DT Swiss HX 1501 Spline One 35 wheelset £954.98

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

More and more ‘e-bike spe­cific’ parts are com­ing onto the mar­ket, but one thing adding a mo­tor re­ally has an ef­fect on is wheel dura­bil­ity. DT Swiss have sweated the de­tails on their new ‘Hy­brid’ range to cre­ate a bombproof but still sweet-rid­ing wheelset for bat­tery-tot­ing or just plain big rid­ers. At 987g front, 1,178g rear for the 35mm (in­ter­nal) wide ver­sions tested here, the HX 1501s are 300g heav­ier than the reg­u­lar EX 1501s, but that weight is in­vested where it mat­ters. The rim bed and hub flanges where the spokes at­tach are thicker; the spokes are heavy-duty, triple-but­ted, stain­less steel num­bers with re­in­forced heads; and the hub shells are beefier, with an e-spe­cific steel free­hub body and steel ratch­ets at the rear. Even the axles are de­signed to take higher loads and run on larger bear­ings. It’s easy to fit tyres and get them to seal, and, de­spite all this re­in­forc­ing and the free­hub’s rel­a­tively slow 24-tooth pick-up, the bear­ings are so smooth that you’ll feel like you need a gear up from nor­mal on your first ride. Our test wheels still feel that way six months later and got us home with­out buck­ling when we put a rear mech into the spokes. The fin­ish is tough too, mak­ing th­ese the best e-bike/ power-rider wheels we’ve used yet and well worth the pre­mium price. Guy www.madi­son.co.uk

Ex­pen­sive but the best e-bike/ carthorse-rider wheels you can buy right now

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