Exclusive: Up Close… With Specialized’s Beadless Clincher

What the hell is a “bead-less clincher”? Is that even possible? Specialized Bicycles clearly thinks so because the brand has released a new clincher wheelset (the Roval Control 29 Carbon) that lacks that one thing we all think clincher tires need—bead hooks.

Specialized engineers say the new design is lighter, stronger and will mate perfectly with clincher tires. We thought they were friggin’ crazy, so we schlepped down to Morgan Hill with a video camera and a ton of questions. Check out this first installment in our new video series, Up Close…