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DT Swiss launches plethora of new performance wheelsets

Sam Challis
15 May 2017

The swiss brand will offer three new aero wheelsets and two new racing wheelsets, all with disc brake counterparts

DT Swiss has been hinting at big things since the first stage of its Road R:evolution series late last year, promising to combine both revolution and evolution in an overhaul of its road wheel collection. The series started modestly with the release of the endurance-focused ERC 1100 wheels but the second R:evolution stage delivered an expansive array of new carbon performance wheelsets.

The uncompromisingly-aero DT Swiss ARC line was the focal point of the launch. Six wheelsets comprise the ARC range: both rim- and disc-brake options in three rim depths - 80, 62 and 48mm, all of which are tubeless-ready.

To minimise frontal area, they possess 17mm internal rim widths which perform best when paired with 23c or 25c tyres.

As with the ERC wheels, DT Swiss worked with aerodynamicists Swiss Side to develop the profiles of the ARC rims, which are based on Swiss Side’s existing Hadron profiles.

Tweaks to the DiCut hubshells, spoke profiles and nipple placement provoke claims from DT Swiss that the ARC line sets ‘a new industry benchmark’ in terms of aerodynamic efficiency and stability, comparing favourably to market leaders in wind-tunnel testing.

If the ARC line is the revolution, DT’s versatile performance PRC wheels represent the evolution, with both wheelsets developing from proven existing designs.

For example, the DT Swiss PRC 1400 Spline 35 takes a step on from the brand's previous RC38 design, claiming to be 20% wider and 15% stiffer with better braking performance, despite being only 1% heavier.

DT Swiss attribute the improved performance to an altered spoke geometry and refined carbon lay-up, whereby continuous fibres are scheduled ‘in the direction of experienced wheel loads’ to reduce material but retain stiffness.

The PRC line comprises four options: rim- and disc-brake options in two rim depths - 65 and 35mm, again both of which are tubeless-ready.

DT Swiss determined that for best performance in all conditions, an 18mm internal diameter was most suitable, best pairing with 25c and 28c tyres.

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed and availability is expected in October but we hope to get our hands on a pair sooner than that, so keep an eye out for a full review.

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