There's a $1100 Carbon Wheelset in Roval's 2019 Lineup

Sep 26, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Specialized Roval

J-bend spokes, brass nipples, no radial lacing... No, that's not the credo of a crusty old wheelbuilder, although it could be. Instead, it's a list of features found on the newly released 2019 Roval Traverse wheels. Specialized, errr, excuse me, Roval, experimented with some wacky rim shapes and different spoke patterns during the development process, but in the end they went back to the basics in order to create a carbon wheelset that met all of their goals on the trail and in the workshop.
Traverse SL Details
• 30mm internal width carbon rim
• J-bend spokes, brass nipples
• Lifetime warranty
• Weight: 1735 grams
• MSRP: $1900 USD
www.rovalcomponents.com

The Traverse SL is the flagship, no-expenses-spared model, designed to hit the sweet spot when it comes to weight and stiffness. Roval's engineers tried multiple carbon rim profiles, including a wild looking design called 'The Stegosaurus', which had an extremely tall sidewall profile and a shape that's unlike anything currently on the market. It certainly would have turned heads had it entered production, but its performance in the real world simply didn't pan out. A more traditional rim shape ended up making the cut, with a 30mm inner width that allows it to work well with a wide range of tires.


Specialized Roval
Specialized Roval

The Traverse SL hub shell is where things get interesting. There are 28 holes, with sections machined out of the flange for each spoke head. Roval refer to this as their 'Step Flange' design, and say that it keeps the spokes from getting bent over the top of the hub flange, which can lead to early failures. The hub's flange dimensions also allow the wheel to be built up using the same size spokes, which makes things easier if you ever do run into an issue and need to find a replacement. DT Swiss' 240 internals are found inside that hub shell, a classic, dependable design. Total weight for the 29” version is 1735 grams, and the 27.5” version is said to check in at 1690 grams.


Specialized Traverse SL
Specialized Traverse SL
A look at the Traverse SL's 'Step Flange' design.

The $1900 Traverse SL wheels do have a less expensive counterpart, the Traverse Carbon. That wheelset weighs 65 grams more, but it also retails for $800 less. An $1100 carbon wheelset with a lifetime warranty would have been unheard of a few years ago, but we're finally seeing prices start to come down from the stratosphere, which is a good thing. The Traverse Carbon wheels use a different rim layup, and they don't get the fancy machined hub shell, but they still look good on paper. A set just arrived in for review – I'll see how they hold up to a few months of muddy abuse and report back with a verdict.

Not a fan of carbon? There's also an aluminum Traverse wheelset with a price tag of $650 USD. Weight is said to be 1870 grams for the 29" version, and 1830 for the 27.5" option.


Specialized


Matty Miles - Kamloops BC Stumpjumper EVO. Photo Harookz
Matty Miles doing Matty Miles things. Photo: Harookz.



165 Comments

  • + 104
 Why don't they make a 300 dollar decent alu wheelset... that would be BREAKING News.
  • + 4
 TRUE!
  • + 5
 Wouldn't mind adding few hundred bucks to get a Tues than doing what Matty Miles is doing.
  • + 1
 just get a job at a bikeshop Wink
  • + 2
 No one wants an XT wheelset at that price apparently.
  • + 7
 @drummuy04: I bought an XT wheelset once and that’s about it for me with angular contact bearings.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: Same experience here, Shimano hubs are a No-No for me after some bitter experiences with angular contat bearings. A shame it is as the new noise free XTR hubs seems pretty interesting.
  • + 13
 I'm still not sure why I am supposed to get excited about a $1100 carbon wheelset?
I notice Pinkbike only showed the carbon wheels and not the Alu version like Vital...

www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Elevating-MTB-Wheel-Design-See-the-New-Roval-Traverse-Lineup,35888/bturman,109

The standard Alu Traverse is $650, 30mm internal and only weights 150g more than the SL Carbon per set... why would anyone pay 3 times the price for that?
  • + 0
 @SonofBovril: the Aluminium wheelset has 3 pawl internals. I find that actually kinda sad.. 650 bucks for a DT 3 pawl is a little much IMO, even with the fancy machining.

