DT Swiss’s more affordable alloy-rimmed 1700 Spline series gets 2021 updates

Using market research, DT Swiss has matched most-desired rims and hubs in new 1700 Spline series

DT Swiss 1700 Spline mountain bike wheelset

Unlike its brand-new 1501 Spline One series wheelsets, which have migrated from alloy to carbon fibre, DT Swiss’s 1700 Spline maintains its alloy-rimmed lineage but gets updated 350 hubs with the 36 SL Ratchet System.

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Like the current host of 1700 Spline series wheels, the newest versions all use alloy-welded rims to produce the desired balance between weight, quality and strength.

Thanks to DT’s PHR nipple and spoke interface washer that distributes forces in the wheel through a larger area, it’s managed to reduce rim wall thickness.

Also specced are DT Swiss Competition spokes with double butting. They’ve been cold-forged to help harden the metal but retain good ductility (the ability to withstand deformation without breaking), resulting in a lightweight but strong spoke.

DT Swiss 1700 Spline mountain bike wheelset
DT’s Competition spokes are claimed to be light and strong.
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Each rim is built onto the 350 hub, that, according to DT, shares the same DNA as the highly-regarded 240 hub.

The 350 hub uses DT’s new 36 SL Ratchet System with a 10-degree engagement angle and boasts tool-free freehub body replacement.

DT Swiss 1700 Spline 350 hub mountain bike wheelset
The 350 hub uses DT’s Ratchet SL System and is famed for its reliability.
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DT Swiss’s new Product Support Tool will also include the new 1700 Spline series wheels.

DT Swiss 1700 Spline series wheelset specs, weights and prices

Prices for the 1700 Spline range of wheels start at $885.90 / €698.90 and weights begin at 1,672g for the XR 1700 Spline cross-country hoops.

Like the 1501 Spline One series, the 1700 Spline rims also receive discipline-specific rim profiles.

2021 DT Swiss XR 1700 Spline

DT Swiss XR 1700 Spline cross-country mountain bike wheelset
DT Swiss XR 1700 Spline cross-country mountain bike wheelset.
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For cross-country, DT’s specced its XR 391 rim. It has a 25mm inner width and is designed to be low-weight.

  • Wheel size: 29in
  • Axles: 15 x 110mm (f), 12 x 148mm (r)
  • Hubs: 350 Straight-pull hub with Ratchet SL 36
  • Brake mount: Centerlock (with six-bolt adaptor)
  • Rim: Aluminium, welded PHR-washer, 25mm internal width
  • Spokes: DT Competition
  • Nipples: DT Pro Lock Squorx
  • Weight: From 1,672g in 29in (claimed)
  • Max weight: 110kg
  • Price: From $885.90 / €698.80

2021 DT Swiss XM 1700 Spline

DT Swiss XM 1700 Spline all-mountain mountain bike wheelset
DT Swiss XM 1700 Spline all-mountain mountain bike wheelset.
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The XM 1700 Spline wheelset is designed for all-mountain riders and is based around a 30mm internal width and is tuned to balance weight and strength.

DT says it has slightly thinner walls than the EX 511 enduro-specific rim, reducing its weight by around 50g.

  • Wheel size: 27.5in / 29in
  • Axles: 15 x 110mm (f), 12 x 148mm (r)
  • Hubs: 350 Straight-pull hub with Ratchet SL 36
  • Brake mount: Centerlock (with six-bolt adaptor)
  • Rim: Aluminium, welded PHR-washer, 30mm internal width
  • Spokes: DT Competition
  • Nipples: DT Pro Lock Squorx
  • Weight: From 1,748g (claimed)
  • Max weight: 120kg
  • Price: From $885.90 / €698.80

2021 DT Swiss EX 1700 Spline

DT Swiss EX 1700 Spline enduro mountain bike wheelset
DT Swiss EX 1700 Spline enduro mountain bike wheelset.
DT Swiss

The chunkiest 1700 Spline wheel is based around the EX 511 rim. Its rim profile has been designed specifically for enduro riding with a 30mm internal width.

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  • Wheel size: 27.5in / 29in
  • Axles: 15 x 110mm (f), 12 x 148mm (r)
  • Hubs: 350 Straight-pull hub with Ratchet SL 36
  • Brake mount: Centerlock or six-bolt
  • Rim: Aluminium, welded PHR-washer, 30mm internal width
  • Spokes: DT Competition
  • Nipples: DT Pro Lock Squorx
  • Weight: From 1,878g (claimed)
  • Max weight: 130kg
  • Price: From $885.90 / €698.80