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Anyone using Lew products?(16 posts)

Anyone using Lew products?Ian
Nov 26, 2001 12:39 PM
I am thinking of new wheels and the Atlanta clincher has caught my eye. I also noticed their carbon crankset on their website. Anyone used either of these? Any feedback would be appreciated.

Big $$$ for High-Zootgrzy
Nov 26, 2001 12:53 PM
Stuff is well made but quite pricey - gotta ask yourself what is your personal bang-to-buck ratio criteria. Stuff rides nice and feels "wafer light". However, you still have to supply the power with your legs. If you just want bragging rights or the money is buring a hole in your pocket then go for it. Many think that there are other things to do with extra cash, but that's personal.
Big $$$ for High-Zootgtx
Nov 26, 2001 1:10 PM
$3000 for a 1395 gram (so they claim) clincher wheelset? You could get within about 100 grams of that for about $500 with a handbuilt set of Open Pros and Hugi hubs--less if you want to go with lighter rims.

Their Nascar Humpy bumper looks cool, though.
Big $$$ for High-Zootpmf1
Nov 26, 2001 1:22 PM
Hell, my Speeddream wheels only weigh 40 grams more than that and cost $500. For $3000 you could have a set for almost every day of the week.

I'm as guilty as anyone here on spending way too much money on bike crap, but $3000 for a set of wheels is even out of my ballpark. Ouch, that's a lot of cash.

You could buy a mediocre bike for that much.
Big $$$ for High-Zootgtx
Nov 26, 2001 1:34 PM
"You could buy a mediocre bike for that much."

Big $$$ for High-Zootpmf1
Nov 26, 2001 2:05 PM
OK, for $3000, I guess you could get a semi-decent bike. Maybe even a Litespeed on sale.
$480.85 actually,12x23
Nov 26, 2001 4:06 PM
for American Classic hubs built by AC with Velocity Aerohead's 32r/28f and weighing in at (actual weight) 1427 grams. I have 2,000+ miles on them and all is well.
$480.85 actually,pmf1
Nov 27, 2001 5:05 AM
You forgot postage + black spokes/rims were an extra $20
Nov 27, 2001 11:11 AM
This is for their carbon fiber tubular rim? Last time I checked Lew made the rim and a set oif these wheels were $1,100
Nov 26, 2001 4:19 PM
I had thought those wheels were about $1,300, not $3,000. If you are correct, then I would certainly forget about them. I spend quite a bit of money, but $3,000 is to much for me.
Nov 26, 2001 4:42 PM
doh! Just did a quick seach and I think you're right (my first search took me to an Aussie site). Still a bit spendy...
Before you buy a LEW product read this.JS
Nov 26, 2001 1:47 PM
I poached this from another forum and there are many more stories like this from what I've seen.

Be sure to read the fine print. My shop waited almost 8 months to get KOM's which broke on the first ride. They were not warranteed because they have a weight limit of 150lb, but I have talked to other guys who were told a weight limit of 125 lb. At least Lew is now saying the KOM is a climbing only wheelset, and cannot be descended on and cannot take brake heat or cornering forces very well. I am honestly biased as our customer service experience was utterly terrible. Went from denial to accusation, to Paul Lew himself yelling at me telling me I was a moron for not understanding his product and so on and so forth, so I am biased here.

Same pretty much with their crankset and brakes. We waited over 14 months for both, neither of which ever arrived. The crank design has been fundamentally changed 3 or 4 times, and now supposedly consists of a DA crank CNC machined, filled with foam and wrapped with carbon. The ones they had at the show were definitely scary light, but were admittedly unrideable, and are still over $600. One of the employees told me that he and another guy were currently riding a couple of pair around to test them.

Every Lew product I know of has broken, remember the US postal Rolf carbons which put two riders in the hospital? But admittedly I only know of a half dozen or so instances, but that's enough for me. On the other hand, have you ever seen a Campy crank or any Campy part for that matter break? Campy claims to have manufactured the carbon crank to the same specification structurally as the aluminum and I don't think you COULD break a Record crank.

I hate to vehemently flame somebody, but my experience and the shop's, was not just bad, it was scary. It was countless phone calls unanswered over almost a 1yr. period, followed by yelling and screaming by Paul Lew himself, personal attacks and a good bit of time effort and $ lost on a product which did not work, and a company unwilling to admit to any problem, or even potential of a problem. In the end we lost a good customer because we were unable to eat a $3000 wheelset which he did not want, which did not work and we had already paid for, because the company was telling the customer all along that the shop was at fault for the wheels breaking, that we were at fault for taking 8 months to get them, and owed him his money back because they were not at fault. And that is a really impossible situation, so be wary.
Before you buy a LEW product read this.Ian
Nov 26, 2001 4:24 PM
I do appreciate your feedback. I also know someone who has been waiting awhile for Lew cranks. But, the products appear to be of good quality, so I wanted to at least explore my options.

I have looked at the Campy carbon cranks, but the question is; do I want to go Campy? I have been a Shimano man and I'm just not sure if I want to switch.

Thanks again for sharing your experience.

LEW products are fantasticsherpa23
Nov 27, 2001 8:34 AM
I have been using Lew products since 1999. They are, undoubtedly, the best products I have ever used. I have 2 pairs of track wheels and two pairs of road wheels. I used their wheels at every important race I have done since 1999, including the olympic trials and national championships, and the World Championships, as well as many races in Europe. If there was any question of the durability or performance level of their wheels, do you think that I would use them in those circumstances? I used to use Zipps but they were so unreliable that I used my heavy training wheels in races just to be confident my wheels would not crap out. I have tons of experience with these wheels and I can honestly say that they are the very best wheels out there.
Wow, that is a ridiculous amount of cash.nigel
Nov 27, 2001 10:19 AM
Unless you're someone who's set to gain a lot of money or prestige (like a sponsored professional) from winning a particular race, I'd steer way clear from anything that dear.

If you're a racer--which I assume you are if you're even looking at these products--may I suggest getting a coach? It'd be the best way to spend some extra cycling bucks, and--even more importantly than equipment--will certainly make the most difference in your winning races.

Just a suggestion.

Goes with the Cady SUV. (nm)grzy
Nov 27, 2001 11:13 AM