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    Show me your alloy nipples!

    I'm looking for inspiration for a wheel build. I will be using Sapim Polyax alloy nipples, but I'm not sure what colors or pattern to use. I know alloy nipples will explode if water touches them, but I've had good experiences and don't need to be told that brass are better. Have you built or had a wheel built using alloy nipples? I'd really appreciate some pics!

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    If you're using aluminum nipples and they're not green, you blew any reason to use them to begin with!

    I've had ok luck with them. But yeah, no other way to get green
    WTB: Small aluminum hardtail 26 or 27.5 frame. Pm me!

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    I have had good luck with Sapim polyex and DT Swiss aluminium.
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    Show me your alloy nipples!-20180814_174806%7E2.jpg

    Orange Sapim nipples, Orange Hope Pro4 hubs and Duroc 50 rims for my Stache.
    Change begins by doing something different.

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    12mm pace line nipples

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    The blue pops nicely.. Wonder how blue would look on a purple frame.. I was thinking gold and orange somehow, maybe some red in there. I do like the gold and orange, too. Is the orange darker than the Hope hubs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    If you're using aluminum nipples and they're not green, you blew any reason to use them to begin with!

    I've had ok luck with them. But yeah, no other way to get green
    Lime or emerald?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbiker24 View Post
    The blue pops nicely.. Wonder how blue would look on a purple frame.. I was thinking gold and orange somehow, maybe some red in there. I do like the gold and orange, too. Is the orange darker than the Hope hubs?
    On the table next to each other they are a close match. On the wheel they look slightly darker. I guess they pick up some of the darkness from the rim. I'm glad that I used the orange nipples as it makes it really stand out as a custom wheelset.

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    I've built plenty of wheels with brass nips, but all my personal wheels have alloy nips. Often a bike's color scheme will have a main color that covers the largest area, a secondary color, one or more accent colors. What I've liked the best is nipples matching the least used accent color. I have a road bike that's almost all nude carbon with some white and a few little red accents, so I used red nips. One of mtbs is mainly fluor green with black as the secondary color and blue as the accent color. Nips, pedals and grips are blue.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbiker24 View Post
    Lime or emerald?
    Emerld! For God's sake, We're not savages.

    WTB: Small aluminum hardtail 26 or 27.5 frame. Pm me!

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    Sapim CX-rays, polyax alloy nipples
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    I've used Lily Precision nipples for builds when the quality matters and the customer (or myself) doesn't mind the cost. They're great quality and the colors are excellent.
    I used orange on my brother's orange ano fat bike and purple on my dad's purple fat bike. These bikes are not at my house so I can't get pics right now.

    I have black on my bikes so nothing to really show. I will say this, the black aluminum nipples stay black. My brass nipples turn white and chalky after a time and look like crap.
    I like turtles

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    Guess I'm boring. I only like black dsn or squorx.

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    Anybody have a preference for black or silver spokes? I've been using black for years, but wondering if the colored nipples pop more with silver spokes. I'm guessing lighter colors like gold and lime, for the savages, might look better with black spokes...

    That's a nice-looking carbon weave, doccorage.

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    I only like black spokes. Just me. Silver spokes look Wal Marty.
    I like turtles

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    Chunky silver spokes look cool in moto kind of way. I have some 35i wheels with downhill tires laced up with silver 2.0's and it looks pretty mean.

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    Green
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    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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    This is one of my more adventurous builds. White spokes have black nips. Black have silver nips.

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    Here is a bad picture of my Blunts from 2008ish. Chub hubs, orange Blunts, blue nips.
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    My newer wheels from 2013ish. Green I9's, custom green spokes, green nips, custom orange P35's.
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    Will be putting together something new this winter for my Mondraker.

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