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.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.