Specialized’s Roval wheels are consistently impressing us at the moment. The rounded rims of the SLX 24s come taped with valves fitted, begging you to go tubeless.
Even if you stay conventionally pneumatic, the 19mm internal width stretches tyre width for extra smoothness and stability on rougher roads and more aggressive cornering.
The medium tension DT Swiss Competition spoke build with a two-cross driveside pattern gives a buoyant structural feel without squandering tracking accuracy or feeling soft under power.
There is sometimes a pause in pick up from the DT Swiss-based hubs, which they share with Roval’s carbon wheels, but you can retrofit faster-reacting ratchet internals.
They’re light enough to respond really well and then hold speed easily when they do connect.
- Weight: 1,520g (pair)
- Pick up: 15 degrees
- Internal width: 19mm
- External width: 23mm
- Depth: 24mm
- Spokes: 20/24
- Tyre overall diameter: 27.5x25mm