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As the name would imply, XC (cross country) race wheels are about going fast. The wheel of choice for Specialized Racing riders on the World Cup circuit, the light weight leads to quick acceleration, lateral stiffness makes for snappy handling, while torsional stiffness counteracts brake wind-up.
Wheels designed to conquer the most technical terrain require the highest level of technology. These wheels need to be built to withstand high-speed runs through rock gardens and trail “features” that would give many riders pause.
If you ride in a pack at high speed or stick your nose into a stiff headwind for any length of time, you’ll appreciate wheels engineered for aerodynamic efficiency. Extensive testing—in the wind tunnel and on the road—has helped us build wheels for real world performance