I'm shopping for spoke nipples and I see some described as specifically for front or for rear. Is this just a marketing tactic, or do some wheels need different ones like this?

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    I'm inclined to say its marketting, but I can imagine different wheels front and rear that need different sizes or shapes. Get Brass nipples unless you're a weight-weenie - aluminium nipples are lighter but round off easier and don't hold as well or for as long.
    – Criggie
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 9:04
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    There are cases where the front and rear wheels are radically different, in terms of their spokes, but such cases would usually be obvious. Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 12:54

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Those are Motorcycle spoke nipples. Bicycles can have different spokes and nipples between the front and rear wheels but there is no standard.

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