The Draw: Disc-wheel aero, spoked-wheel ride

Specialized literally rewrote the rulebook when creating its new Roval 321 disc wheel—using a special kind of (very expensive) carbon layup in a unique way that favors real-world conditions and riders
over pure numbers. The result is a disc wheel that actually feels notably more comfortable and lively than others in the category. Because Specialized utilized wind-tunnel testing alongside actual athlete feedback, the Roval 321 doesn’t beat up the rider as badly as most discs, making it tailor-made for those who still have to run off the bike. The fact that the wheel actually flexes slightly in the dropouts—alongside a surprisingly light weight—means that the Roval 321 also performs very well when attacking over small risers to maintain momentum. Ignoring the high price tag, this is an ideal tri wheel.

1000 grams

Price: $2500

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