Boyd Cyclings Jocassee gravel wheels get wider and lighter 700c version
Boyd cycling introduced the Jocassee gravel wheelset in early 2017, just as the gravel bike boom was finding its path. Initially offered in only a 650b option, the Jocassee offered a competitive edge for the gravel crowd. The wider 24mm internal width offered an excellent footprint and nicely cradled most 32-35mm tires. The 36mm deep semi-aero rim shape is something we still see used on many gravel wheels today. The only fault is the Jocassee was only available in the 650b size configuration — until now.
Boyd cycling didn’t just make a 700c Jocassee though, they went through and updated the entire line to better suit today’s gravel standards. The new Jocassee wheelsets offer a more comprehensive rim platform and a shallower depth to suit many gravel grinders.
Boyd’s updated Jocassee rim.
The new Jocassee rim is a tubeless compatible hookless carbon rim, boasting a 26mm wide internal width and a shallower (and lighter) 25mm depth. This new construction takes overall weight down to a svelt 338g in the 650b and 353g in the 700c configurations.
Boyd settled on the 26mm internal width noting the 36mm+ tires now used on gravel bikes. The 26mm width is just enough to cradle the tire and keep voluminous casings happy without distorting treads.
Spoke drilling is the same as the previous model (24h front/28h rear) with a 2.8mm offset, which Boyd claims to offer more uniform spoke tension.
The new Jocassee rims are laced to Boyd’s Quest hubs via Pillar Wing 20 spokes. The wheelset employs external alloy nipples for lightweight construction and easy truing.
Boyd Quest hubs
The go-to hub for most Boyd wheels is the Quest center lock. The in-house hubs weigh in at 120g for the front and 245g for the rear.
Inside the Quest hub, the 12 x 142 axle spins on Enduro Abec 5 LLU/LLB bearing — keeping the ride smooth and maintenance at a minimum. The Boyd Quest hub features a fast 5-degree engagement and tool-free service/assembly.
One nice thing about tool-free service is the ease of swapping freehub bodies. The Quest hubs are available in Shimano Hyperglide & Microspline, Sram XDR, Campy, & Campy N3W.
Boyd Jocassee Wheelset Specs:
Inner Width: 26mm
Spoke Offset: 2.8mm
Front Spoke Count: 24 (2x lacing pattern)
Rear Spoke Count: 28 (2x lacing pattern)
Front weight: 575 grams (650b) / 605 grams (700c)
Rear weight: 725 grams (650b) / 745 grams (700c)
Set weight: 1300 grams (650b) / 1350 grams (700c)
*Wheels come with tubeless tape and valves installed.
Pricing and availability
Price: $825 front / $925 rear / $1750 set
The Jocassee wheels are handbuilt in Greenville, SC, feature a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects, and come with a lifetime crash replacement program. Boyd Cycling wheels and accessories through dealers and online at www.boydcycling.com