Alright, the title is almost self-explanatory, but I'm curious to hear what some people from the race forum have to say about this.
I'm building up myself a race wheelset and it's not going to be anything special. I scored a Mavic 280, 330 rim pair, both 28hole. They're incredibly light rims (those numbers pertain to the weight) and I'm going to build them up with some Velocity Pro Road hubs (rear is hi-low flange, they aren't available to unsponsored teams). I have a ton of quality double butted spokes in varying lengths, so I'm set there.
But what I have been able to come up with an answer to this question: brass nipples or alloy nipples? People have been arguing for years that alloy nipples suck because they need to be replaced in 6 months if you ever want to true the wheels. Is there any truth to this fact? I mean, can't I just build the wheels with spoke prep or some other oil in order to keep everything from seizing up?
Is weight savings really one of the only reasons to be using aluminum nipples? What do you guys use? Do you true and service your own wheels? How does that go if using aluminum nipples?
Does it really actually matter at all?
I'm just looking for some basic guidance here. Thanks for any and all help!