DT Swiss 1700 SPLINE Line-up
After DT Swiss presented their entirely revisited high-end wheel portfolio last year, the Swiss manufacturer is now presenting a more affordable wheel line. The hubs are based on the popular DT 350 and the rims are pinned to save on production costs. For the use on trail bicycles the M 1700-wheels are available in three widths: 25 mm, 30 mm and 35 mm. The M 1700 SPLINE wheelset weighs in at 1822 g for the 27,5” version and 1915 g for the bigger 29” option, only about 150 g heavier than the DT top of the range model, the XM 1501. Until now DT’s carbon wheelset – the XMC 1200 – was only available in a 24-mm wide option, but times are changing and rims have been getting progressively wider over the years. For 2018 the XMC 1200 grows significantly in width and will be available in a 30-mm inner-width option – currently the happy medium for trail and enduro riders. The wheelset with 28 spokes weighs in at 1446 g for 27,5” and 1540 g for the 29” version. The additional 30 g shouldn’t be a massive issue, considering the numerous advantages such as better traction and comfort. Though, carbon comes at a price! The hybrid hubs could be an insider tip for bike-park-junkies and heavy riders and will be soon available individually in all current axle-standards. The hubs originally developed for E-bikes could also be used as robust problem-solvers for non-motorised bikes. They have been reinforced in all their critical points, and come with a tough steel freewheel.