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Only 99 sets available worldwide in a new special edition

If a standard pair of Lightweight Obermayer wheels isn’t exclusive enough for you, get your name down for a new Special Edition Gold pair. Only 99 sets are being made, each coming with the gold signature of their designer, Heinz Obermayer, four gold coloured spokes, and an invitation to the Lightweight factory in Germany. You have to admit, they do look pretty.

In terms of spec, these are actually the same as the existing Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels. That means they use super-lightweight carbon-fibre rims (53mm deep), top-end hubs from DT-Swiss with ceramic bearings, and 16/20 carbon spokes. The total wheelset weight is just 985g (420g front, 565g rear).

Heinz Obermayer founded the Lightweight brand in the early 1990s. The company reckon it’s impossible to improve on the performance of the Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels, so rather than tinker with the components, they’ve altered the finish.

The golden finish given to four of the spokes, the Obermayer signature and the serial numbers has a durable Duraflon polymer coating so it should advertise that your wheels are a bit special for a long time to come.

They’re tubular wheels rather than clinchers and they come with titanium quick-release levers, a gold edition Obermayer signature wheelbag and brake pads. The cassette hub body is easily interchangeable between Shimano/SRAM and Campag.

As well as a Lightweight factory tour you’ll get to meet Heinz Obermayer and be invited to the Lightweight booth at the Eurobike expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in August/September.

The cost? Well, we wouldn't go so far as to bandy words like 'bargain' about but considering all the extras and the fact that a standard set of Obermayers is £3,749... the £3,999 price tag sounds sort of reasonable. And let's not forget you get two for that!

And the maximum system weight these wheels can handle is 100kg, so if you’re a big lad/lady, you’ll just have to hang on to your cash this time.

For all the info go to Lightweight's website.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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carlgrz [51 posts] 4 years ago
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Got a set for a Schwag prize no doubt!
Want!

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 4 years ago
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I do want some of these wow!

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belgravedave [268 posts] 4 years ago
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An object lesson in good taste meeting exquisite engineering (well maybe not the gold spokes).

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 4 years ago
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TFFT, I've got a 12kg window of opportunity. All I need now is the remortage the house and sell the kids. my son is only 11 months old, but he'll come to accept its for the greater good.  4

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Ultimateweevil [34 posts] 4 years ago
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Please tell us you have a schwag for a set of these, as I want a set so much  20

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BearstedCC [80 posts] 4 years ago
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Wow, You've just got to schwag a pair. I'm in, albeit do I frame or ride on them. Both would be a grand (I mean a 4 grand) picture.  39