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Understanding the DT Swiss MTB wheel line-up


Whether you’re racing XC, enduro or downhill, or just looking to enjoy a trail ride or fat bike adventure, DT Swiss has all your wheel needs covered.

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  • D Marvin says:

    There is one more category in the mtb wheel line. H (hybrid /e bike)

  • Robbie Gibson says:

    Thanks for stating, right from the top, that this is sponsored content.

  • eb1888 says:

    Where are the 35 and 40 and wider 29 XM 1700 j spoke wheels?
    Certainly missing the boat for the wheel many riders would buy.

  • dave mcirvin says:

    Very cool, well written feature & like the photos.
    May have to inquire about taking a tour the next time I’m driving through GJ.
    Have two pairs of LBS made fatbike wheelsets all with DTS spokes and wonderfully (near) silent fatbike hubs and still have a pair of 12 year old DTS-Mon Chasserals on a roadbike that have never needed any repair.
    BTW-CO based LBSs can’t say enough great things about their products, repairs & support from the personnel in GJ.

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PUB 934 XC race wheels review


PUB’s go-to cross-country 29er wheelset features DT Swiss 350 hubs and asymmetric beadless rims with 28mm inner and 34mm outer widths.

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Contest: Win Race Face Next R or Turbine R Wheelsets


Enter to win a Race Face Next R Wheelset ($1499) or Turbine R Wheelset ($899). 2 winners chosen!

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Sea Otter Goodies: Five products that caught our eye


Here are five intriguing goodies that we happened upon during our time in California: new pedals, tires, sealant, a hitch rack, and a bunch of carbon wheels.

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FSA K-Force Light WideR 25 carbon wheels launched


FSA (aka Full Speed Ahead) is moving full steam ahead with two new XC-focused mountain bike wheels, plus something unofficial and wider.

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Syncros Silverton SL one-piece carbon wheelset


Check out this one-piece carbon wheelset, where the rim, spokes, and hub shell all come out of one composite mold. Just push in a hub bearing (DT Swiss 190s in this case) and off you go – quickly.

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  • wayold says:

    “less force at the initial moment of inertia”. My brain’s still spinning with this one. Either nonsensical or a clever dual meaning of “moment”.

    • gozar says:

      It’s a physics term having to do with a force acting a distance from a fixed point. Imagine a lever – the fulcrum is a fixed point and the moment is calculated from the product of the length of the lever and the amount of force (torque) acting on it.

      A wheel is a bunch of levers arranged in a circle, so “less force at the initial moment of inertia” means “takes less muscle to get the wheel spinning from a stop.”

      I am a graphic designer, and this is just my understanding of it… if any engineers want to point out my errors please have at it!

  • guy smiley says:

    Brilliant, less is more, expect one-piece carbon wheels to explode on the road, cross scenes.

    • myke says:

      Mavic had a full carbon wheelset almost 10 years ago and lightweight much longer. i personally wouldn’t want this wheelset. i’ll put money on it having one of the most harsh ride qualities a mtb wheelset could have!

  • A. Rider says:

    So if you break a spoke, the entire wheel is done for?

  • dje31 says:

    Very impressive technology from Syncros. While there may be sticker shock to many, $3500 is not unusual for a carbon-rimmed wheelset with standard hubs, spokes, and nipples.

  • Highway Star says:

    Wow, expensive, unrepairable full carbon wheels. I’m sure they will go over just as well as the last dozen times around.

  • Matt says:

    The article brought the broken spoke point up and the response was that they are 35% stronger than a traditional wheel. Is the implication that you could continue to ride them?

    Nice to see composite wheels making a comeback. I suppose.

  • Shark says:

    Interesting idea, I’d be too paranoid to take them in the woods though;)
    There’s always the tri-spoke carbon design.

  • Clive de Sousa says:

    Everything looks great but I can’t help but think the ride quality will not be there. The stiffness has it’s performance benefit but it’s a hard ride.

  • Rob says:

    if the wheels are stiffer, more impact from the trails has to be absorbed by the frame & rider. stiff wheels are great to a point but I’m not sure more is always better.

  • slownsteady says:

    Sweetness…essentially it’s a mag rim…just hope you don’t break a ‘spoke’. Lifetime warranty?

