A grilled chicken sandwich and a session beer are also very good. So, for those of us trying to save a little weight, the Altamont Lite is the answer. Same great wheel as the Altamont with just 5 mm less depth and 90 grams less weight. Same tire fitments, same welded and ground seams. Same extra deep anodization. Same hand craftsmanship. Same Boyd performance.
The new Altamont Lite features the same rim bed, same width, and same shape as the Altamont, but with a 25mm deep profile. This gives a strong, yet very lightweight wheelset option that is a great option for those looking for the ultimate in an alloy climbing wheelset.
The 2016 Altamont Lite disc brake rim features a new tubeless rim bed profile with a bead locking shape. This is specifically designed to lock in lower pressure tubeless tires and prevent burping. If you are running tubeless cyclocross tires or gravel tires, you can be confident they will hold air at the lower pressures. The wide center channel allows for side by side bead mounting (not stacked like with a narrow rounded center channel). This makes for much easier mounting and inflation; no more breaking tire levers and relying on an air compressor for inflation!! Of course, clincher tube and tire systems work perfectly with the new Altamont Lites. If you are not running tubeless, your favorite tire can still be used flawlessly.
The inside width of the rim 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 Altamont Lites. The new rim takes on a more rounded shape, for better aerodynamics and a stiffer overall rim.
We have 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 Altamont Lites. Light gray (semi stealth) logos display on the side of each rim, with a white, newly revised, Altamont Lite 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
24 hole, 28 hole, 32 hole