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    Inverted spoke nipples

    Hello,
    I've noticed some wheel manufactures mention that they use standard, but inverted spoke nipples. What does that mean exactly?

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    upside down. you have to take the tire off to access the nipples and true the wheel from inside the rim.
    Pita!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler
    upside down. you have to take the tire off to access the nipples and true the wheel from inside the rim.
    Pita!
    Really? Wow, that is ********.

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    Especially if they're tubulars. The hidden spoke nipples contribute almost nothing to improved aerodynamics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler
    upside down. you have to take the tire off to access the nipples and true the wheel from inside the rim.
    Pita!
    Make sure I'm clear here. An inverted nipple is just a standard nipple, flipped upside down inside the wheel? I can see why that would be PITA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad's Colnago
    Make sure I'm clear here. An inverted nipple is just a standard nipple, flipped upside down inside the wheel? I can see why that would be PITA.

    Thanks,

    Chad
    it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but yeah, that's the jist of it. usually, it's not a standard nipple, but whoever happens to be making the wheelset's proprietary flavor of the month nipple shape and size, for which you need the manufacturer's proprietary flavor of the month tool for. for instance, campy wheels use a slightly larger nipple than Bontrager (talking about the super aero carbon tubulars here), but they're both Hex (i think campy uses 6.5mm, and bonty uses 6mm or something ridiculous). FSA uses a square shape, i think.

    at any rate, the design is stupid. they are difficult to maintain, which leads to surly/lazy mechanics. as mentioned before, they don't offer any kind of percievable advantage.

    although, i think i'd rather true one of those wheels than the god awful shimano wheels with the nipples at the hub. don't get me started on those...oh, and the dura ace wheels are supposed to be tubeless now, which just adds to the chuckle/pointless factor.

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    Thanks everyone.

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