Roval Rapide CL II wheelset review

A more serviceable, more wallet-friendly racing wheelset

The 2022 Roval Rapide CL II wheels
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)

Specialized’s sister brand, Roval introduced the all-new, undeniably fast Roval Rapide CLX II wheelset back in May.  At the time, we did a deep dive into the new technology and, more notably, Roval’s change of heart when it comes to tubeless technology. 

Featuring a new carbon layup and hooked, tubeless compatible rims, the second generation Rapide CLX wheels were unveiled to the public in the spring, after already making covert appearances at WorldTour races like Paris-Roubaix. The CLX II wheels gained a little bit of weight in the process of becoming tubeless-compatible and more durable, but with added benefits of a tubeless system, the wheels are even faster than before — with Tour de France stage wins and a Grand Tour victory already on their palmares.

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