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Equipment > Components > Wheels > Road


To exceed the stellar speed and efficiency of the first generation Rapide CLX wheelset, Roval followed the path they set out when developing the Alpinist CLX II, in moving to a clincher-tubeless hook rim design without sacrificing the characteristics that made the 1st generation so successful. Roval and Specialized had put the cycling world on notice with the World Tour success of the CLX clincher wheel systems. Tubeless was ascending, tubulars still ruled, and clincher tires... were rare, but proved to be quite efficient with the right rim, tire and tube combo. Still, the engineers at Roval still considered tubeless to be the best option moving forward and the tire development team at Specialized believed that improvements to the Rapid Air race day tire design would combine with a hooked tubeless ready Rapide CLX rim to unlock the best combination overall. With no tube, even a latex model, could less friction between rim and tire be produced. The Rapide CLX II Front Wheel improves stabilit and ride quality, reduces rolling resistance, and allows the rider to choose lower pressures as desired for better ride quality, handling, and even less rolling resistance while enjoying a properly sealed tubeless tire to basically eliminate pinch flatting and shrug at small punctures. But it takes more than an improved rim to deliver the incredible speed and power of the Rapide CLX II. The wheelset it self has been designed as a system with Roval's engineers controlling and testing every part of that system - hubs, rims, spokes, lacing - and developing it hand-in-hand with Specialized's Tubeless tire team. The result is an approximately 1520 gram tubeless wheelset that is indelibly efficient and super stable for real-world road cycling at the highest level.

First, it is important to remember that the Rapide CLX II has front and rear specific rim widths and depths. The rear rim is taller and narrower, to deliver incredible forward power and efficiency, while being more aero overall in conjunction with the rear triangle and to minimize drag at the trailing edge of the bike. As the front wheel must guide the bike and manage the wind, it's rim must emphasize stability and handling while not sacrificing efficiency. Hence, it is wider and shallower. The goal of the new rim design was make the tubeless compatible model stronger, with a hooked bead that could also handle a tube and clincher tire. The engineers outdid themselves. The 51mm deep front Rapide CLX II rim is a work of art. It features the most precise carbon layup Roval has ever created; with massive lab, computer and real world testing on the road, but the design can also handle almost double the impact standards of every certifying body. The reduced rolling resistance of a tubeless setup is undeniable, as are the benefits of improved handling and incredible puncture protection. It took the most extensive and demanding engineering and testing program that Roval had ever undertaken, along with two years of exhaustive real-world evaluation to reach the point where the team could say that road tubeless was truly ready for prime time. As a result of this extensive development, the Rapide CLX II features a hooked rim that can handle a huge range of pressures up to 110psi and offers an easier set up and mounting experience than ever. This is tubeless done right.

Roval's AeroFlange hubs, here in the rear as the AFD02F model, are aerodynamically optimized, with wide bracing angles for increased strength and reduced spoke weight. They also benefit from the reduced weight, friction and increased strength of ceramic SINC bearings. Designing the hub and optimizing the spoke count enables Roval to lay up rim reinforcement exactly where it’s needed, at the spoke nipples, and then drill the spoke holes at precisely the angle that they will intersect with the rim. Weight is minimized, and strength is optimized. DT Swiss also provides the spokes and nipples for the Rapide CLX II, with their butted, and lightly bladed DT Aerolite T-head design ideal for high tension and resilience, along with their alloy Pro Lock hexagonal nipples. The front wheel carries 18 spokes, in Roval's 2:1 lacing process: doubling the spoke count on one side. On the front wheel, the disc mount is the dominant side and is laced 2x, with the other side being laced radial, rarity which can be safely achieved thanks to the exemplary engineering, stoutness of the rim and hub flange, as well as the incredible tension load borne by the Aerolites. The nipples allow for external true and tension service, should the need arise. The end result from the hub through the spokes and out to the rims is a superior aerodynamic wheelset that is incredibly fast, smooth, and optimized for aerodynamic speed and control, while being extremely efficient overall.

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  • Aero, fast 51mm clincher front wheel for disc brake equipped bikes; front specific rim design
  • Handbuilt carbon disc brake clincher rim wheel for all-around stability, attacking, pack speed and efficient use
  • Compatible with clincher tires ranging from 24mm to 32mm wide, aero optimal at 25-28mm
  • Rapide CLX Front rear spec: Depth 51mm, IRW 21mm, ERW 35mm, clincher rim design, disc only
  • Delivers maximum speed in real world conditions: climbing performance, slippery aero efficiency, with confident handling regardless of wind conditions
  • 35mm front-specific rim width reduces drag and increases stability
  • 51mm depth combines with width and shape increases stability in wind gusts 25% over Roval CLX 50
  • Built with integrated systems approach to ensure reliability, performance and the lightest weight possible
  • Spoke holes drilled at precisely the angle the nipple head will interface with the rim
  • Front hub is the engineered alloy Roval AFD (AFD01) for straight pull spokes, features DT Swiss SINC ceramic bearings; sculpted and aero shaped body
  • Roval features a 2:1 lacing process: doubling the spoke count on disc mount on the front wheel
  • Front wheel: 18 DT Aerolite T-head spokes, laced radial non-disc side, 1x disc-side w/ DT Pro Lock alloy hexagonal nipples
  • Designed for a maximum system (bike/rider) weight of 275lbs (125kg)
  • Includes: padded wheelbag, Lifetime warranty, No Fault Crash Replacement (details on Roval's website)
  • Axle: 12/100mm thru-axle
  • Disc brake rotor mount: Center Lock
  • Size: 700c
  • Finish: Satin Carbon/Black
  • Weight: 710 grams (wheelset 1520g with tubeless tape and valves)
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