The RR21 is a tubeless ready wheel that can also be used with conventional clincher tyres. We put it to the test

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

DT SWISS RR21 DiCut

Pros:

  • Light
  • Stiff
  • Hubs roll great and look super cool
  • Tubeless ready
  • Great performance for the price
  • Wide internal rim

Cons:

  • Tubeless set up can be a faff
  • mounting tyres can require a special pump

Product:

DT-Swiss RR21 DiCut

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£659.98

Tubeless wheels and tyres are growing in popularity. For those who don’t know, tubeless tyres are similar to a clincher, but form an air-tight seal against the rim and contain sealant, instead of an inner tube. The sealant is able to seal holes and punctures as you ride.

>>> Buyer’s guide to road bike wheels (video)

The rims are tubeless ready

The rims are tubeless ready

DT-Swiss is famous for its hubs and it shows with the 240’s on these wheels rolling beautifully but also exhibiting excellent pick up and engagement when you put the power down. They also look really cool, with machined diamond like cuts contrasting against the matte finish.

The rear hub. The hubs have cool diamond cut outs, just for aesthetics

The rear hub. The hubs have cool diamond cut outs, just for aesthetics

>>> Should you change to tubeless tyres

The Swiss brand describes the RR 21 as an extremely practical wheel that is also perfect for competition. I would be inclined to agree. I was able to test these wheels, not only in the UK but also the Alps, using them to climb and descend the iconic Stelvio pass. The rims are noticeably light, making them ideal for climbing, but also for attacking and sudden accelerations.


 

Video – Watch how a tubeless wheel survives and seals a nail hole!

When descending the lateral stiffness was very good, contributing to assured cornering, while the braking was also very good too.

The ratchet skewers are excellent. Great design

The ratchet skewers are excellent. Great design

The wide 18mm rims mean that tyres sit wider, resulting in more grip and increased comfort. We are a big fan of this attribute. At 18mm, 25mm tyres sit well and our Schwalbe One tyres were mounted without fuss. Although to mount them we did have to use an Airshot to blow the tyres onto the rim. If you are considering a switch to tubeless, factor in that you might need a special pump.

>>> Buyer’s guide to road bike tyres.

The rims are tubeless ready out of the box, not requiring any additional rim strips or tape. They may be expensive, but considering the weight, quality and hubs these hoops are very competitive for the price. The stiff, solid construction combined with tubeless compatability will see them fit for plenty of applications, from cobbles and winter use to racing and climbing.

For more information, head over to DT-Swiss.

Verdict

A super set of wheels that also look great. Excellent hubs, solid construction and light wide rims. Tubeless compatible too! A superb option for those looking for a do it all upgrade wheel set

Details

Combined weight with skewers:1545g
Weight Rear:845g
Weight Front:700g
Spoke count:20f 24r
Internal Rim Width:18mm
Rim Width:21.5mm
  • Jan

    Wiggle do not stock the 2016 model shown in the photos …. the price and link is for the older model … please do not recommend the new model, then show a link and price to last years model !! … Not very good is it …