Just announced are new carbon wide wheels from Roval. Light and wide, enabling you to run ultra low tire pressures, for maximum trail enjoyment. Read on to find out the details and if they’re right for you.
New wheels from Roval are here. Carbon fatties. Seen in the stealthy black version. Photo: Specialized / Dan Barham
Roval Traverse SL has a 30mm inner width and Zero-Bead Hook technology.
Alloy body, sealed cartridge bearings, 135/142 & 142+ end cap compatibility, DT Swiss Star Ratchet w/ quick 6° engagement, XX1 driver body compatible. Photo: Specialized / Dan Barham.
Roval may have hit the sweet spot of wide, but not too wide.
Rims: Carbon, 30mm inner width, Zero-Bead Hook technology
Front Hub: Alloy body, sealed cartridge bearings, 15/20mm end cap compatibility
Rear Hub: Alloy body, sealed cartridge bearings, 135/142 & 142+ end cap compatibility, DT Swiss Star Ratchet w/ quick 6° engagement, XX1 driver body compatible
Tubeless: Compatible with Roval rim strips and all-new Roval rim plugs
Spokes: DT Swiss Revolution
29” = 1,570g; 650b = 1,530 (weights do not include valve stem, rim strips, or added vinyl)
Pricing for both sizes – $1400
The wheel set does come with rim strips, rim plugs (you can save a bit of weight by using the plugs instead of strips), new stems which use O rings instead of heavier plugs, and three extra sets of decals, in different colors, so you can match up or create your own color scheme. An alloy version, the Traverse Fattie, will also be available. Pricing is $600 for the set.
Riding the Roval Fattie Traverse SL above Hood River, OR. We’ll be putting these to the test in the months ahead. Photo: Specialized / Dan Barham.
The wheels are sexy as hell in black, and hit high marks for weight and pricing. Are they a home run in carbon wheel development? Stay tuned for our full Team Tested review.
Words, Photos: Daniel Dunn