New For 2016!
All the great taste of the Altamont in a low calorie option.
The new Altamont Lite features the same rim bed, same width, and same shape as the 2016 Altamont, but with a 25mm deep profile. This gives a strong, yet very lightweight wheelset option that is a great option for those looking for the ultimate in an alloy climbing wheelset.
The Altamont Lite features a new tubeless rim bed profile with a bead locking shape. Run tubeless road wheels at high pressures, or even cross tubeless clinchers at low pressures. The rim bed is designed to lock the tire beads into place and prevent burping the tire. The wide center channel allows for side by side bead mounting (not stacked like with a narrow rounded center channel). This makes for much easier mounting and inflation; no more breaking tire levers and relying on an air compressor for inflation!!
Of course, clincher tube and tire systems work perfectly with the new Altamont Lites. If you are not running tubeless, your favorite tire can still be used flawlessly.
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.
The inside width of the rim gets a bit wider for 2016 and now sits at 19.86mm. This increase in width allows for a much better tire shape. The better tire shape improves handling, aerodynamics, and vibration dampening due to increased air volume. The new rims were specifically designed around a 25mm tire. Of course, 23mm tires all the way up to cross tires work incredibly well with the new Altamont Lites.
New for 2016 we have changed to a welded seam on the Altamont and Altamont Lite. The welded seam makes for an extremely strong connection where the rim joins itself. It also provides very smooth and consistent braking without any seam hitting the brake pads. Welded seams helps to make the strongest possible rim.
Bead Blasted Finish
It's more than just a cosmetic finish (although it does look very cool!). The rims go through a round of bead blasting before getting anodized. This allows more anodization to seep into the rim, which helps to create a stronger and stiffer rim. This gives a sleek matte finish with an extra layer of strength for each rim.
The past couple years we have been laser etching the logos on the Altamont. While laser etching certainly does give a unique finish, we were limited to only an off white metallic color. We now have a water transfer decal, baked into the rim. We are able to offer a nice mix of pop and stealth to the new Altamont Lites. Light gray (semi stealth) logos display on the side of each rim, with a white, newly revised, Altamont Lite logo at the valve. Lets face it, looking good is half the battle and so having a wheelset that performs and looks great was definitely a priority.
24 Spoke Count Rear - 815 grams
28 Spoke Count Rear - 838 grams
32 Spoke Count Rear - 860 grams
External Brass Nipples
Double Cross both sides on rear wheel
Free Rim strips (NOT tubeless compatible)
Posted by Mark Spear on 30th Sep 2016
I'm writing this review for the entire wheelset Yes they are faster, and yes they climb better than my old Mavics, and if I had to pick out one endearing quality for these wheels it would be the way they have added to my comfort while riding. The wider wheel totally changes the shape of my tires which adds a whole new dimension of comfort to my ride. Now I must admit that there was a "problem" with the rear wheel that in the end turned out to be the brand new Continental Grand Prix 4000S II tire (excess rubber caused a bump/hop with every rotation) however the folks at Boyd were actively interested and concerned with trying to figure out what the cause of the issue could possibly be. These are the kind of people who not only want to sell you their product, but are very, very interested in your satisfaction. I ride a Wilier Izoard with Ultegra 11 speed.
All prices are in USD.