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Lightweight Meilenstein Clincher Disc Wheelset

  • Lightweight Meilenstein Clincher Disc Wheelset
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Lightweight’s mastery of carbon-fiber and their proven ability to build light, stiff, and strong has finally been applied to road disc-brake wheelsets. The result is the Meilenstein C Disc Wheelset, and it is unlike any other disc wheelset on the market. They claim it’s the lightest and stiffest you’ll find.

As their brand name suggests, these wheels are super-light. 1390g for the set-660g for the front, 730g for the rear. And it’s a clincher. As the interior channel has no spoke holes, you won’t need a rim strip, either. Many tubular rim-brake wheels are heavier and less aero.

The rim should look familiar because it is. This is the same 20mm wide, 47.5mm deep rim you’ll find on their Meilenstein rim-brake clincher wheels. They didn’t change it because it didn’t need changing. It’s a balance of aero, light, and strong that is as at home on the flats as it is in the mountains. While you don’t have pads pressing against the rim walls, you still have the tire pressure pushing outward on those same walls.

Spokes are likewise unchanged. Here you’ll find something markedly different from the competition. The wheels utilize twenty spokes front and rear, whereas the competition never goes below 24 spokes. Fewer spokes means better aerodynamics. The spoke pattern is still the same cross-pattern as you’ll find on the rim brake wheels, and the spokes are still the thin, slippery carbon-fiber blades that can be found on other Lightweights. And they’re still epoxied into place at both the rim and hub, and this accounts for much of the strength. A single spoke goes from the rim to the hub, partway around the hub, and then to the rim. Aero, strong, and laterally super-stiff.

The hub, not surprisingly, is where you’ll find some big changes. They’re still utilizing carbon-fiber hub shells and carbon-fiber flanges. And the rear still has DT/Swiss internals. Shimano/SRAM-spline eleven-speed is standard, and you can swap in a DT/Swiss Campagnolo-compatible body if you want. But the flanges are taller and the shells are both larger in diameter and possess a new pentagonal shape. The new size and shape are about better counter-acting the forces that stopping a disc rotor has on the hub.

The disc-mounting method is the splined Centerlock standard. And they pack the wheels with six-bolt adapters if you prefer a six-bolt rotor. They recommend a 160mm rotor for the front wheel and either a 140 or 160mm rotor for the rear.

They’ve also made some changes in terms of how the wheels attach to your bike. Yes, quick releases come standard, with 9mm in front and 10mm in the rear. But you can also change the endcaps and run these wheels with 12 or 15mm thru-axle in front and either a 12x135 or 12x142mm thru-axle in rear. This is as simple as pulling one set of end caps out with your hands and then pushing in the new set.

The wheels come with bag, owner’s manual, and tire levers. Both front and rear rims have tiny embedded magnets so you can run a speedometer off either wheel.

Lightweight recommends ties up 23-25mm in width, though 27mm tires will work. Larger than that and they figure you’re using them off-roading and on gravel-and their carbon-fiber spokes don’t do great with rocks and sticks. While the rim channel is solid, these are not tubeless compatible. They also recommend that the maximum weight of the rider and bike should be no more than 120kg.

The Lightweight Meilenstein C Disc Wheelset comes in Standard and Schwarz versions. The Schwarz is the same rims, spokes, hubs upgraded with CeramicSpeed bearings. CeramicSpeed bearings provide the lowest drag of any bearings on the market, meaning you have to overcome less bearing resistance and can turn more of your effort into speed. The Schwarz is all-black, with black decals.

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