DT Swiss XRC 1200 SPLINE 30 wheelset review

Carbon wheels for XC and trail riding

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The latest XRC 1200 wheels from DT Swiss are aimed at XC racers, but their broad rims make them an aspirational, super-stiff fast trail option too.

With a 29.5mm internal width, they’ll support tyres from 2.2in to 2.6in well, even at low pressures. Experience with DT Swiss wheels suggests they’ll take a hammering, and I’ve had no issues with the 3mm-thick walls of this pair despite ‘robust’ use.

At 1,560g (720g front, 840g rear), they’re very light for 29in wheels of this width and capability. Straight-pull spokes are embedded into low-profile SPLINE hubs for outstanding lateral stiffness on my Boost set.

Drive and braking rigidity is equally impressive, and the 10-degree freehub pickup means they come out of corners all guns blazing.

They’re responsive enough to have taken Florian Vogel to XC World Cup podiums and add a whole new level of flick-and-kick agility. Given their pedigree and performance, they’re a reasonable price too.

The extra rim width and secure ‘hookless’ tubeless sealing mean you can run lower tyre pressures to compensate for their stiffness, in comfort terms.

They’re not as brutally rigid as some carbon wheels, but are definitely sharper in feel than DT’s alloy XM 1501s.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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