Lightweight Standard III tubular wheelset review£2,560.00

Amazing stiffness to weight ratio

BikeRadar score4/5

The radical-looking Lightweights are actually lighter than the best conventional opposition, but their on-road responsiveness is outstanding.

As the name suggests, these Standard IIIs are the third evolution of Lightweight's more affordable tubular road wheelset.

The radical, full-carbon construction, handmade in Germany, runs fibres straight through the lens-shaped carbon spokes from rim to rim.

This not only makes them very light, but also incredibly stiff. Even initial cynics commented on the very obvious increase in cornering accuracy and power responsiveness compared to conventional wheels of the same overall weight.

Aerodynamics and speed sustain are good too, and the shock absorption from the full-composite construction mean they’re not uncomfortable either.

We used the lightest 16/20 spoke setup, but various other spoke options (16/24, 20/20, 20/24) are available for heavier riders. Each wheel is chipped for total build quality control too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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