  • Tom says:

    Really?! Break a spoke (and you WILL if you ride anywhere with trees and sticks on the trail). $1000 plus and shipping wait VS a $2 spoke and 15 minutes to replace it. I suppose if all you do is ride up steep fire roads, go for it. I guess there are customers for these but I’ll stick with wheels I can ride, work on, and get back out the same day when I break something. I’d spend the $3500 on a trip to ride somewhere really cool where I’ll break more spokes.

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Astral expands wheelset offerings


Astral rims are drilled for standard lacing with profiles based on sister brand Rolf Prima designs, and benefit from Rolf Prima’s engineering, testing and craftsmanship.

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Cush Core – What is it and what do users think about it?


But does it work? Is the extra weight noticeable? Does it make the bike feel differently when out on the trail? All of these questions and more have been answered by Skills with Phil.

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  • Justin says:

    How do they justify $160/pair? It’s foam. Hopefully a competitor will come out and undercut this nonsense.

    • MTB4me says:

      And hopefully you are pleased with your 1997 Huffy that you found “undercutting” the “nonsense” bike you should have paid for….What nonsense it right!

    • Phil Kmetz says:

      Justin, Economies of scales. Let’s say a mould for this product costs $100,000 (100% wild guess). If 100,000 people were to buy it, the cost of the mould across all the customers and would come down to $1 each (assuming they buy one single CushCore). 100,000 customers is most likely unrealistic, CushCore a very niche product for a specific group of riders willing. A more realistic estimation is that ~5,000 people will buy this product. That would bring the cost up to 20 dollars per person. This doesn’t factor in extra valves, raw material costs, office space, operating expenses, labor, R&D, distribution, marketing, and profit margin. Hopefully that helps clarify why a “piece of foam” can be so expensive.

  • Steve says:

    Phil,
    How long did it take to install the cushcore in real time not including adding Stan’s and airing up ?

    • Phil Kmetz says:

      Steve, the first time it took nearly 40 minutes because it was a new procedure. Now it takes me 10-15 minutes, it’s bit more involved than a standard tubeless tire install.

  • Kenny Roberts says:

    MSRP is actually $149 before tax.

  • Joe says:

    I agree, they are expensive — this is a small company and it seems they are attempting to recover their development costs.
    Same questions apply: How does Apple justify $1000 for a phone? How does Cromag justify $4400 for a Steel Hardtail? It is dictated by what the market will allow. Is it worth $160 to protect your $2000 carbon wheelset? Some people might think so.

  • EyeKickBooty says:

    Here is a concept: run this stuff called air in your tires instead of $150 worth of pipe insulation.

  • Josh Robinson says:

    After seeing this I’m tempted to cut a pool noodle in half and put it in my tires to see if I can save $160.

  • Troy says:

    FFS, people, keep your mouth shut (including me now). No one cares about your opinion unless you’ve used them. STFU already, whiny cheap skates.

  • Bill says:

    I have been running Cush Core for about one year. It definitely does mellow out the harsh hits your wheelset would normally be taking. You get a nice soft thud instead of a high pitched smack. I agree that these will definitely help people from ruining rims (both carbon and aluminum) and will save you money on cut tires. Im definitely not having as many sliced tires as before.
    The big thing everyone is talking about…. price. And weight to a lesser degree.
    yes, seemingly expensive for what it is. I do believe they will save the aggressive rider $160 in equipment, but should that be the determiner of price? Im sure there are up-front design and production expenses that are being recouped. I wonder if when those expenses are recovered we might see a more reasonable price for the average consumer.
    I am disappointed they added 1lb to the rotating weight of my bike at the very outer edge of the rotation. I can absolutely feel it. It now makes me want to build a lighter weight all mountain bike for the real “pedaly” days.
    Obviously the trade off is price and weight for more ease of mind and less money in repairs. If you ride aggressive and shuttle more than you pedal, Id say you’ll find this a very good addition to your bike.

  • Brian says:

    I do like it as it helps with cornering, smooths out harder hits, and protects the rim well but I just wish it were like 30 or so grams lighter per insert. Going from Schwalbe ProCore to CushCore, I could really notice the weight difference which makes the bike less playful. Surely they can find away to chisel away some extra weight? Make it a bit lighter and it’ll be perfect!

