Specialized Roval Traverse AL mountain bike wheelset review£449.99

Lightweight trail hoops

BikeRadar score3.5/5

They might be flexy, but Roval’s affordable broad rimmed, lightweight trail wheels are still proving totally reliable and versatile despite two years of continuous abuse. With 24 front and 28 rear spokes, there’s a lot of twang and flex from either end when working them hard, but however hard we’ve slammed them down they bounce back up straight and still smiling.

The freehub and bearings have proved equally tough too. Despite a soft feel, their low weight makes them quick to gain speed and change direction. The 26mm wide rim fattens up trail tyres nicely and they come with adaptors for every type of front axle going. There’s a lighter, faster pick-up EL version for £599.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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