We first spotted Derby Rims at Interbike last year, where the brand was just seeing the light of day as founder Ray Scruggs carried a couple samples around the show floor.
Following our post, he got flooded with orders and had up to a 2-1/2 month back order. Fortunately, his factory has expanded, so now he’s got inventory and even expanded his offerings to include a 40mm wide 26″ model. He’s also added different layup options, offering the original lightweight XC layup, plus new Heavy Duty and DH layups for heavier or more abusive riders. Depending on which size wheel, you can pick from two of the three…
He’s offering a 35mm wide 29er rim and 40mm wide 27.5″ rim in Light, Heavy Duty and DH layups. The new 26″ rim will come in HD and DH layups. The outer width and inner profiles stay the same, all of the additional carbon layers are added inside the hollow section. That means the hookless bead and 10mm deep center channel all stay the same, as well as the bead channel, all of which Scruggs says lets them set up as tubeless rather easily.
Going from Light to Heavy Duty adds about 20-25g per rim, and HD to DH about 30-40g per rim. That puts them at the following claimed weights:
29″ – XC 460g / HD 480g / DH 515g
27.5″ – XC 440g / HD 460g / DH 485g
26″ – HD 440g / DH 465g
No, those aren’t the lightest rims out there, but that’s not the point. Scruggs’ goal was to create something super wide and stiff first, then durable, and then at a reasonable weight. He says more than 1,000 rims are out on the trails with great results and feedback. But, he says you can run a narrower tire (that’s lighter weight) and get the same traction as a much heavier wide tire on a standard width rim and come out with a lower total system weight. We’re hoping for our own test set later this year to see how that works out IRL.
In other news, the sufficient stock means he’s now able to offer industry and wholesale pricing for shops and their employees. Contact him from his website, below, for details.