Roval Rapide CLX II Review

We put the Roubaix-proof, speedy Rapide CLX II wheels through their paces, both on road and gravel

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

Lightweight, undeniably fast, Roubaix-proof and stable: these high-end carbon hoops tick all the boxes.

Reasons to buy
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    Undeniably fast

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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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    Lots of rim wall exposed when used with 24mm - 28mm tires

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    Only thing not to like is the price

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After raising eyebrows by launching two tube-only wheelsets back in 2020, Roval has now gone tubeless for the second generation of its Rapide CLX and Alpinist CLX wheelsets — a tremendous undertaking that took them some 21 months of testing and development.

At the time, the brand’s message stated that the tube system was simply fastest. And it sure seemed so. In the 2020-21 race seasons, the Rapide and Alpinist wheels were ridden to an impressive 155 race wins in fact. 

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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.