It’s that time of the year again, the products for the new season are presented at the EUROBIKE 2017. Although many well-known manufacturers are no longer represented at the fair, the EUROBIKE remains one of the most important appointments in the bike sector, with 1.400 exhibitors flooding in from all around the world. We are obviously here to show you the most important highlights from the opening day.
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-bikes 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. The DT Swiss M 1700 SPLINE is available starting at € 628, about 35% less than the SPLINE ONE-series.
In our experience the M-Series can really take some abuse and should be more than suitable for most trail and enduro riders. And for those who are after even more stability, the E 1700 is the more affordable version of the EX 1501, and comes in a choice of 25 mm or 30 mm inner width.
DT Swiss XMC 1200 SPLINE 30
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. With a price-tag of € 2.178, the XMC 1200 wheelset is in the same price bracket as its predecessor – carbon comes at a price.
DT Swiss HYBRID hubs
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. After all they are reinforced in all their critical points and come with a tough steel freewheel. Quality and price will be similar to the DT 350 hubs, available from November.
For more information head to dtswiss.com