History

From road world championships to trophy tour triumphs

The history of Lightweight wheels has largely been shaped by some of the world’s top competitive cyclists. It was them who first used the revolutionary wheels at championship races and major cycling tours, thereby establishing the brand’s reputation in the sport. Lightweight wheels have been available in their current shape ever since 1995, albeit subject to continuous refinement. Here is a brief timeline:

1980s

Heinz Obermayer and his partner develop all-carbon wheels. Initially for sulkies, but later for racing bikes too.

1980s

Lightweight establishes itself in the world of professional cycling.

1996 & 1997

Bjarne Riis and Jan Ullrich win the Tour de France and each win a stage using Lightweights.

2001

Lance Armstrong wins both the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France using Lightweights.

2003

The Lightweight brand is sold to CarbonSports GmbH.

2006

Generation 2 – Obermayer, Standard & Ventoux

2008

Generation 3 – Obermayer, Standard & Ventoux
Standard C – all-carbon clincher, new hi-tech office building

2010

All-carbon disc and VR8

2012

Product launch
RUNDKURS, MEILENSTEIN, AUTOBAHN,
FERNWEG, GIPFELSTURM Special edition WHITE EDITION, OBERMAYER GOLDRAUSCH

2013

Product launch
URGESTALT - Lightweight is bringing his first own
frame to market. Designed and engineered in Germany.
Another milestone in the company’s history.

2015

Product launch
EDELSTOFF - Lightweight develops his own clothing line
under the brand name EDELSTOFF. Main focus was the comfort
and the functionality of the clothing. Additionally the
sustainability of the production process was crucial.
This is why the entire clothing line is produced in a
family company in Portugal.

2016

During the Olympic Games in Rio the italian and the
australian national teams are riding on Lightweight wheels.