655 grams front - 20 spoke count (for riders under 180 pounds)
675 grams front - 24 spoke count (for riders around 180 pounds or above)
We are proud to introduce the 2016 model of our 44mm clincher. We have been working on the design for years, running CFD analysis, making physical prototypes, and putting in thousands of miles of on the road testing. With the new models we have wheeset that is more aero, lighter, better handling in crosswinds, and stronger than wheelsets costing twice as much.
The 44mm clincher is the all purpose carbon wheelset. No matter what type of riding you are doing, the 44mm depth with improved aerodynamic profile will be a great option for you. It's a great wheel set for climbing, descending, windy conditions, races, and even training. With the mid-depth aero rim height and improved design to handle the crosswinds these can be used even in very windy areas. With the low weight of the wheels they are a great climbing wheel set and on the opposite side of that climb the wider rim profile will make for great handling when flying down a descent.
Rim depth - 44mm
Rim width - 27mm
Inner width - 19mm
Rim weight - 465 grams
We have been working on our new tubeless rim bed profile for years, delivering a rim that can safely run tubeless tires as well as well as normal tube and tire. To read more about the Boyd tubeless difference, click here: (link coming)
Adding the Tubeless Kit: The tubeless kit above will include our new (blue) tubeless tape and tubeless valves pre-installed on the wheels! We will install two layers of the tubeless tape in the exact width you need for your wheels. We will also include and install two of our tubeless valves in the exact length needed for your wheels. Take the guess work out of converting to tubeless and let us do it for you.
Note: you will still need a tubeless specific tire and sealant to run the wheels as a tubeless system.
TEXTURED BRAKE TRACK
Braking is not that important. . . until it is! One of the things people have fear in regards to carbon is the braking performance, especially in wet conditions. Carbon braking performance has always lagged behind aluminum in terms of pure stopping power. With the new brake track on these rims, featuring a slight textured surface, braking is better than ever. Feel confident that no matter what speed, terrain, or weather condition when you need to come to a stop you will.
HIGH TEMPERATURE RESINS
The resins on the new carbon wheels can take the mountains! Countless hours of testing and resin formulas have gone into making a rim that can be ridden in any terrain. . .with any carbon specific brake pad. Don't worry anymore about if you have the right brake pads for the wheels. Wheels have been testing in a lab environment on a dyno machine, and personally in the mountains of South Carolina on hot summer days. The real world testing of the resin capabilities comes in the form of slow speed descending on Greenville's Paris Mountain. On a 35C degree day, we are going to the very top of Paris Mountain and riding just the front brake the entire way down the mountain. It ends up taking about 7.5 minutes to get to the bottom, all while dragging the front brake. It's the true test of braking way beyond what anybody would do while riding. . . .and we do it again, and again.
In part of making a complete wheel system, we wanted to have the highest quality hubs come standard on the wheels. We have a CNC factory produce the hubs for us to our specification to ensure you will have the stiffest, most stable, and best engaging hubs on the market.
Hubs can be one of the best ways to increase the stiffness of the wheels. If you think of a wheel as a triangle instead of a circle, the spokes have a base at the hub and come to a point at the rim. By increasing the base of this triangle you are making for a sturdier object, which translates directly to a stiffer wheel. Our hubs have some of the widest flange spacing on the market, which combined with the strength of the rims, help to make for an incredibly well responding and stiff wheelset.
Hub stability is something that is often overlooked, but is felt immediately when standing (such as when sprinting or climbing). To accomplish higher stability the bearings were also moved out as far as possible on the axle. Many hubs have a long end cap on the non-drive side with the bearing quite far from the edge of the hub. By supporting the non-drive side bearing and moving it out to the edge of the axle, the wheel stability is greatly increased.
SPOKES & NIPPLES
We feature Sapim CX Ray spokes and Sapim brass nipples on all carbon builds. Spokes are laced radially on the front and double crossed on both sides of the rear wheel for a stronger build and much better transfer of torque. All spokes and nipples are black.
How to read a wind tunnel graph (link coming)
We offer two spoke counts on all of our wheel sets. This is because not everybody has the same demands in a wheel set and to say that one wheel build will work for everybody just isn’t true. A 120 pound female triathlete is going to have much different demands in a wheel compared to a 200 pound masters crit racer who wants to use the wheels for everyday training and racing. So we offer the builds in options that will maximize both durability and performance. Going with the higher spoke count only adds about 40 grams to the weight of the wheels (less than half the weight of an empty water bottle), but will make for stronger, stiffer, and more durable wheels. If you are a larger, more powerful rider, and planning on using the wheels for years to come, you will want that added durability.
*Weight limit - 220 pounds 20/24 - 250 pounds 24/28
*Spoke count recommendation - under 180 pounds 20/24 - 180 pounds and over 24/28
*You do not need valve extenders if you are using an inner tube with a 60mm or longer valve.
Posted by Mark on 12th Apr 2017
I purchased a set of 44mm clinchers - and simply put - they are an amazing set of wheels.
My first two weeks of riding the wheels were at a two week cycling camp in the north Georgia mountains. The preformed beyond my expectations. They roll up to speed quickly. They handle great - even in some major cross winds. The breaking (which I put to the test) was the best I have experienced from any wheel set - even in the rain!
