Rapide CL II
World Tour Speed For All
Rapide CL II
World Tour Speed For All
Stability Equals Speed
Deep-section front rims are affected adversely by crosswinds. This negatively impacts handling, in turn causing a rider to slow down. By utilizing the first modeling algorithm designed around riders’ real-world reaction times we developed a front rim that both reduces drag AND increases stability by 25% in sudden wind gusts compared to our previous 50mm rims.
The Rapide CL II is hand built every step of the way, from initial lay-up to the final tensioning on the nippels. Built on DT Swiss 350 hubs with a 36 tooth Star Ratchet and Competition Race straight pull spokes the result is a set of wheels designed as a complete system that weighs just 1590 grams a set, delivering incredible reliability and durability, with World Tour ready performance.
Hooked on Tubeless
The reduced rolling resistance of a tubeless setup is undeniable, as are the benefits of improved handling and incredible puncture protection. The development of the Rapide CL II involved the most rigorous and extensive engineering and testing program that we’ve ever undertaken and resulted in a wheelset that almost doubles current industry impact standards while managing to achieve the lightest weight possible. The Rapide CL II utilizes a hooked rim (allowing for real-world riding pressures up to 110psi, if that’s your thing) for secure tire bead retention and an easier set up and mounting experience than ever before. This is tubeless done right.
Kissing Drag Goodbye
The rear wheel is the last thing the wind sees, so we developed that rim shape to minimize drag at the trailing edge of the bike. At 60mm deep with a 30mm external width, the Rapide CL II rear rim reduces turbulence and yields the greatest aerodynamic benefit. Since the rear wheel doesn’t affect steering the way the front does, this deep section doesn’t adversely impact handling. Together, they represent the fastest package for real-world race conditions.
In head-to-head tests vs CLX 64 and 100mm TT specific competitors, the Rapide CLX II measures less than a watt of aerodynamic drag slower at 50kph at low yaw, and much faster at higher yaw angles.
Rapide CLX Cabon Clincher, 700c, Disc Brake, Tubeless
Front - 51mm Depth, 35mm External Width, 21mm Internal Width; Rear - 60mm Depth, 30mm External Width, 21mm Internal Width
DT Swiss Competition Race Straightpull, Radial/Two-cross (2:1) 18 count, DS: 258mm, NDS: 270mm
DT Swiss Competition Race Straightpull, Radial/Two-cross (1:1) 24 count, DS: 256mm NDS: 260mm
DT Swiss Hex Prolock Al 2.0x14mm
DT Swiss 350 Straighpull Center Lock 100x12mm
DT Swiss 350 Straighpull Center Lock, Star Ratchet 36t internals (10 degs), 142x12mm, Shim. RD. 11SP HG freehub
DT Swiss Sealed Steel Cartridge Bearings
Hand Built / Roval Rim Tape, Spare Spoke & Nipple Kit
Wheelset 1,590g, Front 725g, Rear 865g (including 15g, tubeless rim tape and tubeless valve)
275lbs / 125kg
24mm - 38mm
Max Pressure: 24mm-35mm: Tubeless (110psi) Tubed (130psi), 36mm – 38mm: Tubeless (60psi) Tubed (60psi)
Tire Pressure Recommendations
The right tire pressure has a huge impact on the quality of your ride. What you see below are recommended starting points. Tire pressure is personal and depends on your riding style and the terrain you'll be riding so don’t be afraid to experiment to find your perfect pressure, but never exceed the max pressure indicated on your rims. Enjoy your ride!
• Pressure ranges listed below are based on the rear wheel. Ride 0.3 bar /5 psi lower in your front wheel than rear.
• From these recommendations, adjust up and down in 0.2 bar/4 psi increments to find your ideal pressure.
• For wet conditions, improved traction, or more comfort drop tire pressure 0.5 bar/7 psi on both wheels.
• Never exceed the tire pressure limits of either the rim or the tire.
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How we made it
Made in Racing
“We want the fastest option, and tires are faster than tubulars. This is a fact. Well, the next step we know it's tubeless. We raced tubeless already. We won with tubeless already.” - Ricardo Scheidecker, Technical and Development Director, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
We are always chasing the fastest way from A to B, regardless of what that technology is. For the last two seasons, our tube-type wheels won 155 races on the World Tour—more than any other wheels. But we knew tubeless had the potential to make these wheels even faster. It took two years and the biggest development and testing program ever undertaken by Roval, but we can now say tubeless is truly ready.