I want to talk about the different models of Lightweight wheels. Before discussing the various models manufactured by this German company, I’m going to share with you the philosophy of Lightweight.
What is Lightweight? I would like to begin by commenting on the feeling you get with a Lightweight wheel. To illustrate that feeling, imagine you own a car or a bike and there’s little air in the tires or the wheels are worn down, as can happen with a bike or a scooter. You go to the repair shop and you have the wheels changed or you put air in them and you start anew. The first feeling you get is they’ve changed my car; this is great, look how smooth it runs now. With Lightweight it’s the same thing – we have the best wheel, weight, rigidity; we have top comfort and safety. That’s Lightweight. It’s emotion. It is emotion because there’s nothing more gratifying in cycling than to be able to hop on your bike, ride it, without getting the feeling that things are off or you’re suffering a loss of energy due to the material used. With Lightweight, you never have that feeling. It is incredible; it’s the most exciting thing you can find in a wheel.
Its construction is one piece; there are a number of things we can say: water cannot get inside your wheel; radials never come loose because they are part of one piece. From one end of the wheel to the other, it’s all one unit. It is amazingly rigid. That’s basically the concept inherent in Lightweight.
Lightweight models – there are several different models of Lighweight wheels for all kinds of uses, personalities and prices. Let’s begin with the Standard model and the Obermayer. Obermayer is better known because this man invented the model and it’s lighter than its Standard counterpart. We are always comparing them, their different weights … For a person weighing 90 kilos, I’d suggest the Standard; for someone weighing, 80, 70, 60 kilos, I’d recommend the Obermayer instead, but neither is better or worse. Each wheel is appropriate for one type of person or another. With both models, you can choose the color to paint it or customize the wheel frames with a photograph. You can have the Black Edition, black with a matte finish, Lightweight stickers visible or not, it’s up to you, but the core of it all will always be the same. Hubs can be loosened easily; their maintenance is virtually child’s play.
The Ventus model is a low-profile wheel whose construction, for example, is different than the Standard … the radials emerge at one end, unlike the Standard, but in rigidity and construction it is virtually the same, a bit more rigid obviously because it doesn’t have a profile, but it’s a wheel that weighs 160 grams, and it rides great. I’ll be making videos of each model of wheel with individual specifications and now we move on to one of the most aerodynamic wheels on the market: the VR8, which is like a Standard but has fewer radials designed for people who might be doing a time trial or a triathlon, for instance.
Lastly, we have this year’s newcomer, the Fernweg, a wheel which has a profile that’s very wide, highly aerodynamic and incredibly rigid. It’s a wheel to enjoy.
This covers the various models of Lightweight. You now know that they can be personalized, painted to your specifications, paint that is pore-free. If it stains, just go over it with a damp cloth and there you are, it’s just like new. I hope this explanation has helped you.
Remember that Lightweight is emotion and the security of owning the best wheel, whether you’re a Sunday cyclist or an avid competitor.