The crew at Specialized dropped these wheels off to me and they have been the work horse of the mtbr stable for the last four months. I have used them on the Epic, Camber, Tallboy LTc, and rigid carbon Niner. Friends have taken it out on test rides, from endurance guys, fast guys, powerful and heavy riders. The reaction is always the same as they call them ‘cheater wheels.’ That’s just an endearing term we use for components that give you one unfair advantage over normal 29er wheels.
- Model: Specialized Roval Control Trail SL 29er
- Price: $1700
- Weight: 1530 grams
- Rim: Carbon fiber with 28 mm external and 21 mm internal rim width
- Skewers: Ti included
- Tubeless Compatible: Yes with rim tape, tubeless valves included
- Axle compatibility: 142+ and 9m skewer compatible on the rear. 20 mm, 15 mm, 9mm skewer compatible in the front.
- Rider Weight limit: 240 lbs.
There is another lighter model called the Specialized Roval Control SL 29er and weighs in at 1440 grams for the same $1700 price. The SL model is more optimized for light weight as it uses lighter spokes like the DT Revolution and DT Aerolite. The other difference is the front hub flange is smaller as it can only accept a 9 mm skewer and 15 mm thru axle (not 20 mm). It can be identified by its swath of red spokes on the front and rear wheels.
Although the weight and price of the wheelset are very competitive, what’s really cool is the versatility of the wheelset and all the included parts. We’ve had race-day wheelsets before, but we’ve never seen one this light and this ready to take on all duties.
It is tubeless and all the tubeless gear is included. The valve sits on the rim nicely to provide a leak-free interface. The only knock we have is the valve core is not removable. Removing the valve core is handy when seating a tire or adding sealant to a mounted tire.
Axle compatibility is why this wheelset has seen so much action in our garage. The world of front and rear axles is a mess right now with 9 mm skewer and 142+ available in the rear and 9 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm competing in the front. The mtbr garage right now is a sea of mismatched skewer types and most of our wheels won’t fit on other bikes. The great news is this Specialized Roval wheelset can fit them all. It does it with included endcaps that can be installed without tools. Simply snap in the end caps that you need and you’ll be able to fit this in all the skewer types listed above.