Control SL

The ultimate XC race wheels

Control SL wheelset
Control SL front wheel
Control SL rear wheel
Control SL front hub
Control SL rear hub
Detail of Control SL wheel
Control SL wheelset
Control SL front wheel
Control SL rear wheel
Control SL front hub
Control SL rear hub
Detail of Control SL wheel

Control SL

The ultimate XC race wheels


Lifetime warranty & 30 day satisfaction guarantee

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.

Product Specifications

Technical specifications

Rim type

Carbon clincher, 2Bliss Ready, Zero Bead Hook design

Rim material

Carbon fiber

Rim width

25mm internal

Front spoke pattern

Radial/Three-cross (2:1)

Rear spoke pattern

Three-cross (1:1)

Spoke count

Front/Rear: 24/28

Spoke type

DT Swiss Competition Race

Nipple type

DT Swiss Pro Lock hexagonal

Spoke length

Front Right/Left: 277mm/286mm

Rear Drive-Side/Non-Drive: 292mm/294mm

Front hub

Roval hub shell, DT Swiss internals or Torque Tube hub

Rear 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

Bearing type

Sealed cartridge

Assembly method



142 or 148 drive-side end cap for Shimano freehub body (freehub sold separately), Roval tubeless plugs and valve stems for tubeless setup

Wheelset weight

142mm: 1320g

148mm: 1330g

Tire pressure recommendations

How we made it

Lab testing
Lab testing

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
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.

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