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DT Swiss Launches Hybrid Components for e-MTB

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BIEL, Switzerland – Bicycle wheel and component manufacturer DT Swiss is introducing a series of system wheels, especially developed for e-MTBs. This brand-new ‘Hybrid’ line of extra strong yet lightweight components, including rims, spokes and hubs are “to unleash the full potential of e-MTBs”.

DT Swiss Launches Hybrid Components for e-MTB
DT Swiss new Hybrid line is for e-MTBs that ride further, harder, more vertical with more weight and more torque. – Photo Susanne Brüsch

“The Hybrid line is our answer to riding further and harder while more miles, more vertical, more weight and more torque pose a whole new set of challenges to ordinary bike components,” explained DT Swiss Vice President Daniel Berger at the ‘Mission Hybrid’ launch event in Biel, Switzerland, where DT Swiss is headquartered. His personal experience of turning “pain into fun” after 30 years of e-less mountainbiking triggered the Hybrid idea at DT Swiss.

In addition to extensive personal e-MTB experience combined with specialized know-how, the DT Swiss team has done intense in-house testing in order to offer products for any e-MTB, under any rider and for any budget.

“To find the perfect strength to weight ratio, and to be able to quickly prototype products, we have set up a global network of in-house and external specialists that made this happen. At the same time as these wheel prototypes are tortured on the test benches, we make sure they hit the dirt as quickly as possible, because in the end, what a rider feels through his arms, legs and butt is what ultimately counts,” Prototyping and Testing Manager Philipp Lüdi explained.

Stronger Rims, Hubs, Spokes for e-MTB

The Hybrid rims stick with the DT Swiss signature profile designs and are engineered with increased wall thickness for increased traction and comfort. “We have added strength and material where it makes sense in order to deliver tough, e-MTB specific rims that are offered in a range of widths (25, 30, 35 mm) to match any type of riding on any type of terrain,” claims DT Swiss. The approved system weight could thus be increased from 120 kg to 150 kg. In durability testing, life cycles more than doubled compared to an ordinary rim.

The Hybrid hubs feature increased wall thickness in the oversized shell, high load axles and oversized spoke interfaces. This is complimented by new hardened steel 24T ratchets, oversize bearings and steel rotors. All in all, the weight has increased about 10% compared to same level MTB hub.

Specially designed spokes using reinforced and oversized straight pull heads and combine with DT Pro Lock Squorx nipples complete the Hybrid system.

Four Hybrid Wheel Sets on Offer

From May 2017, DT Swiss offers four Hybrid wheel sets at a wide price range. The top of the line is the HXC 1200 Spline wheel set that comes with 30mm wide carbon rims in the dimensions 27.5 and 29 inch. Classified for a max. load of 120 kg, the 27.5 inch wheel itself weighs 1,678 grams and will be available retail for € 2,248 per set.

The next model in the line, the HX 1501 Spline, uses aluminum rims which adds 220 grams (total 1,898g) to the total weight and increases the maximum load to 150 kg. The 27.5 inch version retails for € 1,078. Hybrid H 1700 Spline and H 1900 Spline cover the price range under € 800 retail. Just like the HX 1501 they will be sold in 25, 30 and 35 mm width with the 30 mm version being offered in both, 29 inch and 27.5 inch. Entry level H 1900 Spline comes at € 288 per wheel set and weighs slightly over 2,000 grams.

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