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Tires that play well with Campy Neutrons(13 posts)

Tires that play well with Campy Neutronsmhinman
Apr 24, 2002 2:17 AM
I have a new pair of Neutrons with Michelin Pro Race (successor to Axial Pro), which is a very nice tire. Unfortunately the French and Italians don't mix, as mounting the tires is nearly impossible, and requires levers. I was hoping that the tires might stretch a little, but they have not. Anyway I looking for a tire that runs a little bigger at the bead. Any suggestions.
re: Tires that play well with Campy NeutronsRichC
Apr 24, 2002 3:59 AM
I have a pair of Nucleons and have found that Vittoria Corsa CX tyres go on no problem. I also found the Pro Race very difficult to fit (could hardly get the first bead on let alone the second).
Apr 24, 2002 12:18 PM
Same here.

Try one of these levers, which helps a lot: (shop tool)

or (tool bag tool)
so, you can use the crank bros. tool to put tires on? Ibill
Apr 25, 2002 8:56 AM
never knew that. I'll have to give that a go. I wondered what that little slot was for.
yup, works great nmDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 1:00 PM
Apr 26, 2002 1:02 PM


HELP WITH USE. For installation, the hook should snap over the side of the rim. In fact, there's a little lip on the installation hook that will catch on a lip on your rim. Then push the Speed Lever along the rim to install the tire. Be sure to tuck the inner tube inside the tire so it doesn't get pinched. I think our website ( has some pictures that might help.

The installation hook should fit well on your rim unless you have a very unusual rim.

A few more hints:

Before starting to remove the tire, be sure that the tire is not stuck to the rim. Use your thumbs to push the tire away from the sides of the rim all the way around the rim. If it's still tight, then after hooking the Speed Lever under the bead, go around the rim again and unseat it again. This can make a huge difference.

Try using a little baby powder, soap, or spit for lubrication. You can put the powder or soap on the bead when you install it so that it's ready for the next removal. You can also add it while you're removing the tire.

We have found that the Speed Lever works well on most tire/rim combinations (especially when good technique is used) but it can't do them all.
May not be the rimsgrandemamou
Apr 24, 2002 5:02 AM
I'm not familiar with the rims but Axial pro's are very hard to get on. I have to use levers to get them on my Mavic Open Pros.
same problemterry b
Apr 24, 2002 5:16 AM
was changing tires on my Campy rims this weekend, going from Axial Pros to Vittoria Rubino Pros - hard to manage in both directions, off and on. Doing the same last night only using Fortezzas and they went on absurdly easily. Ditto for Continental Ultra 2000s.
Continental Ultra 2000 or GP work much better!ciclista
Apr 24, 2002 5:20 AM
Second that! (nm)Sintesi
Apr 24, 2002 5:43 AM
Continentals work wellDY
Apr 24, 2002 3:23 PM
I have a pair of Campy wheels too. I've talked to some and supposedly he Campy rims run a little bigger than others. I had some Vittorias that I could not even come clsoe to getting on. I was actually scared I was going to hurt the wheel. I got some Continental Grand Prix 3000's and it was no problem.
re: Tires that play well with Campy Neutronsflybyvine
Apr 24, 2002 9:16 PM
Same as others have said,

Conti GP3000's
Vitorria CX Corsa TT

Both woirk fine on my Nuc's

From past experience, Axials were a real b[tch the first time but seemed to stretch. Still required levers though.
Veloflex Paves here......JohnG
Apr 26, 2002 11:34 AM
I have to use a lever when putting them on for the first time but once on and inflatted I can roll the tire off the rim by hand.

An even easier tire to mount is the Vred tri-comps.