671 grams front / 870 grams rear - 20/24 spoke count (for riders under 180 pounds) - In Stock
688 grams front / 890 grams rear - 24/28 spoke count (for riders between 180 and 240 pounds) - In Stock
752 grams front / 905 grams rear - 28/32 spoke count (for riders over 225 pounds) - In Stock
We are pleased to announce the all new Altamont wheel set to the Boyd cycling lineup. Altamont is the road that goes up and over Paris Mountain in Greenville, SC, site of the decisive moments of the US Professional National championships from 2006-2012. Paris Mountain and Altamont Rd are nationally recognized as staples of US cycling. It’s also where almost all on-the-road product testing for Boyd Cycling is performed, both going up and down the hills.
Altamont translates into “High Mountain” and this is where the wheel set really shines. The light weight, stiffness, and stability help when climbing and out of the saddle. The wider rim profile helps the tire to take on a great shape, perfect for flying down twisty descents. The top of the line aerodynamics mean that on the flat terrain between the high mountains no energy is wasted pushing the wheels through the air resistance. This is a wheel set that performs in all conditions; we like to say there is never a bad time to ride it.
Thanks to Bike Rumor for helping us debut this new wheel set and giving the first impressions. We are excited to release what we think will be the nicest alloy wheelset on the market.
Building on the success of the popular Vitesse wheel set with a wider rim profile, the Altamont rim is 24mm wide with an internal diameter of 18.3mm. This wider rim profile allows for the tire to take on a great shape, not having to bend back as far to fit into the hook of the rim bed. For flying down hills, through switchbacks, or around corners in a criterium, this tire profile will give you an advantage with better handling. The air volume inside the tire is also increased as the sidewalls don’t have to bend back as far to fit into the rim. More air volume means you can run a little less tire pressure which is great for vibration dampening. It’s also easier to run a 25mm tire for even better vibration dampening and handling, especially for larger riders.
The aerodynamic factor increases as the air flow over the tire onto the rim is much improved. To go along with the improved air flow the transition from the brake track to the side of the rim is seamless. The rim was designed so when the brake track was machined down it’s the same width as the sides of the rim. Better air flow means better aerodynamics and a faster wheel.
The depth of this new rim is 30mm. The deeper rim profile also helps with aerodynamics and wheel stiffness. This 24mm wide and 30mm deep rim makes for a wheel that wants to help push you along. To help with rim weight savings and also keep the strength and stiffness qualities, we have taken a unique approach and ribbed the inner walls of this rim. By adding ribs to the inner walls we are able to shave weight to the rim (475 grams) without any sacrifice to strength and stiffness.
Logos on the rim are laser etched to give a cool metallic off-white appearance. This saves weight and makes for keeping the rims easy to clean, without worrying about any decals lifting or peeling.
Rim depth - 30mm
Rim width - 24mm
Internal Rim Width - 18.3mm
Rim weight - 475g
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 incredibly well responding and stiff wheels.
Hub stability is something that is often times overlooked, but can be 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 wheels stability is greatly increased.
**IMPORTANT FOR SHIMANO OR SRAM USERS**
The rear hub on this wheelset is compatible with both Shimano and Sram 11 speed cassettes. You will notice that there is a 1.8mm spacer on the freehub body.
If you are currently running Shimano 8, 9, or 10 speed you will need to use this 1.8mm spacer behind the cassette. With Shimano 10 speed, the cassettes come with a 1mm spacer. This means if you have a Shimano 10 speed cassette you already have the 1mm spacer. If you are running Shimano 10 speed you will need to use both the 1.8mm spacer supplied with the wheels and the 1mm spacer supplied with the cassette.
If you are currently running Sram 9 or 10 speed you will need to use this 1.8mm spacer behind the cassette. No Sram cassette requires the use of any additional spacers.
If you are running Shimano or Sram 11 speed, the cassette will simply install directly on the freehub body with no spacers required. If you upgrade from 10 speed to 11 speed, you can remove all spacers and simply slide the cassette onto the freehub. You will not have to make any adjustments to the wheel to upgrade from 10 speed to 11 speed.
We still feature Sapim CX Ray spokes and Sapim SecureLock 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. Ghosted decals will come standard on all carbon wheels in 2013 for a very stealthy look. The decals will be under the clearcoat for better durability and prevention of any lifting or peeling. This helps keep your wheels looking newer for longer and makes them easy to clean. There will still be two spoke count options for the 44mm clincher. This allows us to make the strongest and most durable wheel set.
