Bicycle Mechanics - spoke nipple in hub vs rim - benefits????
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04-24-07, 10:49 PM
Been shoping for a new set of wheels and I have never used any of the wheels where the spoke nipple is in the hub rather than at the rim. Is the benefit of the nipple in the hub that it allowes a direct pull spoke? Is spoke replacement or wheel trueing any easier for one style vs the other?
04-24-07, 11:36 PM
Nipples at the hub puts the weight closer to the center than in the rim. So there is less rotating weight in the rim. So they will feel lighter.
As far as truing, they are a pain in the ass. This year, Shimano changed their nipples at hub wheels to nipples in the rim for all the wheels they provide to the Pros. Mainly because the mechanics complained it was too hard to maintain. I expect their entire line to have nipples back at the rim next year.
If you don't true your own wheels, I guess it would be a better buy for you (but your mechanic will hate you). If you do all your own work, I'll say go with the standard nipples in the rim wheels.
04-25-07, 07:47 PM
Thanks. I was worried about the trueing issues. I am not a wheelbuilder but I can true my wheel good enough for me with the nipples in the rim. Sounds like I should stick with the traditional wheels.
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