Unassuming, humble, and quiet, Chuck is somewhat of a legend in the wheel trade. He’s also, quite frankly, a creative force of nature. He has been building wheels since he was a toddler (only a slight exaggeration) and “did hard playpen time in my grandpa’s bicycle shop.” When he got slightly older (13), he worked in the shop on weekends right up until finishing high school. “[I] built and trued wheels in the living room with my grandpa while we watched Kung Fu or Mission Impossible,” he says. From these roots grew a master engineer. For 28 years, he was embedded at Easton, but made the switch to Roval five years ago and has been bringing his engineering prowess to Roval by working on prototypes and "super-secret" projects we can’t mention. Chuck has a love of vintage things—from cars (ask him about his chopped Merc), to cycling—and lists his favorite route as the Eroica Long route in Gaiole, Italy.
The Star Hub, Tom Boonen’s Paris-Roubaix wheels, World Champion wheels for the likes of Christoph Sauser, Jaroslav Kulhavý, and Peter Sagan, every hoop size you can think of—you name it, Jeremy has touched it. “At some level,” he says, “I’ve been involved with almost every Roval project since the inception of the modern Roval brand in 2005.” A keen home brewer (he readily admits his favorite kind of ride ends ending with a cold beer), Jeremy brings serious experience, passion, and leadership chops to the team. Does the team have a nickname for him? Probably, but he thinks they may not be willing to share it publicly.
Product Manager, Mountain Bike Wheels
Tattoos, fast loud and heavy music, and nothing with a face—it’s the Saletnik way. For the past two years, Steve, a trail-shredding, liberally inked vegetarian, has been integral in the development process and product management of Roval’s line of mountain wheels. And while hard pressed to name his favorite trail, (“I like riding mountain bikes too much to pick one. Whistler Valley trails, Summit County, CO, and Santa Cruz, CA are all fun in their own ways”), Steve relishes travelling to as many different places as he can to ride them and find out.
Product Manager, Road Wheels
With just over two years on the Roval team (10 in the industry), Stewart’s journey to a career in the bike world follows a familiar road for many of us. First road bike at 16, succumbing to the racing bug in college, dabbing in other endeavors for a while, and finally realizing it’s always been about the bike. “Now I’m married,” says Stewart, “and trying to fight off the pesky grey hair and “dad bod.” Fortunately, bikes help with that. The past two years have seen him involved with 64s, 32s, and the new 50s, and SLX alloy wheels, and with a love of all-day, point-to-point rides, he’s had plenty of opportunities to get some long miles in on them.
As a child, Keith had dreams of being a fighter pilot. “At the helm of the world’s most technically advanced thrill-ride,” he explains, “mimicking Top Gun catch-phrases across the airwaves.” And while that never happened (Keith instead chose to study aerospace engineering and work in that industry for a while), he discovered cycling and found that he still could “feel the need, the need for speed.” Channeling this never-ending quest for speed and thirst for the technologically advanced—with a dash of competitive and personal well-being thrown in for good measure—in mid-2015 Keith turned his focus to developing the fastest road wheels for mankind as part of the Roval team. Fun facts about Keith? He could eat buffalo wings all day (“Bone in, obviously”), and while having more nicknames than one person needs (K-squared(K^2), CurlSwag, Disco Stu, Mango, K-Soul), not one of those is Goose or Maverick.
In terms of industry experience, Keith states he was “born and raised at Specialized," but don’t call him a n00b to bikes—they’re in his blood. As part of the Roval engineering team, he played a major role in the development of the Control SL wheel, but has spent plenty of time getting his hands dirty in the trenches, laying up prototype rims. He still pines for the Post Office jumps in Aptos (don’t we all), but lists another favorite ride spots as Mt. Eddy. He has a nickname, but is worried his mother would not be super proud of it, so he flatly refused to share it publicly.
You want to test a wheel? Victor is your man. Since 2012, Victor has been building and testing Roval products—from development to production wheels—in his own private kingdom, the Test Lab. To put it bluntly, he has worked on every Roval product in the last four years. “I have built a couple thousands wheels for my lab machines,” he says. But he builds wheels for real people, too. “Mike Sinyard, Ned Overend, Robert Egger, World Champions, a Tour de France winner, celebrities, and a bunch of other amazing athletes.” He lists his favorite trail as Mr. Toads in South Lake Tahoe.
Tyler is one of those engineers who don’t like to talk about themselves. In fact, when we asked for some details of his life, the most we could get out of him was that his nickname is Dirtbag. Is it because he loves dirt? Camps in the woods like a hobbit? You’ll have to ask him. What he did tell us was that if we replaced his bio with the description of a Labrador, we’d pretty much have nailed it. So we read up and here’s where we landed: Labrador Retrievers are great family dogs, but you have to exercise them a lot. Too much confinement and they chew the furniture. They’re kind, good-natured, and get along with pretty much everyone. They can be a bit conservative with their affections, are easy to train, and—we can’t reiterate this enough—can be bit “chewy” with things. Labradors mature slowly and remain spirited teenagers for several years. Considering Tyler has been with the Roval team for two human years now, we figure that puts him right in the moody teen wheelhouse.
Quality is a word that comes up again and again when talking Roval—James is the guy that ensures you’re getting it. As part of the Technical Services Team, James has a varied role, which has included everything from revamping Roval aftermarket support in US Technical Services, to writing new tech documentation for dealers on Roval wheels. Nicknamed “Jimmy Tweedles” by his great grandpa (though no-one is really sure why), James is based in Salt Lake City and lists his favorite ride as Butterfield Pass from Tooele (“The small town where I live—pronounced too-will-ah”), to Salt Lake City, Utah. The top of the pass is about eight miles from my front door,” he says, “and just shy of 3k feet in elevation gain. The last mile is a 12% average grade on a loose, washboard gravel road. It's a brutal grind on a CX bike but absolutely rewarding.”
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