£600 Sus­tained, tube­less-ready speed and re­spon­sive­ness

Cycling Plus - - GEAR GUIDE -

Weight 1520g (pair) Pick up 15° In­ter­nal width 19mm Ex­ter­nal 23mm Depth 24mm Spokes 20/24 Tyre OD 27.5x25mm Spe­cial­ized’s Ro­val wheels are con­sis­tently im­press­ing us at the moment. The rounded rims of the SLX 24s come taped with valves fit­ted, beg­ging you to go tube­less. Even if you stay con­ven­tion­ally pneu­matic the 19mm in­ter­nal width stretches tyre width for ex­tra smooth­ness and sta­bil­ity on rougher roads and more ag­gres­sive cor­ner­ing. The medium ten­sion DT Swiss Com­pe­ti­tion spoke build with a two-cross drive­side pat­tern gives a buoy­ant struc­tural feel with­out squan­der­ing track­ing ac­cu­racy or feel­ing soft un­der power. There is some­times a pause in pick up from the DT Swiss-based hubs, which they share with Ro­val’s car­bon wheels, but you can retro­fit faster­re­act­ing ratchet in­ter­nals. They’re light enough to re­spond re­ally well and then hold speed eas­ily when they do con­nect.

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