Boyd Cycling, makers of some of the finest USA-rooted wheels, is reaching their 10-year milestone and their cycling community is invited to write an entry in their log. The boutique wheel brand has teamed up with Montreal-based small batch titanium frame builder, T-Lab, to produce either a limited edition gravel or road bike and they are asking their community to decide.
Earlier this year Boyd Cycling teamed up with T-Lab to build two fantasy Boyd builds: a gravel/adventure one-bike-to rule-all or a next generation road machine. The gravel bike will take up to a 650B x 51 wheel; the next gen road machine will accept up to a 700 x 35 tire. They will produce one model in one category and the vote is up to the people.
The R3 road bike is a snapshot of the future of road bikes. Built with flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles, the geometry is designed around a maximum tire size of 700 X 35mm that puts the rider into a road cycling position over an ultra beefy tire. “Descending on roads will be unfair to your riding buddies,” Boyd said. “Chip seal roads become buttery smooth, as the larger tires we have all grown to love absorb road vibration while also providing better traction and lower rolling resistance,” he added. The R3 road bike will have build options with the Altamont alloy wheels or the 36 Road Disc carbon wheels. The Johnson’s are taking sides and Boyd is siding with the R3.