Roval’s new Control Carbon wheelset offers SL performance at half the cost

If you’ve been saving for a set of the Roval Control SL Team Issue wheels since the release last year – hold on – we have some news for you.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 bead interface with tire

The New Roval Control Carbon wheelset looks to channel the performance and technology of the Flagship $2500 Control SL package in a much more palatable $1300 offering. Taking bits from the flagship wheelset and swapping out hubs – the new Control Carbon looks like an all-around hero.

Is that the same rim?

Sat next to each other, the Control and Control SL wheelsets are striking similar; the rim on the Control Carbon is the same super shallow, asymmetrical, 358g/rim design used on the SL. It’s the same rim – only with four more spokes.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 pressure markings

Roval beefed up the rim on its flagship mountain bike wheels in 2020 to preserve speed and lateral stiffness. Roval chose a combination of composite materials and engineering a layup schedule with continuous fiber across the sidewall. Claiming the new design is 50% more compliant than the previous Control SLs, and offers 29% more impact strength.

Specialized Control Carbon 29r rim

The Control SL rim is a zero-bead-hook design with a 29mm-inner width, 4mm FlatTop Bead Hook, said to help resist pinch flats. The team at Roval experimented with 16 different hook shapes before settling on the current version.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 Tire logo

They claim the new rim takes 22% more force to pinch a tire than the previous model. The rim design also helps to maximize the bracing angles, giving the wheel strength and lateral stiffness.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 replacement spokes

Roval also includes some extra spokes and nipples just in case you need them.

Roval Control Carbon – New DT 350 hubs

Specialized Control Carbon 29 Hub rear logo

In fitting tandem, the new Roval Control Carbons spin on the newest DT Swiss 350 hubs. These new DT Swiss straight pull hubs feature a 36 tooth Star Ratchet (compared to the DT-240 54T) and six-bolt mounting.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 DT 350 driver

The wheelset comes stock set up for 110x15mm front and 148x12mm boost spacing. Plus the wheelset ships with end cap adapters for different fork configurations.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 DT internals

The DT 350 is a popular hub for performance and maintenance longevity. Though it may weigh slightly more, fewer service intervals and less money are worth a couple of grams – in my opinion.

Roval Control Carbon full specifications

Specialized Control Carbon 29 hub details

  • Rim: Carbon Control SL 29”
  • 29mm Internal Width
  • 4mm FlatTop Bead Hook
  • Tubeless Compatible/valves included
  • New DT Swiss 350 Hub Straight-pull
  • 6-bolt Rotor – 36t Star Ratchet System
  • Thru Axle 110x15mm & 148x12mm
  • Claimed weight: 1450g with Tubeless Rim Tape
  • MSRP: $1350.00 – Wheelset
  • Lifetime Warranty – No-Fault Crash Replacement


The Roval Control Carbons come in at a very respectable 1458g including rim tape and valve cores.

Specialized Control Carbon 29 Weight

Specialized Control Carbon 29 rear weight


The Roval Control Carbon wheels are available now from your local Specialized dealer or online. Look for a full review coming up.

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1 year ago

It has a boost (148mm) rear and a non-boost (100mm) front wheel?

1 year ago

6 bolt, no thank you

1 year ago

Great write up and pictures. It looks like you wrote 100 instead of 110 in the first mention of the front thru axle size.

1 year ago

Only corrected at end of article specs not in text of article.

Jordan Villella
Jordan Villella
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed

Thanks Ed! – that would be a really weird spec lol.