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    Roval Rapide SL 45 Reviews?

    Hey all,

    Search doesn't turn up much, but I'm thinking of purchasing a set of Roval Rapide SL 45's for my new Tarmac SL2 build. I know they come stock on the SL3. I read somewhere on the forums that they are Reynolds rims and DT Swiss hubs/spokes. Anybody confirm this? If so, sounds like a good deal for the price.

    Anybody got anything to say about them?

    Thanks!

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    I kind of doubt they are Reynolds rims as they are a carbon fairing bonded to an aluminum rim. I do believe they are DT hubs though.

    Sorry, no review here. Thought about buying some but went a different direction.

    Cheers!

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    Thumbs up

    So I decided to bite the bullett and get a pair of Rapide SL 45's for myself. I was going to go with a used set of 2005 Zipp 404 clinchers, but decided I wanted something new and with warranty. So other than a flat 5 miles into my first ride, I can say all is great. These are very strong and smooth rolling. Before this purchase I had the Shimano RS80's (DA7800 c24 carbon rim w/ ultegra hub 1550g, which were great) and the the Rapide SL 45's spin up just as fast. They are roughly the same weight too. 1595g for a Carbon clincher with aluminum brake track??? WHY NOT? I'm one happy customer. I am certain with the 20/24 spoke build and aluminum track, that I can use these for training and racing.

    I only have about 60 miles on these in the past couple days so I'll be back with more updates since there really isn't much info on these wheels anywhere..

    pics coming soon.

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    Sorry for the lame-o iphone pics.
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    sweet ride. I have the 45's on my sl2 as well. very stiff and smooth. So the carbon is made in the same factory as the bikes. Reynolds made the older roval full carbon clinchers. the hubs have dt swiss internals with a roval shell. I just purchased the sl3 frame which is great. I switched everything over and the wheel make any bike look good. Good luck with the wheels.

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    Keep posting your feeling on the wheels. I just picked up my Tarmac pro today and I will be building it up. I was trying to decide between the Rovals and the Williams 38 Carbon (ceramic bearings). The weights are listed as the same. I like the durabilty of the aluminum braking surface of the Roval, but the price of the Williams $999. I have heard good feed back from other Williams owners.

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    Any updates on these wheels? I just picked up a left over 2010 S-Works Roubaix, it came with the dura-ace carbon tubeless wheels. I was thinking about picking up a set of these SL45's because I mostly do longer charity rides, and I am not the sprinting type, i mostly keep a pretty consistent pace, so the acceleration of a 1300-1400g wheelset is not that important to me, but i am thinking that i might benefit from an slightly heavier, more aero wheel on longer rides.....but we do have some hilly terrain where I train locally. I was thinking about dumping the D/A wheels and picking up a set of these.....any thoughts?
    Specialized S-Works Roubaix
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    Put a set on my Roubaix recently. Only have a couple hundred mi on them, but all is well. Here's a few crappy pixs.








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    Quote Originally Posted by jut8
    Any updates on these wheels? I just picked up a left over 2010 S-Works Roubaix, it came with the dura-ace carbon tubeless wheels. I was thinking about picking up a set of these SL45's because I mostly do longer charity rides, and I am not the sprinting type, i mostly keep a pretty consistent pace, so the acceleration of a 1300-1400g wheelset is not that important to me, but i am thinking that i might benefit from an slightly heavier, more aero wheel on longer rides.....but we do have some hilly terrain where I train locally. I was thinking about dumping the D/A wheels and picking up a set of these.....any thoughts?
    Your thinking is spot on. For saving energy, aero trumps light weight unless maybe you're doing a climbing stage in the Alps where the climbs are like 10 miles long and there are 4 or 5 of them to tackle on the same ride.

    Cheers!

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    Any performance/ride updates on the Roval SL 45's? Thinking about ordering a set of the 2011's in red.

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    I raced them all this season on the road and really like them. Kind of a budget zipp. The specialised rep has our whole team racing cx on them. Six races into the season and no issues and they perform great and I weight 190
    Pretty bomb proof I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis
    I raced them all this season on the road and really like them. Kind of a budget zipp. The specialised rep has our whole team racing cx on them. Six races into the season and no issues and they perform great and I weight 190
    Pretty bomb proof I guess
    Travis is there anyone in your team around the 200 mark? and if so how are they holding up for them?

