Roval Controle E5 wheels review

Cost-effective and super light wheels

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £399.99 RRP | USD $830.00
Roval Controle E5 wheels

Our review

They’re extremely light for the money with quality hub guts for high mileage
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This are cost-effective and super light wheels, but they’re only recommended for smooth, careful riders.


The E5 alloy is from Specialized’s frame program to produce an ultra light, tubeless-compatible rim. Even with violin string tight lacing of the 24 front/28 rear spokes there’s still a lot of flex. The low flanges add to the flex, but also make these impressively light (the lightest we’ve tested recently), so speed fiends will love them.

The smooth, fast-engaging DT Swiss internals used in the rear hub are a longevity bonus too, and they still feel silky smooth despite some proper stormwash/mud fests during testing. 


Lightweight titanium quick release skewers are a great inclusion for the money, though again stiffness isn’t a strong point.

Product Specifications


Name Roval Controle XC Race Disc Wheelset (08)
Brand Specialized Bicycles

Accessories Supplied With Wheel Q/R Skewer Rim Tape
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 28
Rear Hub Brand DT Swiss
Weight (g) 1432
Rear Spoke Count 28
Rim Description E5 alloy lightweight disc rim with eyelets
Rim Tapes Yes
Skewers Included Yes