Words and Photos by Ryan Palmer
Spoke manufacturer, Wheelsmith, has been making high quality stainless steel spokes in the U.S. Since the mid-nineties. Disc-brake company, Hayes acquired Wheelsmith in 2007 and moved production from Montana to Hayes’ headquarters outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wheelsmith now produces spokes for the Hayes-owned SunRingle wheel systems as well as the the OEM market and bike shops around the world. We stopped by the Mequon, Wisconsin plant and were lucky enough to see some pretty impressive machines in action.