The ultimate XC race wheels
The ultimate XC race wheels
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Chasing the holy trinity: stiff, light, strong
The Control SL rim is carefully designed to optimize stiffness, ride quality and durability, while keeping rotational mass to the bare minimum. In this case, we designed a rim that is deep enough to deliver the requisite strength, but not so deep as to ride too stiff. By eliminating the bead hook, we managed to increase impact strength and save weight at the same time.
Rim width optimized for modern mountain bike tires
25mm, zero-bead-hook inner rim width plays well with contemporary wider tires. In rolling resistance tests, wider tires are proven faster than narrow tires. A stiff, stable, optimally-shaped rim eliminates flex and smooths the ride, while the generous rim bed supports tire sidewalls and helps prevent unwanted tire squirm.
Swiss precision internals
A DT 240 54-tooth star-ratchet freehub graces the inside of the Roval hub shell. This helps keep weight shaved to a bare minimum, while at the same time ensuring lightning fast engagement and positive power transfer.
Straight pull spokes: the shortest distance between two points
In our quest to deliver the lightest performance wheelset possible, we left no stone unturned. DT Swiss Competition Race straight pull spokes are shorter and use less metal than comparable J-bend spokes. They are held securely in place by ultra-lightweight alloy Pro Lock nipples.
Carbon clincher, 2Bliss Ready, Zero Bead Hook design
DT Swiss Competition Race
DT Swiss Pro Lock hexagonal
Front Right/Left: 277mm/286mm
Rear Drive-Side/Non-Drive: 292mm/294mm
Roval hub shell, DT Swiss internals or Torque Tube hub
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
Tire pressure recommendations
The right tire pressure for your ride is personal and depends on your riding style, the terrain you'll be riding, and the conditions of that terrain on the day you're riding. What you see below is a recommended starting point, a "ballpark." You'll also see a decal on your wheels indicating max pressure. Never exceed the max pressure. Enjoy your ride!
How we made it
Hours of punishing lab testing - simulating exaggerated real-world forces - ensures that Control SL wheels are up to the task. Comparing this test data against every respected XC wheel in the market demonstrates that the deflection and durability of Control SL wheels meets or beats anything out there.
Field testing: name that pro
Annika Langvad, Sam Gaze, Jaroslav Kulhavý, and many other top pros have tested (and won on) Control SL wheels. Their continual feedback from prototype through production enables us to perpetually improve the performance of our products. All the victories they’ve racked up: UCI world championships, Olympics, and UCI worlds cups are the ultimate proof of concept.