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Campy Electrons...give me the scoop or poop on these please(4 posts)

Campy Electrons...give me the scoop or poop on these pleaseAlpine
May 15, 2001 10:24 PM
I've been kicking the 10spd wheel deal around in my head trying to decide between the Rolf Ses. and Campy Nucleons but keep seeing the Electrons in the catalog and wishing that some folks would review them on this site. They seem like they'd be a great deal. Only 60g heavier than the Nucleons and I think it's mostly near the center of the wheel which is good. Also $130 cheaper is nice. Record hubs too.
Has anyone ridden both the Nucleons and Electrons? Big diff. or not? Nucleons worth $130 more for a slightly different hub and spokes?
Electron owners...stand and be counted!!!
re: Campy Electrons...give me the scoop or poop on these pleasemmaggi
May 16, 2001 7:50 AM
Alpine,

I went through the same thing: Electrons or Nucleons? Well, I went with the Nucleons. Here's why.

I spoke to 3 owners of Electrons. They purchased the Campy Electrons when they were Campy's flagship wheel (in other words, before the Nucleons came about 3 years ago). These riders are no longer riding the Electrons because they all popped a spoke and it was a pain in the butt getting them fixed. Supposedly you have to order the whole spoke set and replace all the spokes. These riders are not heavy by any means.

Does that mean that the 2001 Electrons are not new and improved? From what I've read, they are. But I wasn't about to take any chances, so I purchased the Nucleons. All I can say is, simply the best. Light, stiff, strong, responsive and comfortable. Totaly Italian!

Bikeshops that didn't sell the Nucleons were telling me that it's one of the best wheels on the market. They're light, but they're so strong.

If you shop around, you can find the Nucleons cheaper than you think (between $500-$575).

Look at Totalcycling.com. Also, give a buzz to Charlie Weisel @empirebicycles.com. He also works at Niwot Bike Shop in Niwot CO. He gave me a GREAT price on the Nucleons. If you're still set on the Electrons, I'm sure he can give a great price on those too.

Good luck.
BTWJiggy
May 16, 2001 8:07 AM
The Proton/Electron wheels were re-designed after 1999 due to spoke problems. No such worries on the newer models although I know a guy that broke a rear spoke on his Nucs. You can get mini-spoke kits (2 front, 2 drive rear, 2 ND rear) from Branford, or your LBS might just eat the costs of the full kit and repair your wheel in case of breakage. I believe a Rolf wheel test showed Nucs to be the second best wheel out there (guess who #1 was?).
they rockJiggy
May 16, 2001 8:01 AM
In 2000, the only dif b/w Nucleons was the bladed spokes and QR. About 3000 miles and never out of true. Plus, I only paid $375 for my set.