DT Swiss EX1750 Wheels review£619.98

Lightweight, tight, responsive but expensive wheels

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The bladed double-butted spokes makes the DT Swiss EX1750 Wheelset relatively lightweight, tight and responsive. However, the already high price has just hiked up another £125, which is shocking considering the cost of the components involved.

DT Swiss Ratchet drive freehubs are among the quickest for instant out-of-corner acceleration and they run for ages with only minimal tool-free servicing. It’s 20mm-only front at the moment though and the RWS rear skewer is tight but fragile. 

DT Swiss lend their rims, spokes and hub details to plenty of other wheel manufacturers, but this is their direct deal bid for all-mountain supremacy. The rims are actually just nicely stickered white versions of standard 5.1s but apart from picking up dents quite easily, they’ve stayed round and true.

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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