Finding the Best Cyclocross Clincher Wheels
What Is Imporant When Seeking the Best Cyclocross Clincher Wheelset
Clincher Cyclocross Wheels
At some point, Cyclocross riders often debate about whether to go with tubeless or tubular Cyclocross wheels. Regardless, cross wheels must keep up with the demands of gravel, rocks, mud, sand, and all sorts of slop in between, while remaining lightweight and sturdy. If you have decided to go tubeless, you’re now deciding on carbon vs. alloy, factory vs hand built, hub quality, spoke count and rim width. Our CX25, CX25s and C45 tubeless Cyclocross wheelsets are hand built in the U.S. and have seen the top of the podium during Cyclocross Nationals.
Commuter / CX Recreationalist
For commuters and weekend cross racers, dependability and cost are the primary focus points for a clincher cyclocross wheelset. With an impeccable reputation on RoadBikeReview.com the SLR is a proven go to alloy cyclocross wheelset for riders who are getting into a variety of road rides and cross rides, while pounding out commuter or training miles every day. With an extra spoke count, this wheel rides true through miles of punishment and will please those who have decided that the flexibility of clincher cross wheels is preferable over tubular.
Racers & Pro CX Riders
If weight and acceleration are a top priority for your cx wheelset ROL offers the C45. This carbon clincher cyclocross wheelset is a mid-depth rim that sheds mud, stays light on sand, is stiff on climbs and accelerates fast without compromising braking power. With carbon coming at a variety of price points, riders often overlook the most important aspect of a wheel, and that is the build quality. Our wheels are hand built in the U.S. ROL’s founder and wheel builder, Sean Lambert, helped CX rider Gage Hecht reach the top of the podium at Cyclocross Nationals in 2013.
$700 - Weight: 1,595g
With the world-class ride and build spec of the Race SL wheelset which includes wide, aero rim and SAPIM CX-Ray spokes, the added spokes laced to the SLR make it a road bike wheel very much up to the challenges of abusive terrain as well as gravel roads.
The Race SLR wheelset is the big brother to the Race SL alloy clincher wheelset, with the same proprietary hub and wide, aero rim design but with four more Sapim CX Ray spokes per wheel for more aggressive or larger riders or more abusive terrain.
The Race SLR wheelset features the same rim as the Race SL, with its tire-boosting 23mm width and 30mm height, these road bike wheels provide great aerodynamics and stiffness.
Recommended rider weight limit is 109kg/240lbs.
CX25 Disc Tubular
$650 - Weight: 1,470g
Hand-built with 2x2x lacing to world-renowned SAPIM CX-Ray spokes, the lightweight and sure-footed CX25 won a CX National Championship in its first year. Whether you’re racing cyclocross or dirt road races, this wheelset is a worthy performer.
The CX25 is a perfect blend of light weight, stiffness and on-demand acceleration. Hand built with our 390gr alloy tubular rim, the CX25 has just the right amount of profile to add stiffness, avoid mud buildup, and track straight through mud and deep sand. The CX25's 23mm wide rim-bed mates perfectly to all cyclocross tubular tires. One ride and you'll understand why the CX25 is a fantastic choice for the CX rider who chooses not to pay carbon money to get a fast, precise-handling wheelset that can handle the abuse and rigors of cyclocross competition. The CX25 features our own ROL CX 6-Bolt hubs, carefully designed to minimize spoke stress and tension differentials and laced with premium SAPIM CX-Ray stainless steel spokes. Like all our wheels, the CX25 is hand-built to perfection in Denver, CO.