Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
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Yup. DT and Wheelsmith nipples take the black wrench. Japanese nipples, which come on most stock bikes take the red one. I can't tell you the sizes, I'm an analog kind of guy. If you're working on a wheel that's had a few spokes replaced, you may find yourself going from one to the other and back.
Here's another one for you. Most DT and Wheelsmith spokes take 14ga nipples. Straight 15 gage spokes take their own (slightly smaller) nipple. The size difference isn't much and a 14ga nipple will actually thread onto a 15ga spoke. It'll thread on but it won't tension. At one shop that I've worked in somebody mixed a few 15ga nipples in a can of 14ga nipples. Grrrr. I wonder if it's the same guy who thought that spokes that were a couple of millimeters different length were close enough to be stored in the same box.