Launched in 2009, Boyd Cycling strives to be the craft beer of cycling wheels, says founder Boyd Johnson, who became entrenched in the industry following a career as a pro racer. The brand offers a refined line of aluminum and carbon wheels for a variety of applications from traditional and plus sized road use to two mountain bike specific options.
With the ever growing plus trend, Boyd has also been hard at work developing some options for enthusiasts seeking a bit more girth, with two plus tire options finding their way into the line. The Jocassee is a 27.5+ gravel road wheel targeted toward the expanding adventure road market. With a hookless, tubeless-ready full carbon fiber rim, measurements are 24mm internal, 30mm external. Designed for use with ultra-wide 45-52mm tires, the end result being the same outside diameter as a traditional 700×25, meaning the gear ratio will feel exactly the same when swapping between the two wheel options.
The latest mountain bike offerings from Boyd include the aluminum Kanuga and carbon Ridgeline, both of which are available in 29er and 27.5 and boost or non-boost configurations. Inner rim widths on the Ridgeline are 26mm and 25mm for the Kanuga, and both are optimized for tire widths of 2.1-2.4. Like many other rim choices on the market both rims use a hookless design and are optimized for tubeless use with the included rim strips and valves.
Hub options include the stock Boyd Quest hub that utilizes a 6-pawl system for 5.6 degrees of engagement. Common axle configurations are easily accommodated with swappable end caps that come preinstalled for the configuration of your choice. Additional configuration options are available separately. If the Boyd hubs don’t suit you, White Industry hubs can be integrated into any wheelset for an upcharge of $350 per wheelset. All wheels are 100% hand-built in Greenville, South Carolina.
Talk of a 27.5+ mountain bike wheel was also buzzing around the Boyd booth at Sea Otter, so stay tuned for more information on that.
For more information visit boydcycling.com.
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