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Old 08-02-08, 02:46 PM
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spoke and nipple compadibility

random question: do spokes and nipples have thread pitch compatibility issues, or are they standardized? I'm lacing up a wheel with some spokes (new, but have been sitting around), and the nipples give me a tad bit of resistance when I thread them on.

the spokes are double butted, and the right length, but I can't remember where I got them -- they might be wheelsmith, might be DT, maybe sapim. I dunno.

when I lube the spoke threads slightly, thread them on, off, and then back on, it gets somewhat smoother, but I don't want to lace the thing only to have the nipples pop when I get the thing up to tension. anybody know the answer to this?
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ive never heard of the thread count being different...

the threads on the spokes might not be that 'clean' and that might make it a little hard to thread a nipple on.

the brand of the spokes is sometimes stamped at the head of the nipple
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Obviously the gauge at the threaded end has to match. You don't want to use 14 ga (2 mm) nipples on 15 ga (1.8 mm) spokes. Other than that, I believe the thread pitch is the same for all of the major brands.
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