Also carbon makes you faster.
  • + 1
 @SonofBovril: Because it makes your pee pee bigger! :p

$1100 is still too much for a set wheels. Bicycle wheels.
  • - 1
 @ssteve: number of pawls is not that important. It’s always about no of POE and the reliability. Mavic has two pawls that work sweet. Superstar have 6 pawls and well...
  • + 44
 @WAKIdesigns: Cheap easy dig, much appreciated ;o)
If you know what the returns rates are here i would be surprised, as theres only about 4 people in the world who have the data! Returns rates are pretty small in the real world but everyone who has a problem will blow up on the forums for the next 5 years, so your just hearing the echo chamber of recycled comments over and over...

Yes we have the odd hub blow up in the huge numbers we sell, and yes we sort everyone out under warranty and frequently beyond. Being let down by subcontract manufacturers changing things/screwing things up/not supporting their customer was one of the reasons we decided to bring ALL hub production inhouse to our UK CNC factory. The UK hubs are launching imminently...

Oh and you want a UK made hub $300 wheelset, its coming in a few weeks. But it probbly wont look good on an ego chariot built with marketing dollars!

But we cant sell to the US because Euro insurers dont like all the suing.

Anyway if anyone actually has a problem with one of the tens of thousands of Superstar wheelsets out there get in touch. We will just do the usual and sort it out

Neil
Superstar Components
  • + 6
 @SuperstarComponents: awesome rewponse. What about sales to Canada?
  • + 2
 @JustcallmeDrift: that's what I tell everyone who wants to shred but doesn't have the bread!
  • - 6
flag jnduda (Sep 27, 2018 at 6:02) (Below Threshold)
 @SuperstarComponents: Not selling to the US because of suing sounds like BS to me. Writing off a large consumer because of warranty issues while everyone else is hitting the same market is suspicious at best. Build a better one world product and demonstrate quality support; this will eliminate suing.
  • + 3
 @SuperstarComponents: Sorry I didn't mean to hurt you. Sorry you took the blow or feel like you took the blow. I could have as well have mentioned someone else. Considering I have been running your Switch Evo hub for 2 years for daily commute no matter rain or snow, (with the bike being locked outside) and it is still alive and kicking without needing to change ANYTHING, neither pawls or bearings, I think you do a quality product. My friends have blown your tesla hubs, two cases, but I have personally fkd up a dzone of Shimano hubs despite best maintenance intentions and actions within my ability. I would buy and recommend other people to buy your wheelset. I will never recommend anyone to buy a Bontrager wheelset or lower end Spec wheelset, I would deter anyone from buying any Shimano Wheelset. In fact... I am sharpening my teeth for 29" wheelset on black friday on your website. In the wheelset department you are possibly the best bang for the buck. By a fair margin. Switch Evo on DS25, who can beat that? NOBODY

I will not be this kind to Bontrager or Spec about their wheels if they now come and tell me WTF.
  • + 11
 @jnduda: alright, and the lawsuit shenneningans in US is an urban legend in Europe right?! The 5 page manual how to install a brake rotor from Shimano is their own idea right? Instructions on your toys? on EVERYTHING?! If I was a small company from outside US I would have to be NUTS to sell MTB products to US. Only to get an army of morons try to finance their stupid disputes with insurance and national healthecare by sucking any penny possible from ANYTHING that could have hypothetically contributed to their stupid crash. Don't even get me started by examples of retardation caused by your law system where individuals strive for dodging tiniest of consequences when their own fault is obvious.
  • + 1
 @SonofBovril: Impact Resistance.
  • + 1
 @JustcallmeDrift: I did it, It's hard to kick the habit with all the bike candy around me.
  • + 1
 there are plenty of them, formula hub + dt champion + sunringle = cheap and strong considerably light
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Didn't you hear Trump's speech yesterday? The US is great again!
  • + 6
 @Jaguar83: all I know is that Chinese leaked that August Ames is alive in the dungeon under the White House, so Donald was butthurt about that it
  • + 0
 @JustcallmeDrift: YT is cheaper than bikeshop wholesale cost
  • + 2
 We can ship to Canada but it’s expensive to ship there. We aren’t a mega corporate so can’t beat down shipping to the other side of the planet or soak up a huge loss on every sale@bishopsmike:
  • + 3
 Unfortunately it’s 100% true. Ever thought about why yt and canyon took ages to sell over there, it’s the astronomical cost of getting liability insurance in sue happy land. Don’t blame the messenger!@jnduda:
  • + 1
 It’s ok I know it’s in jest. Your posts have had me in stitches many times so I’m gonna have to take my industry share of your material!

