Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes: Trek 5500, Colnago C-50
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Most high end wheels use aluminum alloy nipples, that's all I've used for many years with no trouble at all. I use DT Swiss aluminum nipples, no corrosion problems, that's old wives tales. Use whichever you wish, but use a good nipple wrench that grips the nipple on all sides. I use Spokey nipple wrenches, the red colored wrench is best for DT Swiss nipples.
Most nipple failures are due to a poor fitting spoke wrench.
Last edited by Al1943; 08-07-08 at 10:30 AM.