DT Swiss ARC 1100 wheels

£2069.98 › Swiss breeze

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THE OVER­HAUL OF DT Swiss’s road wheel line-up con­tin­ues with th­ese aero num­bers. Their nam­ing pro­to­col fol­lows on from the En­durance (ERC) and Per­for­mance (PRC) ranges, with the Aero Race Car­bon wheels com­ing in three depths from 48mm to 80mm. All are tube­less ready, and ev­ery op­tion can be bought for rim or disc brakes with quick­re­lease or 12mm thru-axles.

Our disc brake ex­am­ples have blunt-nosed car­bon rims that are 62mm deep, 17mm wide in­ter­nally, 23mm ex­ter­nally at the outer edge, in­creas­ing to 26mm at their widest point. The hubs are DT Swiss 240s Di­cut with SINC ce­ramic bear­ings, 24 straight-pull, bladed spokes, in­ter­nal nip­ples and cen­ter­lock disc ro­tor fit­ting. The front hub body is slim, and has en­closed flanges over the spoke ends for aero­dy­namic ben­e­fit.

We weighed them at 1622g for the pair, in­clud­ing the fit­ted tube­less tape and 12mm thru-axle adap­tors, which is pretty com­pet­i­tive for rims of this size. To test them, we fit­ted 25mm Sch­walbe Pro One tyres, set up tube­less with Milkit valves and sealant. The in­flated tyre width is 27mm, adding use­ful ex­tra grip from the con­sis­tently rounded car­cass.

Only con­sider th­ese wheels if you have a need for speed. You could ride them ev­ery day, but the deeper rims get, the more spe­cific their real per­for­mance win­dow. At 60mm or deeper, sta­bil­ity is an ob­vi­ous con­cern, but with world­class aero­dy­nam­i­cist Swiss Side tak­ing charge of aero­dy­nam­ics, the ARC 1100s are far more pre­dictable than you’d ex­pect.

Taller rims equal in­creased rigid­ity, and the ARC 1100s use it to con­vert power in­puts to raw ac­cel­er­a­tion, seem­ingly off­set­ting their ro­ta­tional mass – at least on the flat – mak­ing them ideal for sprint­ing and time tri­als. On most ter­rain short of bergs and moun­tains, they’ll hold mo­men­tum, and with a tail­wind, gain fur­ther speed through the aero­dy­namic sail­ing ef­fect. In cross­winds and blus­tery head­winds they’re not im­mune to a lit­tle sway­ing and weav­ing, but we didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any sud­den snaps or any­thing that com­pro­mised con­trol.

DT Swiss rims are among the eas­i­est to run tube­less, and with the en­hanced feel, lower tyre pres­sure, re­li­a­bil­ity and easy speed, why wouldn’t you? Im­prov­ing grip and com­fort in one go only serves to boost per­for­mance, in con­junc­tion with the aero ad­van­tage.

DT Swiss con­tin­ues to make even deep aero wheelsets faster and much more us­able WE SAY

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