Roval Terra CLX wheelset review

New Roval Terra CLX gravel wheels are not only incredibly light but also super-wide, providing superlative traction and performance levels across all terrain types

Roval Terra CLX wheels
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

An incredibly light wheelset designed to transition effortlessly between tarmac and gravel roads

Pros

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    Beautifully designed wheels

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    Despite stiffness, wheels are incredibly light and easy to control on myriad terrain types

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    Compatible with tyre sizes ranging from 28-42mm (frame-clearance dependent)

Cons

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    Glossy decals prone to surface scratches

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    Not cheap

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Roval Components, a subsidiary of Specialized, has gone all out on its new Terra wheel portfolio, pitching them squarely at the ever-growing gravel market. The range comprises a brace of options – the Terra CLX and CLX Evo – designed to cater for both speed merchants and gnar lovers of dirt-road riding, with the CLX Evo coming in both 700c and 650b guises. 

Roval sent us a DeAnima Soul gravel bike tricked out in the lighter of the two Terra options to test, the Terra CLX gravel wheels. While not as wide as the Evo, the CLX wheels have been designed to play nicely with rubber ranging from 28-42mm. A 25mm internal width and the ability to accommodate lower pressures means improved ride comfort and performance levels across the board.

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