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Campy Nucleons vs Rolf Sestrieres(8 posts)

Campy Nucleons vs Rolf SestrieresConfused
Sep 26, 2001 10:50 AM
I have been looking at both wheelsets but I am not sure which one to buy. Any thoughts from users? Which is one is lighter, more durable, etc...
re: Campy Nucleons vs Rolf SestrieresLigon
Sep 26, 2001 3:40 PM
The Rolf Sestriere weighs 650g front, 840g rear. Spokes: 20h front, 24 rear.

Campy Nucleons weighs 730g front, 895g rear. Spokes: 22 front, 24 rear. (radial front/radial non-drive with 2 cross lacing)
Nukes Do not weigh in at 1625bartali
Sep 28, 2001 6:17 AM
Nukes weigh in at 1540 grams for the tubulars and 1580 for the clinchers.
I like my Rolf SestrieresLance's Neighbor
Sep 26, 2001 8:55 PM
I've had Rolf Sestrieres for about one year now. They took over a pound off the weight of my bike. The difference in acceleration was fairly dramatic, as was the difference in climbing. I weigh 160lbs and ride on smooth roads mostly. So far I haven't had to true them at all, but I'm usually very smooth on the bike and have not had any major impacts with them, just occasional small potholes. The rear hub was loud at first when coasting (yes, I occasionally coast) but it seems to have quieted down after a couple of months. The hubs are very smooth. I'm happy with them.
Sestrieres . . .jacques
Sep 27, 2001 1:46 AM
. . . have been good to me for about a year now. They are astonishingly light, but seem to hold up well. The cassette is still loud when coasting, but that doesn't bother me. I can't be sure about sure that, but the spokes appear to be standard double-butted ones - easy to find. They've not gone out of true, but I'm a relative lightweight (142 lb) and have yet to crash on those wheels. They go uphill as if by magic. And they have a small drain hole drilled into the rim - my previous Vector Pros used to fill with water during a long, rainy ride, ha ha

Not sure if or how Rolf sells wheels now. He's not with Trek any more. I understand he's looking for another manufacturer to make his wheels.
4000 miles on the s's so far...........Len J
Sep 27, 2001 4:05 AM
without a problem. I weigh 160 and am a spinner. Took them to Alaska & rode 6 days of roads ranging from wonderful to gravel and had zero problems. Still as true as the day I got them. Only have 2 annoyances from them:

1.)Rear hub is noisier when coasting than I would like.
2.)Mine fill up with water when I ride in the rain. I then have to remove tire & tube to drain them. They are aluminum so theres no risk of rust but I drain them anyway.

BTW, I continue to be impressed by the hubs. I think they are Huigi, and they are some of the smoothest rolling I have ever had.

Nucleons will be fine alsoMick
Sep 27, 2001 7:50 AM
The other replies lean to the Sestrieres. I thought I'd throw in a vote for the Nucleons. It may come down to price.

I ride Protons (the low-end version of Nucleon) but know a couple of guys who ride Nucleons. I (we) have never had to true the wheels and they are very durable.

They are also excellent in a sprint or climb. But then the Sestrieres seem to be as well.
Sep 28, 2001 6:21 AM
Anything with Campy on it means quality.

I've ridden my Campy Nucleons for 2000 miles so far and I love'em. Light, aero and stiff (but comfortable). Great on the climbs and flats.

I popped a spoke at 1,200 miles, but so what? It happens. Plus, I weigh over 190lbs so it was expected sooner or later. If you purchase the Nucleons (you should get a great price on them since Campy's coming out with a new line) make sure to purchase from the mini-spoke kit. It will save you the time and effort should you pop a spoke.

They're 1580g for the pair. The weight savings you get with the Sestriere's is negligible.

I've spoken to many folks who have ridden Rolf wheels. Nothing outstanding. One person I ride with had nothing nice to say about them claiming that pair they rode on would never stay true. I think they had a bogus pair, that's all.

In the end, purchase what YOU like. I'm sure you'll be just fine with either one of them.