The swiss manufacturer of wheel sets, hubs and forks are known for their durable, reliable and performing products. And as anything swiss, attention to detail is strong, and precision even higher.
Many cyclists are familiar with their hubs, both knowingly and unknowingly. DT Swiss create some of the most famous hubs in the industry (you might’ve heard of the DT240′s, for example) but also create hubs for many big companies. On our particular wheel set, the DT Swiss R32 Spline, the Spline (Straight-Pull-Line) hub has DT370 internals with straight-pull spokes and a 32mm high aluminum rim.
While the straight-pull spokes ensure stiffness, we admired the nice finish of the silver polished hubs. With more and more companies going for all black products, we were delighted to see DT Swiss using a sparkling silver finish, adding to their aesthetics.
– Rim material: Aluminum
– Rim depth: 32 mm
– Rim width: 18/22 mm (inner/outer)
– Spokes: (20/24 f/r) DT Aero comp, DT New Aero comp
– Nipples: DT Pro lock Aluminum
– Tire type: Clincher, tubeless ready
– Lacing pattern: radial front, two cross rear
– Recommended max. system weight: 130 kg
– Weight: 1735 g
– Price: €500 RRP
The R32 Spline wheel set is new for 2016, and brings a new, wider rim to the trusted straight-pull hubs. The welded rim has an inner diameter of 18mm and an outer diameter of 22mm, making them a perfect match for slightly wider tires.
Also, DT Swiss has redone their graphics and is now going for a more understated black and white finish, instead of their previous and loud red color scheme. We approve of their new visual design.
Riding the R32 Spline
The R32 Spline wheel set is not a lightweight wheel set per say. And it’s actually the heaviest wheel set I’ve had on one of my personal bikes, ever. When testing these, I swapped my Campagnolo Zonda wheel set (which has a claimed weight of 1550g).
The first thing I noticed about the DT Swiss wheel set was the comfort of the set. Some wheels have a tendency to transport road buzz all the way through to the rider, but not these. Luckily, it’s not a lack of stiffness that guaranteed their comfort.
For a wheel set at this price point, the stiffness was higher than expected, only causing minimal brake rub in the most extreme conditions. The rubbing was quickly solved by running the brakes just half a millimeter further away from the rim than I normally would.
While the weight of 1735g isn’t impressively low, it was not something that disturbed me in any way. And since I test rode these wheels in Mallorca, riding both steep and long climbs, I think they prove their worth in all sorts of terrain.
During my first rides, I completely forgot I had wheels almost 200g heavier than my normal set. And if I can’t feel any difference riding in the steep hills of Mallorca, then I won’t feel a difference anywhere.
With effective power transfer and good lateral stiffness, they felt lively uphill, predictable in fast corners and reliable when going hard.
“The R32 Spline wheel set are both lively, fun and precise with a competitive price point and with both features aesthetics to match any road bike. With a wide rim, the R32 Spline accommodates the benefits of modern wide tires. Silver-polished straight pull Spline hubs grant both stunning finish and a stiff wheel set. A thought-out wheel set that doesn’t disappoint.”