Specialized launches more affordable Roval Rapide CL II wheels, new Turbo tubeless tires

Here at Cyclingnews, we recently spent some time in the wind tunnel with 10 sets of wheels and found that between best and worst, the difference was less than two watts at 30kph. With that in mind, our concluding advice was to ‘get in the ballpark’ with a budget set of aero wheels and spend the difference elsewhere. For anyone heeding that advice, there’s a new option to consider, as Roval has today unveiled a new, cheaper version of its go-fast performance road race wheel.

Known as the Rapide CL II, the new wheelset will use the exact same rims as its more expensive sibling, the Rapide CLX II, but paired with a cheaper hub using cheaper spokes for a more affordable overall package. Accompanying them are three new tire offerings from Roval’s parent company, Specialized.

Roval Rapide CL II: Aero and (more) affordable

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