[...]LW do not come with weight limits, they come with incredibly conservative, suggested rider weights for optimal performance.[...]
=> don't want to argue with you, but that's definitely wrong. We define a specific weight limit for every model
. Sometimes a hobby pilot may bring much higher loads on a wheel than a powerful pro!
(And yes, I CAN say that, cause i've ridden many sets of different Lightweights during the last few years
Zen Cyclery wrote:
[...]a wheelset in this price range shouldn't have a weight limit.[...]
So you think "toughness" (is that the correct word? I think you know what I mean) follows price? Wrong thinking. Price comes from used materials, handwork, engineering, molding etc... Even if we produce wheels not only for pro riders and races, you have to respect that material built up to the technical limit has it's restrictions. Not only our wheels - every stuff you can buy. Of course we could build wheels that suit even heavier riders...but where to draw the line? At 150kg? 200?
And what do you think will all the lighter riders tell us, if the wheels then become 100g or 200g heavier? No...that would be the wrong way...
There are companies that offer special "heavy duty" stuff to the heavier customers. That's not discrimination, that is only to respect the special requirements for a different environment.
Now you may ask "and why don't you do so?" => simple answer: it'd be too expensive. What do you think a 130kg guy would buy? The wheelset with 1100g, made for 120kg max or the wheelset with 1250g, made for 150kg max?
So we'd sell only a few sets of these heavy duty wheels... even if they had the same price.
Andreas Schiwy, CarbonSports GmbHhttp://www.lightweight.info