Roval's new $650 Traverse alloy wheelet is aimed at riders looking for a set of do-it-all wheels that won't break the bank while also tipping the scales at a reasonable weight.
The rims have a 30mm internal width, and are constructed from Roval's E5 aluminum alloy that's said to make them “tough enough to handle backcountry rock gardens and questionable line choices at the bike park with confidence.” They're up laced with 28 J-bend DT Swiss Competition spokes and Hex Prolock nipples, a proven combination. As an added bonus, the wheels only use one size spoke for the entire set, which will make it easier to know what size you need if one breaks (283mm for the 29” wheels, and 266 for the 27.5” ones).
The rear wheels uses a Roval hub shell that houses DT Swiss' new 370 Ratchet LN internals. The 370 LN uses DT's star ratchet design rather than the pawl driven system that was used before. In this case, there's an 18-tooth ratchet ring, which equates to 20-degrees between engagement points, but riders who prefer faster engagement will find that it's a very quick procedure to upgrade to the 36- or 54- tooth options that DT offers.
The wheels are configured with an XD driver body, and have 15 x 110 / 12 x 148mm Boost spacing.
Total weight for the 29” wheels is a claimed 1870 grams, and the 27.5” version comes in at 1830 grams.
More information: rovalcomponents.com