History

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Founded in 1918 by Mr. Herman Schoonhoven, Sapim has been producing spokes and nipples of the highest quality for over a century! This is a significant milestone for which we are all very proud of.

Sapim would not have survived over 100 years if it didn’t rely on the best and most motivated people. We are a team of professionals dedicated to bicycle spokes and nipples. Everybody is committed to providing top-notch expertise, experience and advice to customers.

At Sapim, customer has always been central to all our activities. From the beginning, Sapim has strived to maintain a close relationship with its customers. This is utmost important for us and this is where we clearly make a difference. We are open to new ideas and listen to the needs and wishes of all our partners, whether professional or amateur.

We constantly monitor each step of our production process. We offer a wide range of products made from the very best raw materials only. We call on the services of a unique testing facility to test the performance of our products and those of our customers, because wheels are subject to more and more intensive uses, higher pressures and stronger weight requirements. Today many professionals rely on Sapim products. It is without surprise that Sapim is considered by many professionals as the leader in the design and production of spokes and nipple. 

Timeline

Foundation by Mr Herman Schoonhoven of Sapim (Société Anonyme Pour l’Industrie des Métaux), a company specializing in the production of spokes and nipples

1918  
 

1946

Company taken over by the son-in-law of the founder, Mr Florent Lambrechts

Development of the Polyax nipple

1995

 
 

1997

Development of the CX Ray spokes

Start of Sapim USA

2001

 
 

2004

Start of Sapim Asia

Acquisition of France Rayon that later became Sapim France

2005

 
 

2009

Launch of the D-Light spokes

Launch of the Super spokes

2010

 
 

2011

Acquisition of Ryde International by the Shareholders of Sapim

Start of Sapim Hungary

2013

 
 

2014

Start of production in Taiwan

Move to new headquarter

2015

 
 

2016

Development of the E-bike spokes

100 year milestone

2018