- DT Swiss has launched its budget-minded Spline 1 wheelsets to compliment its Tricon wheels. The Spline 1 wheels come in all three sizes. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The spokes of the Spline 1 wheelsets use a washer and an interface that makes the nipple-rim interface work similar to a ball-and-socket joint. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The Spline 1 hubs use DT 240 internals, a standard we've come to rely on in many different wheelsets. The hub shell is two pieces to save weight, but it offers added reinforcement on braking. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The Spline 1 wheels have the option of coming equipped with a DT Swiss XD Driver body so buyers can use the Spline 1 wheels with a SRAM XX1 drivetrain. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The XR, XM, and EX wheels come in three different and graduating rim widths. Here, the mid-level XM wheels measure 22.5mm internally. The DT rim tape comes pre-installed on all Spline 1 wheels. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The 27.5-inch Spline 1 EX wheels have graphics that mimic the rest of the line. The EX is the widest rim platform and only comes in 26-inch and 27.5-inch offerings. It is intended for the Enduro racing and gravity crowd. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The EX rims are 25mm wide internally. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- The XM rim is on the left; the larger rim on the EX, at right, is noticeable. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- One of our test machines, the 26-inch Mach 5.7 carbon gave us a solid platform for testing the 26-inch Spline 1 wheels. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
- During our big-wheeled test, the Mach 429 carbon was a comfortable platform as it ripped up the trails around Laguna Seca. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com
MONTEREY, Calif. (VN) — DT Swiss has launched a three-tiered wheelset range, offering something for almost any off-road rider in a dialed, detail-oriented package that hits a reasonable price point between $1,060-$1,140.
The Spline 1 range is comprised of the XR, XM, and the EX models, covering the gamut of cross-country, trail, and all-mountain applications, respectively. The XR’s inner rim width is 20 millimeters, while its larger siblings, the XM and EX, sport widths of 22.5mm and 25mm.
The Devil is in the Details
The wheelsets’ subdued outward appearance belies many small, important details. All three options share the same robust and lightweight 240 hubs, 3-cross, 28-spoke lacing, and other small but notable innovations.
The rims have short sidewalls, a deep center groove, and a seamless welded rim, which combine to make for an easy tubeless setup. The XR and XM wheelsets are available in all three major sizes — 26-inch, 27.5-inch, and 29-inch, while the EX is available in both 26-inch and 29-inch. The Spline 1 hubs have modular axle options, allowing riders to choose between a variety of axle sizes and an optional SRAM XD driver body for those running XX1 components.
On the trail
Aboard Pivot Mach 429c and Mach 5.7 carbon bikes, we were well-equipped to find the limits of the Spline 1 wheels. We found the high spoke tension and wider rims to contribute to the bikes’ already precise handling. As usual, the reliable DT Swiss hub internals ran smoothly and engaged quickly.
The new Spline 1 wheel system is all about options, and in the ever-diversifying mountain bike world, most riders could find what they need. With all three rim sizes offered and a hub design that is reliable and convertible to most axle designs, the Spline 1 wheels could be the go-to wheelset for a variety of enduro and endurance racers alike.