The CR1400 wheelset falls outside of DT’s gravel range (which gets a G prefix in the name). Rather, these are described as a high-performance, all-road wheelset at an attractive price.
The sub-£500 price point on any wheelset usually means that you’ll get middleweight cartridge bearing hubs that are decent, but nothing to write home about. Which is why the CR1400s are surprising because they’re built around the straight-pull Dicut version of the lightweight 240s hub.
Dicut means these are DT’s most aerodynamic hub, with the stiffest shell and, up until the recent launch of the very pricey 180s, they were also its lightest hubs.
The alloy rim is 25mm deep and 26mm wide with a 22mm-wide internal dimension. This makes them well suited to larger-volume road tyres, cyclocross tyres and even gravel.
DT includes plenty of extras with tubeless tape, valves, IS six-bolt adaptors for the rotors, Shimano and SRAM XDR freehubs, 5mm (QR) endcaps and 15mm endcaps.
DT Swiss CR1400 Dicut 25 wheelset setup
As part of my testing I ran them with tubeless 28mm road tyres and 38c gravel tyres on two different bikes. They’re easy to set-up tubeless with a well-shaped hook to the rim, which locks in the tyres seating quickly, providing a secure seal.
I did, however, experience issues with the tubeless tape after switching from road to gravel tyres. The gravel treads took a bit more effort to fit and I accidentally nicked the thin tape, which led to air leaking through the spoke drillings and out around the spoke nipples.
I’d much prefer DT Swiss to provide a tougher tape for sealing tubeless setups.
Weight-wise the CR1400s are good for a wide alloy wheelset with the front wheel, including disc-lock ring and tubeless valves and tape, tipping the scales at 783g. The rear wheel weight, including disc lock ring and tubeless valves and tape, is 963g (1,746g a pair).
DT Swiss CR1400 Dicut 25 wheelset ride impressions
On the road the CR1400s feel like a quality wheel. The 240 hubs spin smoothly and the ratchet freehub picks up quickly.
The ride feel is excellent with no lateral flex detected even when sprinting out of the saddle and swinging on the bars, yet they aren’t overly stiff making them a well-balanced wheelset.
With tougher rim tape, this wheelset would be highly recommended.
|Price||GBP £700.00USD $1047.00|
|Weight||1,746g – as tested|
|Freehub||Ratchet System 36 SL|
|Rim internal width||22m|
|Spokes||DT aerolite® Straightpull|
|Tubeless compatibility||Tubeless ready|