They might be called Lightweight, but anyone familiar with the German brand will know that you need a very heavy wallet to afford any of their stunning handbuilt carbon wheelsets - and with the launch of new limited edition versions of the Meilenstein and Meilenstein Obermayer wheels in collaboration with CeramicSpeed, the luxury has extended even further.
Limited to 150 sets, the Meilenstein wheels are equipped with CeramicSpeed bearings in combination with their Oversized Pulley wheel system. The Meilenstein wheels are pronounced as Lightweight's best all-round wheel with a leading stiffness-to-weight ratio, and are fully handbuilt in Germany. The CeramicSpeed OSPW System is supposed to reduce friction, last longer and claims to provide energy savings "of up to 30-40%" if you believe those lofty claims.
The Meilenstein Obermayer, limited to 99 sets, takes the tech even further so say Lightweight. Pronounced as "the lightest and stiffest carbon wheels on the planet", CeramicSpeed have refined the ceramic bearings further with a very very thin protective layer on the running surface. This is supposed makes the bearing more resilient against dirt, increases durability and reduces friction.
As for the Oversized Pulley System, the cage was designed particularly for this limited edition and has a silver and black finish to match the carbon fibre patterns. The lower switch roll has been purposely kept in silver.
And what of that rather lofty price we alluded to? Well the Meilenstein wheels, limited to 150 sets, will set you back 5,399 euros, while the Meilenstein Obermayer versions are an absolutely whopping 6,399 euros. And if you feel short-changed by paying nearly as much for a set of bike wheels as you would for a Rolls Royce currently owned by zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter Desmond Morris (seriously, check this ebay listing) then you'll be glad to know that you get the limited edition CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel System and wheel bags included for that price.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.