DT Swiss RRC445 F46 tubular wheelset£1,799.98

Responsive aero hoops

BikeRadar score4/5

These wheels from DT Swiss slot in near the top in terms of performance rankings for conventionally built aero hoops.

The 46mm deep unidirectional carbon-fibre rim is a conventional flat-sided design with good straight-line aerodynamics and outstanding stiffness-to-weight performance.

Hand-laced white-bladed DT Aerolite spokes give great looks and stiffness, and feel impressively tight. Low weight and the star ratchet clutch-system-driven DT Swiss hubs mean immediate acceleration out of corners and they’re never stubborn switching direction.

Precision and responsiveness is balanced against rough road comfort, and braking with the SwissStop carbon pads is predictable in all weathers. You pay a slight premium for the white spokes and Swiss build though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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