If you are looking for an extremely light wheelset that still has good aerodynamic properties, the 38mm tubulars are hard to beat.Tipping the scales right at 1200 grams it's hard to find a wheelset that will compare in terms of strength, aerodynamics, and weight. In hilly races this is actually an ideal wheelset as when you're not climbing, you'll still be saving energy from having a slightly deeper wheel. The 38mm tubulars are also a very popular option for cyclocross racing due to the low weight and high strength. With all Boyd cycling carbon wheels, Sapim CX Ray spokes are standard, and the wheels come with 20 spokes on the front and 24 spokes on the rear. 524 grams front / 680 grams rear (20/24 spoke count).
I have a Boyd Cycling 88mm laced with a Powertap G3 hub - fantastic wheel, very stiff and aerodynamic. I weigh close to 200 lbs and am very sensitive to wheel stiffness. This wheel is great for high speed races like crits and TTs - there is a tradeoff between aerodynamics and acceleration, but even as a sprinter I prefer the deeper wheel due to it's significant advantages at high speed. I find that the reduce power expended throughout the race keeps me fresher in the sprints.
Kevin Bennett in CO.
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2012
Strengths: These wheels are light stiff and responsive. My favorite part was, by far, the responsiveness. I put power to pedal and I was up to speed with in a few pedal strokes. I have ridden the "self professed, top of the line" wheels. Boyd is right there with them.
Weaknesses: Not that the have one, but this is a review, so I have to give something. My only complaint would be that it did take some time to actually receive my wheels. It wasn't anything Boyd did. I just happened to order when they where low on stock for that particular wheelset. But the whole time we where in constant communication about the situation. I was never left wonder where I stood with my order.
I did a ton of research before my decision was made. I never found a wheelset that was at 1400 grams for this price. I am a bigger guy, that races crits, so I need the stiffness of the 50's. Also never I have to deal with someone that was in some other county. That was comforting.
I plan on purchasing the track 50's in Janurary 2013.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2012
Strengths: Very light, plenty stiff for a Cat 1 160lb rider like me, and well built. Haven't had to true them once! They're also moderately aero. Add to that the retail price, which is 1/2 or less of comparable wheels, and you've got an insanely good value!
Weaknesses: Braking isn't as good as wheels with alloy braking surfaces, even with carbon-specific pads. Same issue with the vast majority of carbon wheels with carbon braking surfaces. Same issue with most wheels that have carbon braking surfaces (with very few exceptions like Zipp).
I've had this wheelset for a year now, and have used them in some of craziest road races you can think of, including Everest Challenge (2011), and the Vuelta Mexico (2012). I even had to ride the last 20km of one stage of the Vuelta Mexico on a rear flat (which was not a result of any issue with the wheel)....and the wheel didn't need ANY work...didn't even need to be trued!
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