A radial spoke cannot transfer torque from the hub to the rim. On a regular front wheel, it’s sort of along for the ride, so radial laced spokes are fine for a front wheel. The exception with this being with disc brake hubs where you have negative torque going to the hub when you are braking, which is why on our disc brake hub wheels we double cross the front spokes.
On the rear wheel you are putting a lot of torque to the hub and this has to transfer to the rim to get the wheel to spin. By crossing the spokes on both sides of the wheel, we have up to 15% better torque transfer compared to a wheel that has radially laced spokes on the rear wheel. This makes for a better responding wheel that will accelerate faster, especially in sprinting or climbing situations.
We brought the Altamont to the wind tunnel during product development for wind tunnel testing. Below are the results in comparison to the carbon options. As you can see the carbon wheels are more aero, but the Altamont is proven to be one of the most aero options on the market. The wider rim profile, allowing better tire to rim interface helps with this; as does the advanced aero profile of the rim. The Altamont has proven to be aero, light, and stiff. . . a winning combination!
The Altamont will come with 3 different spoke count options to suit any rider. The standard is a 20/24 spoke count, recommended for riders under 180 pounds. The higher spoke count is a 24/28 suited towards riders between 180 and 240 pounds. Finally, we have the overbuilt option, an incredibly strong 28/32 spoke count which is suited for any rider over 220 pounds. There is no weight limit on the overbuilt option, yet the set still comes in the mid 1600 gram range. By offering these three options we can tailor to anybody’s riding style and weight with no sacrifices in terms of quality.
All options will come standard with Sapim CX Ray spokes and the Sapim SecureLock brass nipples, both in black. Lacing pattern is radial on front and 2X on both sides in the back, with the exception of the overbuilt spoke count option which has 2X on the front and 3X on both sides in the rear.
Obviously a lot of the pervious components are things that CAN make for a good wheel set. However, making sure the build quality is as high as possible is a final huge step. This is why all of our wheels are 100% hand built in-house in our own wheel building facility in Greenville, SC. To ensure the highest possible quality all tools are calibrated multiple times per day to ensure the highest possible consistency.
Each wheel is properly stress relieved multiple times to make sure it won’t ping and pop on those first few rides, and so it stays in true through the break in period as well. The wheels are built from initial tensioning to final touches by the same wheel builder allowing them to work with each small intricacy that a wheel may have. Finally, all our builders only work on our wheels. They know exactly how each one will build up, down to the point of how many turns to put on a nipple to get initial tension. The industry standard is to use high volume assembly factories where each builder is working on dozens of different brands and expected to build between 40-50 wheels per day. Speed is placed at a premium over quality, and in many cases the first 50-90% of the build process is handled by machine.
By placing such an emphasis on quality, and by building in house, we have many layers of QC that are not found elsewhere. For you, the customer, it means you can always expect the highest quality wheel to be delivered to you whether it’s a carbon or alloy, January or July.
We are pleased to announce that despite the long R&D process and the time put into making this new faster wheel set, we are able to keep the same pricing that made the Vitesse such a popular wheel set. Pricing for the 2014 year is as follows:
20/24 spoke count - $650USD
24/28 spoke count - $670USD
28/32 spoke count - $690USD
*Weight limit - 220 pounds 20/24 - 250 pounds 24/28 - NO weight limit 28/32
*Spoke count recommendation - under 180 pounds 20/24 - 180 to 240 pounds 24/28 - Over 225 pounds 28/32
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Posted by Tom Wierzbicki on 15th Aug 2014
I was extremely nervous to sell my expensive deep dish carbon wheels, as I had a pretty decent year racing Cat 3. I searched everything under $1000 to find the most aero, stiff, lightweight clincher I could... And nothing compared to the Altamont rim. The 24mm wide rim and 30mm depth is key. Like everyone else says, the contact and stability with the road is amazing. I feel more connected to the pavement, stable, and rolling resistance is great. The wheels and bike remain very responsive with accelerations up hills and when you start a sprint.
These wheels blow my training wheels out of the water in every category. Comparing them to a $2000 deeper carbon wheel isn't exactly "fair"...but I am truly shocked and the difference is extremely negligible. The carbons may have the slighest edge in an all-out 200 meter sprint, and the ability to hold a speed between 25-30mph.
My training ride with the Altamonts tonight was my standard 15 mile, square, after work loop that is pretty flat. Counting stoplights and stop signs... 21.8mph... The last 13 miles, light winds, was no stopping... 22.5 mph.
