Over the years, Lightweight wheels have become an icon of world of carbon wheels. Having seen it ourselves, their production facility in Germany is impeccable with state of the art equipment and manufacturing techniques. And now, Lightweight is ready for their next evolution. Or Generation EVO to be more precise.
Starting with a new carbon layup that is more robust, Lightweight now states that all of their EVO series wheels are approved for gravel and CX use. That same layup is also said to include a better blend of different modulus carbon fibers to create a more comfortable ride – something you’re going to want if you’re riding these wheels off road.
Also important for offroad use is the ability to run tubeless tires. It’s not clear if the rims will use tape for sealing or if they’ll have a solid rim channel, but given the wheels’ construction, we’d bet on the latter.
A sign of the times, all of the EVO wheels are disc brake only. Together, there are four wheels in the EVO line, the Meilenstein EVO, Wegweiser EVO, Fernweg EVO 63, and Fernweg EVO 85.
The Meilenstein EVO is still an all around wheel design with a 48mm rim depth, and 18.2/24mm rim width – at $7000 / 4690€. Built with 20/20 spokes, the wheels have a recommended tire width of 23-32mm and a claimed weight of 1,380 for the set.
The Wegweiser EVO is a lower profile rim with a 36mm depth, and the same 18.2/24mm rim width – at $5000 / 3500€. Also built with 20 spokes for each wheel, the wheelset actually weighs a bit more than the Meilenstein EVO at 1,450g according to the specs posted on the website.
The deepest wheels in the EVO family, the Fernweg comes in both 63mm and 85mm depths – both sets at $9250 / 6890€. This rim is slightly wider externally at 25mm, but has the same 18.2mm internal width. Using the same 20 spoke construction, the wheels weigh in at 1,695 for the 63mm and 1,765 for the 85mm.
The Meilenstein & Fernweg wheelsets are also available in upgraded all-black Shwarz editions with CeramicSpeed bearings for ~450€ extra.
All of the EVO wheels are said to be available starting November 1.