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With out Project 1.2 singlespeed, we set out to take a look at the world of reasonably priced carbon fiber. While the benefits of lighter and/or stronger components with improved vibration damping are clear, do those benefits erode as the magic plastic works its way from the ultra-high end to the plain old high end of the price spectrum?
Over the past few years, the mountain bike market has seen an explosion of carbon rim’d wheelsets- and with them a doubling or even tripling of prices at the high end. Sitting comfortably between the $2,500 wunderwheel and $900 high-end aluminum wheelset, Specialized’s Roval wheel brand has had moderate success with solid and surprisingly light wheels like the $1,650 Control Trail SL. But they knew that, in order to gain widespread acceptance, they would need to do better.
Enter the $1,200 Control Carbon 29 wheelset. Built using a freehub borrowed from DT Swiss’ bombproof 350 model and DT Revolution spokes, it’s hard to argue with the Rovals’ foundation. But the real news is the rim itself. Realizing that tubeless and tubeless-ready beads were plenty strong to hold tires in place without a bead hook, they decided to go without. Genius move- or recipe for disaster? Hit the jump to find out how they’ve fared.
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