‘Obviously, if it’s got the bc badge on it, then a bc employee has to love it!’ That’s a fair point! The only thing is that we would have to be sticking our necks out pretty far if we were to praise such an elementary mountain bike component so highly, offer it at this price – and then see it fail to live up to our promises. Alright then, let’s get back to my experience with wheels and to a few facts concerning the bc Loamer Boost wheelset:
Where the tyre meets the rim, the internal width is 28 mm. Further down in the bed, the rim is much narrower. This has two decisive advantages:
Firstly, the shape of the tyre is more natural because the casing runs straight up and fits at the ‘right angle’. In other words, it goes where the casing actually wants to go due to the shape of the tyre. As a result, it simply sits better in the rim and is not “bulbed”.
Secondly, because the rim tapers towards the hub, it is much lighter. Optically it doesn’t appear as bulky as a normal rim of the same width. I also get the impression that the shape and position of the rim walls make them less sensitive to impacts. Heavy-duty doesn’t necessarily mean heavy – it’s the shaping that counts. The V-form in combination with the 28 mm rim width covers a very respectable spectrum of different applications from Cross Country, Trail and All Mountain through to the carnage of Enduro.