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Old 02-22-06, 12:13 PM   #1
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Lew Wheels?????

I have a set of Lew Wheels, which I loved when I first got them in Oct. 2000. They are carbon rims with three groups of four spokes on the front wheel; four groups of four spokes on the back (empty space between spoke groups). I think they were called Tri Quad Wheels. After riding them for about 4 races, the wheels were warped (larger at the places where there are no spokes, smaller where the spokes are). By that time, Lew had just sold out to Reynolds. The Reynolds people offered me a deal on buying a new set of wheels (tried the wheels in race - didn't like them). I've tried loosening the spokes to see if the wheels' round shape would return. It didn't. Different people have tried to true them. Result: they roll straight, but the bike goes up and down on the warped wheels.

I paid quite a bit for those wheels. At the moment they are useless to me. Is there any hope? Any ideas of a way to revive these wheels?
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Old 02-22-06, 01:48 PM   #2
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Take the Reynolds deal then sell the Reynolds wheels if you don't like them.

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Old 02-22-06, 02:09 PM   #3
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I never understood the spoke grouping thing... Is there an aero advantage? Because it obviously makes truing a pain in the ***. So why not have the same number of spokes distributed evenly?

Anyway, Al is probably right. Pick those Reynolds' up and put them on ebay new and unridden if the deal is good enough. Sell the current ones cheap to somebody who likes the look, then buy the wheels you really want.
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I was not suggesting that you sell the Lew's, they're shot. If Reynolds is willing to replace them they'll want to keep the Lew's.
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