The Roval Control SL

The Roval Control SL

It’s one thing to build a featherweight wheel. It’s another thing entirely to build that featherweight wheel tough enough to withstand the rigors of modern XC racing. At an unbeatable 1330 grams, the Control SL is a World Cup caliber wheelset that delivers a sure-handling ride in all conditions, wherever and however you ride.

The Control SL rim is carefully designed to optimize stiffness, ride quality and durability, while keeping rotational mass to the bare minimum. In this case, Roval designed a rim that is deep enough to deliver the requisite strength, but not so deep as to ride too stiff. By eliminating the bead hook, impact strength is increased and weight savings are maximized simultaneously.

25mm, zero-bead-hook inner rim width plays well with contemporary wider tires. In rolling resistance tests, wider tires are proven faster than narrow tires. A stiff, stable, optimally-shaped rim eliminates flex and smooths the ride, while the generous rim bed supports tire sidewalls and helps prevent unwanted tire squirm.

 

A DT Swiss 240 54-tooth star-ratchet freehub is inside of the Roval hub shell. This helps keep weight down, while at the same time ensuring lightning fast engagement and positive power transfer.

In their quest to deliver the lightest performance wheelset possible, Roval left no stone unturned. DT Swiss Competition Race straight pull spokes are shorter and use less metal than comparable J-bend spokes. They are held securely in place by ultra-lightweight alloy Pro Lock nipples.

Highlights:

  • MSRP: $1900
  • Weight: 1330g
  • 25mm internal width
  • DT Swiss 240 freehub internals, 54 points of engagement
  • XD driver standard (Shimano available separately), 6-bolt rotor compatibility
  • 142mm and 148mm rear axle options, RockShox RS-1 Torque Tube front hub option
  • Available from Roval's Website, Roval/Specialized Retailers and the Specialized Global Website for your nation

 

About Roval Components

Born in the '70s in France and later acquired by Specialized, Roval Components is focused on creating wheels born from informed rider insight to deliver true performance benefits.

With more pro wins than any other brand and offerings that deliver performance benefits to riders across many disciplines, it’s clear that Roval is serious when they state that they’re on a mission to create the best carbon wheels in the known universe.