Glad you love your switches we sold squilliins of them. Keeping it real in the machine shop making cool stuff@WAKIdesigns:
  • + 1
 @SuperstarComponents: in stitches? I don’t recall talking too often about you. In most cases I was praising you el plastique pedals. The best flat pedals I’ve had, ever. That’s over a few good names.
  • + 1
 Ibis makes a $500 AWESOME (not "decent") aluminum wheelset
  • + 2
 @SuperstarComponents: beautiful response!
  • + 27
 My original 2014 Traverse carbon SL wheelset is still rocking amazingly well. Few spokes have been replaced and bearing changed once. Thankfully, roval make a boost conversion kit unlike DT swiss so the roval hub with dt swiss internals is the best of both worlds. They have taken some serious abuse on my capra and now my enduro - very very happy...
  • + 6
 Same here, have a 2015 set, two rear spokes and bearings when needed and not a dent or anything. Northstar, Downi, and usual stuff at home that I know well and ride hard. Super happy with performance. Previous alum rear wheel was destroyed after a year.
  • - 9
flag IllestT (Sep 26, 2018 at 13:27) (Below Threshold)
 My only experience of Roval wheels is those that came on my Spesh Demo.
Front wheel collapsed on day 1.
Radial spokes on a DH bike - WTF?
So it kinda left me thinking that they're not really intended for heavy riding. I wouldn't buy Roval again
  • + 3
 but but I thought carbon wheels exploded on every rock? hehe
  • + 80
 I've had the same carbon wheels for 10 years now which is amazing. The secret is a bit of good old fashioned maintenance and so far I've only had to replace the rims 8 times and the hubs 6 times.
  • + 4
 @bigtim: now that shits just plain funny
  • + 1
 My 2014 wheels started getting bulges in the rims near some of the nipples so I got rid of them. Still true and being ridden by the guy who bought them with no cracks or explosions yet.
  • + 2
 @IllestT: Agreed, roval wheels are like bendy bananas, managed to wreck a rim, then stripped the freehub out inside the hub, all within the first 3 weeks of riding, replaced under warranty, they sit on a shelf now. Gone to a stans build with a proper spoke count, and some properly sized spokes.
  • + 4
 Three seasons on my roval SL wheels...2 cracked rims, 2+ dozen broken spokes. 24h/28h razor thin spokes without brass nipples are not meant for raging : / Now on a set of spank vibracores to i9, absolute beauties. Still run the roval's when I want to drop a pound on buff xc trails and STOKED to see new roval's rocking brass nips and j-bend spokes finally!!
  • + 2
 @bigtim: lololol just like Triggers broom
  • + 11
 For less than a 1,000$ I got a fully Monty build out of 29" i29 asymmetrical 32h rims, Sapim cxray spokes, dt swiss 240s hubs etc. Super light, under 1600g and delivered to my door. Carbonfan built them and shipped to my door in 3 weeks. Spectacular customer service upfront (three emails a day from Authur), no hidden fees, free shipping and no PayPal nonsense etc. Worth it any day and they ride like a champ with no issues (had them for 3months).
  • + 5
 Just built myself a new set of nice carbon wheels for $570 total after some careful shopping... dt 350 54t rear, hope pro 4 front, nextie i27 carbon asym rims, dt comp and comp race spokes, and pro lock brass nips.
  • + 1
 @thegoodflow: holy cow man, that is freaky cheap. Well done!
  • + 1
 @Svinyard: Thanks. Yeah i was bargain hunting for sure. It helped that I needed non-boost hubs.
  • + 1
 All parts were brand new, and price was shipped.
  • + 7
 This seems consistent with We Are One and Light Bicycle wheelsets. 1100-1300$ for carbon all mountain rims & DT 350 hubs. At least for the 27.5 size I researched. Great news everyone!
  • + 16
 Just for the record, LB is not in the same league as WAO
*nor is Roval
  • + 7
 @crimedog: because marketing?
Nothing wrong with WEO. Or LB / Roval / Nextie / Zelvy / Enve..
  • - 2
 @crimedog: i mean i am pretty sure roval is made by LB
  • + 9
 @crimedog: totally agree wao is way above them all by a long shot
  • + 4
 @TheMrPlow: because customer service. I blew my Roval wheel after 2 mos of riding and it took 2 mos to get a new wheel, which I paid $450 for. There was also no evidence of an impact on the rim, the thing just imploded. Then there are companies like SC that send a new wheel overnight....
  • - 2
 @adrennan: you thought wrong, sure that S uses a few. Maybe even in Taichung. They use a factory in Xiamen (LB HQ), that makes their carbon helmets etc. Not sure on rims though.
  • + 14
 But where are these made?

