If you want to win races, a good frame can only do so much if the wheels won't spin. At Sea Otter, we were able to sit down with Kenny Roberts of DT Swiss and talk about a few changes to the 2009 wheel line up.
First off is the all new FR600 rim, which is replacing the 6.1D. The old 6.1D rim was what I called a race only rim - it was light, reduced the chances of pinch flatting and never busted. The downside was that it was expensive and dented really easy. As a consumer this was disheartening as you had great wheels that looked beat up after a rocky trail. Now you could bend the dents out, but in the end it was a lot of work for a wheelset. Now they have reworked the whole profile and come up with the FR600. All the changes have resulted in a higher dent resistant rim.Changes from the 6.1D rim
-more material in the slope of the rim
The FR600 is the rim that DT Swiss also uses in their FR2350 wheel sets. The FR2350 wheels are built up from DT Swiss 440 hubs, FR600 rims and Triple butted Alpine spokes.
The FR2350 is the race wheel of choice on most courses, but when things get smoother and less burly, the top pros will pull out their EX1750s and hang it all out. The EX1750 weighs in at close to 600 grams lighter than the FR2350s. Thanks to the light weight EX5.1 rims at about 500 grams each, the EX1750s spin through the chunder on their way to the podium, just ask Sam Hill what he thinks.
Ok so you aren't a pro, but you are looking for a nice AM wheel set for riding all day and getting rad on occasion. Take a look at the E2200 then. We tested a set last season, click here to see what we thought.
DT Swiss makes some of the most user friendly hubs for servicing. The 240, 340 and 440 are all tool free when it come to pulling the freehub, cleaning and lubing them up for the next ride or race. The all new Ratchet Wheel System (RWS) is DT's answer to the 10mm thru axle too.
DT Swiss 240 Hub and RWS Skewer:
Kenny Roberts talks about the changes in the DT Swiss wheel line up:
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