We keep coming back to this DT wheelset – there is a blend of qualities in these XM1501 wheels that seem to be exactly what’s required on a mid travel trail bike.
DT has a long-standing reputation for manufacturing premium grade rims, hubs and spokes all built to their exacting Swiss standards. It goes without saying then that DT’s factory wheelsets such as this the XM1501 Spline One are no compromise products. When a manufacturer designs and engineers each component part from the ground up, then end result will be exactly what is required for the job in hand. The rims, spokes and hubs are all DT, all Swiss precision built. “Smooth and fast, the XM 1501 wheels are easy to rebuild without specialist tools and will still live on after many seasons of punishment”
Hubs have been a huge part of DT’s history and use their proven 36 teeth ratchet system and are an update on their classic 240 model. These smooth cartridge bearing hubs have become a trusted product by many professional mechanicals – a fully rebuildable, yet lightweight heart of a wheelset.
‘A mix of a low weight, a solid build, the right amount of stiffness can bring out the best in a bike’
The rims, tubeless ready (with a suitable rimstrip) have an internal width of 25mm – not particularly wide by modern standards – and suit most trail bike tyres very well. Reinforced spoke eyelets add further to their durability. DT use their own straight pull spokes believing they produce a stiffer, faster wheel when designed alongside the hub and rim as their ‘Spline” system.
With reliable carbon rims being an expensive option for many riders a fast, light wheelset with an aluminium rim is often a more realistic option. For a mid travel trail bike a pair of wheels weighing under 1700g will be lighter than the tyres fitted to them so they need to be built well to go the distance and these Spline hoops certainly are. Out on the trail the results are impressive with an urgency to them under power. A mix of a low weight, a solid build, the right amount of stiffness can bring out the best in a bike – we especially loved these wheels on the Giant Reignfrom a year or so ago.
The DT XM 1501 wheels fit the bill superbly and suit all but the heaviest of riders. They are our choice at this weight and especially in the 650b/27.5” rim size.
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