Wheelsmith nipples are precision forged from high-grade brass or 7000 series aluminum. Their strength is enhanced by forging the spoke wrench flats, keeping them full-width and very uniform. All Wheelsmith aluminum nipples are anodized to guarantee maximum strength and service life.
Wheelsmith nipples have more threads than others. Each Wheelsmith nipple holds a full 8mm of thread, 33% more than our major competitors’ nipples. The extra threads are in the region of the spoke wrench flat, reinforcing the flats and making collapse less likely. This additional threading also benefits wheel assembly since each nipple catches the spoke earlier, leaving more slack during lacing. The Wheelsmith nipple is 1mm longer than others. This, combined with the extra threads, makes it less sensitive to spoke length estimates. The threading is far less likely to show once a wheel is finished.
Wheelsmith nipples are coated with a unique intermetallic substance second only to gold for its corrosion resistance. Nickel or chrome plating, once the preferred coatings for many bicycle parts, was gradually replaced by superior materials, except on spoke nipples. Duristan™ produces a brilliant, shiny surface with a slightly blue cast.
Marked for Gauge
Wheelsmith nipples are marked to indicate spoke gauge. The slotted heads of 14 gauge nipples are left blank, while those of the 15 gauge nipples are stamped with two or three easily readable radial lines. There need never be any doubt as to which nipple is appropriate.
Every part of the Wheelsmith nipple is improved. Forged flats, more threads, new gauge markings, greater length, and revolutionary plating all contribute to its superiority.