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by spartan

well just put out a video . carbon spokes. guess you were wrong
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by alanyu

spartan wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2024 1:21 am
well just put out a video . carbon spokes. guess you were wrong
alanyu wrote:
Thu May 23, 2024 10:02 am
Hope I'm wrong, but steel structure on the hub side in that video

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by jlok

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by hannawald

Weird, looks quite narrow for a carbon spoke.

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by toxin

If those are supposed to be carbon spokes...

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by alanyu

Just as I said three times, it's steel spoke. Aerolite II.

Rims reduce 40 x 2 g and hubs reduce 50 g, so that's 130 g.

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by spacemunk

Meet the fastest wheels in the world - The Rapide CLX II Team Wheels. Designed to be lighter and more aerodynamic, these wheels are engineered to make riders like Remco Evenepoel and Demi Vollering even faster. These wheels were developed using our equation for speed: Lightweight + Aerodynamics + Handling + Durability = Speed. These limited edition wheels are the absolute pinnacle of road racing performance, reserved for the greatest riders in the world and the lucky few who get their hands on a set.

The Roval Rapide CLX II Team wheels are 130g lighter, 0.5 watts more aerodynamic, and double the industry’s tubeless impact standards. With class-leading tire retention for incredible confidence on the roughest roads at any speed, the Roval Rapide CLX II Team wheels offer an unprecedented combination of performance and security.

LIGHTWEIGHT: The Roval Rapide CLX II Team wheels weigh just 1,360g without valves and tape due to new carbon rim layups and the new Roval LF hub. More than 100 carbon layup variations and hundreds of rims tested delivered a weight savings of 40g per rim, while the new low flange hub saves 50g. We even optimized logos and paint to save additional weight—shaving a total of 130g off our system weight.

THE FASTEST RACE WHEELS: Speed is about balancing the right things, and the combination of the proven Rapide rim shape, DT Swiss Aerolite II spokes, and the all-new Roval LF Hub resulted in a 0.5-watt drag saving compared to our Rapide CLX II wheels, making the fastest in the peloton just a bit faster. A 0.5-watt decrease in power might not sound like much, but over 40km adds up to one second. Sure, it’s only 0.5 watts faster, but Remco and Demi have never asked us to make them slower.

UNMATCHED DURABILITY: We know that hookless wheels don’t perform under our demanding high-pressure testing standards. Any carbon wheel can crack under intense impact, but that’s no excuse for a tire to blow off. That’s why our Rapide CLX II Team wheels are not just built for a higher durability standard—they are hooked, resulting in the fastest, most dependable, and versatile wheels in the world. The bonus is that riders can choose the tire and pressure that’s best for their ride.

UNLIMITED CAPABILITY: The Rapide CLX II Team wheels are the most consistent, offering riders the same aerodynamic performance across various tire sizes. Whether racing a cobblestone course with 30mm tires or riding on smooth, buttery tarmac and opting for 26mm tires, your aerodynamic advantage remains the same with the Rapide CLX II Team wheels. With the same proven Rapide CLX II shape, these wheels are 25% less impacted by crosswinds than other wheels of this depth, allowing riders to stay off the brakes and on the gas regardless of wind conditions.

SILVER IS THE NEW GOLD: Silver hubs, valves, and the chrome Team logo helped us save weight by eliminating powder coating and paint, but it’s not just weight savings we were going after. We are also sending a message. When you see silver highlights on a Roval product, know that it’s our secret sauce, the new standard to beat, the best of the best.

Rim: Rapide CLX Team Carbon Clincher, Hooked, 700c, Disc Brake, Tubeless
Rim Details: F-51mm-Depth, 35mm External Width, 21mm Internal Width : R-60mm-Depth, 30.7mm External Width, 21mm Internal Width
Hub: Roval Team Light Hub (LF16/LF17R) Center Lock, DT Swiss 180 Ratchet EXP 36t internals (10 degs), 100x12mm & 142x12mm, Shim. RD. 11SP HG freehub
Bearing Type: DT Swiss SINC Ceramic Bearings
Spokes: DT Swiss Aerolite II T-head, Front: Radial/One-cross (2:1) 18 count, DS: 258mm, NDS: 267mm, Rear: One-cross/Two-cross (2:1) 24 count, DS: 261mm, NDS: 256mm
Nipple: DT Swiss Hex Prolock Al 2.0x14mm
Tire Size: 24mm-38mm, Max Pressure: 24mm-35mm: Tubeless (110psi) Tubed (130psi), 36mm-38mm: Tubeless (60psi) Tubed (60psi)
Weight: Wheelset 1,390g, Front 643g, Rear 747g (including 15g, tubeless rim tape and tubeless valve)
Extras: S-Works Turbo Rapidair 2Bliss Ready T2/T5 Tires 700 x 26, Silver Alloy Centerlock Rings, LTD Roval Double Wheel Bag, LTD Roval Water Bottle (x2), Custom Roval Dynaplug® Racer Pro w/ Spare Plugs, DT Swiss XDR FHB, DT Swiss Ceramic SINC Bearings, Spare Spoke & Nipple Kit w/ Hand Built Tension Card, Lifetime Warranty, System Weight Limit: 275lbs/125kg.
Assembly Method: Hand-built.

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by TwiggyForest

Wow they are really putting the boot into Zipp with that press release. Looks like a good set of wheels that I'm not going to buy, still kind of disappointed they didn't go carbon spokes and even lighter.

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by mikehhhhhhh

I'm pleased by omission of carbon spokes.

At 1360g these seem like a decent middle ground. I'll likely replace my CLii with some if they aren't way more expensive than the current CLXii.

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by Torbjorn

I don't want to flame them too much because I appreciate such videos, but this is kind of embarassing for

Also, are these the first wheels outside of DT Swiss' own wheels to get the Aerolite II spokes? Up until now I thought DT Swiss reserved them for their own wheels only.

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by ichobi

Looks like the strategy here is
- high price limited edition
- then raise the price of the clx3 to be more than clx2 but cheaper than the clx2 team editon
- justified price increase due to bumped spec in the clx3. Customers feel got some sort of deal because hey its still cheaper than the new ceiling set by clx2 team
- profit.

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by tmrace

So 6 years later they are just re-releasing the CLX 1 at a premium price?

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by parajba

So we are now back to essentially the CLX50?

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by ichobi

Aside from the rim shape and the fancy hub the rest of the parts are pretty much what’s in the dt swiss arc 1100, down to the bearing. I am sure these will be good wheels.

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