Specialized have released their new CLX50 wheels. Bridging the gap between their CLX 64 and CLX32, the purpose was to provide the aerodynamic benefits of the 64 with the climbing strength of the 32. This is their creation.
The aim behind the CLX50 was simple. In a media release the team at Specialized explained. “We had clear goals in mind – create wheels that are 45 to 55mm deep, tubeless-ready, aerodynamically optimized, ultra-wide, and under 1400 grams. This meant that they’d have to borrow some weight savings techniques that we developed for the CLX 32, while taking some aero guidance from the CLX 64, if we were going to create what we like to call ‘the unicorn wheel’.”
The trick in designing the wheel was in making sure that durability was not sacrificed as they pursued something that was extremely lightweight. Crucially also for the wheel is its performance in windy conditions. “Riders often wrongly opt for shallower wheels on windy days, but the windier it is, the more your wheels will help you. The hesitation usually lies in the lack of predictability of a deep wheel in the wind, but the CLX 50 has been designed with this in mind,” Specialized explained. “By moving the wind’s center of pressure behind the steering axis, you stop it from turning your handlebars unexpectedly, making the CLX 50 exceptionally predictable in crosswinds.”
What Specialized have created is a wheel that is 50mm deep, and 200 grams lighter than the wheel depth of their competitors; as well as being measurably faster.
Find out more about the Specialized CLX50 here.