Like a cheeseburger and beer, handcrafted alloy Altamonts are always good.
Our 30mm alloy rim is deep enough to provide a significant aero advantage, wide enough to properly seat 28mm tires and light enough to still be snappy and responsive. Welded and ground seams provide exceptional braking performance. Extra deep anodization hardens and strengthens the rim. The Altamont rim has an ERD of 580mm, and no spoke offset.
The Altamont features a new tubeless rim bed profile with a bead locking shape. Run tubeless road wheels at high pressures, or even cross tubeless clinchers at low pressures. The rim bed is designed to lock the tire beads into place and prevent burping the tire. The wide center channel allows for side by side bead mounting (not stacked like with a narrow rounded center channel).
The inside width of the rim gets a bit wider for 2016 and now sits at 19.86mm. This increase in width allows for a much better tire shape. The better tire shape improves handling, aerodynamics, and vibration dampening due to increased air volume. The new rims were specifically designed around a 25mm tire. Of course, 23mm tires all the way up to cross tires work incredibly well with the new Altamonts.
The rim shape is slightly modified from the previous version of the Altamont. The new rim does take on a more rounded shape, for better aerodynamics and a stiffer overall rim.
There is a welded seam on the Altamont and Altamont Lite. The welded seam makes for an extremely strong connection where the rim joins itself. It also provides very smooth and consistent braking without any seam hitting the brake pads. Welded seams helps to make the strongest possible rim.
BEAD BLASTED FINISH
It's more than just a cosmetic finish (although it does look very cool!). The rims go through a round of bead blasting before getting anodized. This allows more anodization to seep into the rim, which helps to create a stronger and stiffer rim. This gives a sleek matte finish with an extra layer of strength for each rim.
The past couple years we have been laser etching the logos on the Altamont. While laser etching certainly does give a unique finish, we were limited to only an off white metallic color. We now have a water transfer decal, baked into the rim. We are able to offer a nice mix of pop and stealth to the new Altamonts. Light gray (semi stealth) logos display on the side of each rim, with a white, newly revised, Altamont logo at the valve. Lets face it, looking good is half the battle and so having a wheelset that performs and looks great was definitely a priority.
SPOKE COUNTS AVAILABLE
20, 24, 28, and 32