Derby rolls out plus-sized carbon rims and more

Newest rim has 44mm inside width, 50mm outer, and is 34mm deep

Plus Sea Otter Classic Wheels

2016 Sea Otter Classic

Derby rims just got wider with the new plus sized options.

Derby rims are now wider with new plus sized options (click to enlarge).

Best known for helping to jumpstart the move to wide and (relatively) affordable carbon rims, Derby is now tackling the plus sized market. Their newest rim has a 44mm inside width, 50mm outer, 34mm depth, and has a claimed weight of 530 grams. They’re designed to work best with tires from 2.8” to 3.2”. However, Derby says you can go both narrower or wider. Retail is $495 per rim and they’re expecting the first batch to ship in late spring.

Our photos don’t do the gloss finish on the Select Limited rims any justice.

Our photos don’t do the gloss finish on the Select Limited rims justice (click to enlarge).

Derby has also worked with their factory do a run of 120 rims they’re calling Select Limited. These rims have a gloss finish with a subtle pinstripe along the perimeter across the spoke holes. It’s really hard to do the end result justice in the harsh lighting conditions at Sea Otter, but the final effect is stunning in person. The rims retail for $635 each, a $200 premium over regular models.

700cc wheels on Mtbr? What is this,

Derby also has some new toys for gravel grinders and cyclocross racers (click to enlarge)

Also new are a set of 23mm wide 700c rims intended for gravel grinding or cyclocross use. The new wheels are disc specific and have a hooked bead that’s designed for tubeless only beaded tires. They’ll be available in 24-, 28-, and 32-spoke hole versions when final testing is completed. Claimed weight per rim is 430 grams. Price is $429.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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