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Just won a set of Ritchey WCS DS wheels on ebay.
I know they have a reputation for breaking spoke nipples.
My plan was to re-lace the wheels with DT aluminum nipples, champher (sp?) the spoke holes slightly and lube the contact point of nipple/rim.

This sounds like a good plan to cure the problem. To me.

What is the breakage problem? At the nipple head? Or is the nipple threading the breaking portion of the spoke?

Anyone make better quality aluminum nipples than DT?

Anyone have a better plan? (other than buy some now Ksyriums)
 

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This thread is pretty disappointing based on the title. Wish it were in the Lounge and included pics. Oh well...
 

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Aluminum nips usually break because the spokes are 1-2mm shorter than needed. The spoke should reach the very top of the nipple head to best support it. Going to brass takes care of it at a weight cost of ~15gm per wheel, less than the variance between tubes of the same type.
 

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bicyclemech1 said:
Just won a set of Ritchey WCS DS wheels on ebay.
I know they have a reputation for breaking spoke nipples.
My plan was to re-lace the wheels with DT aluminum nipples, champher (sp?) the spoke holes slightly and lube the contact point of nipple/rim.

This sounds like a good plan to cure the problem. To me.

What is the breakage problem? At the nipple head? Or is the nipple threading the breaking portion of the spoke?

Anyone make better quality aluminum nipples than DT?

Anyone have a better plan? (other than buy some now Ksyriums)
Why not brass instead of aluminum? problem solved
 
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