#HANDLAIDINCANADA means a lot to me. WAO
  • + 12
 Isn't it funny how we automatically think all carbon rims are the same but all aluminum rims are drastically different when it comes to strength, ride quality, how soft or hard they are etc. I think it's time we all realise that a rim from a company like WAO made from locally sourced materials is actually quite different from a Chinese rim.
  • + 38
 @Tmackstab, haha, locally sourced makes me picture a bunch of dudes in flannel shirts picking carbon from a magical tree.
  • + 13
 @Tmackstab: The materials aren't locally sourced. There are very few manufacturers of raw carbon and same goes for pre preg weaving; isn't much more facilities. so WEO etc and your chinese factories could be using exactly the same materials.
Layup is key though, like you say, 2 rims may look the same and be totally different in regards to strength and ride quality.
Granted, I love what WAO are doing, but to think made in china (or Taiwan) means bad quality is naive. Remember these big factories in Asia have huge advantages in technology, experience and infrastructure. Plenty of dodgy backyarders in Western countries too. (not implying WAO are dodgy)
  • + 3
 @slumgullion: Hi Ho a carbon picking we go
  • + 1
 @ybsurf: same for NOBL...
  • + 7
 @TheMrPlow: I'm assuming you haven't listened to the Downtime podcast with Dustin yet. He touches on alot of what you're saying about Chinese manufacturing and other issues, it's worth a listen. WAO uses American sourced carbon fyi, and personally I think that's worth ALOT when it comes to making an informed purchase.
  • + 1
 @Tmackstab: Have to give it a listen. WEO , ENVE would source locally I am sure. My point is there is but a handful of factories making raw carbon. Greg LeMond is starting manufacture of carbon here in Aus apparently too. I do a lot with the stuff myself. Mainly automotive these days. Most my material is sourced from France.
  • + 1
 @Lagr1980: yeah kinda but nobl is made in china not same warranty either
  • + 3
 @Tmackstab: Imo, the Dustin interview is one of the best podcasts on Downtime. The Cesar Rojo one is quite interesting as well. Especially at the very end when he talks about his carbon recycling program.
  • + 3
 It's not just the fact they are made in house that makes WAO a cut above, according to the info on the podcast they manufacture to much tighter tolerances and have far less reworked product, that paired with a stellar warranty means they would get my cash if I was in the market for a new carbon wheel set, plus helping the smaller company always feels nice
  • - 3
 @endlessblockades: #handlaidincanada means a lot to you? Well for Swedish people it means "do shopping in your Canada". Handla i din Canada - Check this shit out on translator.
  • + 2
 I run Nexties because of $. If I was spending anywhere close to $450 a rim I'd get WAO. If you have handled regular carbon rims and seriously checked out what WAO are doing then you would feel the same way. Not to mention the warranty.
  • + 4
 @endlessblockades: Normally I'd be all about getting #HANDLAIDINCANADA, but shouldn't I have drinks with them first?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns:

