The latest offering for the Vitesse alloy clincher wheelset comes in the form of a new rim. This rim is 23mm wide, 28mm deep. The increase width of the rim helps to create a better tire to rim interface. The tire doesn't have to deflect back into the rim as much (think lightbulb shape). This better tire shape will help with better handling for those days when you want to fly down a twisty mountain or race these in a technical crit. With matching the tire width to the rim width the airflow over the tire onto the rim is much smoother giving a more aerodynamic wheelset, even though this rim is not as deep as our previous Vitesse it will be more aerodynamic.
With the better mating to the rim, you can run tires at lower PSI for a less harsh ride along rough asphalt. If you are going for a long epic ride you can better run 25mm tires for a smoother ride that is easier on your body. The wider rim will also translate into a stiffer rim, we do want all our wheels to be as stiff as possible and this rim will further help. For cyclocross applications this will be an ideal wheelset for riders not wanting to run tubular tires.
**IMPORTANT** For freehub body choice on Shimano, if you are planning on getting 11 speed Shimano the next year then choose the 11 speed option. You will have to run a 1.8mm spacer behind your cassette while you still have 10 speed, but when you do make the transition to 11 speed you can just slide on the cassette with no new parts needed or any re-dishing of the wheel needed. If you are planning on running 10 speed for a while, choose the 10 speed option. You will have a rear wheel with the right flange pushed out farther to make it stiffer and with better tension balance between the drive and non-drive sides. To upgrade down the line to 11 speed you will need a conversion kit which will consists of a new axle and a new freehub body. A slight re-dish of the rear wheel will be needed when moving from Shimano 10sp to Shimano 11sp.
The logos on this new rim are laser etched. This slightly helps to save weight and will make the rim very easy to keep clean. You can now wipe off all the dirt without worrying about any of the decals lifting up.
The brake pad option refers to the Swissstop BXP brake pads (listed separately here). You can purchase them with the wheels for a discounted rate with no added shipping.
If you are looking at both the Vitesse and the Rouleur and want to know about the differences between the two, you can read about that here.
To read about the different hub options we offer, please click here.
Rim depth - 28mm
Rim width - 23mm
Rim weight - 480g
Spokes - Black Sapim CX Ray
Front wheel radial laced
Rear wheel 2X laced both sides
Black Self-Locking Brass Nipples
Free Skewers included
Free Rim Strips included
*Weight limit - 215 pounds 20/24 - 240 pounds 24/28
*Spoke count recommendation - under 180 pounds 20/24 - 180 pounds and over 24/28
2 year warranty
* About weight limits and spoke counts. Weight limit really depends on the type of riding you are doing as well as the terrain. A rider in Florida is going to have different stresses on a wheel than somebody using the wheels in the mountains of California. We put these numbers out as guidelines, they are not strict limits. Depending on your riding style the weight limit may be different than what we have listed. For spoke count, we recommend if you are close to the point of going with the higher spoke count and really want to increase the durability of the wheels then go ahead and get the higher spoke count. As you can see the weight difference is very small, adding 44 grams to make a more durable wheelset will be worth it. If you have any questions about weight limit or spoke count please feel free to contact us.
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Posted by Wilhelm on 24th Feb 2014
Love this wheels especially for all round cycling. At 1500 grams, i can't be much happier with these wheels. They never break after going on pot holes and rough roads or boucing from bridges.
Posted by Tim on 22nd Feb 2014
I got these wheels the other week but the horrible winter here in Pa. has not allowed to get these out right away. However, with a 50 degree day I jumped at the opportunity to take them for a short 13 mile ride. Let me tell you it was glorious despite the cinders and melting snow. If I didnt know better I would have thought I was on a different bike than my 2013 CAAD 10. These wheels are a considerable upgrade from the shimano rs10 stock wheels which dropped my bike weight by almost a pound. I also right out of the gate PR'd a climb by 14 sec and by 1mph! Looking forward to many more amazing miles and Pr's on these very responsive in all areas wheels. Great job Boyd! For the price you can't lose.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Feb 2014
Excellent upgrade from stock Mavic Aksium (2013 SuperSix 3). Pluses: Spin up is quick, very quiet hubs, ride has smoothed out drastically, side wind resistance is minimal and overall average speed increased. Note: Customer support exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Matt on 31st Dec 2013
So I've waited a while to write my review. I bought the Vitesse wheel set almost two years ago to upgrade from the factory wheel set on my 2008 Trek Madone 5.2. Boyd was incredibly helpful and I purchased this set after visiting his shop. First impressions, I was thrilled with the set. They were fast and great on climbs, and they also proved a touch faster on the flats and rollers than the Bontrager Lites that came with the bike. Two years later, lots of rides, climbs, bumps and jolts, and what I can now say is that these wheels are not only fast, they are STRONG. I'm extremely happy with this wheel set, would recommend them to anyone.
Also, I got the white Vitesse to go with my black/white Madone, and still get compliments on how good that setup looks.
Posted by John on 2nd Dec 2013
Installed the Vitesse on a Trek Madone, and replaced a cheaper, but lighter aftermarket wheelset. Trying 95/105psi on some 23mm Conti 4000S tires. Wow, how do describe something this nice. First ride felt like the softness of balloon tires when you were a kid, but with great steering control. I’m an older rider so the 23mm width makes it much easier on my joints. Hill climbs and descents are great because these wheels are so stable. They give me a feeling of confidence and safety on fast downhills. The drivetrain actually feels smoother when pedaling on flats and required almost no rear derailleur adjustment. Quality construction all around; no regrets on this purchase. In summary, these wheels make cycling a real pleasure.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Nov 2013
Although I have there carbon wheels- these are great wheels. They are n everything wheels solid and light
Posted by AC on 5th Nov 2013
I chose the Boyd Vitesse wheelset based on very positive reviews, and they have met even my highest expectations. They achieve the perfect balance between stiffness and comfort. And they look beautiful on my new Colnago! Customer service at Boyd is just as outstanding as their product.
Posted by Vardan Demirchian on 23rd Oct 2013
Resently got pair of 2013 Vitesse alloy clinchers, and from the first ride came to love them. Performance is top notch, stiff where it needs to be, comfortable where it suppose to be. Fast on dissents and around the corners. Cutting edge. Real pleasure to ride. Will recommend to anyone.
Posted by Andy Rook on 21st Oct 2013
My first upgraded wheels and no disappointment. Rode them on my SL3 S-Works in wet, windy, dirty conditions around one of the more demanding end of season sportive's in our neck of the woods. It was noticeable how much more stable they were in cross-winds. Absorbed all the lumps and bumps admirably. I'm no expert but I'm well pleased with them and also it's nice to have something different to the norm here in the UK.
Posted by Rusty G. on 2nd Oct 2013
Have had the Vitesse for about two weeks now and have a tick over 600 miles on these babies. Love. This was my first aftermarket wheelset over my bike's OEM brand and have instantaneously changed my ride. They spin up, roll, track, look, and do everything better than my previous wheelset. I am climbing faster up my usual hills and with less effort and hitting escape velocity on the descents. It feels at times I am not even pedaling. It's strange. Great workmanship and the wheels haven't gone through any growing pains. Not a ping, creak, or any noise whatsoever. I always look forward to my rides, but now, even more so. Lots of people ask me about them too. Furthermore, communicating with BOYD cycling was a joy. Great customer service. Love.
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