Lightweight Fernweg clinchers - first look

Super-light carbon aero wheelset

BikeRadar have already taken a good look at Lightweight's Fernweg tubular wheelset, and we've even reviewed a Fernweg tubular rear wheel combined with the company's Autobahn VR front. But a new product for 2013 is this clincher version, claimed to combine a market-leading stiffness to weight ratio with strong aerodynamic performance.

The 16-spoke front wheel weighs in at a claimed 640g, while the 20-spoke rear hoop is said to tip the scales at just 715g – that's just 1,355g for a pair! Both wheels are 81mm in depth and use a 19.5mm rim, useful for tyres between 19 and 27mm in width. They come with a 100kg (220lb) rider weight limit and will set you back £4,399 / US$6,200.

We'll be getting some actual weights and putting these wheels through their paces in the near future, so look for a full review on BikeRadar soon. And for now, lust after the Fernwegs in our image gallery.

For more information see the Lightweight website.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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