Very smooth, fast, responsive ride!
I would highly recommend Boyd wheels, and look forward to my next set I purchase from them.
Posted by Brian Weidmer on 8th Apr 2017
I've had two plus months and 2000 miles to evaluate my carbon 44 clinchers. For background, I have ridden several other manufacture's carbon and alloy wheels. I am a Cat II Master racer with many years of riding under my belt. I live in Utah where flat desert roads and alpine climbs are my play ground and the roads are rough at best.
I have found the 44 clinchers to be a great balance. They are light enough to feel fast and nimble. The carbon rims definitely mellows out road vibration and combined with 25c clinchers, are really comfortable and fast. They are stiff over bumps and potholes--transmitting a jolt upon impact similar to other still racing wheels. I still find them comfortable on long (100 plus mile) rides and prefer them to my less rigid alloy wheel sets.
I believe the hype, finding them faster in crosswinds than other aero and non aero wheels I have ridden. They feel really fast! On flat ground they excel at speeds above 22 miles per hour. On mountain descents I find myself rolling faster than my companions.
As far as braking ability, they are amazing. No heating issues on long (3500 foot) alpine descents and they stop as well as any wheels I've ever used--even after extended braking. You will have the familiar carbon wheel braking hum--not an issue for me at all. I love the braking performance.
Handling them in cross winds is not difficult. Although, gusty winds were startling on these wheels at first--similar to what I have experience with other deep rim wheels. However, after riding them for two months, it is no longer an issue. I don't hesitate to ride them in groups of riders regardless of the wind. You quickly get used to the steering input required to hold your line in wind gusts. In normal conditions, with winds less than 5 or 10 miles per hour, they are a breeze to handle. I believe the Boyds are less troublesome in wind than other similar deep rim section wheels.
Much of my riding involves jamming big gears over rolling hills and short steep pitches. These wheels are fantastic in these hard efforts--stiff, rigid, and quick. You won't be disappointed.
I am very happy with my purchase. I would recommend the 44mm clinchers as a fantastic all around wheel. Racing, training, climbing, sprinting, descending, rolling on the flat roads, I've found them to be a great set of wheels.
Posted by Manuel on 4th Apr 2017
Smoth and faster bearing
Posted by David Vasta on 3rd Apr 2017
These are some of the best all around wheels out there. You can spend twice as much and get less with other wheel makers. What you can't replace is the team and innovation behind them.
My son is a JR and loves his Boyd's. They are very good wheels and have made a difference in his riding and ability to ride faster.
Posted by Dan on 26th Jan 2017
I've been riding my new set of Boyd's for about two weeks now and am very happy with them. So far they've been on some training rides, two road races, and even involved in a crash in a race.
As far as ride quality, they have definitely made a difference in the overall performance of my bike, and they were worth it just for that.
While I was not hoping to get caught up in a crash in a race, I was glad to see that the wheels were able to withstand a front flip at speed. After making sure my bike and I were okay, the wheels rolled smoothly the remainder of the race.
The only downside to the wheels, which I suspect is due in part to their tubeless compatibility, is that I lost some skin on hands putting on new Continental tires the day the wheels showed up.
Posted by Travis on 27th Oct 2016
I have ridden many brands of wheels...Zipp, Reynolds, Mavic. Boyd Wheels are quality. I have been very pleased with my wheels and I would highly recommend them to anyone in the market. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Unknown on 27th Sep 2016
I purchased a set of Boyd 44mm clincher wheels on the recommendation of two friends who have experience with Boyd Cycling wheels. They thought the wheels performed very well and found Boyd's customer service excellent.
After a week of riding the Boyd wheels, I find them to be the best upgrade to a bike that I have ever made (and I've made many).
Straight out of the driveway and I noticed a completely different road feel. I have a very stiff bike (Ritte Vlaanderen) and the chatter, high frequency vibrations, of the bad roads in this area was completely gone. The ride felt smooth and like there was a direct connection to the road surface. Very nice.
Repeatedly, at about 18 to 20 mph, the bike felt like it surged ahead. Now this is a preposterous idea, but I think the sensation comes from the change in (lower) rate of wattage needed to maintain those speeds or accelerate from them versus conventional wheels. It's really quite amazing and I find myself able to ride on the flats at about two mph faster at my CP.
Power transfer is also better for me on climbs and sprints. The wheel stiffness of the Boyds is very noticeable when standing to accelerate over a riser or up a long climb.
I had the opportunity to ride the Boyds in Santa Ana winds yesterday (15 mph, gusting to 25) and even on a downhill at 30 mph, crosswind, I found the wheels and bike tracked predictably.
Finally, the Boyd's replace a $1.2k set of Shimano wheels I've owned for about one year. They were touted for their light weight and sturdiness. I was repeatedly breaking spokes on them (and when this happened the wheel would lock against the fork blade). They had become spongy in feel and had no aerodynamic value or claim. My weight "penalty" for the Boyds is that my bike weight went from 16.98 to 17.12 pounds. (Shimano, I want my money back!)
All prices are in USD.