Lightweight Standard III tubular wheelset review

Amazing stiffness to weight ratio

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,560.00 RRP
Lightweight Standard III wheelset

Our review

Not cheap, but outstanding stiffness-to- weight ratio makes affording them worth it
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Standard III tubular wheelset (10)
Brand Lightweight

Material Carbon Fibre
Weight (g) 1129
Front Wheel Weight 429
Rear Wheel Weight 636