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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:24 pm 
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After 500km, here is my two cents.

What they are.

Light: Very light weighing in at a mere 1400g. I’m running S-Works Turbo 700x24 tires on the front and they back on my 2014 Specialized Roubiax. I do notice a difference on climbs but only a slight difference at first I thought it maybe the “placebo effect” but now after a couple of weeks running the same route I can say for sure I’ve noticed a difference in climb.

Well built: I haven’t been kind to these wheels in 500km miles I’ve run them on dirt roads, gravel roads and biking trails and our wonderful Kansas roads. They’ve remain true and I’m 104kgs which is near the limit of the rider weight according to Specialized. So far they show no wear and tear.

Fun downhill: When you go aero you can really pick up some amazing speed downhill.

Attractive: I’m surprised how few people run carbon wheels. I get this conversation on almost every ride. Nice wheels. What are they? How much? Holy crap… Are they worth it?

What they are not.

A game changer: If you’re going from a stock OEM wheels to Roval CLX40’s you’re going to be blown away. I went from HED Belgium C2 rims on DT Swiss 240 Hubs to the Roval CLX40’s and other than a small difference in climb I didn’t notice a difference.

Cheap: Whether you say $1900 US or 1800 Euro either way they ain’t cheap. Added into the fact I also had over $1000 us or 900 Euro already invested in the HED C2 Wheels and it’s a ton of money wrapped up in wheels.

Fun the wind: If you have 20-30 knot crosswinds these wheels are a handful, gusty winds make it even less fun.

My advice is if you have stock OEM wheels on your bike and you want a carbon wheelset then the Roval CLX40’s are a nice upgrade. If you already have a nice alloy wheelset with good hubs you’re not going to notice enough of a difference to justify spending the money.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:27 pm 
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Clinchers or tubulars?


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Clinchers I'm sorry

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Ok. I find the CLX40 one of the most appealing wheelset. Nice combo of modern rims at the right depth, proprietary hubs with a nice geometry for 2:1 lacing, DT Swiss internals and Ceramicspeed bearings. 8) Dude 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:41 pm 
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I agree they are great wheels. If someone is serious about Zipps, Enve or another brand of carbon wheel I think the Roval's should be in the consideration. My perspective was purely going from HED Belgium C2w DT Swiss 240 hubs to the Roval's. I love the wheels.

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I had/have a set. They were great, but after 5000 k's the brake track no longer stopped effectively, despite acetone, scourers, new brake etc. This was with the older unidirectional carbon brake tracks, they have since transitioned to a woven scrim on the brake tracks.

Re: handling, they are no problem in a crosswind. I am 70kg.

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