XC tracks becoming more aggressive than ever, so just being light doesn't cut it anymore. Wheels need to be as tough and stiff as they are light, with all the handling characteristics that trail riders have come to expect. These days, wheels need to be more like the new Roval Control SL. Learn More
We provide each original retail purchaser of new Roval wheels a Limited Warranty against defect in materials and workmanship for three years. It's not transferable and doesn't apply to damage or failure due to accident. Full Terms
CONTROL SL 29
Control for the Modern Age of XC Racing
Wide is Beautiful
We tuned the rim shape to optimize stiffness, weight, and ride quality—too tall is too stiff; too shallow is too flexy. We landed on a 25mm internal width rim that's approximately the same weight as the previous Control SL.
Being able to add material and width (3mm), without a weight penalty, makes for a stronger XC wheel. Now, it's optimized for brutal World Cup courses and tough singletrack alike.
Faster by Design
We performed rolling resistance tests at both 20 and 30 PSI on 2.0 tires. The result? The new, wider rim tested faster at both pressures, confirming our line-wide hypothesis that wider is indeed faster.
Zero Bead Hook
We removed the dated bead hook—the part of the rim that crests at the top, sitting inward from the rim’s sidewall. They create a one-foot weak spot in the rim, and without it, we made stronger, lighter wheels with tighter tolerances.
These wheels are set-up to be tubeless-ready out of the box, so you can run lower pressures for added traction while nearly eliminating the threat of pinch flats.
The rear wheel features DT Swiss 240 internals.
Carbon clincher, 2Bliss Ready, Zero Bead Hook design
Front Spoke Pattern
Rear Spoke Pattern
DT Swiss Competition Race
DT Swiss Pro Lock hexagonal
100x15mm: DT Swiss Internals, 15x100mm thru-axle, 15mm end caps included (19mm & 31mm OD) 110x15mm: DT Swiss Internals, 15x110mm thru-axle, 15mm end caps included (19mm & 31mm OD) Torque Tube: SRAM Predictive steering thru-axle hub for RockShox RS-1 forks, Torque Tube design
CNC-machined alloy body, high-quality DT 240 internals and 54t quick engagement ratchet system cassette, includes SRAM XX1 11-speed freehub and 142 end caps
142 or 148 drive-side end cap for Shimano freehub body (freehub sold separately), Roval tubeless plugs and valve stems for tubeless setup
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Good news: We've partnered with STIKRD, which means that we're proud to introduce custom Roval decals. Our partnership started when we saw what these guys were doing, and how rad they were making bikes look with our wheels and custom decals. We know we're not alone in our love to make our bikes look rad, and STIKRD helps us do just that.
How does it work? Just follow the link over to STIKRD.com and select the Roval wheelset that you have. Design your own decals, and then hang tight for a couple of days while they're printed and delivered to your doorstep. It’s that easy.