Roval Traverse 29 Carbon Wheels Review
Words & Photos by Nic Hall
Looking to step outside the box of being “Specialized’s in-house wheel brand” Roval has invested some major R&D into creating affordable wheels that are desirable for riders regardless of the bike brand they ride. Since the Traverse wheels first hit the market in 2014, we have spent a fair amount of time riding them in various sizes on several bikes. Last summer we attended a small media event at Crankworx Whistler where the Roval team stepped up to show that they were looking to create their own shadow beyond the big S. The new Roval Traverse 29 Carbon wheels offer solid ride characteristics at a competitive price point.
Available in either 27.5 or 29-inch these wheels sport a 30mm internal width, hookless beads, 28 J-hook DT Swiss Competition spokes laced 2-cross to DT 350 hubs. The ingredient sure sound like a recipe for a good wheel. There’s no outrageous offsets, no proprietary spoke designs, no exotic carbon layups. The wheels come pre-taped with tubeless stems installed, both of which are well done and have gone through multiple tire changes without issue. 10 degrees of engagement off the proven DT 36-tooth pawl is plenty but if you worry about that extra few degrees, Specialized offers an SL version that also shaves off a few grams.