Specialized Roval Traverse AL mountain bike wheelset review

Lightweight trail hoops

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £449.99 RRP | USD $849.99
Specialized Roval Traverse AL wheelset

Our review

Somewhat flexy, but this affordable and lightweight trail wheelset is still proving totally reliable after two years of continuous abuse
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Roval Traverse AL (11)
Brand Specialized

Features # E5 alloy, welded high-strength disc rim with eyelets; tubeless compatible (26mm W x 18mm H) # Front hub: includes quick-change 20mm/15mm/QR axle caps # OS28-compatible for Future Shock forks # Rear hub: CNC-machined alloy body, high quality Swiss internals, sealed cartridge bearings # 24-spoke DoubleDrive pattern, 28-spoke 3x pattern supports disc brake and loads to the rear wheel # DT Competition 2.0/1.8mm round spokes # DT pro lock alloy nipples # Roval steel quick releases
Weight (g) 1728
Front Wheel Weight 815
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 28
Rear Rim Profile 26
Rear Wheel Weight 913