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by Shane Stokes
December 6, 2017
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In an effort to keep up with ever-evolving preferences in road tires, Lightweight has announced an updated version of its premium Meilenstein Disc carbon wheelset. The key change is an increase in external rim width, from 20mm to 24mm, for a better aerodynamic match when using 25-32mm tires, according to Lightweight. Depth remains the same at 48mm for both the tubular and clincher version, and internal width on the clincher version is 17mm.
As before, each Meilenstein Disc rim is laced with 20 carbon fiber spokes to the custom carbon fiber hub. Center Lock splined rotor interfaces are used front and rear, and the rear hub is built with DT Swiss star ratchet internals. All of that is joined together through Lightweight’s signature multi-step molding process, which the company claims to yield a monolithic structure that not only will never require truing, but is also substantially stiffer than wheels built in a more conventional fashion.
Claimed weights are thoroughly impressive at 1,380g per set for the clinchers, and just 1,245g for the tubular version. That sort of technology doesn’t come cheap, however, nor does German labor (as the Meilenstein Disc wheels are hand-built in Friedrichshafen). Retail price is €4,590 for the clincher set, and €3,900 for the tubulars.
For more information, visit www.lightweight.info.