I get handlagd i Kanada and Manual Canada - I guess getting Hand Laid is like pulling a Manual on yourself.
  • + 2
 @TheMrPlow: Actually no mate. Chinese factories can't buy a lot of north american pre-preg. There is a lot of factories making pre-preg, some frame factories make it in house from tow manufactured locally (by locally I mean China).
We Are One uses quality north american materials and a DT350 set is $1200 USD, $100 more than a shitty chinese special ed set on dodgy hubs.
  • + 1
 @Bahh: You still aren't getting it.
I said exactly what you said. Pre Preg is just getting the raw materials. (Carbon strands, Epoxy) and weaving it, then applying the epoxy. It isn't making the carbon though.
  • + 8
 LOL @ at people bragging how long their carbon / alum wheels lasted. Run a decent pressure, check your spokes and BOOM -any wheel will last years.
  • - 3
 You need a to run a certain amount of pressure to get grip, and at that pressure you are likely to be dinging wheels. thats where inserts come in, personally think swimming pool noodles are the current pinnacle in technology there.
  • - 1
 I... Weigh 140 lbs Check tension weekly with my Wheel Fanatyk tensiometer Run Cushcore inserts Run DH casing tires Have gone through 6 rims so far this season alone.... 6!!!!! I honestly just think we're trying to do a lot more with less now, wheels and bikes, in general, have become much lighter. Riders are pushing harder and harder. No matter how diligent you are with maintenance, if you are riding at a high level wheels are simply a disposable item nowadays. That said, just grabbed a set of We Are Ones and have had a few impacts which would have left any alloy wheel toast. No signs of failure yet!!!
  • + 3
 @mdhorner: whatever you need to tell yourself. I doubt you go through so many rims because you ride at such a "high level".
  • + 1
 That's what happens when you combine 7" of suspension travel, marginal air pressure, and/or a lack of finesse/skill.
  • + 1
 @thegoodflow: Exactly my point, we're trying to do a lot more with a lot less (5-6" of travel)! The level of riding on trail bikes has gone up exponentially over the last 10 years. It's truly crazy how hard people are sending it now!
  • + 6
 $1,100 for MTB wheels..... I guess there really is one born every minute. I'd sit here and argue, but I gotta go ride on my $600 DT350/XM481 Worldwide Cyclery hand built wheelset, all while contemplating exactly where I want to invest the $500 that I saved.
  • + 3
 I had a pair that exact set, put the 54 tooth in it and they rode great. Very underrated wheel set and true as the day that I got them.
  • + 1
 Fell for the clickbait didn’t you?
  • + 1
 Let people spend their money how they like. I can buy a front door that costs $1100 or one that costs $600. When I turn the knob both will let me in the house. My wife can buy $1100 dress shoes, mine were $20 from WalMart. To each their own; doesn't mean they are a sucker.
  • + 3
 @yupstate: username checks out. If your wife buys $1100 dress shoes, then you might both be suckers.
  • + 1
 @thegoodflow: $1100 on sale for $999.
  • + 6
 Whats the deal with all the We Are One comments. I get that there good wheels made in Canada but the hype train just kind of gets annoying to see in every single pinkbike article comment section about a new wheelset.
  • + 3
 Can't be recycled just like all other carbon stuff. People like to justify spending lots of money on hype and don't realize they are still mediocre bikers hahah
  • + 5
 The deal is that they are clearly producing a superior product for a great price with a lifetime warranty. If you're going to spend this kind of money why would you buy Roval?
-not an owner, just a fan
  • + 1
 It's usually because every company coming out with supposed value new you bewt carbon wheelsets (RF, santacruz, spesh etc) are all priced at or above something made in a first world country and the equivalent American rim (ENVE) is too stiff and costs twice as much.
  • + 9
 Fragile wheels that aren't lighter than aluminum. Perfect.
  • + 3
 Carbon isn't just about the weight, but the stiffness too. The feel is entirely different
  • + 12
 @TheMrPlow: Stiffness in a wheel isn't necessarily a good thing.
  • + 5
 @rezrov: I hear you, but it CAN be a good thing. And it isn't possible with alloy without substantial weight gains. Carbon can be tuned to be stiff one way, subtle the other, not just by rim profile, but layup also.
  • + 8
 The fact that they almost never go out of true or get flat spots is why I ride carbon. Not weight or stiffness. I was constantly working on or replacing my aluminum wheels.
  • + 4
 @Dustfarter: Never had a problem with those things on a modern alloy wheel either.
  • + 2
 I really never wanted carbon wheels but I had a nobl wheelset to ride while waiting for my I9. It was hard on my hands and forearms but wasn't sure if it was the wheels cause it was also a new frame/fork. I finally got my I9 and it all disappeared... so no carbon wheels for me!!! If I was to buy some though, I would go with We Are One but I just prefer to have aluminium frame and wheels and not worry about anything. Smile
  • + 3
 Blah blah blah steglosaourus deep profile blah blah. All that hot air and niether specialized nor Pinkbutt has the clarity or good sense to mention the rims actual depth, which has a notable effect on ride quality, durability, suspension and traction.
  • + 0
 Less depth is better? Like the stan's rims...?
  • + 3
 Little surprise the earlier "wacky rim shape" designs were tossed out in favor of the now ubiquitous 30mm internal hookless carbon hoop. They're all being made in the same factories in China. Economies of scale. Maybe consumers are the winners in the end
  • + 6
 Mate there are dozens of rim factories in Xiamen alone. I know 3 in just 1 street. Same deal though with your frames in Taichung though hey, You got APro, Genio, Astro, VIP. I think S has its own moulds and specs and tests its own layups. Where the factory is , and what else is made there is kinda irrelevant.
  • + 1
 @TheMrPlow: I imagine Merida, large shareholder of Specialized, is where most of their stuff is produced. They have been producing wheels, hubs, frames, handlebars, stems, etc for quite some time now.
  • + 5
 The profit margin on these things has to be massive. Probably cost no more than 400-500 dollars per wheel set being produced in a sweatshop in Taiwan, even with the R&D.
  • + 3
 For $780 I built a set of Light bicycle 38mmcarbon rims laced to hope hubs with DT Swiss spokes. All new parts. I could have done DT Swiss hubs for $160 more. Wish I did to be honest!
  • + 5
 More people should look into Onyx hubs. Things are USAF.
  • + 3
 @endlessblockades: Had a fair few Onyx, great quality. But boy are they HEAVY!
  • + 3
 @TheMrPlow: That's true! - but they are about to release a much lighter design using 1.5 sprag instead of the full 2. I think I saw an article on VMTB

