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