Finding the Best Tubular Cyclocross Wheels

What is Important When Seeking the Best Cyclocross Tubular Wheelset

Tubular Cyclocross Wheels
All cross riders at some point have debated the advantages of a tubular cyclocross wheel. Tubular cyclocross wheels offer the ability to ride with low pressure, don’t suffer from pinch flats and add additional traction. All this helps riders recover from rocks, grip gravel, and help to better manage punishing climbs. We understand that tubular advocates are still left debating carbon vs. alloy, factory vs. hand built, hub quality and spoke count. At ROL we offer carbon and alloy tubular cyclocross wheelset that are hand built with sealed hubs to keep out mud and grime, and double-butted spokes for strength and durability.

Weekend Racers & Commuters
Cross riders who are moving away from their entry level wheels and want a mid-range price point will be pleased with the CX25 or CX25S. This tubular alloy cyclocross wheelset cuts through mud and sand with a low rim depth. The CX25S offers a higher spoke count for heavier riders, or those who expect a CX wheel to withstand all types of punishments. The CX25S won a CX National Championship in its first year.Best Carbon Cyclocross Wheels

CX Teams & Professional Riders
Sean Lambert, the founder of ROL Wheel, is no stranger to working with professional athletes. Professional riders under the daily grind of training and ever changing racing conditions need multiple tubular cyclocross wheelsets. Whether the day calls for a mid-depth profile carbon setup or a surefooted tubular alloy, Sean is proud to offer both and has helped Gage Hecht reach the top of the podium in the 2013 Cyclocross Nationals at Madison. Contact Sean today to discuss your wheel needs for training and race day.

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