Roval CL series and AFD hubs

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by siim

I'm eyeing for a wheelset for my upcoming disc road bike (Cervelo R3). I noticed that Specialized are now selling their "budget" version of Roval carbon wheels, called CL (vs top-of-the-line CLX). Only differences seem to be:
- DT aerolite vs comp spokes
- Ceramic vs steel bearings
- DT Swiss 240 vs 350 internals

Link to wheels: ... 057-134231

Am I missing something? With only 100 gram weight penalty (but still being light at 1515g claimed for the 50mm disc wheelset) CL series are appealing to me as I can't stretch for the 2000€+ price point.
Some questions:
Can any Specialized rep confirm that the rims are identical?
If I have a freehub from Roval mountain bike series lying around (also claimed to have 240 internals), can I use it on the new AFD hub?
What's the user's experience on the Roval's AFD (Aero Flange Disc) hubs? Do they roll well? Are they durable? Anyone weighed them separately?

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by moonoi

I can confirm the rims are the same, I had the CL64 and after hitting a pothole at some speed warped the brake track, although luckily didn't puncture. When ordering the replacement rims, they straight up told me it is the same rim as the CLX64 and the new rim would be labelled as such, just in case I was concerned in some way.

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