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Campy Protons or Open Pros with Chorus Hubs(16 posts)

Campy Protons or Open Pros with Chorus Hubsaltidude
Feb 5, 2003 5:45 PM
Which of these two wheelsets would mnost favor for everyday riding? I read last nught that Protons use a Centaur quality hub. Does this mean this wheelset is slightly inferior to a custom built set of Open Pros with chorus hubs? Does it make any difference as far as durability, smoothness of hub?
re: Campy Protons or Open Pros with Chorus Hubsatpjunkie
Feb 5, 2003 6:01 PM
Custom built will
1) provide you with a superior hub (Chorus hub is nicer than the Protons)
2) A better/ truer wheel as it is built and tensioned by hand.

so to answer your question
You'll get a better hub and a better built wheel.

just in case you are interested
I will be unloading a pair of Record Hubs
laced 3x to Blue Ambrosio Excellences
with a 9sp 12-24 Cassette (Chorus if memory serves me right)
barely used. much cheaper (and better) than either of your choices.
forgive the shameless plug NMatpjunkie
Feb 5, 2003 6:03 PM
re: Campy Protons or Open Pros with Chorus Hubsaltidude
Feb 5, 2003 6:09 PM
How much will you be unloading them for and why are you unloading them? Are wheels from places like Excelsports handbuilt or machine tensioned?
re: Campy Protons or Open Pros with Chorus Hubsatpjunkie
Feb 5, 2003 6:29 PM
usually machine done unless they say "handbuilt".
they were a backup set (training) that came with my bike and I have a set of backup wheels (O/P CD/Ceramics-Record Hubs) already. Plus the blue doesn't match my Merckx. They look lightly used as they were the back-ups of the previous owner.
225 plus shipping. If you don't want the 9sp hub lemme know, I'm throwing it in only as a sweetner. These wheels sell new at worldcycling for $375. Chorus is $340 if ya wanna check.

if you are interested
re: Campy Protons or Open Pros with Chorus HubsEl Guapo
Feb 5, 2003 8:07 PM
Actually ... the Proton uses a Chorus quality hub (same bearings and mech, just different shell). I've been riding my '02 Protons for over a year now and well over 5000 miles. They have been True since the day I got 'em. They were cheaper than a Custom Wheel with Chorus and a little lighter to boot. IMO Protons are the best "bang-for-the-buck" of any wheels, custom or otherwise.
I've enjoyed mine also.dzrider
Feb 6, 2003 5:11 AM
Mine are Electrons which appear to be an earlier version of the Protons - Chorus hubs and the same spoke pattern and rims. They're light; they've been trouble free for a season and a half; they accelerate and roll easily.
How much are the Protons?Kerry Irons
Feb 5, 2003 6:24 PM
For around $300 you can get Aeroheads or Open Pros on Campy Record hubs. Are the Protons significantly cheaper than that? Compare on price, and you will likely find that you can get a "regular" wheel for a lot less than any factory wheel.
Protons 399 more or less. NMatpjunkie
Feb 5, 2003 6:30 PM
$309.88 at Branford BikeRoger H
Feb 5, 2003 7:56 PM
Have you considered scirrocos? (nm)Iwannapodiumgirl
Feb 5, 2003 6:44 PM
Protons Price and Sciroccosaltidude
Feb 6, 2003 5:43 AM
The Protons I saw were on sale for $310 at CC and this price included a free set of Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, rim stripes and pair of butyl tubes. Seemed like a pretty good deal. What would the Sciroccos offer over the Protons?
Protons Price and SciroccosEl Guapo
Feb 6, 2003 8:20 AM
Sciroccos use the same rim as the Eurus according to Campy (28.5 mm rim depth), but apply the G3 spoking pattern to the front as well and use lower grade spokes, nipples and a Daytona/Centaur quality hub set. The Proton is lighter and uses Chorus internals (bearings, races and axles). In fact, the Proton is only different from the top-of-the-line Neutron in two miniscule areas (Neutron has the hidden-nipple system and Record quality hubs). If you ask me, how much do hidden nipples contribute to aerodynamics?! I don't see much advantage to this at all. For one, you would need to remove the tire, tube and rim strip to true your wheel. Your question really only has one answer ... PROTONS! Almost forgot ... one cool thing about the Proton hubs is that you can adjust them without taking the wheel of the bike by using a phillips screwdriver found on any multi-tool.
Protons Price and SciroccosSpunout
Feb 6, 2003 9:40 AM
And the protons are only 70 grams (2.5 ounces) heavier than the Neutrons. has a great catalogue for analyzing wheels.

All campagnolo hubs chorus and better are adjustable on the bike. That is the greatest!
Protons Price and SciroccosIwannapodiumgirl
Feb 6, 2003 2:11 PM
In Australia, Sciroccos are $150 cheaper then Protons... if price is the issue, that is the advantage. If price is not an issue, the Protons are the better wheel.
Protons Price and SciroccosLIRider
Feb 8, 2003 8:57 PM

where did you see this deal? I just checked their website and did not see it.