I don't really want to get this thread more heated, but I must ask this since it's not yet been answered. alienator, DO YOU OR DO YOU NOT WORK FOR LEW? How about an honest answer?
A well designed product is as stiff as it needs to be, as strong as it needs to be to meet it's performance targets. It does not have to meet some generic "wheel's must be built like this" ideal.
That would be fine if every company would design a custom wheel for every customer. If not they must be built to some generic standard as they need to work for almost any rider that gets on them. Certainly my 208lbs needs a stiffer wheel than someone weighing half as much.
Dude, you keep picking on people for not being scientific or showing you the numbers.. I have not seen you posting anything scientific with numbers ever relating the products you seem so eager to defend.
But he did post something scientific relating to products.
I know some have raised questions about the design, and some have questioned whether they've done any CFD and/or wind-tunnel time. LEW claims that the spoke profiles coupled with the rim profile is more aero than a 100mm rim with metal spokes (I'm assuming bladed spokes). While I may be somewhat gullible, I find it hard to believe that they'd make such a claim without having done the tests to back it up. And those tests would have to be wind tunnel tests. I think CFD testing for a spinning wheel, especially with a lot o' spokes, would be a nightmare.
It seems quite convenient to require others to post links to published data yet not require it for yourself or your company.