Campagnolo Neutron wheelsets - clincher

4.64/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $1000.00

Product Description

  • Low profile welded rims with a machined braking surface for the smoothest possible braking
  • Front rim is symmetrical and lighter while the rear rim is stouter and asymmetrical for improved lateral rigidity
  • Hubs have adjustable 15-ball precision bearings
  • Includes Campagnolo double-pivot/arm QR skewers, 12t cassette lockring, and wheel bags
  • 1550g set: 660g-front / 890g-rear

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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ash a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: October 30, 2015

    Strengths:    Strong, Light, Maintenance free. Good rolling performance.
    Comfortable on rough roads.
    Terrific for heavier riders as you can get away with a light wheel without sacrificing strength

    Weaknesses:    None really, except that some tyres (eg. Michelin) can be a little tough to fit.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had the Neutron wheels for a couple of years and not one problem with them. I'm over 105 kgs and regularly destroy wheels. Broken spokes were a common feature of rides until I discovered the Neutrons. For their weight, they are by far the strongest wheels I've had. They are also very good on rougher surfaces, seeming to iron out the bumps better than most road wheels I've ridden.
    I need all the help I can get when the road heads upwards, and due to the light weight and rolling resistance (lack of), the Neutrons are great for climbing too
    I've now purchased a second set for another bike and I'll probably get some for my third bike.

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    Similar Products Used:   Mavic Ksyrium.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by scott a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2015

    Strengths:    ** amazingly durable, maintenance-free, robust and long-lived

    ** as aero as any no-profile wheel

    ** rides as well over rough roads as any race-worthy wheel I've tried (old Spinergy Spox excepted)

    ** certainly as laterally stiff as any no-profile wheel out there

    ** precise steering accuracy

    ** top-quality hardware and hubs

    ** no wear on the brake tracks after 30,000 gritty miles!

    ** low-key stealth appearance

    ** paid $525 new! (in 2001)

    ** trapezoidal rims, offset spokes, aero low-spoke-count, no external spoke nipple drag have stood the test of time as best practices in making a stiff durable low-profile aero-ish smooth-riding wheelset.

    ** the fact the 2015 Neutrons are essentially the identical wheel proves the above points...

    Weaknesses:    ** they are a couple mm larger in diameter making some tire brands a bear to fit, Michelins especially

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a review of my 2001 Campy Nucleons. The current Neutron is essentially the same wheel with some carbon replacing some aluminum in the hubs and further cutouts in the rims to save weight. My posting my Nucleon experience should add to the legacy and durability of those considering more-current Neutrons.

    I wrote a review for my Nucleons soon after I bought them in 2001 to replace some Spinergy Spox, a rather unique, long-discontinued, wheelset. I wasn't thrilled by all aspects of the Nucleons, especially compared to the Spox, at the time, and said I'd reconsider if they last forever.

    14 years later and about 30,000 miles on the same pair without needing any kind of adjustment aside from greasing the hubs (with external grease ports), riding a lot of other newer 'fancier' wheels to compare, and considering I bought them for $525 new, I'm finally revising my post to 5 stars for value and overall. They last forever.

    Compared to the Spox they ride rougher and don't have the immediate directional response. Compared to any other road wheel they ride as well as my 32-spoke open-pros but are much torsionally stiffer and more-aerodynamic for a no-profile wheel. Even today a 1550 gram *metal* wheelset is competitive, especially when you consider their spectacular durability.

    As mentioned, in 30,000 miles they have needed NO attention beyond new rim strips and occasional external greasing. The brake track has no cupping and is like-new. The entire rim, including the stickers. still look fresh out of the box. They're as straight and true as the day I bought them. They've hit big holes (even blowing out a tire in one case), plenty of muck on the brake pads on rainy days, changing cassettes frequently, swapping wheels regularly. They put the power down better than my other wheels, don't beat me up on New England roads, banzai descents with full confidence and tracking, and feel great out of the saddle.

    Did I mention they seem like they'll last forever?

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    Price Paid:    $525.00

    Purchased At:   eBay legit bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   Various Ksyriums and Heliums; Mavic Cosmic Equipe; Chorus hubs + Mavic Open Pro 32 3X 14/17F, 14/15R; borrowed full-on time trial wheels, Zipp 404, 808, Specialized Royale 40; Bontrager Select;

    Bike Setup:   1999 custom Spectrum Ti, Time Equipe fork, '99/'01 Campy Chorus. Kind of old school vs today's plastic fantastic bikes, but if the geometry and fit are perfect, and the Ti ride unchanged, then that can overlook a couple extra pounds and some frame flex at 500+ watts.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bruno

    Date Reviewed: May 14, 2012

    Strengths:    Very strong. Great for climbing.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I just had to replace my neutron wheelset ...after 6 years. I had the rims trued once during that time. I ride Ultra and Rando and the road conditions can be dicey at times. They are the only wheels I have. I weigh over 200 lbs.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by MeinGewehr a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: April 11, 2012

    Strengths:    Light, low rotational weight - fast spin up, smooth and quiet, very low maintenance.

    Weaknesses:    Spoke placement will make truing a challenge - academic at this point as I have not had to.

    Bottom Line:   
    Looked at Zipps, Reynolds, Mavics etc etc. Chose these due to the general reviews of light weight as good climbing wheels, low maintenance needs.
    The low rotational weight, bladed spokes and slim profile make them good all-round condition wheels.
    Paired them with Vittoria Open Corsas and light weight tubes so they ride very nicely and comfortably while being easy to accelerate.
    I weigh 150 lbs, only have slightly over 1K miles on them, so they are relatively new and I cannot speak to real longevity.

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    Favorite Ride:   Anything pointing upward.

    Purchased At:   Bike shop I work at

    Similar Products Used:   Zipp 404s, Mavic Heliums, Rolf ??, handbuilt Campy Mockba(Moscow) rims on Record hubs(32s).

    Bike Setup:   Early 90s ALAN r/30 Alu Ls - full Campy Chorus 11.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Wyatt963 a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2011

    Strengths:    Trouble free, durable, and stable at high speeds.

    Weaknesses:    I really don't know of any at this time.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought these wheels used on ebay, so who knows how many original miles were already on them, but they were clean, and true.
    I have since put over 12,000 miles on them, and have ridden them over some pretty bad stretches of road, and they are still true.
    Every 6,000 miles I have broken the hubs down, cleaned, and regreased the bearings, with Phil Woods green grease. These wheels have been bomb proof and trouble free for me. I have hit speeds of 50 mph coming down Hwy 74, and they track and corner like they on are rails.
    I can detect no signs of them wearing out yet.
    There might be lighter wheels out there, but I think you would be hard pressed to find a more trouble free, and durable set.

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    Favorite Ride:   Hwy 74 to Pinyan Crest campground

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Cadd 3 Saeco frame, with Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed.

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