Rapide CLX

Complete Speed

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Rapide CLX

Complete Speed

Starting at: $1,100.00

Two Wheels, One Goal

In order to build the fastest wheelset possible for the dynamics encountered in real-world conditions, we developed distinctly different shapes for the Rapide CLX front and rear rims. The end result is a wheelset with less drag than most 65mm wheelsets, 25% more stability in gusts than our CLX50, and lighter weight than most climbing wheels. Mission accomplished.

Stability Equals Speed

Deep-section front rims introduce steering torque, which adversely impacts handling, in-turn causing a rider to slow down. By utilizing advanced modelling and real-world testing, we developed a front rim that both reduces drag AND increases stability by 25% in sudden wind gust as compared to our well-mannered CLX50.

Kissing Drag Goodbye

The rear wheel is the last thing the wind sees, so we developed the rim shape to minimize drag at the trailing edge of the bike. At 60mm deep, and with a 30mm external width, the Rapide CLX 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.

Lighter, Stronger, Faster

Our AeroFlange hubs form the basis of strong, light, fast wheels. Aerodynamically optimized, with wide bracing angles for increased strength and reduced spoke weight, they also benefit from the reduced weight, increased strength and reliability of DT Swiss’ new EXP freehub internals.

Product Specifications

Technical specifications

Rim
Rim type

Carbon, clincher (tube-type)

Rim width

21mm internal, 35mm external F/21mm internal, 30.7mm external R

RIM DEPTH

51mm F/60mm R

Spoke
SPOKE PATTERN

Radial/Two-cross (2:1) F/One-cross/Two-cross (2:1) R

SPOKE COUNT

18F/24R

SPOKE TYPE

DT Swiss Aerolite T-head

NIPPLE TYPE

DT Swiss Pro Lock hexagonal 

Hub
Front hub

Roval AeroFlange Disc, Center Lock, Sealed Cartridge bearings

Rear hub

Roval AeroFlange Disc, Centerlock, Sealed Cartridge bearings, DT Swiss EXP internals, HG Freehub, 142x12mm thru-axle compatible

Other
Assembly method

Handbuilt

Extras

Roval padded wheelbag. No- Fault crash replacement policy. Lifetime warranty.

Weight

1400 grams (wheelset)
649 grams (F) / 751 grams (R)

System Weight Limit

275lbs / 125kg

Tire pressure recommendations

General

Roval wheelsets with carbon rims are designed for a maximum rider weight of 240lbs (109kg). Our alloy wheelsets, however, do not have a weight limit.

All Roval wheels are designed and tested as a system. This allows us to tune each wheelset specifically for the intended ride experience and deliver the highest quality wheels. For this reason, we do not offer individual components for sale.

Roval Road Wheels

Our CLX 32, 50, 64, Terra CLX, Terra CLX EVO, C38, SLX 24 and all Contol and Traverse models are compatible. Rapide CLX and Alpinist CLX wheels are not compatible with tubeless road tires. By making them tube-type specific we were able to create lighter and better complete wheels systems for performance road riders. To render these wheels tubeless would have required extra materials, and that extra mass would have outweighed the benefits of tubeless tires.

The wider CL(X) 32, 50, and 64 are compatible with tires between 22-47C. The previous CL(X) 40 and 60 models are compatible with tires up to 38C. Note that many Roval road wheels have a larger inner width than traditional road rims. Most road tires end up about 2mm wider on these wheels than on a traditional road wheel.

The wider CL(X) 32, 50, and 64 are compatible with tires between 22-47C. The previous CL(X) 40 and 60 models are compatible with tires up to 38C.

All Roval road wheels use DT Swiss internals. Stock DT Swiss replacement freehub parts are compatible with the rear wheels. Freehub bodies for virtually all component groups are available from your local Roval dealer. Please direct questions for specific part numbers to support@rovalcomponents.com

SCS is a system developed by Specialized Bicycle Components to ensure an ideal chainline and crisp shifting on disc brake road bikes with short chainstays. Wheels with SCS hubs move the cassette inboard (closer to the center of the bike). Select Roval models – CL(X) 40 and CLX 64 – are available with SCS rear hubs for use on certain Specialized Tarmac, Roubaix, Diverge, and CruX Disc models. Endcaps are available to use these wheels in both QR and SCS thru-axle configurations.

Our current generation CL(X) 32, 40, 50, and 64 wheels, along with SLX 24 disc wheels, are compatible with traditional QR and thru-axle configurations. In the front, this is 9x100mm QR and 12x100mm thru-axle. In the rear, this is 9x135mm QR and 12x142mm thru-axle. The end caps for these configurations all ship with each aftermarket wheel.

We have partnered with Swiss Stop and optimized our brake tracks for their Black Prince brake pads. These brake pads are available for Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo configurations, and they're easy to find at either your local bike shop or online. Use of a brake pad other than the Swiss Stop Black Prince or the Roval “Red” pads will void your warranty and can be unsafe.

Roval Mountain Wheels

All Roval Mountain wheels use DT Swiss internals. Stock DT Swiss replacement freehub parts are compatible with the rear wheels. Freehub bodies for virtually all component groups are available from your local Roval dealer. Please direct questions for specific part numbers to support@rovalcomponents.com.

All Roval wheel small parts are available through your local Roval dealer. For technical questions please contact support@rovalcomponents.com.

This depends on a ton of variables. Trail type and conditions, rider weight and style, tire casing, and internal rim width all play a part in choosing the proper combination. As a general baseline, we recommend the following: 22mm internal rim width – 2.0 - 2.3” tire; 29-30mm internal rim width – 2.3 - 3.0” tire; 38mm internal rim width – 2.6 - 3.0” tire

Current generation Control and Traverse wheels (all wheel diameters and hub spacing types) are compatible with the plugs.

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How we made it

The Strong Breeze of Speed
The Strong Breeze of Speed

We are so committed to furthering the development of our wheels that we built our own wind tunnel. We spent countless hours testing in the tunnel developing the Rapide CLX, allowing us to maximize aerodynamic efficiency by testing multiple prototype iterations mounted on real bikes, with real tires, at various yaw angles.

Field testing with the pros
Field testing with the pros

Alaphillipe, Sagan, Remco, and scores of other top pros have tested Rapide CLX wheels. Their continual feedback from prototype through production enables us to perpetually improve the performance of our products.

Select variant

Rapide CLX

Configuration
Color
Size

700c

Brake type

Disc

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