Finding The Best Cyclocross Wheels

What Is Important When Seeking the Best Cyclocross Wheelsets

Cyclocross Wheelsets
Cyclocross wheelsets must match durability with performance. Meeting the demands of jarring hard pack, gravel, goopy mud, sand and rocks, all while enabling quick acceleration and efficient braking, are the characteristics cross riders desire out of CX wheel builds. With the popular belief that a wheel upgrade is the most important aspect of your ride, it’s no wonder every type of CX rider will scrutinize their cyclocross wheels top to bottom.

We know you’re caught debating tubeless vs. tubular, carbon vs. alloy, hand built vs. factory, rim depth, width, and hubs and spoke count. We have read the same forum posts and articles and have had the debate in the shop just like you.

With an unprecedented understanding of all types of cross riders, it’s no wonder ROL cyclocross wheels have been seen at the top of the podium at Cyclocross Nationals and have been raved about by our customers in online reviews. ROL understands the complex requirements that go into creating the best cyclocross wheelsets. Our wheels are hand built in the U.S. giving you a quality build that is essential to the performance of the wheel. We offer cyclocross wheelsets at several price points for all levels of CX riders.

Commuter / CX Recreationalist
For riders who factor dependability and cost alongside performance, our Race SLR or CX25’s fit the bill as a sturdy wheel that dubs as a well-rounded setup for commuting or the weekend cross circuit. Our customers ride the CX25 tubeless or tubular, so you’ll have the flexibility to change the setup depending on the season or mood. Cross riders will appreciate the CX25 for its ability to cut through mud because of its lower profile, and SLR riders enjoy the mix of lightweight and durability for all types of riding.Best Carbon Cyclocross Wheels

CX Weekend Racer
Riders with a few cross races under their belts will be pleased with the CX25, CX25S or C45. At this point you’re probably mulling over the weight and acceleration benefits of carbon. If that’s the case the C45 carbon cross wheel is offered in a clincher or tubeless setup. Alloy advocates who want extra dependability and strength in their cyclocross wheelset will be drawn to the CX25S for its extra spoke count of 24 front and 28 rear.

CX Teams & Professional Riders
ROL cyclocross wheels have made it to the top of podium at the Cyclocross Nationals in 2013 with Gage Hecht. Sean Lambert, ROL’s founder and wheel builder understands how to keep a professional rider happy with several different types of wheelsets built for the pit, podium, or the daily grind of continuous training. Contact us and speak with Sean about how other athletes have teamed up with ROL to ride to victory.

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.

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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. 

Build Summary

  • 25mm Deep 6066 T-6 Alloy Tubular Rim
  • 23mm Rim Width 
  • 3D Forged Alloy ROL Hubset Centerlock or 6-Bolt
  • Available with 12mm, 15mm or QR front endcaps and 12 x 142mm thru-axle or QR rear endcaps
  • ABEC 5 TPI Steel Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • Sapim CX-Ray Spokes - Black
  • Sapim Alloy Locking Nipples - Black
  • 24 Spoke Front - 2X
  • 28 Spoke Rear - 2X2X

“We had been training and racing on a variety of clincher wheels, such as Roval Pavé SL and DT Swiss R1800 with a tubeless set-up. We got tired of pinch flats and the weight and decided to go to tubulars. What a difference when we got our ROL CX25 alloy tubular wheelsets! We noticed immediately when we unboxed them that they were very light weight, spun easily, and came with extra spokes. The finish was flawless. We glued up one set with Challenge Fango's and the other with Tufo Primus tires. We had no trouble gluing them up using just Vittoria Mastik. Our first ride impressions were that we just felt faster! We noticed how well we could corner with them They were stiff and tracked very well. After a hard season of cyclocross racing, including a race crash that resulted in my wife being hospitalized,  they are still as true as when we got them out of the box. We would highly recommend this wheelset to anyone who wants to get the advantage of tubular CX wheels but don't have megabucks to shell out. You can easily afford two sets of these for the price of one set of the competitors and have your mud tires as well as your dry or all-around tires ready for CX season! We not only race on these wheels, but also have no reservations about using them as our daily trainers. They are just too fun to not ride!”     - Richard and Maurine