New DT Swiss 1200 Spline Premium Carbon Wheels Launched

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The DT Swiss hubs are now simpler and stronger
Subtle graphics for some stealthy quick wheels

Not only has DT Swiss reinvented its light-but-bombproof star ratchet hubs, but its has now built them into super light wheels with carbon wheels at the new DT Swiss 1200 Spline Premium carbon wheels. But rather than just keep all that light weight for the likes of Nino Schurter, it has launched a range of three wheels for all conditions and uses short of downhill racing.

Microspline or XD hubs in this world now…

DT Swiss reckons that the rigidity of its new carbon rims is so high that it can use super light Aerolight and AeroComp spokes for weight saving and to give the wheel a little give. Even the XC wheels are rated for an all up rider and bike weight of 110kg.

Hookless beads, a nice deep channel for ease of fitting and 30 width
Four bearings support the hub and freehub. One ratchet is now fixed in the hub with a single spring controlling the moving ratchet.

Top of the weight tree is the XC racing XCR 1200 wheels with a surprisingly wide 30mm inner width (there’s a 25mm version too). Apparently DT Swiss racers like Nino and Kate Courtney have found that they like the tyre shape with a wider rim and the lower pressures that they can run. As it’s a cross country race wheel, there are only 29er versions available, though with those two widths. Claimed weights are an impressive 1412g (25mm) and 1480g for the 30mm width.

Ceramic bearings in the hubs
Subtle graphics. That valve cover is also a valve tool.

Next up and only slightly heavier is the XMC 1200 wheelset. These have an inner rim width of 30mm too, but a slightly heavier build and a deeper section rim takes the weight to 1529g for the 29er and 1435g for the 27.5.

It might seem a big fuss that DT is making, but there hasn’t been a carbon rim in the line for a good number of years and the R&D bods are obviously happy with the new DT Swiss 1200 Spline Premium carbon wheels. In fact, Nino and Kate have been sneakily racing on them for much of the last year…

As well as the handy valve tool, the valve collar is elongated for better grip

Finally we have the enduro-specific EXC1200 wheels. These are aimed at tough trail riding and enduro racing. With a ‘system weight’ of rider and bike of 130kg, they’re obviously expected to take a pounding. The EXC1200 wheels have an inner width of 30mm (and a weight of 1670g) for the 29ers while the 27.5in wheelset comes with a 35mm rim and a weight of 1659g.

The hubs will be CentreLock, but come with a six-bolt adaptor

And now to the prices:
XRC 1200 SPLINE EXP 29 x 30 CL BOOST Front Wheel £799.99
XRC 1200 SPLINE EXP 29 x 30 CL BOOST Rear Wheel MICRO SPLINE/SRAM XD £1099.99
XMC 1200 SPLINE EXP 27.5 x 30 CL BOOST Front Wheel £799.99
XMC 1200 SPLINE EXP 27.5 x 30 CL BOOST Rear Wheel MICRO SPLINE/SRAM XD £1099.99
XMC 1200 SPLINE EXP 29 x 30 CL BOOST Front Wheel £799.99
XMC 1200 SPLINE EXP 29 x 30 CL BOOST Rear Wheel MICRO SPLINE/SRAM XD £1099.99
EXC 1200 SPLINE EXP 27.5 x 35 CL BOOST Front Wheel £799.99
EXC 1200 SPLINE EXP 27.5 x 35 CL BOOST Rear Wheel MICRO SPLINE/SRAM XD £1099.99
EXC 1200 SPLINE EXP 29 x 30 CL BOOST Front Wheel £799.99
EXC 1200 SPLINE EXP 29 x 30 CL BOOST Rear Wheel MICRO SPLINE/SRAM XD £1099.99

The wheels will be available very soon from Madison dealers and from Freewheel – freewheel.co.uk

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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