Roval Alpinist CLX II Review

We tested the second generation, La Doyenne-winning Alpinist CLX II wheels on hills, flats and even some off-road

Roval Alpenist CLX II black logo
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook // Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Alpinists impress with their lightweight versatility, made even better with the hooked, tubeless-compatibility

Reasons to buy
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    Great handling

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    Easy tubeless setup

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    Hooked rims of tire compatibility

Reasons to avoid
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    These high performing wheels don't come cheap

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Late to the game, but Roval’s ‘winningest wheels’ are now available with the lower rolling resistance, better grip, and flat protection benefits of a tubeless system. 

Back in 2020, Roval surprised the industry by launching its two new flagship wheelsets as tube-only, foregoing the tubeless trend in favor of minimal weight, aerodynamics and speed. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.