Carbon or aluminium?
Carbon is the absolute premium class in the bike industry. Carbon is the ideal material, especially for road bikes, where attempts are made to reduce every superfluous gram of weight. Carbon is extremely light and at the same time extremely stiff. But not all carbon is equal. It depends on the processing and the right carbon fibre. With high quality workmanship, carbon is stiffer and yet more comfortable than aluminium. Vibrations can be absorbed by the material, increasing the ride comfort. Thanks to these characteristics, carbon is the ultimate in road bike materials. If you love long endurance tours with your road bike, short sporty club runs, or races, a carbon road bike is just the right thing for you!
Carbon wheels are significantly stiffer than aluminium wheels. This is especially noticeable during sprints or on twisty tracks. With our wheels, you feel how every step is converted into propulsion and speed when you start out or sprint. In curves the high stiffness is especially beneficial for precision, which makes precise steering easier. Thanks to the powerful sprint behaviour, you also get out of corners faster than with aluminium rims.
Compared to carbon, aluminium is more robust in terms of incorrect torques and crashes. Here, it is essential to maintain appropriate pressure values when clamping in order not to damage the material. Carbon rim brake wheels can sometimes brake worse than wheels with an aluminium brake track, especially in wet conditions. Here you have to brake accordingly to avoid damaging the material, but with a little practice this can be done without problems. Applying a light amount of pressure to remove the water on the brake surface, then more pressure to reduce your speed. At lightweight we've collaborated with Swiss Stop to produce a specialist compound of rim brake pads, specific to our wheels. Using these brake pads on our carbon braking surface ensures you the best possible braking performance. If you are still unsure, you can get most our wheels with disc brakes.