These are truly a high end performance wheel. Thanks!
Posted by Unknown on 15th Aug 2014
Straight out-of-the-box these wheels looked phenomenal, lightweight, and to be a great build. The first ride on these was to die for. I liked that these wheels have superior rigidity, ability to run lower tire pressure for a more supple feel due to the wider rim. They were well designed for cutting the winds and with the Roaring Fork afternoon winds I deal with they truly performed better then expected, especially on crosswinds. The downside to this is that after just over 1200 miles I have one non-drive side spoke brake at 30+mph in a descent and I noticed the freebody is of a soft aluminum. I had struggled to get my cassette off. It's pitted worse then a wheel that has 13,000 miles on it. (Editor's Note from Boyd: We have instructions on the website about properly tightening down cassettes to prevent the notching here: http://www.boydcycling.com/freehub-body/) The upside is Boyd has great customer service.
Posted by Bruce moore on 11th Aug 2014
I ordered the Altamont wheelset.
These wheels are exactly as described.
Great looking wheels and the ride is superb.
I ordered them for my Trek 5.2 to upgrade the factory bontrager wheels
Worth every penny.
I will definitely order from these guys in the future.
Posted by Sherwood (Woody) Larkin on 9th Aug 2014
I have a 2009 Trek 2.1 (Carbon fork and seat stays). I have been upgrading several of the stock components. Wheels were a high priority. I studied reviews and watched Youtube videos. I also considered my riding style and my weight. I chose the Boyd Altamonts for: their price to value ratio, their strength (I chose 24/28 spoke counts); their assembled in the USA pedigree, and, finally, their looks (laser logos not decals). I also considered the rim width: they go great with 25mm Continental Grand Prix 4000II tires.The tires balloon up much rounder and ride nicer.
The ride is superb. Two days after putting them on my Trek, I rode the Cardinal Greenway bike trail from Muncie to Richmond Indiana and back (82 miles). I run 120 psi. In summary, I am extremely pleased with these wheels. They not only improve the ride of my bike, they look great and other cyclists have commented on them.
Posted by David on 1st Aug 2014
These Altamonts are awesome wheels, a must have! When I was looking at wheels, I was wavering between either going custom or these wheels. With these wheels, not only do you get high quality components (my biggest concern and why I was thinking custom) but also absolutely fantastic customer service and an unbeatable price. I've had my Altamonts for many months and have put a solid 2k miles on them so far and I love them. They have stayed true right out of the box (except when I crashed and they came ever so slightly out of true, but much less than another other wheel) and have held up excellently. I have had zero problems with them and they still spin beautifully, I out-roll everyone on the downhills even though I weigh a measly 135lbs. They are solid, stiff wheels that can take anything but lets you zip right along. Definitely buy these wheels! Just look at all the reviews, have you ever seen so many 5 star reviews on a bike product ever?!
Posted by Sean on 28th Jul 2014
Great set of wheels. My previous wheels were flexing so hard they were rubbing my frame. The altamonts are stiff and light and just a really nice wheel. I really like the wider rim profile and hub, it is a noticeable difference and makes for a great ride. If you made mtn bike wheels I would be purchasing a set of those too (hint hint).
Posted by Unknown on 26th Jul 2014
Really like the wheels, very friendly and helpful staff, also mounted my cassette on the rear wheel.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jul 2014
Just put a new set of Altamonts on my beloved Bianchi and they are amazing! The width of the wheel is quite a new experience for me...to have such smooth ride. I'm runnng a 23mm tire and the profile and contact of the tires is great. These wheels handle well for everything that I have been on so far. These wheels look beautiful in person. And great service and communication from Boyd also. Thanks for everything!
Posted by Wayne Ingram on 21st Jul 2014
I had been riding on the stock wheels of my Felt Z35 for five years and was tired of losing speed so easily coming off of a downhill. It was hard for me to justify spending money on new wheels when I didn't spend that much on the bike to begin with, relatively speaking that is. The Altamont has solved both problems. They maintain their speed very well, are extremely responsive on uphills and are very cost effective. I was able to pick up the wheels directly from the shop, meet Boyd personally and get a few tips for installing the wheels. It was a pleasure doing business with the company.
Posted by Eric Weisburg on 9th Jul 2014
I've made a number of upgrades to my road bike, but none compares to the new Boyd Altamont wheelset. The new wheels climb faster and ride smoother than the original wheel set.
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