DT Swiss Tricon M1700 mountain bike wheelset review£729.98

Super-stiff trail hoops

BikeRadar score4/5

Outstanding stiffness and top quality hubs make the DT Swiss Tricon M1700s a super-responsive trail or cross-country upgrade but their axle options are limited and they’re seriously pricey.

Tricon wheels use a unique direct-pull spoke and rim anchoring system for exceptionally high tension that’s immediately obvious in the super-taut, pinpoint accurate ride feel. They’re too narrow for fat tyres but they’re designed more for cross-country than mountain hammering and they’re tubeless-compatible as standard.

The Star Ratchet clutch system gives super-fast engagement to flatter the responsiveness of the low overall weight even further. This makes them singletrack rippers with an obvious upgrade effect. 

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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