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Old 01-18-11, 02:10 PM
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Nipples on deep-v rims....

Having recently bought a set of deep-v wheels for my fixed-gear, I've been wondering about this. Just how does one get the nipples all the way down to the spokes while building the wheel? I don't anticipate truing these wheels much, what with 32 spokes front and rear and no dish at all, but I wouldn't mind knowing how to replace the nipples if I ever manage to round one out.
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thread the butt end of the nipple on a spare spoke.

PS. if you're using velocity deep-V rims, then you need 16mm nipples.
for kinlin XR-300 12mm nipples are fine.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
thread the butt end of the nipple on a spare spoke.......
That's exactly what I did when I built up my Wolber Profil 20 aero rims last year! Works great! Just make sure you have one extra spoke to do the last one!

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thread the butt end of the nipple on a spare spoke.
This is what I do. I already have 2 spare spokes which I use to measure ERD anyway.
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1. Use 14mm nipples to avoid scratching the area by the rim joint - that's where the sleeve lowers the nipples a tad. This applies for the DeepV, Mavic CXP-33, and old Campy aero rims - or just about any aero rim that uses a sleeve at the joint.

2. Use an ERD that aims for the screwdriver flat of the nipple so you don't run out of threads for 14mm nipples.

3. Grab a flat driver bit from OSH...grind it down such that you have a flat driver bit but with a 2-3mm point on it in the very middle. You can actually buy 'em online as "aero driver bit" or something similar. Speeds up lacing big time...takes it down to within a few minutes of what it takes to lace a traditional box profile rim.

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