It took us a while (over 7 years), but we are thrilled to finally introduce Boyd Cycling Mountain Bike wheels! Back when I was racing road full time, I never had time to go out and ride mountain bikes. Now that I am enjoying more time riding my mountain bike, I can test designs and feel what will go into making the best wheels. It's allowed me to spend a lot more time on some of the best trails in the country, conveniently located right here in the Carolinas. . .which is why the model names have a distinct Carolina touch to them.
The Ridgeline carbon MTB rim is an all-terrain rim. Most people riding mountain bikes put a wheel set on, and do all their riding on that set. Coming into the mountain bike scene after years of studying and developing we didn't want to be the company that said, "Here's the wheelset you need for fire roads, here's the one for downhill, he's the one for riding on 10% grade on 2.3 inch gravel."
So, we started off with the wheelset that 95% of people will put on their bike and leave for all their rides. It's a wide rim, but not to the point where you can throw on some light, quick XC tires and ride a shortrack race. Yet, you can also mount big, grippy, gnarly tires and go flying down stuff I personally would be walking!
Ideal tire sizes are between 2.1 to 2.4 and with the tubeless hookless design you can run low pressures for better handling and faster runs.
A lot of people are afraid to run carbon on a mountain bike, but it does give a stiffer ride and carbon is more resistant to impacts than aluminum. Even though the carbon rims are a few grams heavier than the alloy option, it's a wheelset that gives a distinct strength and stiffness advantage.
There's still debate on whether tubeless is the best option or not for road wheels. For MTB wheels. . you better be running tubeless. You flat WAY less, you can run lower pressure, handling is better, punctures will seal up with sealant. There's no debate, you should definitely be running tubeless on your MTB wheels!
With this, all MTB wheels will come set up with tubeless tape and tubeless valves (with the tubeless wingnut). Just mount your favorite tire, add sealant, and be on your way!
With the way the rim bed is designed, hooks are not needed to hold the tire in place. The compression of the bead of the tire, combined with the bead locking rim bed means the tire can not come off the edge of the rim. By running a tubeless and hookless system you can run lower PSI, giving you better handling.
The hookless rim bed also gives more material to withstand potential impacts. In over a year of testing on riders of all sizes, we never once burped a tire or damaged a rim.
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.
The MTB hubs feature:
We feature Sapim CX Ray spokes and Sapim brass nipples on all carbon builds. No, you do not need aero spokes on a mountain bike, but with the super high fatigue rating of the CX Ray spoke, combined with the low weight, it makes for a durable and lightweight wheelset.
Spokes are laced double cross on both sides on the front and triple crossed on both sides of the rear wheel for a stronger build and much better transfer of torque. All spokes and nipples are black.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Nov 2016
I'm just over a month in on my new Ridgeline's and the snow is beginning to fall out here in Montana so it's time to sit down and write a review.
Our mtb terrain consists largely of climbing and descending, earning it. Steep and technical single track, tight switchbacks, some flow, loose and dusty in the summer, jagged rock and a little bit of root. Lots of riders here are on all-mountain 130+ full suspension rigs, the terrain demands it. I'm on a 100mm front and rear suspension XC bike. The bike does everything I want it to but I often need to be more tactical than simply pointing it downhill and letting the bike do the work. Wheels and tires matter.
I am coming off of a set of Stan's ZTR crest with Stan's XD driver.
I put 1,000 miles of single track on them before trying these Boyd's.
Mtb climbing efforts for me around here are like a 20-30 all out ftp test- many factors come into play and while ascending on variable terrain it's tough to focus on exactly what my wheels and hubs are doing under me.
As the trails tip downward, pushing through my comfort zone, my descending skills (and Strava times) had plateaued and my progress (trust) had ended on my Stan's wheelset.
The Boyd Ridgeline's laced with White Industry CLD hubs are beautiful on their own, the center lock disc rotors have a cleaner look than the 6 bolt style. I quickly set these up with my 2.3 tubeless tires and Stan's sealant.
Through my first time out on the Ridgeline's I felt improved confidence through every stage of the ride, the shifting felt more crisp through my X01. While climbing, the engagement of the rear hub was pleasantly more precise and direct than before. I did notice improved rigidity and power transfer with the Ridgeline's.
Descending and sprints are where the biggest improvements are noticed.
Throwing my bike into hard corners and banks, landing from airs, maneuvering quickly and simply holding a line over variable terrain, these wheels keep surprising me. My descending confidence has greatly improved and I set new PR's every time I ride now.
While sprinting out of the saddle the Boyd rear wheel is so much stiffer than my old one that the overall feeling is reminiscent of a hard tail. The White CLD hubs are robust and quiet, they roll VERY smooth and seemingly forever.
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