We have put a lot of development into having a complete range of wheels. Part of that was having alloy wheels the fit into a specific purpose and for a rider’s needs.
Both the Altamont and Altamont Lite wheels are almost identical. The are the same width, have the same rim, bed, and have the same strength in the rim. The only difference is that the Altamont is 30mm deep whereas the Altamont Lite is 25mm deep. This way we can let the rider choose if having better aerodynamics or shaving a bit of weight is a bigger advantage.
So which one should you choose? It depends on the type of riding you are doing!
If you are using the wheels in riders where you are going to be spending a lot of time above 18mph (group ride, flat to rolling terrain) where aerodynamics is a bigger priority then the Altamonts are a great option.
If you are doing more climbing rides, touring, gravel or cyclocross situations where the speeds may not be so high and weight is more of a priority then the Altamont Lites are a great option.
Both wheels are available in three separate spoke counts, allowing us to make an ideal wheelset for riders at any weight!