Craft wheel manufacturer, Boyd Cycling has announced the latest in its growing product line-up with the CCC, a gravel-specific wheelset built to take riders off the beaten path. The new lightweight, alloy wheelset complements Boyd’s current carbon Pinnacle 700c and Jocassee 650b offering. The company adds that CCC ‘promises adventure at an affordable $700 price point.’
The CCC, a name engrained in history as the wooded roads it represents, borrows its moniker from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a voluntary public unemployment program designed to provide jobs for young men and to help families who faced challenges finding jobs during the Great Depression. In the mountains of South Carolina there are remnants of ‘Old CCC’ roads deep in the woods that have become favourite exploration destinations for Boyd Johnson, founder of Boyd Cycling.
“Going way off the beaten path and onto roadbeds that haven’t been active for decades is some of the most fun I’ve had on a bike,” said Johnson. “I’ve come across old moonshine distilleries and people on 4-wheelers, but never any traffic. Going that remote means the durability of the equipment is a must.”
With that in mind Boyd Johnson’s latest build, the CCC, is positioned as a wheelset that can handle rugged off-road terrain, while still performing on pavement sections. The alloy gravel-specific rim is 25mm internal and has a 2.8mm offset. It features smaller 0.7mm hooks (compared to most standard 1.1mm hooks) with increased thickness on the hook walls (1.35mm) for impact protection while running lower pressures.
The 6069 series alloy rim weighs in at 415g in a 700c size and 395g in the 650b. Built with Boyd Cycling’s Quest Disc Brake hubs, the complete wheelset comes in at 1515g for the 700c set and 1475g for the 650b. Spoke count options are 24f/28r and 28f/32r built using Pillar Wing 20 spokes and external brass nipples.
Hubs are available with Shimano Hyperglide, Sram XDR, and Shimano Microspline drivers and feature tool free swapping of axle end caps and drivers.
A release from the company notes that the combination of a low profile, offset rim, combined with the wall thickness designed for gravel riding and Quest Disc Brake hubs yields a lightweight, yet exceptionally durable alloy wheelset. “But durability and quality shouldn’t come at a barrier-to-entry price,” said Boyd Johnson. “Those willing should be allowed to have this much fun.”