Campy Wheelsets Goes Two Ways


by David Schloss on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:58 AM


As a big fan of Hutchinson Tubeless Tires, I’m thrilled to see the continued march toward standardization as more and more companies adopt the 2-way clincher/tubeless rim system.

Current we’re riding a set of Hutch tubeless on a pair of super-smooth Fulcrum wheels (a full review coming soon) but these Campy Eurus (as in “they cost a ton of Euros”) will come in the 2-way flavor, and weigh in at about 1500 grams. That’s not the lightest set in the tubeless mix, but it does certainly have more Campy graphics than any other wheelset.

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Can’t get past the wagon wheel design… to the high price for (relatively) heavy wheels.  Too bad, because I love the Campy freewheel sound.  I run Fulcrums now (also overpriced for their weight), but it looks like they’re moving toward wagon wheels for the two-way fit models, too!  :/

What ever happened to a 36h low flange hub laced 3x to a nice 36h box rim? I think we are putting weight as too much of a priority. Weight helps a bike at times. I rode my friends custom track bike which weighs in at roughly 9 pounds on the West Side Highway path…It was horrible. First off the carbon material did not flex at all but when I hit the slightest bump it sent a horrible shock through the frame. Basically getting up to speed is very easy but keeping a steady cadence I found was harder with this bike since it was very light and didn’t have as much energy pushing it forward. I honestly would prefer my Alien any day. Feels nice and sturdy between my legs knowing steel won’t shatter and if I accidentally hit a pothole my wheel won’t fold in half. My wheels are heavy, but the city is fairly flat so once I get moving (Which isn’t much harder then the carbon) the momentum of my wheels wants to keep moving. They are also very easy to service in the rare case that they actually need it. For the strength and beefiness of them the weight isn’t even that much. I laced a 36h low flange Phil fixed/fixed hubset to a pair of Mavic Open Pros using 2.0/1.8/2.0 double butted spokes with alloy nipples (yea i used spoke prep) and standard 3x lacing pattern. Also tied and soldered the spokes after i stressed and tensioned them for hours getting every slight imperfection out. Once they completely broke in I trued them once and they haven’t moved out of true at all. About 4,000+ miles on the wheelset and I haven’t trued them since they hit the 125mile marker. I’ve been through many rough city conditions on them but yet they always hold up. And to be completely honest, I’m happy I built up a bombproof wheelset instead of a fancy carbon tubular wheel that would cost me $70 each flat fix or wear out the brake surface in a few months…You guys also realize people pay about $1000 for a Zipp 404 wheelset which will only last them a few races. I payed around $600 for a wheelset that so far has lasted me 4,000+ miles in about a year, mostly riding city streets. Hell I’ve even taken it off road.