....actually the are several months out...
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: I just got a set of Onyx hubs and love them. My bike is so quiet.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades:I have. A friend of mine is running them on his dh bike. In my opinion I have not come across hubs that run as smooth and fast as DT Swiss hubs.
  • + 4
 the aluminum option is a no brainer... add 135 grams for $1250 (add tax) less. And how are 240 shells $800 more compared to 350? I guess the SL's are dentist only.
  • + 2
 From what I can tell between the SL and carbon is that I am paying a $800 dollar premium to get a DT Swiss 240 hub and save 10grams on the 650b wheelset plus a different carbon layup. That's quite a bit of dough to save 10 grams.
  • + 1
 Yeah, there must be a typo somewhere on the specs for the carbon version in 650b. They must be more than 10 grams heavier than the SL version. And when you compare the 29er specs - in the SL it's 45g less, but in the carbon it's 100 grams less? Not likely.
  • + 1
 Pinkbike... spends $600 to save 10 grams, shuns any bike that doesn't add a 10 gram water bottle holder
  • + 2
 They got it right with the 2015 Traverse SL rim design. Not sure why they changed it unless it's for more $$$$. Light Bicycle is the same quality if not better. I was working at a local shop when I purchased my Roval wheels and paid only $900 shipped. For that price and the reliability so far it was a fantastic decision.
  • + 1
 Roval wheels - ugh - bearings on my aluminium traverse need changing 3x as often as the ones in my stans/hope set on the other bike. And the latter is a winter bike as well. Not joking at all; the rear hub is a real weak point of the spesh Enduro.
  • + 1
 My personal experience with carbon rims(both Nextie and Giant) hasn't been great.Over a period of two years I've cracked three(two Nextie and one Giant).Perhaps it's my general incompetence on the bike as these have all been rear wheels and I run 25 psi but may also have something to do with the bike park on our doorstep and regular riding in very rocky terrain.Still,having moved back to alloy I mangled a dentrager comp 30 rear rim pretty quickly and have put a Nukeproof rim on which already has a decent dent in it.
  • + 1
 At least you can still ride with your alloy rims... Wink
  • + 3
 There has been a $1100 options in giants carbon wheels for a while, this isnt really anything new
  • + 3
 Alloy rules. You won't see a "just keep it rolling" article about these wheels...
  • + 3
 these are more expensive and heavier than the 2018 TRAVERSE SL FATTIE (carbon), which are awesome. seems weird.
  • + 4
 Wow. Only $800 and I can save 65g.
  • + 2
 I've got a set of older 29-30mm inner Roval rims that only weigh 1586g. And retail on them was $1500 (I paid less).

