Today, Roval is launching its 2021 Control Carbon 6B XD wheels. It features the same, impressive rim from the Control SL wheels we reviewed last year, only now with more affordable hubs. Rather than Specialized’s own ultra-light hubs, the new Control Carbon wheels feature far more affordable DT Swiss 350 hubs. These add about 200g to the overall wheelset weight, but the price drops by around £700.
So, the same super-light, but strong rim, designed to shrug off pinch flats, only now with DTSwiss 350 hubs. These hubs have recently had their own upgrades. The 350 has been relaunched this year, using the twin-spring 36T Ratchet system. (Previously it featured an 18T ratchet.) The Roval Control Carbon is one of the first production wheels to incorporate these new hubs and the price of the wheels drops dramatically thanks to that.
Launched last year, the Control Carbon SL wheels cost £1950 in their special-edition team format. The overall weight was around 1240g, though, which is the lightest wheel Roval had ever made – even lighter than its climbing specialist road race wheels. With this new, more affordable Control Carbon wheelset, the price is £1,150 a pair. The weight is still very impressive, at 1450g including tubeless tape. (You can reduce that a tiny amount by using Roval’s spoke hole plugs that fill the spoke holes and do away with the need for rim tape. Amazingly, this is a lighter option.)
We can see the Roval Control Carbon wheels appearing as ‘race day’ wheels for some privateer racers, though we’ve been running a pair of the Team SL wheels for the last year on a 130mm trail bike and they’re still holding up perfectly. We’ll see how these new ones stack up.
Currently (and going off the name) the “2021 Control Carbon 6B XD” wheels are only coming in 29in, six bolt and with an XD driver. Though DTSwiss makes its replacement drivers available aftermarket, so you should be able to run MicroSpline or regular Hyperglide if you’re not on the SRAM train.
Roval Control Carbon Product Specifications:
- Control SL 29 Rim
- 29mm Internal Width
- 4mm FlatTop Bead Hook
- Tubeless Compatible
- New DT Swiss 350 Hub Straight-pull 6-bolt Rotor-36t Star Ratchet System
- Thru Axle 110x15mm & 148x12mm
- Weight: 1450g w/ Tubeless Rim Tape
- Wheelset Lifetime Warranty
The wheels are shipping now and should be available at Specialized dealers by the time you read this.