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Interbike 2008 – Lightweight Wheels, Components

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Lightweight had their ultralight carbon wheels on display, which were a popular item on a lot of bikes around the show.  Above, a closeup of the hub on the front wheel from the Obermayer wheelset, which ranges in weight from 960g to 990g, depending on the front wheel spoke count (12, 16 or 20). Their new wheels use 100% carbon spokes, versus their carbon/aramid mix from last year.  The result?  30% stiffer wheels, which is good given that a 12-spoke front wheel is even an option.

Lots more pics of crazy light wheels and some things you may not have seen before, like their full carbon rear derailleur (sub 120g…SRAM Red is 153g).  All you have to do is read “more”…

Their full carbon rear derailleur works with Shimano and Campagnola 9 and 10 speed drivetrains.  It uses titanium hardware to keep the weight under 120g.  How’s that compare?

SRAM Red: 153g / Shimano Dura-Ace: 166g / Campagnola Super Record: 172g

Click on any of these pics to enlarge them.

Next up, before we get back to wheels, are these sick light skewers:

Their quick release skewers use a 7075 aluminum with 6/4 titanium levers to weight in at 34g per set.

The Lightweight Obermayer III wheelset is their best aero wheelset that uses their new full carbon spokes to reduce weight and increase stiffness. They use DT Swiss 190 ceramic hubs.  Rear wheel shown above, front wheel below.

LIghtweight’s disc wheel weighs in at only 820g, and the rumor at the booth was they’re working on a new, lighter fabric cover to further reduce weight.  It’s also available as a front wheel.  Using this as the rear and the 12-spoke Obermayer for the front, you could build an aero wheelset at 1250g (set up below is with the disc and their 16-spoke front).

They also had these cool colored versions at the show.  Snazzy.

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