Sea Otter Report Five – DT Swiss, Ritchey, Syncros

April 20, 2009

First off, we’ll start off with Syncros, who have been owned by Ritchey for a while and are the firm’s vehicle for more rugged components.

CNC stems are what downhillers reckon they want, so Syncros has made their forged stem look more machined to please them.
Syncros bars, including a now mandatory mega-wide 790mm version
Syncros Carbon Wheels, 670g front and 810g rear (15mm/QR) they'll be out late in the year.
New Ritchey pedals - and finally, they have full 'real' bearings, rather than bushings.



Ritchey's 'SuperLogic' platform is their ultra-high end. They too have carbon rimmed wheels (601g/727g QR) with 28spokes (2cross front and 3cross rear)


What's this chunky looking thing?
The Ritchey carbon fork is a cheaper (and more 'normal' looking) fork compared to their full-carbon unicrown one. This one had a good chunky look to it.
Ritchey's 10degree sweep bars. Just like the On One Mary bars, they head forward, before sweeping back so that you don't need a different, longer, stem to get your position right.


Now, moving on to DT Swiss, they too have been very busy with new developments, new rims, a new shock and so on, but one of their most interesting developments isn’t immediately visible…


The new improved Star Ratchet. The heart of DT's hubs, the star ratchet will soon have twice the ramps and offers a 10° engagement (or 36 clicks per revolution) - they will probably be a running change by the end of the summer, but will be available aftermarket for existing hub owners to upgrade to.
DT's XRC1350 wheel. It uses 240s hubs and 28spokes, but the most important bit is the 24mm carbon rim, which will lose the 'vanity' layer of woven carbon to lose 10% weight over last year and bring it down to 300g.
Lightweight freeriders rejoice... There's the new EXC1550 wheel. It uses a 28mm carbon rim and is basically a carbon version of the EX1750 wheel (the white one) only 200g lighter. DT's testing reckons it's stronger than their 4.2D rim. It'll have a 240S oversize hub (20mm front and QR/RWS or bolt through rear), new WHITE DT spokes (which are $7 each...) and 32spokes. No, it won't be cheap, but it's a lot of weight to loose from a freeride bike.
DT guy Sylvan had to hold the wheels to the ground they were that light.
Designed mainly for OE customers and the only DT shock to be made in the far east, the new M210 shock weighs 210g and still features DT's ball joint mounting system. It'll cost around half the price of their other shocks while offering the same performance and options.
Pace goes Postmount. Here's the newest DT Swiss fork, now with Postmount brake fittings.
The DT Swiss XRC Race Limited fork. Carbon crown, carbon steerer, new sleeker carbon lowers, 28.8mm stanchions and 1250g including bar mounted lockout.


Mmm... carbon!
That is a pretty rim.
The two new carbon rimmed wheels side by side - the 28mm EXC1550 bottom and the XRC on the top. This is an older sample XRC as it still has the carbon weave 'money layer' that's just there for show. It'll be gone on the production ones.
The white spokes aren't powdercoated, they're butted and bladed, then threaded and bent and then coated. Hence the $7 each price.
DT's US marketing guy is called Kenny Roberts, though he claims not to be the famous motorcycle racer.
That they are...
How long until someone runs one of these in a downhill race?
Yep, it's the Sea Otter all right...

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