Lightweight Wheels debuts Full Carbon Fernweg Aero Clinchers, Ultralight Meilenstein Tubular Upgrades
After introducing the tubular Fernweg aero wheels earlier this year, Lightweight has announced a clincher version to be shown at Eurobike. They also have a revised version of the premium Meilenstein (Milestone) tubulars that brings several improvements.
The Fernweg C borrows the aerospace tech used on the Meilenstein C wheels to combat heat buildup and give the wheels solid braking. This tech is put on the aerodynamic rim shape of the Fernweg, then modified to run clincher tires. We’re waiting on specs like weight, rim depth, etc., and will update when we get it. The tubular version is running 16/20 spokes and has 81mm deep rims, we suspect these will be similar.
The Fernweg C and the new Meilenstein will work with the new 11-speed groups coming out and have a weiss (white) color option, too. Both wheels also use their full carbon spokes, which eliminate spoke holes and prevent water from getting into the rims…the benefit of which should be obvious.
The Meilenstein gets an upgraded brake track using similar tech that the clincher received earlier this year. The carbon layup and resin mix was changed to improved heat tolerance. They also rounded the edge profile at the top of the brake track, which they say provides better impact resistance and improved aerodynamics on the trailing edge where it meets the tire. They also lowered the overall rim height top 47.5mm (down from 53mm). They’re claiming overall betterment in both straight line speed and in crosswind stability thanks to these changes.
Spokes are 16/20 and the wheelset comes in at just 1100g (475g front, 625g rear). Rim width is 20mm. While these are ultralight, Lightweight says they’re still the stiffest wheels they make. Unfortunately, they have a rider/bike system weight limit of 100kg, but that’s about 220lbs…meaning only a few folks will be left out.