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Specialized ROVAL CL 50 WHEELSET

£1,550.00

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After designing the CLX 50s, Specialized realized that an affordable, race-worthy carbon wheelset was nowhere to be found—until the CL 50 was developed, that is. Specialized paired their quiver-killing CLX 50 rim with DT Swiss Competition round spokes, Aero Flange hubs with DT Swiss 350 internals, and steel bearings to deliver you an exceptional wheelset at a more than accessible price.

Sharing rims with the CLX 50s, the CL 50s feature many of the benefits as their higher-end siblings. Even though the CL 50 is similar in weight to many wheels in the “lightweight” category, aerodynamics came at the forefront of the development. With this, we jumped headlong into Computational Fluid Dynamics computer modeling to arrive at various rim shapes that could make the CL 50 as fast and light as possible. It took a while, but we narrowed the rim shape down to three contenders that were then CNC machined into rims, built into wheels, and put into the Win Tunnel.

In the tunnel, Specialized tested every wheel, and the competition’s, with a 24C tire (measuring 26C), as tires can drastically affect testing. Specialized chose a modern-width tire to design their rims around because they not only allow for less tire pressure (which results in more comfort and less rolling resistance) but are also just as aerodynamically efficient when paired with the correct rim width.

Now it was time for final testing validation. The result? A 50mm-deep, 1465-gram clincher wheelset that’s race-ready and wallet-friendly.

 

  • Rim Type: Carbon clincher, 2Bliss-Ready
  • Rim Material: Carbon
  • Braking Surface: Carbon Fiber
  • Brake Track Height: 12mm
  • Rim Depth: 50mm
  • Rim Width: 20.7mm internal, 29.4mm external
  • Front Spoke Pattern: Radial
  • Rear Spoke Pattern: Radial/Two-cross (2:1)
  • Spoke Count: 16 front, 21 rear
  • Spoke Type: DT Swiss Competition Race T-head
  • Nipple Type: DT Swiss Pro LockBrass hexagonal
  • Front Hub: Roval AF1, sealed cartridge bearings
  • Rear Hub: Roval AF1, sealed cartridge bearings, DT Swiss 350 internals, 11-speed
  • Assembly Method: Hand-built
  • Extras: Roval steel quick-releases, SwissStop Black Prince brake pads