Seems like they're moving backwards.
  • + 0
 Been rocking the Traverse Carbon($1100) wheels for a few months now and they are rock solid! No spokes loosening up, wheels staying in true and zero issues! Absolutely love the wheels and a pretty great upgrade for the $$$.. Would recommend these wheels if youre looking to save a bit and still get some nice carbons....
  • + 1
 Wonder if they still overlap spokes at the cross point with those flanges. Have always built wheels without the overlap even with j bends, so much nicer to build without the spokes scratching when you are feeling tensions.
  • + 0
 That overlap gives you stiffness though hey. The old days of wiring and soldering that area to get an alloy rim to be kind of stiff.
  • + 1
 @TheMrPlow: @TheMrPlow: Not sure what side of the fence you are on there? Isnt soldering spokes an old roadie trick from 30yrs ago ? Wheel makers wank on about how good thier straight pulls are but I dont see any spoke crossing happening there.
  • + 1
 DT Swiss straight pull factory wheelsets are interlaced. So I built my DT Swiss wheelset interlaced.
  • + 3
 I’ll take the non-exploding custom wheel set for $600, thanks.
  • + 3
 I'm gonna need a pic of this Stegosaurus rim shape.
  • + 3
 Just call Ruaridh Cunningham first for same testing..
  • + 1
 "J Bend spokes", also known as "Spokes"

Bet they're still not as reliable as a Hope Bulb on a mid range Mavic Rim.
  • + 2
 Specialized components for “special people”
  • + 1
 Amazing wheels. Been running Traverse SL's in BC for years with zero issues.
  • + 1
 Stupid price and a stupid weight. Save your hard earned dollars and go by some alloy stans wheels.
  • + 1
 +1 to that
  • + 2
 looking for the 26" version like Eek
  • + 1
 I WANT THE SAME WHEELS AS GWIN IN LEOGANG 2012 - THOSE ROVALS
  • + 1
 To my knowledge Gwin has never ridden a Roval ever.... Mavic DeeMax before trek, Bontrager with Trek, DTSwiss with Specialized, and now E13 with YT
  • + 1
 Roval wheels are garbage... get a set of Ibis wheels or We Are One
  • + 0
 Will just the rims be available? These could be awesome with some nice light hubs.
  • + 1
 I wish the Traverse Aluminum wheels used 350 internals too.
  • + 4
 You’re in luck - they do.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: I thought they were still using the 3 pawl 360 internals.
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 @mikekazimer: The new ones are going to 350 internals? They are currently using a 3 pawl engagement system.
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 @mmckechnie: hmm, now I’m not as sure. One spec sheet I have says they have 350 internals, and the other says 360. I’ll look into it a little more and let you know what I find out.
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 @mikekazimer: now dat's reportin'. Props
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 Mystery solved - according to Specialized the alloy wheels have DT Swiss 360 internals (3 pawl). Both of the carbon wheels have the star ratchet freehub design.
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 I wonder what the price will be if they just do a hoop option?
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 Aluminum rims are better. Go away, carbon rims.
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 Roval wheels? Never again.
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 F me, could get a racing wheel set with tires for my car.
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 Lol what wheels can you get that are legit for that with tires. Maybe some reps with some bootleg tires
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 @freeridejerk888: Or you mean a set of 17x9 Apexs wrapped in 245 Kumho Escta V720 for $1200, Tirerack and APEX groupbuys FTW... It is kinda shameful when BMW race wheels and rubber, are cheaper than an incomplete set of MTB wheels, and this is great news...
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 @focofox37: you got summer tires on rep wheels for that. You are not buying race anything. Maybe a cheep autocross set at best but thoose are pretty damn far from race tires bud
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 @freeridejerk888: I think you're mistaking Tire Rack Apexs, for my set of APEX race parts Arc-8s www.apexraceparts.com/wheels/bmw-wheels/17x9-et30-apex-arc-8-wheel.html

I got my tires for $80/corner from tirerack, will be perfect for the local autocross series and spirited colorado canyon runs
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 Prognarcore wheels for all
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 *Runs proprietary hub width and offset* cough cough
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