Lightweight is a brand of the internationally active carbovation gmbh. Carbovation is the merger of the carbon processing and distribution companies of the former Wissler Group, with over 80 employees in Friedrichshafen and the production site in Hailfingen. carbovation gmbh produces in the industrial, aerospace and sports & lifestyle sectors and serves international markets in Europe, Asia and North America. carbovation gmbh is part of the Murtfeldt Group.
Yes, they do exist, these stories in which a person with a lot of passion and even more expertise tinkers with products in a garage and thus changes the world. One of these stories is that of Heinz Obermayer and his partner. It all started with horses and sports cars. But where is the connection there? Well, the two men were passionate about composite materials and so they built carbon parts for cars and carbon wheels for sulkies in a tractor garage in Munich. Somebody came up to them and said, "Why don't you do something for road bikes?" No sooner said than done.
This is what makes our wheels
A riding experience in a class of its own
Our wheels are made of full carbon and not so-called hybrid models. This means that the spokes are also made of carbon, thus creating a wheel from a single mould. The wheel hardly twists at all, the Lightweight full carbon wheels bring performance to the point and ensure efficient power transmission without losses. Feel the indescribable riding feeling and how your power is burned into the asphalt.
The attention to detail
Our passion and love is for high-strength fibres, which in combination with epoxy resins remain ultra-light but develop enormous strength. We consistently rely on extremely high-quality materials and are always working on the best composition for our carbon wheels. Because we manufacture wheels from full carbon and do not rely on hybrid models, the result is a wheel that looks like a single piece. Thanks to the laminated carbon spokes, the wheel hardly warps at all and thus brings performance to the point.
Hand-made in Germany
The development of our wheels by hand is a unit of various components, which are carried out by experienced experts. Genuine unique pieces are created with a passion for perfection. This is how we can guarantee you the highest quality and offer you a first-class riding experience.
You will find the following products in our portfolio
A company with history
The history of Lightweight wheels is closely linked to the best and most successful professional cyclists in the world. They were the ones who used the then revolutionary wheels at world championships and big tours and made them famous in the cycling scene. Lightweight wheels exist in their present form since 1995 and have been continuously developed in detail ever since. Since then Lightweiht stands for first-class product quality, superior wheels and German engineering. The most important product group of the premium brand Lightweight are the now highly specialized, handmade racing wheels made of carbon, which are considered the market reference worldwide in terms of technology, innovation and functionality. But also various components and accessories complete the Lightweight product range.
carbovation gmbh processes carbon and glass fibers and produces high-quality and technically sophisticated products in the field of fiber composites in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. With the diverse processing techniques, as well as comprehensive material knowledge and application know-how, carbovation gmbh offers customized solutions for customer-specific requirements. Our customers come, for example, from the automotive industry, aerospace, medical technology, and various industrial applications.
The Dortmund company Murtfeldt Kunststoffe GmbH & Co. KG has a success story spanning more than 60 years and has made a name for itself as a supplier of innovative solutions for the mechanical engineering industry. In recent years, Murtfeldt's increasing importance as a supplier of standard and individual prefabricated parts has led the company to consistently strengthen its 3D printing technology and the development and production of lightweight components in addition to machining. With almost 400 employees in Dortmund and subsidiaries in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, sales representatives who advise customers on site, and other partners in almost all European countries, Murtfeldt has a comprehensive production, sales, and service network. Above all, comprehensive and competent advice is the focus of every business relationship.
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