DT Swiss PR1600 Spline 23 review£475.00

All-round excellence and versatility

BikeRadar score4/5

These PR1600 Spline wheels form part of DT Swiss’s Performance range, and are also available in a disc-brake version.

DT Swiss PR1600 Spline 23 specs

The shallow aluminium rims are 23mm wide externally, 18mm internally and 23mm tall with a pinned joint and wear-indicating dimple.

The Spline hubs are based on DT’s high-quality 350 units and use straight-pull, bladed Aero Comp spokes, with 20 radial up front, and 24 laced two-cross at the back. Supplied with tubeless tape, my wheelset weighed 1,632g (plus 99g for the skewers).

DT Swiss PR1600 Spline 23 fitting

DT’s RWS skewer is all-aluminium and its design ensures great clamping force and wheel security, and the Ratchet System freehub makes a satisfying sound.

The 25mm Michelin Power tyres were a tight fit and took some high-pressure persuasion to fully seat, but the broad internal width opened the tyres out to a voluminous 27mm wide.

DT Swiss PR1600 Spline 23 performance

The PR1600s accelerate willingly. There’s no lack of lateral stiffness, and they climb and descend well, with no braking issues.

But where the DTs really score is in the versatility their internal width gives, providing more tyre volume, and greater support for rubber of 35mm or more. Their less aggressive, but slick ride quality makes sense here, riding rough surfaces with a taut suppleness.

The PR1600s are great for road use and beyond, adding to their versatility and ride quality.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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