DT Swiss EXC 1200 Spline 29in wheels review

Top-end enduro wheels

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Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,900.00 RRP | USD $2,442.00
Enduro carbon mountain bike wheelset from DT Swiss

Our review

Top-quality wheels with a great feel on the trail, but you’ll need deep pockets to afford them
Pros: Snappy hub engagement; refined feel over rough terrain
Cons: Expensive, albeit not the priciest out there
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These are DT Swiss’s latest top-end enduro wheels, featuring a new 30mm internal width, hookless carbon rims and updated 180-level hubs.

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I had no problem seating tubeless tyres, and like the fact the wheels come with a valve core removal tool, which doubles as a valve cap.

The hubs have ceramic bearings and straight-pull, bladed spokes. So far, they’ve run smooth, despite plenty of wet rides.

DT’s Ratchet System freehub has a strong reputation, and this version retains a snappy 6.6-degree engagement, which feels great when putting the power down in between turns.

My pair weighed 1,893g with valves and tape – respectable for an enduro wheelset.

On the trail, there’s none of the harshness often associated with carbon wheels. Even on long, rough descents, I suffered no hand pain, suggesting that DT has successfully blended sufficient stiffness to keep the wheels accurate with enough give to reduce trail buzz.

DT says the rim’s construction allows it to spec lighter spokes, improving ride quality. I didn’t notice any of the lateral flex or inability to hold off-camber lines over roots that overly stiff wheels can struggle with.

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They aren’t cheap, but DT’s reputation for reliability and the wheels’ good feel helps bolster overall value.

Product Specifications

Product

Price GBP £1900.00USD $2442.00
Weight 1,893g – With valves and tape
Brand Dt swiss

Features

Brake type Disc
Freehub DT’s Ratchet System
Rim internal width 30mm
Rim material Carbon
Spokes Straight-pull, bladed
Tyre type Clincher
Wheel size 29in/700c