Relaunched Roval Rapide C38 carbon all-rounder wheelset gets new hubs and a lower price

Specialized's house wheel brand says the new C38s offer "about the highest performance per dollar you’ll find anywhere"

Roval C38
(Image credit: Dylan VanWeelden)

Specialized’s wheel brand Roval has launched a new version of the all-rounder Roval C38 wheelset and priced it lower than the previous one.

With brands such as Zipp with its popular 303S upping the ante in the hard-fought £1K carbon all-road wheel war and smaller British brands such as Hunt, Parcours and Vel entering the fray and gaining ground very fast, Specialized has responded by firing off a new Roval C38 that drops £100 off its price, bringing it to £1,150 in the UK/$1,000 in the USA per set.

“All too often the performance advantages that carbon-fibre provides are out of financial reach for most,” says Specialized.

Roval C38

Image: Specialized

“The Rapide C38 de-escalates the high-tech carbon arms race; merging our incredibly light but incredibly tough, sensibly aerodynamic, workhorse C38 rims with the dependable, affordable performance of DT Swiss 370 hubs and J-bend spokes.”

Specialized goes on to attribute leading-edge aerodynamics, proven reliability and light weight combined with superb durability to the new wheels, claiming: “These are the go-to training wheels for the world’s fastest racers, and about the highest performance per dollar you’ll find anywhere.”

As with the earlier model, the rim is tubeless-ready with a 21-mm internal width and optimised for use with wider tyres. Rim depth remains at 38mm.

Weight also remains the same at 1,560g or 1,600g with the rim tape.

Roval C38

Image: Specialized

The main difference is that the previous Roval C38 wheels used DT Swiss 350 hubs; the new versions use DT Swiss 370s, which use the brand’s star ratchet system in the rear hub rather than the older three-pawl system.

As before, it’s a disc-only wheelset.

Here’s the full specification:

  • 21mm internal rim width
  • Carbon clincher
  • Tubeless ready
  • New DT Swiss 370 Centerlock Hub – 18t Ratchet System LN
  • Thru-axle: 100x12mm & 142x12mm
  • Weight: Front 714g; Rear 886g; Set 1,600g with tubeless rim tape
  • SRP: £1150
  • Wheelset Lifetime Warranty – No-Fault Crash Replacement Policy

The new Roval Rapide C38s will be available immediately.

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