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Campy Protons or something else?(5 posts)

Campy Protons or something else?brian n
Jan 7, 2003 6:36 AM
Hi all,

I'm looking to get a set of wheels for racing only this coming season and wanted to hear from people with the (expensive) experience of investing in lightweight wheelsets. I currently ride campy record/32h open pro/ 14/15 gauge spokes, 3 cross. they are clincher. I love the wheels but want to have a set of spares for the inevitable race flat, so i thought something lighter would be good. However, I'm pretty limited on budget to about $350. Here's my options:

1) new handbuilt wheelset from colorado cyclist or some such other outfit, campy record hubs, 28h rims, double butted spokes, maybe a different lacing (any suggestions?). If I do this I might go with tubulars, however that adds to the wheel costs as I don't have any road tubulars lying around.

2) campy protons. i know they're "chorus" grade hubs, but i know i won't feel any difference besides not having the grease injection port (which i never really use anyways). the ~100 gram difference between the protons and the neutrons isn't worth the extra $250 to me.

3) american classic 420 wheels. i can get these through my team for a good deal. anyone ridden these wheels yet?

I weigh ~185-190 lbs, so i don't want anything too crazy light. any suggestions?

re:I have Protons and Open 4 Cd's on Ultegra hubs.dzrider
Jan 7, 2003 7:54 AM
The Protons feel faster getting up to speed from a stop or after topping a small roller. I have more than one season on them, weigh more than you at the moment but usually ride at about 175, and have yet to do any truing. I think they're a pretty good deal for $300. I've relegated the Mavics to touring.
re: Campy Protons or something else?dave_w
Jan 7, 2003 1:13 PM
Have not got a lot of time on my Protons but have noticed one thing, tire/tube changes are a pain. Mich pros and a Conti I tried both took work and 2 levers to get off! I usually only carry 1 lever so this really surprised me. I have Hutchinson carbon comps on now(and 2 levers in the seat bag!) and they are a skosh easier but still put a kink in flat changing time.
Jan 7, 2003 1:43 PM
Michellins and Continetals are hard tyres, sorry, tIres, to get off any rim - not sure if that should be a decisive factor.
re: Campy Protons or something else?teoteoteo
Jan 7, 2003 2:29 PM
I ran 2002 protons on a flyweight Orbea for about 6 months. I too noticed the tire issues. In my case the rear wheel was the worst. It was based on the rim profile being a little different than the front.

Now for your weight..I was running them in race situations and fast training rides and did notice brake scrub in higher speed turns. I was all of 145 pounds at the time. (Ullrich plan right now 155)

Overall I liked them but would pick the Colorado cylist wheels knowing what I know.

Good Luck!!!