DT Swiss – Wheels
DT Swiss has been quietly beavering away on some new products in the last year or two. We’ve started to see new fat and plus bike rims and wheels appearing, but there’s been plenty more going on. At the more affordable end, there are wheels like the Spline 2 1700 wheelsets. These come in a 22.5mm or 25mm internal width and they sneak in at under £500 a pair.
Of great interest was the new XMC1200 wheels. They features a wide, rounded carbon rim, 24mm internal width and some very slick looking hubs. They’ll come in regular and Boost, 27.5in and 29in. A pair costs £1700 or so, which puts them in with the likes of SRAM’s Roam wheels
DT Swiss Forks
DT Swiss hasn’t made too much of a fuss about its forks in the UK for a while, but when your forks are ridden to victory in the World Champs, perhaps you don’t need to. But DT is keen to point out that it doesn’t just make carbon steerer 100mm race forks – and it makes some 130 and 150mm forks too. And given that the top of the range, full carbon crown/steerer model is a ‘mere’ £850, it bodes well for the more affordable end of the line. We look forward to giving these newly rejuvenated forks a whirl soon.
Gamut has made a good name for its thick/thin TTr rings. These are 96mm XT and XTR rings (they’re frustratingly not compatible between the two groupsets)