much money on your bike.

For the guy who berated all of use saying that you can't feel the difference between ti spokes and steel ones, have you actually ridden them? Ti spokes will feel flexer in hard cornering and accelerating, but will give a smoother ride over all. It's your choise wether you like that feel and want to save money.

For some people, riding is a zen like experaince, and you can tell any change in a bike thus you can tell the difference in materials. Saying that Ti spokes don't feel different is like saying that a carbon frame feels no different that a steel or ti or alum or scandium frame. Thats just stupid.

But, most people don't ride like that. I own both a 9.9 and a Gt Zaskar, normal people can't tell the difference, but mountain bikes aren't normal.

Similar Products Used:

DT Comps, DT Ti's, DT steel, Wheelsmith, Spinergy Spox

[Jul 30, 1999]
Justin Couch
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Super light, Durable.
Cheap compared to a new wheelset, cost per gram saved, and the acceleration you gain.

Weakness:

None here.

Wanna shave 1/2 lb.+ off your wheelset?
Well worth the extra cost , ride great, tune these just like all others- every month or two.
(Go triple-cross, barely save enough to justify the added flex radial-lacing gives you.)

Similar Products Used:

DT 14/15

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