The Meilenstein is the most popular model from Lightweight and is their stiffest wheelset. They are ideal for racing and riding in the mountains. The current trend is for wider tyres and wider rims though, and at 20mm wide the original Meilenstein wheels were looking a bit narrow compared to more modern offerings.
The new Meilenstein 24E brings the wheels bang up to date with a wider rim that works perfectly with 24 to 34mm tyres. We're seeing 25 to 28mm tyres being increasingly popular with Bespoke Cycling clients - more comfort, traction and less rolling resistance. Even the pros are onboard with wider tyres.
Lightweight has slightly modified the rim depth, from 47.5 to 48mm. There's a choice of tubular or clincher versions, weighing 1,165g and 1,290g respectively. That's only about 60g heavier than the 20mm wide Meilenstein Classic wheels (which are still available) so it's a tiny weight increase for the added benefits of being able to run wider tyres.
That extra rim width creates a better platform for the wider tyre. The increased width creates a wider tyre footprint and results in less flexing and movement of the tyre in corners, for a smoother and more precise handling. The transition from the tyre to the rim is also smoother for improved aerodynamics.
New rim aside, the rest of the wheels remain the same. The unique carbon fibre spokes - 16 front / 20 rear with a 100kg rider weight limit or 20 front / 20 rear with a 120kg weight limit - are laced to all-carbon hub shells with DT Swiss 190s or 240s internals.