Roval wheels have long been closely associated with the powerhouse of bikes, Specialized. However, their heritage and expertise found roots in creating cycling wheels that rolled out mile after mile of performance long before the partnership with the big S was inked. Claude Lanhauer originally founded the Roval brand in France in the 1970s. With a pioneering spirit, Roval Components has helped to push wheel technology for the entire industry. Some of these innovations included bladed spokes, radial lacing for non-drive side spokes, system-based hubs and aero rims.
At the heart of the Roval brand is their commitment to improving your ride. This is not just innovating for innovation’s sake. It is to bring a better experience for cyclists of all disciplines whether spinning on your road bike, exploring gravel paths, or ripping singletrack mountain bike trails. The end goal is to keep you cranking out the miles and spending less time wrenching on your wheels. Roval wheels are put through rigorous testing both in the lab and out in the real world. Whether evaluating aerodynamics in the wind tunnel, rigidity through a techy rock section, or application of power during an all-out sprint, these tests are designed to ensure your wheels are up to the challenge. All of their wheels are handbuilt built as a system around DT Swiss hub internals with CeramicSpeed bearings. This partnership pairs the ingenuity of their designs with the performance, reliability, and ease of service of DT Swiss hubs.
No matter what your preferred riding discipline is Roval has a wheel to fit your needs. Their wheels range from the wallet-friendly SLX 24 road aluminum wheels to the ultra-aerodynamic 321 carbon dished triathlon wheels. You can find the right combination of disc brake rotor or rim braking, and clincher or tubular sew-ups rim beds. If you want to explore beyond the pavement and into the gravel, the C 38 and Roval CLX 32 wheels are steadfast travel partners. They will keep you rolling through endless miles.
Don’t worry, they didn’t forget the rowdy trail bikes hanging in your garage. In fact, they were the first brand to introduce hookless rim profiles to carbon rims for greater strength to weight ratio. Their lineup of MTB wheels is designed with tire profiles in mind. Their Control series utilizes a more traditional rim width around 22m internal rim width for the XC crowd who like to keep things lightweight and fast. The Traverse line expands that rim profiles up to about 30mm for trail and enduro bikes and 38mm for plus bikes. Both lines are available in 27.5” and 29” variants, have aluminum and carbon options, and the freehubs can be upgraded with the DT Swiss star ratchet kits.
The days ahead of Roval is looking exciting. A recent name change from Roval Wheels to Roval Components seems to be foreshadowing the introduction of even more products of equal caliber. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for riders in the future. So if you're looking for some Roval CLX 50 wheels, CLX 64 wheels, or just want something that is tubeless ready for out on the trails, Jenson USA has got you covered. If you have any questions about Roval carbon wheels or want to know which wheelsets we have on our bikes, then talk to one of our expert Gear Advisors. You can email, chat, or call them at 951-234-7554 seven days a week.