Bikerumor.com RoubX disc brake Review
Review: Token RoubX Prime Disc Brake Allroad Wheelset
“Token is more than just a bike company and we want our products to reflect this. When a Token product is in your hand, you’ll clearly see the pride and craftsmanship used to make it. Over a decade ago, we began our journey to make high-quality and innovative products for people who love to ride. We have learned a lot of lessons over the years and this has helped us to constantly improve.” -Token
In the big scheme of the universe, a decade is a mere blip. In the bicycle industry, a decade is an eternity. In just ten years, electronic drivetrains and disc brakes on road bikes have become par for the course, and 11-speed is so 2009. This decade has seen the development of gravel bikes, bikes that resemble a cyclocross bike but with bigger tyre clearance and a comfier ride, and a bunch of other stuff you never realized you really needed (but somehow immediately wanted). Riders are flocking to gravel bikes and roads in search of adventure, camaraderie, and a break from the humdrum of traffic and everyday life.
Carbon fiber wheelsets are now considered the norm, even for riding the potholed and washboarded roads that constitute some of the gravel cycling experience. Ten-year industry veteran, Token, joins the gravel party with a new carbon wheel option, the RoubX Prime Disc Brake Allroad Wheelset. We beat it up around the dirt roads of Gainesville, FL, and beyond to put them to the test…
Token tout the RoubX wheelset as a one-size-fits all design, intended for cyclocross, cross country mountain bike and gravel bike use. That’s a lot to ask.
The RoubX’s hookless, tubeless rim supports any tyre between 700c x 38mm, all the way up to 29 x 2.1″.
Built with carbon rims featuring the company’s RAR rim profile, Token is confident their wheelset will leave others way behind. Token aren’t forthcoming about the meaning of RAR on their website; Radically Awesome Rim?
Placed onto my trusty gram scale, the front wheel with rim tape installed weighed 710.5g. Advertised weight is 671g, which I assume is for a bare wheel.
And the rear wheel, 833g with rim tape installed. Advertised weight is 823g, again I assume for a bare wheel with cassette body installed. Combined weight of both wheels is 1,543.5g, which is 49.5g more than the manufacturer’s spec weight of 1,494g. Taking into account most manufacturers add a fudge factor of about three percent for weight, Token is at least decently close.
The rims used for Token’s wheelset measure 33mm deep, as indicated by the G33 nomenclature referenced above in a neat gold logo. Rim width measures 31.1mm externally and 25.3mm internally.
Token doesn’t skimp on spokes, selecting Pillar’s Wing 14G stainless steel bladed and butted aero spokes and 14 gauge, external aluminium nipples in anodized black.
Twenty-four straight-pull spokes front and rear laced in a two-cross pattern provide plenty of strength.
At the heart of Token’s RoubX Prime Disc Brake Allroad Wheelset are the company’s “D1” hubs. Internal specs aren’t published in great detail, but the high quality “Premium” bearings employed in the wheelset feel smooth with adequate shielding from the elements.
Token rely on Shimano’s centerlock disc brake rotor mounting standard, which is a boon if you swap rotors in and out as often as I do reviewing various wheels and bikes. It also typically produces a lighter wheel weight.
The review wheelset arrived configured for thru-axle front and rear (12mm x 100mm and 142 x 12mm).
However, courtesy of the additional end cap and axle kit supplied with the wheelset, they can easily be converted to support regular quick releases.
Above, the Shimano compatible cassette body comes milled and drilled to save a little weight. The wheelset is also available with SRAM’s XD driver.
Disc Rotor and Tyre Installation
Rotor installation is a breeze with center lock, and the fastest, in terms of rotor swaps, of the two rotor standards.
Token RoubX Prime Disc Allroad – Ride Review
Token RoubX Prime Disc Brake Allroad Wheelset – Summary
●Easy to mount and remove tyres.
●Excellent build quality.
●Subdued look, which is a good match for most bikes.