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When Specialized set out to create the CLX 50 disc, they had clear goals in mind—create wheels that are 45 to 55mm deep, 2Bliss Ready, aerodynamically optimized, ultra-wide, and around 1400 grams that provide a disc braking surfaces. This meant that they'd have to borrow some weight savings techniques that they developed for the CLX 32, while taking some aero guidance from the CLX 64, if they were going to create what they like to call “the unicorn wheel." Specialized implemented every lightweight trick in the book without sacrificing anything to durability. And from there, they performed a variety of studies on different wheel depths, ultimately deciding that meeting their strict weight and stiffness targets would be a big gamble with something too deep, which is where 50mm was born from.
Rim Type: Carbon clincher, tubeless-ready
Rim Material: Carbon
Braking Surface: Disc brake only
Rim Depth: 50mm
Rim Width: 20.7mm internal, 29.4mm external
Spoke Pattern: Two-cross/Radial (2:1)
Spoke Count: 21 (front) 24 (back)
Spoke Type: DT Swiss Aerolite T-head
Nipple Type: DT Swiss Pro Lock hexagonal
Front Hub: Roval AFD1, Centerlock, CeramicSpeed bearings, QR or 12mm thru-axle end cap
Rear Hub: Roval AFD2, Centerlock, CeramicSpeed bearings, DT Swiss 240 internals, 11-speed, QR or 142x12mm thru-axle end cap
Assembly Method: Hand-built
Extras: Roval padded wheelbag, Roval steel QR, Roval tubeless plugs and tubeless valve,12mm thru-axle & QR end caps
Weight: 645g (front) 770g (back)