VIDEO REVIEW: Specialized Roval Rapide Carbon Clincher Wheelset

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Need a high-performance wheel upgrade? Watch the review of the Specialized Roval Rapide Carbon Clincher wheelset which turned out to be an excellent all-around wheelset for both training and racing.

By Coach AJ

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Have you been in the sport a few years and are ready to break the piggy-bank on a bike upgrade? Are you looking to upgrade your wheelset? 


Here is Coach AJ's review of his wheel upgrade to the Specialized Roval Rapide and how this wheelset performed.


The Product

Specialized Roval Rapide Carbon Clincher Wheelset


The Maker


The Price


The Rating


The Skinny

Overall a great wheelset if you are looking to upgrade.







Very responsive power transfer.

Ride Quality


Very smooth.  Soaks up a lot of the road vibration.



Better than most carbon rims.

Powermeter Use


Due to the unique star hub, you cannot put a Power Tap on the wheelset.



An excellent all-around training and racing wheelset.

Manufacturer Specifications

  • Weight: Wheels = 1800g / pr - Q/Rs = 106g / pr
  • Aerodynamically superior design yields 50% less frontal area, dramatically reduces wind drag
  • Roval carbon red brake pads powered by Swissstop
  • Super-stiff and strong cold forged 7075 Al 5-point star hubs 20 front / 20 rear 2-Into-1 extreme spoke lacing pattern maximizes power transfer 
  • 20/20 2-into-1 spoke pattern maximizes power transfer
  • Custom DT Aerolite butted spokes, 2.0mm round / 2.3x0.9mm bladed
  • Equipped with Shimano 9-10 spd compatible cassette body. Replacement Campagnolo 10 spd; Shimano Dura-Ace and 9-10 spd compatible cassette bodies available separately
  • Roval Titanium quick releases
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Video Review of the Specialized Roval Wheels (616 downloads)


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date: April 14, 2008