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LEW KOM Wheels.....? Anybody familiar????(7 posts)

LEW KOM Wheels.....? Anybody familiar????DUOHEAD
Jun 26, 2003 7:47 PM
looking for some lightly used v. light tubular road wheels and these Lew Koms seem scary light @ claimed 900 g. set!!!????!!
Love to get some feedback? on these and other light carbon wheelsets-Lews-Corimas-Reynolds-etc. Any idea on prices on the KOMs...? Thanks Much!
I don't think they still make themfiltersweep
Jun 26, 2003 8:03 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Reynolds IS Lew (reincarnated, of course).
900g??? We don't need no stinkin' 900g...Akirasho
Jun 27, 2003 1:35 AM
http://www.ada.prorider.org/

I have no first hand experience (other than fondling them as they floated round the room) with these wheels... in fact, while not trying to pass judgement on anyone's abilities... these wheels may be wasted on all but the most accomplished athletic cyclists...

http://www.ada.prorider.org/whatsnew.html

... sweet, eh?

What's your application?

Be the bike.
Good luck...TJeanloz
Jun 27, 2003 6:39 AM
As I recall, the LEW KOM was advertised at InterBike 2000 as a <900g wheelset, but I'm not sure that any were ever actually produced (aside from prototypes). I know that there were none produced at that weight - the hub design that they had spec'd had to be scrapped because it didn't work like they thought it would. We got a set of the aero version of the same wheelset for a customer (they were the same price, a little heavier than the KOM, I think called the "Sydney"), and they took months to arrive and were overweight because of the American Classic (rather than proprietary) hubs. Original retail price was in the $2500-$3000 range; and wholesale wasn't much cheaper.

Bottom line is that I'm not sure how many pairs exist, and from the one person I know who has a prototype pair of KOMs, you don't want them anyway.
Good luck...Spiderman
Jun 27, 2003 8:55 AM
I was at Interbike 2001 and spoke to Chris from Lew composites (which is now the reynolds wheels) he said that they were so light, you should ONLY climb on them. Descending they were very squirrily because the wheels were not heavy enough create a significant gyroscopic effect, altering the way a person can balance on a bike.

I then spoke to a guy who rode them and he said that when he wasn't going really slow, it felt like he was riding on ice because there was no added stability from the rotating mass of the wheels. Now those are some stupid light wheels.
have fun descending on those. 1 Pebble= rim tacoBIG RING
Jun 27, 2003 9:25 AM
Thanks for kind replies! I've been warned! nmDUOHEAD
Jun 27, 2003 6:11 PM