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Roval Teams Up with Industry Nine on New Traverse i9 1/1 Wheels

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets in action(Photos/Roval)
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Along with the new Stumpjumper, Specialized has some new wheels. All of the new Specialized Stumpjumper models are spec’d with only two sets of wheels, the new Roval Traverse SL II i9 1/1, and the Traverse HD i9 1/1. The SL II is light and carries supreme ride quality, while the HD is the “strongest carbon wheel they’ve ever made”.

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets Traverse HD wheel
(Photos/Roval)

Both these wheelsets are said to deliver class-leading durability, performance, and control. And, both feature the high-engagement Industry Nine 1/1 hub.

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets i9 rear hub

Traverse SL II Rim

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets Floating SL

The Traverse SL II claims to deliver better ride quality because it has 21% more vertical compliance. This is made possible by a shallow and wide rim that uses a front and rear wheel-specific carbon layup. Compared to its predecessor the new rim carries a 15% increase in front wheel strength, and a 25% increase for the rear wheel. Additionally, the rim shape is engineered to “ankle”, providing adaptive rotation for improved traction and control.

Traverse HD Rim

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets floating HD

Roval claims that the Traverse HD is the “strongest carbon trail wheels we have ever tested. Period.” Combining their strongest rim shape and offset spoke drilling, the Traverse HD i9 1/1 makes the new Stumpjumper even more capable if going big on a trail bike is your thing.

Traverse Wheelset Features

No More Pinch Flats?

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets flat bead

The optimized “Flat Top” bead profile of Traverse (US patent pending) wheels claims to significantly reduce pinch flats. It requires an impressive 85% more force to pinch flat when compared to a round bead. Register your wheels within the first 90 days and enjoy the peace of mind that a lifetime warranty offers.

Air Time

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets BedThread

You can thank Chuck Teixeira for the genius “Roval ThreadBed Valve”. The ThreadBed Valve is a valve that threads directly to the rim. Thus, eliminating compression nuts, and air loss from rim flex. this makes tire setup easier and reduces sealant clogs.

Speedy Engagement

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets Industry Nine 1:1 hub
I know this is a front hub…

The i9 1/1 hub provides precise engagement via a dual phases-pawl drive mechanism. This results in 90 points of engagement and 4° engagement via a six-pawl driver and 45-tooth drivering. Perfect for ratcheting through techy sections.

Roval Traverse SL and HD i9 Wheelsets bermin'

Traverse SL II i9 Wheelset

Retail: $600 (ft), $900 (rr)

  • INTENDED USE: Trail
  • WEIGHT (29): 1,780g (with valves and tape)—809g front, 971g rear
  • SPOKE COUNT F/R: 28H Front and Rear
  • HUB: Industry Nine 1/1 6B
  • HUB ENGAGEMENT: 45 Teeth / 4 Degrees
  • WHEEL SIZES: 29

Lifetime warranty on Roval Wheels when registered within the first 90 days of purchase.

2-Year “It Happens” No Fault Crash Replacement – If you damage your Roval product while riding within the first two years of ownership and it’s not covered under warranty, we’ll still replace or repair it. Market-specific wheels must be registered

Structural Weight Limit (Rider & Cargo) – 125kg / 275lbs

Traverse HD i9 Wheelset

Retail: $600 (ft), $900 (rr)

  • INTENDED USE: Aggressive Trail, Enduro
  • WEIGHT (29): 1,830g (with valves and tape)—812g front, 1018g rear
  • SPOKE COUNT F/R: 28H Front and 32H Rear
  • HUB: Industry Nine 1/1 6B XD
  • HUB ENGAGEMENT: 45 Teeth / 4 Degrees
  • WHEEL SIZES: 29 (F/R) 27.5 (R)

Lifetime warranty on Roval Wheels when registered within the first 90 days of purchase.

2-Year “It Happens” No Fault Crash Replacement – If you damage your Roval product while riding within the first two years of ownership and it’s not covered under warranty, we’ll still replace or repair it. Market-specific wheels must be registered

Structural Weight Limit (Rider & Cargo) – 125kg / 275lbs

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TomM
TomM
10 days ago

Odd that there is nearly no difference in weight between the two models. HD adds 4 more spokes in the rear. Is that the only difference? Strange if true.

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