Check out these five wheelsets billed by many as the best, and certainly most expensive, road bicycle wheels on the planet.
Reynolds RZR 92 Carbon$4,500 1 of 6
Compared to the rest of the wheels on this list, the RZR 92 looks like a bargain at $4,500. Not only do these wheels sport a 92mm depth that makes them super aero, but the carbon rims, hubs and spokes cut weight drastically. The wheel's dainty 1,482-gram weight ranks them among the lightest set you'll find for any wheel with a depth over 80 millimeters.
Lightweight Autobahn Disc and VR-8$6,100 2 of 6
If you're into triathlon or time trials, Lightweight claims this wheelset is the fastest on the planet. Focusing on aerodynamics, propulsion and speed, Lightweight concentrated on stiffness for power transfer while decreasing weight—780 grams for the disc is as low as you're going to find anywhere.
Gokiso GD Super Climber$7,900 3 of 6
As an engineer who specialized in parts for Rolls-Royce jet engines, the creator of Gokiso knows a thing or two about quality. Made from titanium and carbon, the company claims these wheels provide the smoothest, most comfortable ride on the planet. Yes, they are also supremely light, but the secret lies within the build of their hubs—which I can't even pretend to understand.
Stork Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer Edition$8,000 4 of 6
All of Lightweight's wheelsets are insanely expensive, but this wheelset takes the high-priced craziness to the next level. Claiming to be even stiffer than the ridiculously rigid 2014 model with the same name, the 2015 version also weighs an astonishingly light 950 grams. And if owning an $8,000 carbon work of art makes you nervous, Lightweight offers insurance to protect your purchase for up to three years.
Lew Racing Pro VT-1 Custom$15,292 5 of 6
Not to be outdone, Lew Racing's VT-1 is a sub 900-gram wheelset that costs as much as a new car. Using a carbon combination process called DEX-LCM developed for the Department of Defense, the company claims that their wheels are not only lighter but stronger than a normal wheel. The custom version can support up to 500 pounds and has an extended four-year warranty. For the stingier cyclists, you can purchase the standard version of this wheel for around $5,500.