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    I'm just shy of the 200 mark. Have a 500 miles on them with out a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goneskiian
    I do believe they are DT hubs though.
    I don't think those are DT swiss pretty sure those are Alex A Class hubs and likely the whole wheel is built by A Class who builds a ton of house brand wheels/rims and OEM stuff. The hubs look spot on like the hubs taht were on the the A Class tubless wheels I used last season on the road.

    ADDED: Looks like they are using a Swiss Hub body or so says the website so that might be the DT Swiss tie in (along with the spokes and nibs which my A Class wheel had as well).
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    Clydesdale - no problem for the Roval SL Rapide 45

    I have had a set on my bike for a year now. (thanks to my team raffle) They have held up nicely after about 1000 miles on them. I now use the Mavic Ksyrium SL's while I do my trainer work. According to Specialized there is no weight limit on these. My shop said 240 lbs was the limit and I weigh in at 205. I hit some nasty potholes over that time and no scratches and the rim is as straight as when I got them.

    The hubs and bladed spokes are both DT Swiss and they sound nice when freewheeling. I liked them so much I purchased Roval's Control SL's for my mountain bike.

    jump on them if you can find a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kacerrob
    I have had a set on my bike for a year now. (thanks to my team raffle) They have held up nicely after about 1000 miles on them. I now use the Mavic Ksyrium SL's while I do my trainer work. According to Specialized there is no weight limit on these. My shop said 240 lbs was the limit and I weigh in at 205. I hit some nasty potholes over that time and no scratches and the rim is as straight as when I got them.

    The hubs and bladed spokes are both DT Swiss and they sound nice when freewheeling. I liked them so much I purchased Roval's Control SL's for my mountain bike.

    jump on them if you can find a deal.
    Once again the hub shells are not DT swiss, the hub body maybe but its is not the star ratchet system. That said the hubs do roll nice and if they are in fact A Class hubs (which I think they are) have very good enduro bearings in em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32and3cross
    Once again the hub shells are not DT swiss, the hub body maybe but its is not the star ratchet system. That said the hubs do roll nice and if they are in fact A Class hubs (which I think they are) have very good enduro bearings in em.
    That's different to what it says here?
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/reviews/p...heelset/117390

    I have a 2010 Roubaix Expert which came with the Fusee EL28's that have a similar looking hub body but without the "DT Swiss technology inside" labels on them. So I would say that the hub body is A-Class and the upper end wheels get the DT Swiss freewheel

    I had issues with rear drive side spokes breaking and after a replacing spokes a few times and then a new back wheel, each time there was less than 500km between failures. After the last breakage Specialized gave me a set of Rapide 45SL's which have given me no trouble for the last 1000kms.

    The freewheel ratchet on the Rapide's sounds significantly different to the freewheel ratchet on the Fuesee's so there is definitely a difference.

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    Having been inside the sl 25's and the sl 45's they are definately DT internal mechanisms inside. The hub bodies are labeled roval and I am not sure who the manufacturer is of the hub body.
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    On the Roval Rapide white logo wheels are the logos removable or are they laminated onto the wheel? Thanks.

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    Laminated to wheels

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    anyone with follow-up comments on ride quality and durability? Thanks!

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    hi

    Quote Originally Posted by Travis
    I raced them all this season on the road and really like them. Kind of a budget zipp. The specialised rep has our whole team racing cx on them. Six races into the season and no issues and they perform great and I weight 190
    Pretty bomb proof I guess
    Anybody around 215...

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    I've just purchased a new pair of these in the black and white silhoutte decals. Awesome wheels and they roll pretty well but my only concern is the dangy noise it makes when free rolling.

    Anyone else have the same problem? It might not be a problem, I'm just not used to the loud dangy noise it makes
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamrankhan View Post
    I've just purchased a new pair of these in the black and white silhoutte decals. Awesome wheels and they roll pretty well but my only concern is the dangy noise it makes when free rolling.

    Anyone else have the same problem? It might not be a problem, I'm just not used to the loud dangy noise it makes
    Those are the valve stems vibrating. Wrap a piece of electrical tape around them. A lot of aero rims suffer from this.

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    I just picked up a set for my Tarmac Expert. The wheels seem pretty durable and they look great. They do have a loud freehub compared to the Fulcrum's I swapped out.

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