DT Swiss XMC 1550 mountain bike wheelset £1798

Tough and quick rolling

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

Crazy expensive, but a blisteringly quick, gonzo tough and easy-to-live-with wheel at a cross-country weight. No, you haven’t read the price wrong – these wheels really are just shy of £1,800! That’s thanks to the 29mm wide, handmade carbon rims. These ultralight hoops boost acceleration and overall agility whatever bike you slot them into.

Unlike most light wheels they’ll also still handle the biggest tyres, although they’re not tubeless compatible.They’ve also proven they can take a beating on rocky terrain at low pressures and they’re stiff and accurate for precision handling and traction feedback. Conventional triple butted white 32-spoked construction means they’re easy to find temporary spares for.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.

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