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Anyone have any information on these wheels?WrigleyRoadie
Oct 9, 2002 11:11 AM
Saw this photo in the Interbike show forum...

Is that the Reynolds logo on those wheels? I can't find their website. Anyone have any info? Are they cyclo-specific?
Reynold is making 'Lews'..............gogene
Oct 9, 2002 11:33 AM is a copy of the article that appeared in Bicycle
Retailer and Industry News. The wheels are an improvement of the Lew wheels under the Reynolds name.

Reynolds Composites Partners With MacLean For Wheels

OCTOBER 02, 2002 -- VISTA, CA (BRAIN)--The Reynolds brand name will soon appear on wheels made by MacLean Quality Composites. MacLean bought wheel maker Lew Composites this summer. Terms of the MacLean/Reynolds deal were not disclosed.

MacLean is the composites and sports arm of MacLean-Fogg, a privately held company with reported annual sales of $400 million. It produces carbon fiber tubing for Calfee Designs, Trek and other bike frame makers, in addition to after-market and original-equipment products in the aerospace, automotive, industrial and sports industries.

The deal is beneficial to both companies--it gives MacLean a proven brand name, rep force and dealer base for its wheels and allows Reynolds to expand it product line.

"We could grow at a leisurely pace for the foreseeable future," said Jim Pfeil, Reynolds' president. "But we would miss a number of market opportunities. The synergy provided by MacLean-Fogg will give us the means to impact the market at a much quicker pace. By entering into this strategic alliance we bring together engineering, manufacturing and marketing resources that create a powerful team within the industry."

Reynolds produces carbon fiber forks in its Vista headquarters. MacLean will produce the Reynolds-branded wheels.

Cort Larned, MacLean's director of marketing, said his company is "ecstatic over the opportunity" created by the partnership
Lew's News... carbon fiber tubing?filtersweep
Oct 9, 2002 1:21 PM
So is a Trek truly a monocoque design? I'd expect the entire frame to wound, rather than composed of "tubing," but what do I know?
Oct 9, 2002 2:07 PM
The Trek frames are not monocoque, they are internally lugged, carbon fiber lugs. If you look at a nude OCLV you can see the seams.
Some changes to LewsJS
Oct 10, 2002 8:46 PM
Reynolds has actually made some design changes, mostly adding material to alleviate the fragility of lew wheels. They'll be a bit heavier. MSRP on the 40mm is $1400.00, I'll take my ZIPP's.
Oct 9, 2002 11:34 AM

... they've revamped their site since Interbike...

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