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FSA Afterburner WideR 29er wheelset review


Coming in at a reasonable $629 and weighing in at 1640 grams, they are an excellent upgrade for many trail, cyclocross and cross country riders.

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Stan’s NoTubes Baron S1 27.5 wheelset review


This well-built, high performing aluminum plus size wheelset will lighten your bike but not your wallet.

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  • gg says:

    Jordan not sure where you got that link, but the correct one is: NOTUBES.COM

  • Evan says:

    Stan’s NEO hubs are crap. Had 2 of them fail in less than a year, both with the same issue. The entire freehub assembly came loose and I couldn’t pedal; both times involved getting stranded with a long hike out. Same thing happened to 2 friends. Great rims, horrible hubs.

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Revin Cycling launches carbon wheel lineup


Our friends at JensonUSA piqued our interest with a new line of components that their launching, Revin Cycling.

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Stan’s NoTubes Crest CB7 and Arch CB7 rims and wheelsets


New carbon cross country and trail rims come with warranty and crash replacement.

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  • Ted says:

    Nox Teocalli wheels built with DT Swiss 350 hubs still have this beat: Nox setup weigh in at 1531 grams and cost $1382. Plus the DT Swiss hubs aren’t made from cheese like the Stan’s hubs.

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Are carbon tri-spoke wheels the next big thing?


Don’t look now, but the tri-spoke wheel could be making a comeback — in enduro. U.K.-based wheel maker Spengle has been making waves on the internet this week, touting the benefits of its full-carbon tri-spoke 27.5 wheel.

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  • Spuggy says:

    They are Hope brakes that he is running with Stainless Braided HOSES.
    At some angles it may look white but they’re definitely NOT CABLES

  • meh says:

    I guess .. no thanks
    heavy, slightly more dangerous, when it breaks-it-breaks (instead of just the spokes), more expensive, etc.
    note that they are indeed more aerodynamic, but who cares on a mtb? (and they’re banned on road because too dangerous in races)

    i’m not sure about the lower tire pressure claim either.. does it also make you better looking and fills your bank account? because the rim beds are the same with regular spokes or solid 3 spokes…such bs scares me

  • gg says:

    Haha most interesting is > 45sec view looks like Moab blue dot trail before the drought !

  • Steve says:

    Enduro wheels with only 24mm internal width? Pass….

  • A. Rider says:

    Any concern about a stick getting in the spokes?

    • NobleFishing says:

      I ran 3-spoke Spins for years, and then 5-spoke Aerospokes. I ride through woods and brush, and the fewer spokes you have, the more easily sticks pass through the wheel and do not hang up. Unfortunately, the carbon monocoque wheels have some other drawbacks, but sticks in the spokes is not one of them.

  • justin says:

    120kg total weight limit. Sheesh.

  • HAMP says:

    I’ve been considering spoke carbon wheels. The ones I’ve been looking at are 5 spokes. My LBS placed the rim on the floor and jumped up and down on the rim, and I was surprised. My hesitation was looks, but I think I’m passed that now.

    http://www.encorewheels.com

    I can’t really remember, but I think I priced a set for less then $1000. Thinking about putting a set on my trek carbon superfly.

    Kinda hard for me to pay that much for a trek marlin, but I’m always popping spokes on it and I’m getting tired of having to have them fixed.

    • Spinderella says:

      Those Encore wheels appear to be the same company in Milford MI that used to make Spin brand wheels. Last I heard fixed gear bikes’ popularity gave them a whole new market and lease on life. Beyond that I haven’t from Spin for a long time. 23 mm width is pretty narrow on the Encore 29 inch wheels.

    • NobleFishing says:

      Do not buy 5-spoke Aerospokes! Ran them for less than 2 years, had a design-related problem that the factory did not want to hear about. Also way heavy, hubs cannot be replaced or upgraded, and expensive. New wheels shaved 2 lbs off the unsprung weight. Not worth the weight penalty and the mechanical issues.

  • Midgemagnet says:

    I wouldn’t want a wheel I could stick a limb through in the event of a nasty tumble, even if it didn’t have a meat-slicer brake rotor. If I took my helmet off I reckon I could get my head through that gap.

    These are probably great wheels for a track bike, but enduro? Carbon rims if you must, but it’s nice to have 32 spokes under tension adding strength to the rim, knowing that if a spoke breaks you’re not going to be receiving a stern lesson from Professor Faceplant.

