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Campagnolo Centaur 2004, Wheels(9 posts)

Campagnolo Centaur 2004, WheelsKiwi Rider
Aug 8, 2003 9:45 PM
I'm a young rider and I've seen on the Campy Only website that Centaur is coming in a grey colour as well as normal polished. But on a carbon frame bike, (ie Giant Composite TCR ONCE) would it match? Also, all those who may know, is it any lighter, more durable that would substantiate having to pay more if it is higher priced (both colours). Also I'm having problems about a wheelsets. Are the Proton and Zonda wheelsets good value for money, or should I keep the neutrons that come with the bike? (im basically changing the grouppo from Record to Centaur.) I would need a second wheelset any way and thats why I ask about Protons/Zondas intstead of Neutrons.
Kiwi Rider
Why pay to downgrade?pedalpete
Aug 8, 2003 10:07 PM
It's tough to beat the carbon record on a carbon frame, but the grey may be more muted, and show off the frame better.

Why would you pay to downgrade on a high-end frame? What are you swapping the parts over to?
Why pay to downgrade?Kiwi Rider
Aug 8, 2003 10:40 PM
Its to save money really. NZ$9300 for the stock bike with Record. At the moment I got Shimano 105 on 2001 TCR 2 and I'm having problems with shifting and its only done around 5000kms. Downgrading would mean also I've got something to upgrade to in later life and I don't think I'm good enough for Record or Chorus. Hopefully the bike as I spec it should come around NZ$6500 (plus/minus a couple hundred). With dealer discounts and selling my TCR on behalf of us whould cost around NZ$5000 which is inline with TCR Composite 1 with Shimano wheelset, Ultegra gearing.
Kiwi Rider
re: Campagnolo Centaur 2004, Wheelsdivve
Aug 9, 2003 1:13 AM
Personally I find the classic silver finish nicer than any other component color for a road bike. The subtle understated polished look leaves a much longer lasting impression compared to stuff with an instant "wow" factor. Gray might appear nice this year, but go out of fashion next year, and begin to look downright ugly to you the year after that.

The finish of both "looks" is probably just as durable. However, minor damage such as abrasion marks or scratches will most likely be more obvious on the gray finish as the metal underneath it is silver colored.

Regarding the wheel set, why not get a hand built set instead? In my opinion you can do better and probably cheaper with a pair of Centaur hubs, Mavic OP rims, and DT Competion spokes.
re: Campagnolo Centaur 2004, Wheelsrogue_CT1
Aug 9, 2003 7:48 AM
See, I knew the mandatory OP response would have to come sooner or later.
Was that the Rogue Report for today? nmdivve
Aug 9, 2003 11:20 AM
re: Campagnolo Centaur 2004, Wheelsflakey
Aug 9, 2003 8:12 AM
I work with a lot of Campagnolo wheels and I prefer the Neutrons because of the more traditional spoke spacing vs. the G3 spacing. The 22h and 24h come out of the box much rounder and straighter than the G3 wheels, and they are also easier to true and keep round. Also the Neutrons have Record parts in the hub where the Proton has Centaur( mostly freehub body) I still prefer a standard 32 or 28 hole wheel myself, but if I were you I would stick with the Neutrons.
re: Campagnolo Centaur 2004, WheelsChilePEPr
Aug 10, 2003 12:49 PM
I replaced a set of Protons with Zondas after a crash and while the Zondas function and ride well, I beleive the Protons to be a better wheelset. They are lighter, the freewheel and hub bodies are better quality than on the Zondas, the skewers are MUCH lighter, and I haven't noticed any improvement with the Zonda's aerodynamic rim.

Again, I am satisfied with the Zondas, but I would not buy them over Protons.

My .02 cents

re: Campagnolo Centaur 2004, WheelsKiwi Rider
Aug 10, 2003 8:13 PM
Thanks guys, I think I will not be getting the Neutrons because I wouldn't be able to afford a second wheelset (for training, hill climb events). I don't really want to have custom wheelsets, just wanting to stick with factory wheels for me, but I don't like Kysriums after reading a discussion about them a couple of days ago (heaps of riders in NZ have them too - even school cyclists, infact, heaps of riders have Record bikes). Personally I agree with having the normal polished finish for the groupset as well. Seams better and contrasts well with the black carbon frame.