ROL Wheels Carbon Road Wheels Debut, Carbon Road Tubeless Rim Coming

nahbs 2011 rol wheels d-huez c24 carbon fiber road bike wheel in tubular and clincher and road tubeless with dt swiss hubs and sapim cxray spokes nahbs 2011 rol wheels d-huez c24 carbon fiber road bike wheel in tubular and clincher and road tubeless with dt swiss hubs and sapim cxray spokes

ROL Wheels showed off some new carbon-rimmed wheels called D’Huez C24 at NAHBS.

The name breaks down to “C” for carbon and “24″ for the 24.5mm rim height. They also have an impressive 22.6mm width at the brake track. Rim weight is 385g for the clincher, tubular is 295g. Built up with DT Swiss 240 and Sapim CXRay spokes, wheel sets weigh in at 1310g and 1090g for tubulars. The rims are made in France and they’re developing a carbon Road Tubeless clincher rim that they’re hoping to have out in 60 days.

More hoops, tech and photos after the break…

ROL founder Sean Lambert says because of the resins they use, “these rims won’t suffer from any heat induced warping from braking, which you won’t get from any rim made in Asia because of restrictions on the types of resins that can be shipped into China. There’s no brake fade.”

They also offer a 45mm deep version in both clincher and tubular, and all of them have a foam core, which Lambert says eliminates that hollow, booming sound common among deep carbon rims.

$2300 per wheelset for any. They also have an assortment of alloy wheels, too. All have a two year manufacturer’s defect warranty.

Comments

Uri - 03/15/11 - 3:02pm

“which you won’t get from any rim made in Asia because of restrictions on the types of resins that can be shipped into China”

Is it plutonium based or something?

These are Corima looking to me

eddy's boy - 03/15/11 - 3:04pm

ROLs are awesome wheels!

Robin - 03/15/11 - 3:20pm

Has Leonard actually done testing with large sample sets of Chinese CF rims that showed such warping? He says it as if its a fact, a physical law. Perhaps he’s drinking his own marketing koolaid. Claims–about the wheels of others or your own–are crap without data to support said claims.

Robin - 03/15/11 - 3:21pm

…..uhm, make that “Lambert” not “Leonard”.

Tyler (Editor) - 03/16/11 - 1:14pm

He didn’t go into detail about the resins issue, and at the moment the rims are made by Corima, but they’re working on developing their own. There was some talk about how Corima never really took hold in the U.S. for whatever reason (distribution partners? branding? Who knows.)

Heat-induced warping and/or resin break down is a known issue among carbon rims, which is why some wheel manufacturers won’t use it for clinchers (American Classic). Not saying this adds validity to his claim, but it is something manufacturers like Reynolds and these guys are working around with various resins.

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