CarbonSports custom-painted Lightweight wheels

But what price exclusivity?

CarbonSports' all-carbon Lightweight Standard wheels are among the finest road hoops we've ever sampled but their plain bare carbon fibre finish might be viewed as a bit too pedestrian by some. Those looking for a bit more style, though, can now opt for a custom finish direct from CarbonSports on any wheel in the lineup.

According to CarbonSports North America CEO David Bell, the procedure starts with the customer providing the company with a specific idea of what they'd like to see ... and that's about it. As long as the customer is comfortable with a bit of artistic interpretation, the finish is hand-applied and off you go.

Not surprisingly, adding custom paint will make the already hyper-expensive Lightweights more expensive and even harder to get. The quoted premium is an additional 10% of the retail cost and current wait time is on the order of six weeks.

Ah, the price of exclusivity.

James Huang

Former Technical Editor, US
James was BikeRadar's US tech editor from 2007-2015.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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