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Campy Neutron or Eurus wheels?(11 posts)

Campy Neutron or Eurus wheels?Zonic Man
Aug 12, 2003 5:30 AM
I'm 5'9" 195 lbs. using these wheels as some all arounders. Flats more than climbing, stiffness over anything, ride my roadie bike over some rough stuff.

Want a trick wheelset, so looking at these two wheels.

Which one is stronger, stiffer, and more durable?

Aug 12, 2003 6:22 AM
If you are going to ride everyday, rough riding, and your weight, don't go here. Sure they look cool, and you just have to spend the money. Some say Eurus are stiffer, but they have less spokes.
Eurus are so far bulletproof . . .Look381i
Aug 12, 2003 8:29 AM
I gave my (first generation) Ksyriums to my son last fall and got a pair of Eurus. They have about 4500 miles on them now and have remained perfectly true. They have seen a variety of terrain, including many miles of popcorn pavement that we have around here, and have certainly hit some very rough stuff at high and low speeds.

If the recent article in Cycle Sport is accurate, the Eurus should be stiffer than the Nucleon because of the deeper rim. I weigh between 170 and 180, and I don't know whether your 195 exceeds some recommended limit. The Campy website might say.

I got my Eurus from Total Cycling for about $500 including a cassette and wheel bags. I don't know what they run these days, but there's no reason to spend the $8-900 that some dealers ask.

By the way, it's a toss up for me between the Eurus and the Ksyriums. My old ones now have nearly 10k miles and one high speed descent wreck without needing truing. You might consider those as well.
Aug 12, 2003 2:02 PM
I have both 2001 Ksyrium's, 2003 SL Ksyrium's and 2002 Neutrons, all HP. The Neutron's are my favorite. It's not all about stiffness which the K's have in spades. The Neutron's just feel livelier. Haven't tried the Eurus as that style rim is a little stiff for my liking in vertical compliance. I've ridden a lot of wheels since the early 70's, mostly tubs, and the Neutron's are at the top of the list for me.
re: Campy Neutron or Eurus wheels?cincy1
Aug 12, 2003 8:36 AM
I am exactly your weight and height. I bought a set of Eurus wheels this spring. I liked the way they spun up but not much else. When out of the saddle, the back end felt real noodly (technical term). I also kept blowing tires off the rear rim. This was all on smooth asphalt. I would look elsehwhere for your new wheelset. I sold the wheels after a few months (at a loss) and bought a custom set consisting of Mavic CXP-33 rims, Hugi hubs and DT 14/16 spokes. They are light, stiff but not heavy at the rim and hold a 140PSI Vredestein clincher without problems. I will never go back to factory made wheels. I used to buy wheels by how they looked. Now I buy them on how they perform.
I had same question, and I called Campy...MXL02
Aug 12, 2003 9:17 AM
they said "custom wheelset". Their boutique wheels are made for lightweight racing...don't expect them to hold up under training conditions.
re: Campy Neutron or Eurus wheels?flying
Aug 12, 2003 10:21 AM
I have over 5000 miles on my nucleons/neutrons
I have the tubulars model & ride tehm as my everyday wheels.
6 days a week & so far not even a need to true anything.
I am also 5'9" 155 lbs. but all my rides are up or downhill with very little flat roads.
Aug 12, 2003 11:02 AM
My Nucleons are my best all around wheelset. I don't know anything about a weight limit for them. They seem to me to be bulletproof and light and stiff all at the same time. You must consider that they are a boutique wheel and cannot be easily or immediately fixed by any old wrench at any old shop at any old time.

They are the predecessor to the Neutron and not that much different from what I know.

I haven't ridden the Eurus.
Neutron/Nucleons or Protons?jeff27
Aug 12, 2003 11:21 AM
I've got Nucleons and have had nothing but good luck with them. Just got a set of Protons for another bike and noticed a few things. The weight difference isn't much, the price is very good (350-400), and the spoke nipples are exposed, so that if you ever need to true them, it's easier to deal with. Perfomance wise, I can't tell much difference between the Nucleons or Protons, both cruise, accelerate nicely. Durability? To soon to tell, but I've had my Nucleons 3-4 yrs now, varying road conditions (CT, lots of potholes this spring!) and had no problems. If the Protons hold up as well, I'll be ecstatic. Sorry, I don't know much about the Eurus, but they are nice looking ; ) . Good luck with whatever you buy.
re: Campy Neutron or Eurus wheels?jimPz
Aug 12, 2003 4:19 PM
I have a set of Eurus I bought last March & have about 9K miles on 'em & I weigh about 180.
I use them as my every day wheels, 7 while I don't race, I do the local training rides (North of Boston with CCB). These wheels are as true as the day I bought them & have never been touched. I like to sprint & find these wheels plenty stiff. last fall they did I a 500 mile, 1 wek tour of New England, again no problems. I think they're a great wheel.

A vote for Nucleons/NeutronsHelix
Aug 12, 2003 6:59 PM
No experience with the Eurus wheelset but the tubular specific Nucleons have been the best that I have ridden. Strong, light and able to take gobs of punishment without getting out of true. My front Nucleon still doesn't need truing despite 6000+ km of city riding, pot holes and my weight (210 lbs). The rear rim was only minimally out of true at 5000+ km when I backed over it with my car earlier this summer (A long, painful story involving answering a cell phone call from my wife while loading the bike into the car.)