Take on anything that get's thrown at you. Use this wheelset for riding on the pavement (Black) or as a great option for cyclocross racing in the dirt and mud (Tan). With a 23.3mm wide alloy tubular rim (21.7 mm deep) you have more surface to glue. This helps prevent rolling tires and also gives you increased handling. At only 407 grams for a rim this will still allow you to have a very light wheelset. Best of all, you are not only limited to using this wheelset for cross. This would make an excellent alloy tubular wheelset for road events as well.
Posted by Joshua Enyeart on 9th May 2015
I've only ever ridden clinchers and decided to get these when my team picked up Boyd as a new sponsor. I figured if I hated the hassle of tubulars on the road then I'd just use them for cross.
They have a relatively wide base so I decided to go with some 25mm Vittoria Corsa Elites and realized I could have, maybe should have, gone wider with a 26 or even a 27 tire.
I've put some miles in on a few long days and plenty of commutes to work and am happy. Frankly, I'm surprised for two main reasons: 1) that the tubular experience wasn't a "revelation" over clinchers as everyone had promised it to be (this, however, should not weigh on the quality of the wheel, which I'll address now) and 2) that these things were awesome.
They are stiff, smooth, stable, relatively light, balanced and spin up very quickly. I think the thing I like the most about these is the amount of stiffness without sacrificing ride feel and quality. The latter can be attributed to the fact that it's a tubular and the former most likely to Boyd build quality and attention to details for normal riders.
I'm not a lightweight at about 170 pounds and have felt flex in far pricier name brand wheels under my bigger efforts. I can't say the same for these. Even when I just stood to crest a rise the whole bike just kind of pushed forward more so than on my HED Belguims. And when I really gave it a solid effort, they responded exactly how I wanted them to without any flex or lag.
I'll admit that to try and feel the tubular "revelation," I rode over nasty gravel, chip and seal, knurled and gnarled up, pot-holed, and as many wicked road surfaces as I could. I didn't prance and tiptoe over this crap, either, I, for a lack of a better term, "hammered."I wanted to feel something, or not feel something, that I believed was missing from the clinchers I was so used to riding. It was smoother, yes, but not like I had been in the dark on some old school secret all along. What I learned when I got home, though, was that one of these same rides required me to true up the Belgiums, whereas with these I didn't. I probably did a couple hundred miles that way and the Black and Tans are straight as an arrow, as they were the day I pulled them out of the box.
Summation: they are stiff, smooth, stable, accelerate quickly, pretty light and balanced. Boyd is run by a former racer, his wife and some real, flesh and blood American workers in NC. They build the wheels to order and take care of you. The price is right and quality is excellent.
I've already ordered another pair of Boyd's and will probably order a third before the season is over. Expect to see another review when I get my second set.
All prices are in USD.