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Brass Vs. Alloy Nipples(3 posts)

Brass Vs. Alloy NipplesMeDotOrg
Mar 26, 2001 7:16 AM
I'm getting a pair of wheels built (Mavic Open Pro/Chorus Hubs) and I'm not sure what to do about nipples. I have a choice of brass or DT alloy. Alloy saves a little weight, but I also hear it can cause problems "welding" aluminum to aluminum. According to Mavic, Open Pros are built with Maxtal, which is an aluminum alloy. The site is vague as to whether or not the eyelets themselves are alloy.

Is it worth it to get the alloy nipples? Should I stick with brass? Does anyone have experience with Open Pro Rims and DT alloy nipples? I'm not a racer, just a recreational rider who doesn't like getting passed...thanks for the feedback...
re: Brass Vs. Alloy NipplesColnagoFE
Mar 26, 2001 7:28 AM
get brass...lots less hassle for a non-race wheelset. people will post here about how they have had alloy and never had probs, but it saves relatively little weight and they are just not as reliable statistically.
re: Brass Vs. Alloy Nipplescyclopathic
Mar 26, 2001 7:48 AM
it's basically your call

Al nipples save ~20g per wheel. To my experience "cold weld" is not nipple to rim, it is nipple to spoke. Only happens if spoke prep wasn't used /inexperienced builder/. WHen it happens, you can't true wheel any more.

Al nipples easier to wrap if use cheapo spoke wrench. If strenth is your concern MTB downhill disk wheels built with Al nipples and guess what? no problem