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Alloy spoke nipples - PROs/CONs(4 posts)

Alloy spoke nipples - PROs/CONsjoe1265
Jan 17, 2004 9:42 PM
I've built up a couple pairs of wheels using brass nipples based on advice from other mechanics.

What are the pro/cons of using alloy nipples?

re: Alloy spoke nipples - PROs/CONsBoise100
Jan 17, 2004 11:49 PM
Brass nipples are slightly heavier but don't fatigue as much as an aluminum alloy does. However, unless you are hard on your wheels and don't true them often, both types will last a long time.
Jan 18, 2004 5:34 PM
Aluminum Pros:

- Pretty colors to choose from

- 1 oz lighter per wheel

Aluminum Cons:

- At least some nipples WILL seize at some point in the wheels life making truing a pain - hex head will round off when trying to turn

- Heads of nipples can pop off after a few years usage due to fatique.

Brass Pros:

- Cheaper than AL

- Will not fatique

- Will not sieze as readily as AL

My opinion is to use brass unless you are building a set of race wheels and compete at a high level. Otherwise, there is no good reason to use Al.

Just my $0.02. Take it for what it's worth.

Nessism said it all - too many failures w/Al nipples (nm)Kerry Irons
Jan 18, 2004 7:37 PM