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Nucleon Wheels?(5 posts)

Nucleon Wheels?ParticleMan
Dec 11, 2002 6:51 AM
Hi All
I have just assembled a Pinarello Prince with Record parts, Deda bars/stem. Am looking at geeting a set of wheels. One option is to get Mavic OPen Pro/ Record Hubs...or a very good set of Nucleons, form someone who has had few miles on them. Its priced about USD370...what do you guys think? Do the Nucleons differ much from the present Neutrons? Is it worth going for that rather than Mavic? Thanks for any thougts or comments. Have a great Ride!
I like 'emDougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 7:06 AM
If I were going to keep one set of wheel for my Campy bike, now, I think it would be the Nucleons. While it's a very close call with the Ksyriums, the Nukes just "feel" fast. The hubs and freewheel are silky smooth, they are fairly light, and with aero spokes. Plus, they "complete" a Campy package.

The only drawback is that some tires are very difficult to mount on them. Michelins are the worst, and Vittoria/Veloflex (out of the same moulds?) are easy. Some Conti's are ok, too.

They are more difficult and expensive to repair than Record/Open pros. You can't true the wheels without removing the tires, and they have proprietary spokes. Factor that in.

I like 'emParticleMan
Dec 11, 2002 7:13 AM
Hi Doug
Thanks for the reply. My LBS will do every repair, building,etc for the wheels. I live neat them, so its easy, and thats the service I get. Also, they have spares for the Nukes. Do you think getting a new pair of Neutrons over this good condition Nucleons are worth it? Guess they might be the same, right? Thanks buddy.
can't tell the differenceDougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 7:31 AM
I haven't seen the Neutrons up close, but from the Campy website I can't tell them from the Nucleons. I see they are listed for $565 at

My bet is that they are marginally faster than an Open Pro wheel, with fewer, aero spokes. The look better, too, IMO.

Not much of a difference between the 2!Bill J Pappas
Dec 11, 2002 9:26 AM
I've ridden both the Nucleons, and the new Neutrons(I have a Pinarello Prince, Record w/ 3TTT bar/stem!), and there is no difference in ride quality. The only diff. between the 2, that I've noticed is that the spokes on the Neutrons are anadized black, while the nucleons' are silver. If you can pick up a set of low mileage Nucleons for $370, then I say go for it! For the cost of a new set of Neutrons, you can pick up the Nucleons, and still have $$$ left over to buy a handbuilt wheelset as well, to swap with when one wheelset is undergoing maintenance!