ROL Wheels Race SL wheelsets - clincher

4.94/5 (69 Reviews)
MSRP : $675.00


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Product Description

Our best-selling Race SL is a favorite with racers looking for precise handling, ride quality and speed. It's perfect for road racing, criteriums and triathlon. It's already one of the best-reviewed wheels on the market and for 2013 we made it even better.

We've improved the Race SL with a new rim profile that is wider and stiffer. At 23mm wide, our new rim design improves tire performance by shortening the tire sidewalls and producing a wider contact patch. It adds up to more confidence in the turns, along with more comfort and improved aerodynamics. The 28mm tall profile provides the stiffness aggressive riders appreciate, as well as an aerodynamic advantage.

  • 28mm Alloy Aero Rim
  • 23mm Rim Width
  • 3D Forged Alloy ROL Hubset
  • SAPIM CX-Ray Spokes
  • DT Swiss Alloy ProLock Nipples
  • 20 Spoke Front - Radial
  • 24 Spoke Rear - 2X2X
  • ABEC 5 TPI Steel Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • ROL Skewers and Rim Tape Included


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Typetwelve

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2013

Strengths:    Great build with quality components. Extremely comfortable ride.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy...rear hubs pretty loud.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2013 model.

So far, I love these wheels. They are built extremely well and the fit and finish is superb. For the price, I don't feel there is much better on the market. As stated above, the wheel is not super lightweight (1555g) but it does offer a deeper rim (29mm deep, 23mm wide) vs the lighter D'Huez (24mm deep, 22.5mm wide). I must say though that despite the weight, they offer a superb ride quality and a nimble ride. After 1200 miles on them, they are still true as the day I bought them. They show minimal wear and still ride wonderfully. On a side note, I have been running 23mm wide tires which seat well with these wheels.

My only real complaints (although minor) are the noisy rear hub, which is very loud (perhaps a good grease will fit this) and the fact that after 1200 miles, my Shimano Ultegra cassette has bit into the rear hub pretty well. I'm willing to say that by 5000 or so miles, it will have to be replaced. This is a minor complaint though...


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charles Walsh

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2013

Strengths:    Stable, Light Weight, Great long rolling hubs.
Made in the USA.
Sweet ride.


Weaknesses:    none so far but I only have about 500 miles on them.

Bottom Line:   
These ROL's replaced the Bontrager Wheels that came with my Damone 2.3. I found an immediate improvement in both my avg speed and climb. These are super stable wheels and are superb for this area (Ozark Plateau in North West Arkansas) with lots of elevation change. The folks at ROL are a pleasure to deal with, the new wheels arrived a week from the order. At $625 these wheels are an excellent value


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GJ a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2013

Strengths:    Wider rim gives 23mm tires the performance benefits of a 25mm and improved aero
Lightweight and stiff but very comfortable
Fast and feels very stable


Weaknesses:    Rear hub is louder than expected

Bottom Line:   
Replaced the stock Bontrager alloy wheels on my Madone 3.1 and wish I did this sooner. The Race SL's are very stiff and makes the Bontragers feel like a toy in comparison. Aside from the weight savings, its a noticeably more comfortable and stable ride due to the wider track. Wheels arrived in a little over a week (in CA) and came with extra spokes. Highly recommended.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2013

Strengths:    Feels like riding an aero bike. Best deal around.

Weaknesses:    none so far.

Bottom Line:   
After reading the reviews on these wheels, i decided to give the Race SL a try. At this price, it was worth a shot anyway. Well, i must say i was blown away by the difference that made [from my Mavic Ksyrium Elite] on the first ride. Really cool set of wheels, feels like riding an aero bike. I only wished I had switched sooner. I will not ride anything else from now on.
The wider rim adds stability, feels like being on rail.
Any casual rider thinking about upgrading their Ksyrium should ditch Mavic and try these.
The durability test will come with time, but judging from other users, that won't be an issue.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2012

Strengths:    Light, responsive, hubs roll forever

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Happened upon these wheels while researching road bike wheels. I googled "best road bike wheels" and Rol was the first link on the page. I was going to upgrade my Ksyrium Elites to a set of Ksyrium SLs. After reading the great reviews on the Rols I decided to take a chance and get them, man am I glad I did. My riding buddy has a new set of Ksyrium SLs and he used to out coast me on all of the downhills. Since switching over to the Rols I am now out coasting him. These wheels are so much stiffer and smoother than my Elites and there is a noticeable difference on the climbs. I am truly impressed with these wheels, plus they are 400 buck cheaper than the SLs that I was going to buy.

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Price Paid:    $655.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Ksyrium Elites




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