XR 361

Australian Mountain Bike - - Speakers’ Corner -

With a rim weight of 390g the XR 361 sits very nicely in the DT Swiss XC line up. The down­side to in­clud­ing this rim size as part of this test is that we in­tend to use the same 27.5x2.4” tyres we will be us­ing for both the XM 421 and XM 481 – this smaller rim is not de­signed to be used in such an ag­gres­sive style that the All Moun­tain rims are. It’s prob­a­ble that this lighter and nar­rower rim size won’t cope with our in­tended rid­ing style and there­fore won’t stand up against its col­leagues – XM 421 and XM 481, but let’s not get ahead of our­selves. This rim size rep­re­sents where a lot of wheels are in the mar­ket, so it’s a great com­par­i­son for if wider is bet­ter.

THE RIDE

With an in­ter­nal rim width of only 22.5mm the XR 361 is no­tice­ably smaller than our other two test sub­jects the XM 421 and the XM 481. Kick­ing off with our base­line air pres­sures of 27psi in the rear and 25psi in the front we first off hit the Thredbo Flow Track. This re­sulted in a fairly con­sid­ered de­scent as we had to keep re­mind­ing our­selves that this is a slim, light XC rim and per­haps more suited to a 27.5x2.2” tyre than the 27.5x2.4” tyre we were us­ing. Re­peated runs at Stromlo For­est Park down both trails con­firmed the above mind­set: these rims are not ideal for the rid­ing style used within this test, but more

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