A great set of wheels that'll enhance your ride. Be wary, though, if your riding is mostly climbing or you live somewhere exposed to high winds
A little sluggish climbing compared to Rovals
The stealthy-looking DT Swiss ARC 1100 Dicut 62 came to us via a Canyon Aeroad factory build with the new SRAM eTap AXS groupset.
As the name suggests, the DT Swiss ARC 1100 Dicut 62 wheels have 62mm deep rims, putting them just shy of the Roval CLX 64 wheels. They're also 20g heavier, at 1600g.
DT describes the Dicut 62s as ‘aero meets all-round’, saying these wheels are used by its long-distance triathletes as well as in flat stages of the Tour de France.
At 17mm, the DT Swiss ARC 1100 Dicut 62's internal rim width is narrow but the external rim profile – which DT claims is category leading when it comes to drag numbers – bulges to 27mm. This stands in stark comparison with other deep-section wheels on the market, with the internal rim of Roval CLX 64s measuring 21mm. In contrast, the DT Swiss wheels are probably best suited to something as narrow as a 23 on the front, which would work best for the aerodynamics of the wheelset although, as with the other wheels here, we haven't been able to wind tunnel test them ourselves.
As for their handling in real-world crosswinds they felt planted, although there is no getting away with the fact that they do catch the wind regularly. But that's the price you pay for such deep rims.
As a big aftermarket manufacturer of hubs and spokes you can be pretty certain DT will be using its best technology in its own wheelsets, and as prove the 240 hubs are equipped with SINC ceramic bearings.
The Aerolite straight-pull bladed spokes are also DT's own. It uses its lightest options in the front and the stronger, more robust Aero Comp in the rear. Both wheels are laced two-cross.
To sum up, if your riding doesn’t require a mountain climb, these will almost certainly enhance your ride, as the deep rims roll along very well. Impressively, DT Swiss has managed to make them feel spritely and agile, not something often achieved with deep-section wheels. However, you do pay the price for the 62mm depth in cross wins, which limits their use slightly.
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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.
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