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campy nucleon and proton wheelsetsTomS
Jun 20, 2002 7:40 AM
I've been looking at upgrading my wheels lately (stock cxp21's on veloce hubs) and I was looking at the campy nucleon and proton wheelsets. It looks like the main difference is the hubs - record vs. chorus - and the skewers - record vs. daytona, according to branford bikes. And a small weight difference... Is that about right?

Any comments on these wheelsets? Can they be trued with a regular spoke wrench or would I need special tools?

I don't know that the nucleons are worth the extra price (for me) but I also don't want to get the protons if they won't really be a decent upgrade. I want to stay away from deep aero rims because we get a lot of wind here, and they make me nervous in crosswinds.

I'm getting that upgrade itch and I've always heard wheels are the best bang-for-the-buck upgrade :)
re: campy nucleon and proton wheelsetsboneman
Jun 20, 2002 8:00 AM
I have the Nucleon's (clincher) and rate them as one of the better set's of wheels (tub or clincher) I've ridden over the last 30+ years. Light, stiff enough yet comfortable and durable. They can be trued with a tool, supplied, but the tire/tube/base tape need to be removed. I've not used the Proton's but from seeing them and reading the spec., they're a fine value if money is a concern. Oh, and windy conditions, I share the same issue, are not a problem.
some nucleon thoughts...5ive
Jun 20, 2002 8:38 AM
I've had them for over 6 months now and they are great set of wheels.

- Beastly strong and stiff for the weight and # of spokes used.
- Nice hubs
- Nice, classy looking wheelset (say compared to Ksyriums' more flashy, industrial look)

- Pain to true (but only once in 6 months for me)
- Not aero
- Forget about mounting Michelin Axial Pros unless you have strong arms.
re: campy nucleon and proton wheelsetsweiwentg
Jun 20, 2002 9:09 AM
the nucleons have spoke nipples in the rim. the special tool to true them is supplied with the wheelset, but truing requires removal of tire and rim strip. they're straight pull spokes, and they're supposed to be pretty strong wheels, so hopefully you won't need to true them that much.
the protons are just a bit heavier. also, they use standard spokes everywhere but the driveside, which are straight pull. standard nipples.
me? I'd get the nukes :) if you were thinking of getting protons, then I'd recommend taking a look at a good set of handbuilt wheels first. it's not that I'm a retro-grouch, but I don't think the performance gain would be big.
I think yourbikesource on eBay is selling protons. if you're very, very patient, you might want to see how the bidding goes. they took a long time with my friend's CK headset, but they tossed in a pair of socks, presumably by way of apology.
re: campy nucleon and proton wheelsetsdirthead
Jun 20, 2002 9:34 AM
I recently purchased a set of Neutron's (2002 model of Nucleon). The wheels are great! Very light and strong. I have several hundred miles on the wheels and they have remained true. Like other responders have stated, you must remove the tire and rim strip to true, but shouldn't have to do it very often.

Just as a note, I purchased mine on ebay, new in box with all accessories for $349 from Yourbikesource. They retail at about $589 at most online shops. A few posters have had less than perfect experiences with Yourbikesource on Ebay, but I have made 3 purchases from them with excellent results and super prices! The wheels I bought had the shimano freehub, the campy freehub seems to sell for a little more on Ebay. If you watch for a little while, you can get a pair of either for a much better price from them than you would anywhere else.

The Nucleons are last years model, so they should be on sale.
Oops, I meant neutron anyway, not nucleon!TomS
Jun 20, 2002 10:19 AM
Yeah I've heard mixed reviews about yourbikesource, but the majority of their feedback seems to be positive. The price can't be beat for those wheels from them. Good to hear your transaction went smoothly!

Thanks for the input, everyone...
proton wheelsetgs6769
Jun 20, 2002 12:12 PM
I made Protons the first major upgrade on my Bianchi which had the same cxp's. They feel great, stay true very well and shouldn't cause any cross wind problems. I like the fact that I can work on them easily due to the regular nipples, not so with the Nucleons as mentioned in other posts. In my case, the Proton is well worth the price and has added a lot of enjoyment to my cycling.