First look: Specialized Roval Contrôle XC wheelset

Roval extends to off-road

Specialized has expanded the Roval nameplate to the off-road side as well with two models including this Contrôle XC Race Disc test wheelset. The lightweight hoops are definitely XC race-friendly at just 1428g per set (plus 106g for skewers) and the Stan's NoTubes look-alike alloy rims are tubeless-ready by virtue of the included sealing tape and valve stems.

DT Swiss provides the front and rear hub internals as well as the Revolution 2.0/1.5/2.0mm stainless steel spokes and Pro Lock alloy nipples. Spoke counts are a reasonable 24/28 front/rear and Specialized's DoubleDrive lacing pattern is used up front to better handle disc brake loads. Look for a more in-depth review once the trails dry out a bit.

Price: US$830

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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