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    Default Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    I have a question about tooling for feeding internal nipples into an 80mm deep rim--have made and modified the tools to do it but need some creative advice on how to remove nipples lost in said item.
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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    The only way to get them out is bounce the rim gently on some carpet near the nipple hole. I use a dedicated nipple screwdriver with a split bade to insert a new nipple. It is a specialist tool designed for the job.
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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    If a loose nipple won't fall out when shaking the rim, put your shop-vac up to the valve hole and resume shaking.

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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by progetto View Post
    The only way to get them out is bounce the rim gently on some carpet near the nipple hole. I use a dedicated nipple screwdriver with a split bade to insert a new nipple. It is a specialist tool designed for the job.
    Question for the pros-where can I get a good nipple screwdriver, or bit? I made one by grinding a flat head screwdriver bit, but it is not exactly concentric, and doesn't work very well in practice. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    I did a search and couldn't find the one I got, it's about 15 years old now and was purchased through the then Oz distributer of DT swiss. Check out one of these.
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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    Also this. The best nipple loading tool I've used.

    https://www.efficientvelo.com/tools/...e-loading-tool
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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    This is the Wheel Fanatyk version of the EVT

    https://www.wheelfanatyk.com/store/p...pple-inserter/

    I really appreciate that it has a bearing on the end.
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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    I made a tool for feeding the nipples in, bought and thinned out a 5mm T socket wrench for tensioning. The thing that makes this rim interesting is the Saran-Wrap-like plastic membrane inside it; have built numerous alloy and carbon internal nipple rims but not run into this before. You have to shake the nipple through a flexible labyrinth on its way out of the rim.

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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    that bladder was a pain in the ass to deal with. especially when a nipple would fall into the rim.
    -Dustin

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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    As someone who has built and worked on plenty of Zipp rims with the plastic bags from that era (or is it spelled "error"??) I have only one thing to add:

    Ha ha!!

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    Default Re: Anybody here ever work on Zipp Flash Point wheels?

    Last time I build an internal-nipple wheel for my usual labor--these are $100/labor build from here on in. My wife suggested I look into something like a luthiers' light for the next one.

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