ROVAL SLX 24
£600 Sustained, tubeless-ready speed and responsiveness
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.