The Gipfelsturm, or “Peak Storm” is a true climber’s wheelset. These lower profile 27mm deep rims are nimble in crosswinds and handle well while climbing but remain stiff for the descent that follows. At just over 1000 grams for the set these wheels are well inside ultralight territory.
Lightweight wheels are handmade in Germany under the watchful eye of Heinz Obermayer. Each of Lightweights wheelsets come from a rich racing pedigree. World Cycling Championships and Tour de France victories can be found in the company’s palmarès.
Enhancements in the materials used in their construction have created an even more feathery sets of wheels each year. Lightweight called on all of their aerospace industry experience to further control the build process for these wheels, leading to even greater weight reductions without losing any of the functionality, or safety of these wheels.
Among the host of improvements is better heat dispersion for long descents. Lightweight claims the ability to tightly control the oven temperature during curing makes for a stronger, more resilient braking surface. The company touts their products as “the world’s most exclusive racing bike wheel.”