DT Swiss collaborates with Swiss Side for ARC aero wheels

Rim and disc tubeless options designed for 23 and 25mm tubeless tires

Continuing its partnership with aero specialist Swiss Side, DT Swiss just launched a set of aero wheels dubbed ARC, in rim-brake and disc-brake configurations.

Last November, DT Swiss announced the partnership with the ERC 1100 Dicut wheelset aimed at endurance riding.

In the new nomenclature, ERC is for endurance, ARC is for aero, and PRC is for performance.

ARC designed for low drag

The ARC wheels come in 80, 62 and 48mm rim depths
The ARC wheels come in 80, 62 and 48mm rim depths

The Aero group of wheels consists of three wheelsets, each available in both rim and disc brake options, and all tubeless-ready. They will come in 48, 62 and 80mm rim depths.

A project targets for the ARC range was to reduce frontal area, so a 17mm internal width was chosen. All three of the rim shapes were based on Swiss Side’s Hadron wheels, and have been designed for best aero performance with 23mm and 25mm tyres.

In addition to flat-out speed, there was a focus on aero stability and predictability for real world performance.

Swiss Side was founded by several former Formula 1 engineers.

For its part, DT Swiss brought its deep history with spokes and hubs to the collaboration.

We will add weights and prices here as soon as we have the information.

PRC performance wheels also launched

The new PRC wheels come in 65 and 35mm rim depths
The new PRC wheels come in 65 and 35mm rim depths

DT Swiss also rolled out new ‘performance’ wheels, with a pair of rim depths that will come in rim and disc brake versions.

The PRC 1400 Spline wheels are evolutions of existing wheels, rather than all-new like the ARC line-up.

The PRC 1400 Spline 65 comes from the previous RRC 65, and the PRC 1400 Spline 35 has evolved from the RC 38. But the PRC wheelsets now have an 18mm internal width, intended to be used with 25mm or wider tyres, especially when set up tubeless.

The rims are built using continuous carbon fibres, reducing the material quantity needed and increasing durability, according to DT Swiss.

We’ll report back soon with more information about the wheelsets, their development and aero performance, plus first ride impressions.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
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