DT Swiss XMC 1550 mountain bike wheelset review£1,798.00

Tough and quick rolling

BikeRadar score3.5/5

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.

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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