Finding the Best Tubeless Cyclocross Wheels

What is Important When Seeking the Best Cyclocross Tubeless Wheelsets

Tubeless Cyclocross Wheelset
Cyclocross riders at some point in time often debate going tubeless, and or tubular vs. tubeless 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 we know you’re now caught up debating carbon vs. alloy, factory vs hand built, hub quality, spoke count and rim width. Our CX25, CX25Ss and C45 tubeless cyclocross wheelset are hand built in the U.S. and have seen time at the top of the podium during Cyclocross Nationals.

Commuter / CX Recreationalist
For commuters and weekend cross riders, dependability and cost are the primary focus points for a tubeless cross wheelset. The CX25 fits the bill as a sturdy wheel that dubs as a well-rounded setup for commuting or the weekend cross circuit. Cross riders will appreciate the CX25 for its ability to cut through mud because of its lower profile rim depth, and sealed hubs that keep out grime during the daily commute.Best Carbon Cyclocross Wheels

Tubeless Alloy CX Wheels
Riders steadily building their cross skills often favor a wheel that is durable, light and answers the call on training days and race days. The CX25S is a surefooted tubeless alloy cyclocross wheelset that comes at a higher spoke count for heavy riders, or those who punish their wheels during demanding CX circuits. The CX25S cuts through mud and sand with a low rim depth and has won a Cyclocross National Championship in its first year.

Carbon CX for Racers & Pro CX Riders
If you have arrived at a point were grams and acceleration are a top priority for your CX wheelset, ROL offers the C45. This tubeless carbon cyclocross wheelset is a mid-depth rim that sheds mud, stay light on sand, and accelerates fast without compromising braking power. The C45 has been praised for its stiff climbing abilities. 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

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