Boyd Cycling. The Handcrafted Revolution

Boyd Cycling came along in 2009 and was the work of Boyd Johnson who had ridden professionally as a racer in years past. His passion for racing is manifest in his products. Boyd Cycling has developed a line of carbon as well as alloy rims that have risen in popularity in the last few years. 

They have both carbon clincher and tubular models that range in depth from 28mm to a very deep 90mm and these are also available as disc specific models as well.  The 90mm version is ideal for triathletes or time trial specialists. It has a 25mm width and weighs in at 635 grams. 

                                                                                  A deep 90mm carbon tubular rim from Boyd Cycling 

                                                                                 A deep 90mm carbon tubular rim from Boyd Cycling 

One of my personal favourite rims is an alloy clincher called the "Altamont". Following the trend of slightly wider rims, the Altamont has an internal width of 19.86mm and was developed with a 25mm tire in mind, though it works well with a narrower 23mm tire or something much wider should you fancy some additional girth. The 2016 version has been modified and is slightly rounder with a 30mm depth, for enhanced stiffness and a better tire profile. It has a welded seem for ultimate strength and weighs 485 grams. Lastly is the bead blasted finish which is more than merely cosmetic. The bead blasting process is done before the rim is anodised. This improves the anodisation bond and further increases rim strength. These rims can be run tubeless should you desire that. The new "Altamont LIte" has a depth of 25mm and an external width of 24mm. It weighs in at a very reasonable 435 grams. A weight that I feel is good for a variety of cycling disciplines. There is an updated "second generation" version that will be available in January 2018. Boyd has said that the ceramic coating will be even further improved. 

                      Boyd Cycling's Altamont rim profile.

                     Boyd Cycling's Altamont rim profile.

          The new Altamont Lite which is lighter by 50 grams.

         The new Altamont Lite which is lighter by 50 grams.

 

Here's a clincher rim that you might consider for your next set of cyclocross wheels or for your gravel grinder machine. 

Cognoscenti Cycles will be carrying the entire line of Boyd Cycling rims in 2017. Whether you are looking at some nice alloy rims or investing in some high end Carbon wheels, give us a shout and we'll sort you out! We should mention that Boyd Cycling has recently included Cognoscenti Cycles among their list of recommended custom wheel builders. We are honoured to be listed with those other renown builders. 

 

 

 

Corey Mihailiuk

Cognoscenti Cycles, 508 Palmerston Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M6G 2P3