I would like to know if anyone here rides Campy wheels on their century rides. Reason why I ask is that I have the opportunity to buy a set of Campy Neutrons. A friend swears by these for the fact that they are a lower profile and designed with the idea of riding these for long distances which include hills. He also went on to say that in case of spoke breakage that you can still continue on or repair it easily unlike many pre-built Mavic wheel sets. At the same time they are lighter than most but still very stiff. Any thoughts or comments would be welcome.
Well yes and no as to spokes. Unless you are a clydesdale, spokes will be an
infrequent problem. One draw back is if the Campy wheels is a Campy hub.
Unless you are wedded to all Campy, you will be stuck with conversion kit
cassettes or Campy cassettes, with the size limitations thus imposed and
generally greater costs by factor of 40% and up up. Light weight wheels
help a little in riding to speed you up the hills but unless you are racing or
climbing a lot make little difference otherwise. They apparently are oriented
towards climbing. FWIW Telekom pro team used them for a time. If you are
a speedy rider, (averaging above 20mph for long distances) an aero wheel
might be a better choice. It is not clear that the spokes are not proprietary.
I ride only Campy. Just my preference of equipment. As for a cassette 13-29 is what I currently use but can get a Campy compatible 13-32 cassette if I needed too. As for 20mph over long distances. I wish. I did a century this last weekend where the roads were not that great and there were several climbs. Before this century I was laready thinking about getting better wheels and was looking to buy Mavic SSC or Mavic Elite. What convinced me to change was after seeing 2 guys on the side of the road with broken Mavic spokes and their wheels toast from hitting potholes, I decided to get a lower profile, more spoke count wheel without sacrifing anything else.