Eurobike 2012 tech: Lightweight's Autobahn and Fernweg wheels

Super-light and expensive wheels for 2013 from German company

This article originally published on BikeRadar

For 2013, Lightweight continues to live up to its name with a couple of new offerings in the aero tall-rim category. And with a couple of wheelsets ringing in at the cash register for more than 4,750 Euros ($5,990/£3,800), the company may well take the award for highest Euro-to-gram ratio for a production bike part. As for how they ride, look out for a review on BikeRadar soon.

At Eurobike, Lightweight displayed the new Autobahn 8-spoke front wheel and the new carbon clincher version of the Fernweg wheelset. With 81mm rims, these wheels are the tallest – and to hear Lightweight tell it – the most aero wheels the company has ever made. Whatever the drag figures may be, the wheels are impressively light compared to others in the aero category.

Lightweight already has an Autobahn disc, and the 81mm tall Autobahn front wheel is meant to complete the set. (Lightweight previously offered the shorter VR8, which also had only eight spokes.) With a 19.5mm-wide carbon rim laced with carbon spokes, the 850g Autobahn wheel comes with a 90kg (198lb) rider weight limit. Lightweight is selling it with the Autobahn disc for 4,750 Euros ($5,990/£3,800). (For comparison, a Zipp 808 front wheel and rear disc costs about half.)

As with Lightweight's other wheels, the front Autobahn uses carbon fiber spokes with a carbon rim and a carbon hub. The German company will not reveal exactly how those three components are assembled.

Also new for 2013 is a carbon clincher version of the Fernweg wheelset. This 81mm-tall, 19.5mm-wide rim builds up to a 640g, 16-spoke front wheel and a 715g, 20-spoke rear. (For comparison, a Zipp 808 front wheel weighs 821g and the rear 938g.) The wheelset comes with a 100kg (220lb) rider weight limit and a 4,950 price tag ($6,200/£3,900). The 2012 tubular version that came out in March, goes for 4,300 Euros ($5,400/£3,400).

Lightweight came out with the Meilenstein carbon clincher this spring.

If none of those options are light enough for you, then there is always the Gipfelsturm, which barely tips the scales with 450g front and 575g rear wheels.

The 715g Fernweg rear wheel will be available as a clincher for 2013

The 715g Fernweg rear wheel will be available as a clincher for 2013

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