So I've encountered some problems with my LW front wheel. I noticed it after a ride, when I was going to park my bike. I haven't noticed it while racing, so I can't say how long it's been like this. The wheels are low mileage - sub 100hours (approx 1,5 hr of rain), used with LW's supplied pads and by me - a 67kg rider. The tallest climb I've taken them on is around 600m with a very straight decent.
The area where the spoke goes through the top spot of the rim sidewall connection has started delaminating. I can push the spoke and the sidewalls apart with very little force. This causes the two sidewalls to separate. I've uploaded a video for you to see. Notice how thin the sidewall that has delaminated is compared to a normal area on the picture.
I've sent the wheels to Lightweight for them to check, and I recieved nothing but an invoice of 450€ without tax. The invoice stated that the brake tracks are worn and thin and that the reason for the delamination is overheating or dirty pads. I must say I was quite surprised given the low mileage and gentle use. I've put both Zipps and FFWDs through quite a bit more and they looked as new.
Now, my question is. Am I supposed to just accept the repaircosts? Is this normal wear and tear? I've worked in a bikeshop for 4 years, and I've never seen something like this happen to any kind of wheels - even LW wheels used by a lot heavier riders than me that puts them through much worse conditions. I really have a hard time believing that this is my fault and that this is expected. If it is then I must say it is the most overpriced consumptiongood I've ever seen.VIDEO: http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinfo/9314164965/
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