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OK... Who has Campy Nucleons(8 posts)

OK... Who has Campy NucleonsHighgear
Jun 30, 2001 8:36 PM
I'm lusting for them. How do they ride? Are they fast on the climbs?
re: OK... Who has Campy NucleonsJohnG
Jun 30, 2001 11:57 PM
Somewhat 'hearsay' but I ran into a guy today and quizzed him about his nukes. He is about 165# and has 5K miles on his Nukes. He loves them.... no truing needed in the one year he's owned his. Also, I explicitly asked him about mounting tires and he said tire mounting/demounting was no big deal. He thought they climbed well..... not sure how much was the placebo effect though. Sounded good to me.

Two years old, never need truingMGS
Jul 1, 2001 9:11 AM
I've used them for two seasons. 5'11", 175lbs.
I use them for daily training and rides over every sort of road imagined.
They have never required a spoke wrench.
Tires are somewhat difficult to mount, but not all that hard.
re: i've had a pair since februaryCliff Oates
Jul 1, 2001 1:37 PM
they seem a little livelier than the chorus/open pro/32 - 3x 14/15 ga. wheels they replaced, but otherwise they ride about the same. they are not significantly lighter than the old wheels and they do not make me climb better. the campy rims have been more durable than the mavics, but then you could always build a pair of wheels using campy montreal rims. they do look very nice on my bike, but you have to decide if appearance is worth a $300+ price premium.

i've put 2,000 miles on them since late february. i weigh 190 pounds, i am purely a recreational rider, and i have ridden the wheels on some fairly poor surfaces, although that is not the norm. my rear wheel is a few millimeters out of true thanks to a crash a couple of weeks ago, but my lbs is able to fix this. the wheels were absolutely true prior to the crash. new tires were difficult to mount, remounting tires after repairing a flat was no big deal.

i'm not sorry i bought them, but i doubt that i'd buy another set. not enough bang for the buck for me.
I did onceA. Sailor
Jul 1, 2001 8:49 PM
Picked it up in a Hong Kong whorehouse. Penicillin licked it though.
re: OK... Wait just a minute there !Steve A
Jul 2, 2001 6:55 AM
They came OEM on my new C-Dale Cadd 6, first of all there is play in the bearings that cant seem to be adjusted out ? My main beef its almost impossible to mount up certain tires without pinching the tubes, there seems to be something about the rims??

On the plus side they stay true and are very light, and look good. There are now a lot of wheels out there that are just as good or in some cases better. You can custom make wheels now that work well with Campy that are a lot less money and are lghter, take some time and do your homework.
re: OK... Who has Campy NucleonsColnagoFE
Jul 2, 2001 9:41 AM
They are cool wheels and probably hold up well, but basically there is nothing too special about them. Low spoke Record hubs anodized black w oval aero spokes. I'm having a set of open pro 32s with revolution spokes built up now that cost $309 (w/ record hubs). Weight diff between that and the Nucs is they are 50 grams heavier. That's like another $500 to save 50 grams. Even if you get 'em oversaeas mailorder it'll set you back at least another $300.
re: OK... Who has Campy NucleonsShad
Jul 2, 2001 12:47 PM
Mine have about 3500 miles on them. They are still true and still look good when they are cleaned up. Tire changes are a major hassle though. I've blistered my thumbs more than once.

I have also experienced some "popping" sounds from the front wheel when I stand and hammer up a short climb. I know the spokes are not re-seating themselves as the "blades" have always stayed in the same position. I just worry about stressing the wheel too much with the more fragile straight lacing.

The other drawback is that they don't really look so special when riding. Only a discerning eye will notice they aren't some standard wheelset. I wouldn't pay full price though. For retail, there are nicer sets around.

Apple valley, MN