Campagnolo Vento wheelsets - clincher

3.79/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $270.00

Product Description

The Vento Reaction CX is a purpose built cyclocross wheel based on Campagnolo's Vento Reaction road wheel. Its trademark wide-flange hubs help transfer energy more efficiently and the rear wheel features Campagnolo's unmistakable G3 spoke ...

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by waxwing a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2010

Strengths:    * G3 spokes
* Italian style
* cheap

Weaknesses:    * Wear out quickly
* Design flaw of hub internals
* Flexible rear wheel

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are rubbish. I use them only on my travel bike so have put only a couple thousand kms on them. Most of the abuse they receive is from the airlines because my bike is a Ritchey Breakaway whose case is a bit soft. Nevertheless, I have to stress relieve the wheels after every trip so that they run true. I can hear the rear wheel flex when climbing out of the saddle and I am neither heavy nor super strong. Broke a nipple on a recent ride. Have had to have the pawls replaced twice because there is a design flaw whereby a spring slips and then the pawls are toast. Despite the latest overhaul and inspection of bearings, I must leave cones finger tight or the wheel won't spin. I expected more from Campagnolo, especially after the brilliant performance of my Fulcrum 3s.

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Similar Products Used:   Fulcrum 3s
Mavic Equipes
Ritchey WCS
Shimano R500s
Shimano ultegra hubs + Open Pro and CXP30s

Bike Setup:   Ritchey Breakaway
Campag Veloce
Deda bars/stem

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jim Bob a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2010

Strengths:    * affordable
* G3 spoke pattern makes packing
* Italian style

Weaknesses:    * short life span
* flawed design of rear hub internals so pawls often fail
* friction in rear hub
* easily knocked out of true by airlines

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are rubbish. I use them on my travel bike (Ritchey Breakaway) so most of the abuse they receive is from the airlines and not me. Despite riding only a couple thousand kms on them, the rear wheel is coming apart. Often when I remove the wheels from the case I have to stress relieve them so that they are true again. There is also a design flaw in the hub internals where a spring slips and then the pawls stop working. I have had this happen twice, though fortunately never been stranded. I am neither huge (I weigh ~75 kg) nor super strong but I can hear/feel the rear wheel flex when I ride hard out of the saddle. I have to leave the rear cones finger tight or the hub will not spin at all, even after overhauling the hub and checking the condition of the bearings. All in all, I expected better from Campagnolo. I bought these wheels because I have a pair of Fulcrum 3s which are simply fabulous.

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Favorite Ride:   Downhill

Purchased At:   Condor Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Shimano R500s
Mavic Open Pro/Shimano
Fulcrum 3
Mavic Equipe
Ritchey WCS

Bike Setup:   Ritchey Breakaway
Deda bars/stem
Campagnolo Veloce

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PaulCL a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2010

Strengths:    strength

Weaknesses:    Can't get a tire off or on the darn rims!! This is my second (and last) set of Ventos. It took me 20+ minutes to change a tire today while out of the road. I'm done with these. They go on Craigslist tonight!! I'll replace them with a set of Neuvations.

Bottom Line:   
Strong, well built wheels to be used as training wheels for a heavier rider. These are my second set of Ventos. They act as my backup wheelset and on my tri bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere without cars

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   overseas

Similar Products Used:   Lots: Am Classic Hurricanes, Neuvations, Mavic Open Pros, Speeddreams, and more

Bike Setup:   Aegis Victory, Am. Classic Hurricanes, Campy record/Chorus mix.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stephen thomas a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2010

Strengths:    fast bearings, pretty spoke pattern, extremely durable, and great looking wheels

Weaknesses:    coluld be a little lighter.

Bottom Line:   
very good wheel set. very fast to ride and haven't gone out of true or snapped a spoke in well over 4000 miles.

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Similar Products Used:   campagnolo kashmin wheels

Bike Setup:   aerocat r505 with campagnolo centaur componets

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by o3roye a Commuter

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2009

Strengths:    super bearings, stat true for 2500K

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
I have owned 2 sets of ventos, both are superb. Durable, true, and they look great

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Favorite Ride:   marinoni

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   labicicletta

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