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Lightweight Gipfelsurm Schwarz Tubular Wheelset

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Lightweight Gipfelsurm Schwarz Tubular Wheelset

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How to make a 1025g set of wheels climb better?  That’s the question Lightweight confronted when they set about improving the Gipfelsturm Wheelset. The result is the Schwarz Edition. And it answers the question.

Install CeramicSpeed bearings. The Danish company is the unrivaled master of low-friction bearings, and by installing six of them (two in front, four in back), these wheels that weigh less than a set of filled water bottles will find less resistance climbing. And descending. And riding on the flats.

Freakishly light yet reassuringly solid and rather aero. Lightweight can manage to create all things in the Gipfelsturm because of their knowledge of materials and the way they build wheels. The wheel once called the Ventoux is built the way all Lightweights are-with carbon-fiber spokes running from the rim to wrapping around the hub and running back to the rim, then tensioned and epoxied into place. The spokes are evenly and highly tensioned, which ensures that the wheel will be laterally stiff and round and true-and will stay this way no matter what. They use 20 spokes in front and 24 in the rear, a concession to the ultra-light, 27mm deep tubular rim being used.

But there are no concessions to the competition. The wheel won't flex when you're out of the saddle in your granny gear. It won't flex when you're taking a switchback at the edge of control. This will get you up the mountain faster and down safer and more easily. And for those who want light wheels and are concerned about crosswinds, the Gipfelsturm is a great pick as the shallower depth is less visible gusty winds.

As with all Lightweights, the hubs are made in house, with a carbon-fiber shell and pressed-in bearings. The rear hub utilizes a DT Swiss cassette body. You choose between Campagnolo and Shimano/SRAM splines; both are for 9/10/11-speed cassettes.

The wheels come with a set of Lightweight brake pads produced by SwissStop. They also come with Lightweight quick release skewers, and a double-wheel bag. Wheel magnets are embedded in both the front and rear rim, so you won't need to mount your own and the aero profile isn't disturbed.

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