All the details surrounding Roval's secret new wheelset as Specialized goes public

The new Roval Rapide CLX Team wheelset stand in front of the fan inside a wind tunnel
(Image credit: Roval)

Anyone with a keen eye on cycling tech may have spotted that Demi Vollering, Tim Merlier and a handful of other Specialized-sponsored pros have been winning races aboard a new version of the brand's Roval Rapide CLX wheels recently. Subscribers to Cyclingnews will have also seen them in our recent Giro d'Italia tech gallery, and know that they're set to be called the Rapide CLX II Team. 

Today, we can bring you all the details, as Specialized has lifted the covers, confirming the wheelset's name, what makes them different, and most pressingly, why it made the switch to silver hubs. 

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.