I guess the wheels they are using is now public as just received this press release:
January 17, 2007– Morgan Hill, CA Back-to-back world champion Paolo Bettini, Tom Boonen and the entire Team QUICK STEP will race the 2008 season exclusively on Roval wheels. Roval wheels are unique in their systems approach to design and cutting-edge materials—a combination that balances aerodynamics, light weight and durability to deliver best-in-class performance for the intended application.
Specialized has designed and developed five models of wheels for QUICK STEP to ensure the team’s maximum advantage on any course. The Roval Roubaix model, which is available now at Specialized dealers, will be their go-to wheel for the 2008 spring classics. Roval wheels first gained notoriety among Team QUICK STEP riders for their speed and durability during time trials and the 2007 spring classics. The ingenious Roval Fuseé Star, which halves the frontal area of a standard wheel, will be the front wheel for all time trial applications due to its incredibly low drag coefficient and handling characteristics—features that benefit any rider.
Further revolutionizing the Roval team models, Campagnolo will collaborate with Specialized to build three of the five Roval team wheels; they will feature Specialized-engineered hubs and spoking patterns alongside Campagnolo-engineered rims and spokes/nipple systems. The team wheels will be assembled at Campagnolo’s state of the art facility in Vicenza, Italy.
“We are all proud to have finalized this ambitious cooperation with a strategic partner like Specialized. We feel confident that this could be the first step in an important expansion of our mutual interest and business goals,” said an enthusiastic Angelo Caccia, International Sales Director of Campagnolo Srl and President of Campagnolo North America, Inc.
The decision to team-up with Campy was an obvious choice for Specialized Founder and President Mike Sinyard. “I have always had the greatest respect for Campagnolo. The brand’s quality, integrity and history make them one of the most distinguished companies in our sport. It is a great honor that Campagnolo has agreed to work with us to co-develop and assemble world-class race wheels. I look forward to other similar projects in the future.”
I can totally see it going down like this:
Specialized: "ride our wheels"
Quick.step: "uhh are they going to be as sweet as your cranks and forks? They are? Oh... hmm.... no thanks."
Specialized: "ok... well what if we can get Campy to just make a bunch of Boras with our hub?"
Quick.step: "ok... but don't expect us to actually use that shitty classic wheel in Flanders or Roubaix"