I have gotten in the habit of rating carbon wheels on their blend of stiffness to compliance to strength. From the first ride out on our new Roval Traverse wheels the feedback was the same. They’re snappy, quick and ride well. Lateral stiffness is on par with most high end carbon offerings out there, I would rate these wheels as being slightly less stiff than a WeAreOne but a little more stiff than a Light Bicycle wheel. They do not “railroad” the rider in every little rut or undulation and have a very nice lateral compliance. Hand and arm pump are negligible even after some longer descents.
Strength is as good as any wheel we have tested yet with the wheels shedding large shale impacts with nothing more than decal damage. We regularly ran pressures in the low 20s without tire inserts or rim strips and never had any problems. Even after some aggressive attempts at trying to “hurt” the rims we have not had to tighten spokes or true these wheels in the five months we have been hammering on them. They’re a very capable and competitive unit for the price.
The Wolf’s Last Word
While Roval certainly isn’t reinventing the wheel, we’re not mad at them for falling in line. Focusing on the basics and stepping away from the bleeding edge of design is a proven record we would chose spending our hard earned dollars on proven designs 9 times out of 10. The Roval Traverse Carbon has been built with the best and most serviceable parts kit and the details have not been overlooked. These details and thoughtfulness shine through as wheels that have been strong, ride comfortably and remained problem free for the entirety of testing. Throw in a lifetime warranty and a decent price tag and it looks like carbon wheels aren’t the exclusive luxury item they were just a few years ago.
Weight: 1,845 grams;