Wondering if these Lightweight carbon wheels are real

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ajresnikoff
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by ajresnikoff

Hi there,
I'm looking at purchasing a set of Lightweight carbon wheels and I'm trying to figure out if they are real. Does anyone know if Lightweight is being knocked off by China yet? These have custom graphics on them to match the bike. Any help would be great.
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maverick_1
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by maverick_1

Looks real to me.
I guess the owner custom made some decals to suit the frame?

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fxx
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by fxx

Alixpress has these.


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ajresnikoff
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by ajresnikoff

I would like to think they custom made decals for it. Are the Ali Express ones rounded or flat spokes?

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2old4this
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by 2old4this

If they are knock-offs, they are really good replicas.

Lightweight did have these in early 2010s. You can still find them here and there https://www.racycles.com/outlet/wheels/ ... elset-6482

If you want to make sure, you can take the tires off and read the serial numbers (there is supposed to be an rfid in them as well, but I do not know any shops with a reader...) and send them to Lightweight.

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kgt
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by kgt

Looks like real but... See if the spokes are bonded like they are on original LWs.
edit: judging from your other threat the wheels look like the original. Maybe the decals are fake? :noidea:

fxx
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by fxx

Spokes are bonded and look flat to me. Image

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by Zigmeister

The way lighweight bonded their spokes, flat to the hub and rim make those look real. I don't think the Chines have the ability to make those wheels with the methods they have..that Chinese version above is basically a thick carbon spoke attach to the hub..which is completely different from Lightweight...I think them and Mad Fiber are the only ones who had this technique perfected, which is very complex to accomplish technically and make the wheel true.

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