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Bontrager Kovee XXX TLR 29 wheelset review


High end carbon wheelset is race ready out of the box with a single purpose in mind: help make you faster.

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Reynolds TR 307 S and TR 309 S carbon wheels launched


Add Reynolds to a long list of wheel makers embracing wide hookless bead rims — and offering carbon hoops at lower prices.

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Race Face introduces Carbon Confidence Guarantee


At the discretion of Race Face, they will within 2 years of your original purchase repair or replace your carbon wheel regardless of how the damage occurred or what the damage is.

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Mavic’s 2018 mountain bike range unveiled


Highlighted by the new Deemax Pro wheelset that Sam Hill rode to the Enduro World Series overall title, Mavic’s 2018 U.S. mountain bike range is an impressive collection.

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Danny MacAskill smashes wheels to prove point


Santa Cruz Reserve wheels can now be bought separately for any boost-compatible 27.5 or 29er bike. To celebrate, the California-based company had a little video making fun with Danny MacAskill.

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Atomik Carbon wheels get lifetime limited warranty


High-end carbon-fiber component manufacturer Atomik Carbon has announced a new lifetime limited warranty covering its carbon fiber rims and handlebars for the original owner from date of purchase.

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Hot new wheels, tires, and hubs from Interbike 2017


Check out the latest wheels, hubs, tires, and more from Industry Nine, Maxxis, Onyx, MRP, and Wolf Tooth.

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DT Swiss Interbike 2017


With three main MTB wheel families (XC, all-mountain, enduro) and multiple price points within each family, DT Swiss has all your riding bases covered.

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  • Larsv says:

    The guy looks a bit confused.. So many names/numbers and wheelsets!

    I wonder why DT still uses the 1200/1501/1700 numbers. Wouldn’t it just be easier to ditch those numers and rename them to their classic hubs number? 180/240/350. They would save money on decall plastic too. 🙂

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Stan’s NoTubes Interbike 2017


Whether it’s a narrow XC tire, or a traction enhancing plus model, most riders have a preferred tire size. And now Stan’s NoTubes has wheels to cover all those various options.

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  • John K says:

    The Crest MK3’s have been taking a good bit of criticism on a certain popular podcast. Reportedly less durable than the previous model Crests (ZTR Crest). Any comment from users or from Stan’s on the durability of the Crest MK3’s? Thanks

  • jason says:

    High end American hubs on Asian rims built with Asian spokes and Asian nipples…just by Bitex hubs and be done with it. I promise you will never know the difference, and your friends will still like you.

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Nox Teocalli carbon wheels review


Interested in carbon wheels, but don’t want to drop used car money? If you answered yes, then these hoops from Nox are worth a look.

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  • Tom says:

    I had a set of these for a full season and beat the tar out of them. Flawless. Then I passed them on to my young team mate. He’s ridden them for another 15 months. Still flawless.

    Never noticed any undue flex, but mine were 32 spoke versions. OTOH, I definitely DID notice that they didn’t provide the ridiculous, jarring ride that some carbon wheels do.

  • ed says:

    have had a set of these for 2 1/2 years, in fact i believe they were one of the first sets built up. they have approx 4000km on them and are running true and have been awesome from the get go. also have a buddy who is 230lbs running the farlows for 1 1/2 seasons with no issues at all. i plan to order a set of Farlows from them for another bike i just built. FYI I have zero relationship with Nox other than loving their wheels.

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Stan’s Podium SRD, Sentry MK3, Baron MK3, Major MK3


In the flurry of tradeshow season, the pied pipers of all things tubeless has introduced a new racing specific carbon wheelset, plus more premium alloy wheels and rim options.

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FSA cranks go modular, Afterburner wheels get WideR


FSA has a new modular style crank that can be quickly converted between different axle standards and drivetrain configurations. They also have an affordable new alloy wheelset with a wide rim.

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  • Preston says:

    Did they serious just create a new bolt pattern for these ? What is the point of providing a 2* spider option and then not providing any chainring options besides a 36t ? The whole point of modularity is to setup things the way you like, not to be locked into one non-ideal set of chainrings. Shimano does the same thing, you cannot buy a 32t shift ring option for their new chainrings. Just make a 104/64 spider and we can fit 10 years worth of chainring options on it.

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