Specialized Roval Rapide SL Carbon wheelsets - clincher

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $2500.00

Product Description

  • Front hub: carbon center tube with alloy flanges
  • Rear hub: CNC-machined alloy body
  • DT Aerolite butted spokes
  • 20/24 spoke pattern, DoubleDrive rear pattern
  • Equipped with Shimano 9-10 spd compatible cassette body

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex Torres a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2010

Strengths:    Light, quick accelerating and strong enough to be used both in training and racing. I´m 164lbs aggressive (yet light on wheels) and these are holding amazingly well. They lend an incredible "tubular-like" feeling on the road when used with latex tubes and top, 200+ TPI racing tires. DT hubs are tough, precise, smooth and easy to service when needed (so far only regular maintenance).

Weaknesses:    None so far. But I foresee difficulty in finding replacement rims or any warranty if needed, these are no longer in production. Specialized/Roval back up their stuff pretty fine though, I just hope it´s not necessary cos these wheels are SUPER.

Bottom Line:   
Got these 2nd hand, hardly used and perfect condition. Amazing how these are light and quick-spinning, smooth and above all stable and fast. I was using a pair of Ksyriums ES and these are excellent for everyday use and even racing, but these Rovals are super (and look super too). A step above in performance. not afraid to say. So far zero problems, they remain true and strong. I´ve used different carbon-specific brake pads from Shimano, Zipp and Roval (Swisstop made) and all work fine. Zipps and Swisstops work best in wet but wear much faster in regular use too. I´m not sure about the aero advantages of the 32mm deep rim ("semi-aero" is half-BS IMHO) but the fact remains: these are FAST, period!

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Duration Product Used:   Anyone

Similar Products Used:   Mavic R-Sys (nice on the road too)
Mavic Ksyrium ES (the staple, tough and light and reliable)
ZIPP 404 tubular (light, but tubular is a hassle for everyday riders paying for and fixing own stuff)
ZIPP 303 tubular (ditto, but incredibly light)
Easton various carbon wheels (nice but not up to competition)
Fulcrum and Shimano, various (alu rimmed)

Bike Setup:   Tarmac SL3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by teamswirl a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2009

Strengths:    Light, fast, super comfortable, quality DT 240 hubs.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These are the 2008 model, I believe the last year made. I got these barely used for a steal of a price, $660 on ebay ($2400 msrp). First, the difference between full carbon rims and alloy is dramatic in terms of comfort, especially on crappy chip seal roads. They are light, quiet and fast. The 08's have DT Swiss 240 hubs which just keep on spinning, and DT bladed spokes. Aero profile (32mm) a plus at higher speeds.

Seem well made and durable so far, but I only weigh 120 lbs, so I'm not very hard on wheels.

No brake squeal problems with Swisstop yellow pads.

If you can pick up a used set, you will not be sorry! Make sure to look for 08 model over 07's as they had a few upgrades. I'll never go back to alloy rims.

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Duration Product Used:   Any rolling hills & smooth roads

Price Paid:    $660.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Ultegra

Bike Setup:   06 Roubaix Expert

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rob a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2008

Strengths:    Lightweight, accelerate quick. Flow around corners. Take the bumps out of the road.

Weaknesses:    I wish the spokes were bladed.

Bottom Line:   
I have owned my set of Rovals for over 2 years now. Great wheelset and have never had any trouble with them. I tried many brake pads with them and Swissstop Yellow kings work the best ... stopping power is great for carbon, even when wet.

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Duration Product Used:   Sworks tarmac SL2

Purchased At:   cycles de ORO

Similar Products Used:   Easton Tempest II. Mavic R-sys.

Bike Setup:   Tarmac SL2 with Sworks carbon cranks, DuraAce everything else.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jsevey a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008

Strengths:    Quick spin up, and track very well. Dampen road nicely. Aero profile is a plus.

Weaknesses:    Squeel like a stuck pig! I have tried the red roval pads, then the dura ace carbon pads and all squeel like crazy.
Brake pads must be loosened off these rims due because if they are too close, the wheels hit during hard cornoring or hard acceleration.
Did I mention they squeel??? No stealth braking with these. If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know!

Bottom Line:   
This is a nice wheelset, but not a major jump from my Mavic Ksyrium ES wheelset. They track well and spin up rather quickly.

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Similar Products Used:   Ksyrium ES

Bike Setup:   08 Kestrel Evoke SL, SRAM force, thompson seatpost (due to odd sizing and needed zero setback, but good post), speedplay x1 pedals (happy with them), kestrel carbon bars (my next item to change out) and a specialized toupe saddle (like it).

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