So I sent a ‘damaged’ wheel back to Lightweight for repair which was out of warranty, and received a brand new wheel as a ‘Good will gesture’! Very very happy with this and what great customer service. I know I will continue to buy LW wheels now as I was debating on switching brands.. but to be honest I don’t think anything comes close performance wise… ‘open debate’
So the damaged wheel was a 2 year old Standard C, and the new wheel was the new Meilenstein C, the only real visible difference is the braking surface is more of a matt finish on the new wheel.
I have put around 300 dry miles on it and the braking is superb, much better than the old. There is zero juddering and very very smooth operation, in fact just like an alloy rim.
Now I am not saying that the old wheel was bad, but in comparison I can tell the difference. It has even made me think about changing the front wheel, but that would be crazy?!
I did many miles on the old wheel and lots of descents (including 50mph Mont Ventoux), with no problems at all, it is just that the new wheel feels better and it was always in the back of my mind to make sure I feathered the braking to prevent overheating and a blow out. But now as the new wheel is twice as strong and dissipates heat better it gives me much more confidence (obviously still feathering as standard).
Thanks again to LW customer support and service department and if you have the money and are debating buying these wheels, then my advice is do it with confidence. The wheels are superb and the back up service from LW has been excellent.