• Aug 29th 2008 at 3:58PM
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Weds Sports, a Japanese wheel-maker, has created a full carbon fiber wheel -- rims, spokes, hub, everything -- that weighs 2.76 kg. Coming out to about 6.1 pounds, that's about half the weight of the Dymag carbon fiber wheel with a magnesium rim that you'll find on a Callaway Corvette, and just over a pound more than Dymag's all-carbon race-specific front wheel for a motorcycle.

According to a rough translation of Weds' literature, they use a dry carbon fiber process that makes the wheels strong enough for... well, we're not really sure. While the rims look absolutely ace, we can't find any other company that makes an entire wheel out of carbon fiber, and Weds apparently hasn't yet put them in production, which leads us to think that these babies were meant only for the scales at the Tokyo Auto Salon. But if you have $12,000 for a set of four, and you live in an area with no potholes and no curbs, these could be the rims for you.

[Source: Carbon Fiber Gear]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be nice to take one of those wheels add a piece of round glass and make a nice table.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Your point about no potholes and curbs is a good one. While Carbon Fiber is strong, it's not great with impacts and just deeper than surface scratches.

      I've seen a bunch of pro bicycle racing pics of cracked in two carbon frames. In the old days of Steel and Aluminum, bikes bent, but didn't have catastrophic failure like carbon does today. Trade-Offs I guess.

      Those wheels are cool though. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      *waits for the carbon fiber tire*
      • 7 Years Ago
      I will need a set CF lugnuts, CF wheel weights and CF valve stem to go on my all CF Weds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      6 pounds? I'm sure those will crumble in no time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        6 lbs of carbon fiber is a lot... I think.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They look to be pretty strong though.... I hope....
      • 7 Years Ago
      HiPer Racing has been making carbon fiber wheels for ATVs for years and they are unbelievably strong. They won't be as light as a dry carbon fiber wheel, but what does that matter when those collapse under the weight of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      these look like O.Z. Ultralegarras

      and as for durability this item,
      I think they're inteded for racing,
      even if they are not strong enough
      to last an entire race season
      the advantage to running a new set
      for each race makes them worth the $$$
      for a program that is willing to spend to go fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, carbon TC105N are like completely old news... In fact, they are 9 months old news...
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about heat dissipation? If there is no metal in this wheel, the wheel bearings will fry in less than a lap from the head of the brakes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When do the Rota ones come out?
      • 7 Years Ago
      You guys obviously have no clue what you are talking about. The CF grade they use here is not that cheap crap most honda civic hoods are made out of, this is F1 grade CF and is much much much stronger than all those aluminum wheels most people buy. Infact these are even stronger than steel wheels. The only downside is cost, other then that, they are the best period. The only difference between this and aluminum wheels is that aluminum wheels are weak and can bent. CF wheel are much stroner and their breaking point is much higher, but when they do finally give... they shatter, not bend, but if you actually shatter CF wheels then the wheels are the LEAST of your worries b/c you probably just got in a horrific accident with a 18 wheeler or something worse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Screw that ! I'll stick with wood
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