Traverse SL 38

The ultimate plus-size trail wheel

Traverse SL 38 wheelset
Detail of Traverse SL 38 wheel
Traverse SL 38 front hub
Traverse SL 38 front wheel
Traverse SL 38 front wheel
Traverse SL 38 rear wheel
Traverse SL 38 rear hub
Traverse SL 38 rear wheel
Detail of Traverse SL 38 wheel rim
Traverse SL 38 wheelset
Detail of Traverse SL 38 wheel
Traverse SL 38 front hub
Traverse SL 38 front wheel
Traverse SL 38 front wheel
Traverse SL 38 rear wheel
Traverse SL 38 rear hub
Traverse SL 38 rear wheel
Detail of Traverse SL 38 wheel rim

Traverse SL 38

The ultimate plus-size trail wheel

$1,600.00

Big tires demand wide rims

The zero-bead-hook rim bed of the Traverse SL 38 has a massive 38mm internal width. This offers superior sidewall support for plus-size tires, leading to less tire deformation and squirm at lower pressures - especially when cornering or jumping - resulting in more predictable and surefooted handling, allowing the potential of big footprint tires to be fully realized.

Sometimes tried and true is the best way forward

We use J-bend spokes on the Traverse SL 38. For a wheel chock-full of forward thinking, this may seem out of step, but bear with us here. J-bend spokes are strong, proven, and available just about anywhere. And these aren’t just any spokes. DT Swiss Competition spokes are the most refined spokes you could hope to hold a wheel together with. The best. No compromise.

This step flange hub is subtle wizardry

Look closely here. Notice how many of the spokes run “head-in”, meaning that the spokes pull from the outside of the hub, maximizing the wheel’s bracing angle. This increases strength and improves handling. Additionally, the angle the spokes exit the hub is such that there is less load on each spoke where it crosses another, in turn eliminating a notorious spoke breakage stress point.

Trickness hides in the details

You’ll find the same length spokes throughout the Traverse SL 38 wheelset—drive side or non-drive, front or rear, all the same length spokes. 28 of them per wheel. Brass nipples. Strength and durability are front and center, weight is still incredibly low, and in the rare case that you go harder than your wheels, replacement spokes can be easily sourced just about anywhere, and your wheels can be easily serviced.

Product Specifications

Technical specifications

Rim
Rim material

Carbon Fiber

Rim width

38mm internal

Spoke
Front spoke pattern

Two-cross

Rear spoke pattern

Two-cross

Spoke count

Front: 28

Rear: 28

Nipple type

DT Swiss Brass

Spoke length

Front Right/Left: 264mm/264mm

Rear Drive-Side/Non-Drive: 264mm/264mm

Hub
Front hub

Roval CNC Machined 28 hole "Step Flange" design for maximum bracing angle and reduced spoke failure. 15x110mm 19mm OD end caps & 31mm end caps

Rear hub

Roval CNC Machined 28 hole "Step Flange" design for maximum bracing angle and reduced spoke failure, 12x148mm, DT Swiss 240 Freehub 54t engagement, SRAM XD driver

Bearing type

Sealed cartridge

Other
Assembly method

Handbuilt

Extras

Tubeless valve stems

Wheelset weight

1830g

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

Field testing
Field testing

Matt Hunter, Matt Mile, Hannah Barnes, and so many other obsessed trail riders have been a part of testing and developing the Traverse SL 38 wheels. Not only have our sponsored riders schralped the gnarliest trails on earth, their continual feedback enables us to constantly improve the performance of our products.

Prototyping
Prototyping

The Traverse SL 38’s step flange hub,  a feature which improves reliability and ride quality, was born in our state of the art machine shop. The world class machinists and machines here perform a kind of alchemy, turning solid billets of metal into ride-enhancing prototype hubs, rim molds, and anything else we need to make.

Select variant

Traverse SL 38

Size
Configuration

Wheelset

Freehub

SRAM XD

Color

Carbon/Black

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