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Racing Wheelsjerseygirl
Jul 1, 2003 1:34 PM
I am in the market to purchase a good (or great) set of racing wheels. I am a 110 pound woman, and have a lot of problems riding in windy conditions, so I want to stay away from deep rims. I plan to use the wheels for all types of races - crits, road races, circuits, time trials. Anyone have a suggestion?
Campy Nucleon or NeutronDougSloan
Jul 1, 2003 1:41 PM
Hands down the best for what you want. Low profile rim, light, but low, flattened spoke count. I have set and love them. Come in Campy and Shimano freehub. Very solid wheels.

Jul 1, 2003 1:49 PM
Nucleon is simply the name for the same Neutron wheel a few years ago.

If these look too expensive, I'm sure we can recommend others. (prices-->)

Campy Nucleon or Neutron- the worst luckalansutton
Jul 2, 2003 2:28 PM
I've had a horrible time mounting any tires on my Nucleons. The only tire they even comes close to fitting are the $55 Vittoria CX Open, which due Vittoria's business practices I'm not going to buy anymore. Campy admits to rolling these rims 4mm too big.

Then again, I have crappy luck with just about any "built" wheelset I've tried. My American Classic 420s have been back at AM for the past 7weeks(!), after the freewheel stripped. Still no ETA from them.

Maybe a set of Mavic Heliums? Or maybe a good custom 24hole set?
Veloflex works. nmDougSloan
Jul 2, 2003 2:40 PM
re: Racing Wheelsrandell
Jul 1, 2003 2:13 PM
i have sets of campy neutrons,eurus,and sciroccos,all are great wheels, sturdy,well built. tryed mavic wheels from my freinds bike(we traded wheel during a ride) he liked my neutron better than his ssc sl wheels.on saw on this sit at reporta corsa eurus wheels at i think $535 or so for both wheels, bags,and free shipping , great deal!!! hope this helps p.s. just last week i hit a pot hole at 40 mph going down a hill with my neutrons, still perfectly true.....
See thread below on boutique wheelsKerry Irons
Jul 1, 2003 4:19 PM
You will get all of the performance of the boutique wheels at much less $$ by getting Velocity Aerohead or MAVIC OpenPro rims with Record or DA hubs. Go for low spoke count and 15/16 gauge spokes, and you'll have very light but plenty strong wheels that will be as wind insensitive as you can get. Plus these wheels can be maintained by any competent shop, not sent back to the factory for repairs. There are no wheels on the market that meet your criteria and perform better. Full stop.
RE: See thread below on boutique wheelsYe Olde Balde One
Jul 1, 2003 10:13 PM
Which wheels need to be sent back for repairs?
Nearly any wheel MIGHT need repairsKerry Irons
Jul 2, 2003 4:19 PM
My rear Campy Electron has had to go back twice - a defective spoke broke (at the nipple) after 70 miles, and the rim developed cracks at several spoke holes after 10K miles. No problems in the 35K miles since. You will find someone with a story about any factory built wheel on the market. They all have to go back - not every wheel, but enough so that it represents a reasonable prospect for any owner. If the wheels were conventional built, you could buy spokes and rims at reasonable prices and rebuild them in two hours. As it is, you're lucky if you can get a 3 week turnaround. All that for no performance improvement and a whole bunch of extra money. I'll pass.
RE: Nearly any wheel MIGHT need repairsYe Olde Balde One
Jul 2, 2003 5:10 PM
But why send them back? Any decent LBS can relace any wheel, your Electron for example is simple, it's just a 24 wheel with straight pull spokes, and spares ARE available. You can even get Ksyrium spokes and rims, let alone the carbon stuff, all of which spares are available (except it seems Spinergy).