Roval SLX 24 wheelset review

Sustained, tubeless-ready speed and responsiveness

BikeRadar score4/5

Specialized’s Roval wheels are consistently impressing us at the moment. The rounded rims of the SLX 24s come taped with valves fitted, begging you to go tubeless.

Even if you stay conventionally pneumatic, the 19mm internal width stretches tyre width for extra smoothness and stability on rougher roads and more aggressive cornering.

The medium tension DT Swiss Competition spoke build with a two-cross driveside pattern gives a buoyant structural feel without squandering tracking accuracy or feeling soft under power.

There is sometimes a pause in pick up from the DT Swiss-based hubs, which they share with Roval’s carbon wheels, but you can retrofit faster-reacting ratchet internals.

They’re light enough to respond really well and then hold speed easily when they do connect.

  • Weight: 1,520g (pair)
  • Pick up: 15 degrees
  • Internal width: 19mm
  • External width: 23mm
  • Depth: 24mm
  • Spokes: 20/24
  • Tyre overall diameter: 27.5x25mm
Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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