I'm hoping that I can inspire the hard-core BF physicists or other techophiles to give me thoughts on this stiffness-related question -- I don't want to get Waterrockets steaming again before his long-planned frame tests are done, but . . .:
I am considering a new set of carbon wheels, which in the few tests I have seen exhibit more lateral flex under a given force than many of thier competitors -- in other words, the wheels do not test well for what I understand to be called "lateral stiffness." They test better than their competitors, however, for aerodynamics. They are also cheaper than many competitors.
Assuming (a) that the wheels don't flex so much that they rub on anything (like brakes or stays), and (b) that I don't care about "feel" (assuming that I could discern the flex), what difference does it make? Does a lack of lateral stiffness correlate to less speed? From start line to finish line, is there a disadvantage due to the trait of the wheels?
(Basically, I am damn near convinced that I want to buy these wheels, and am only sweating the flex issue, and trying to convince myself that it is no big deal.)