First ride review of the DT Swiss GRC 1100 Dicut 50, gravel wheels for going zoom

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Brand new wheels designed for the two faces of gravel: speed and exploration. They’re well designed, but also very expensive

DT Swiss GRC 1100 Dicut 50
(Image credit: Eszter Horanyi)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

By launching several iterations at once—the GRC 1100 and GRC 1400 in both 30 mm and 50 mm depths—DT Swiss has you covered with excellent hoops whether you want to go fast or go slow. You’ll have to have to pay handsomely for the privilege, however.

Reasons to buy
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    Exceptional performance

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    Hooked rim design

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    Lifetime warranty

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Reasons to avoid
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    Extremely expensive

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    Not as light as some of the competition

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“What does it all mean?” This was the first question I asked DT Swiss at the launch event for the new GRC 1100 50 and 30 wheelsets—and I wasn’t having an existential crisis. I wanted to know how on earth to make sense of DT’s naming system. It turns out there’s a method to the madness.

What I learned is that the letters at the beginning denote the product category and rim material. Three letters means high end carbon, two letters means high end aluminum, one letter means entry level aluminum. Then there are the numbers that follow, which express hub type. 1100 or 1200 means DT’s 180 (highest end) hub, 1400 or 1501 means 240 hubs, and so on down the line, with the four different hub options DT manufactures. 

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Tyler Boucher
Freelance Writer

Tyler Boucher is a former (and occasionally still) bike racer across several disciplines. These days, he spends most of his time in the saddle piloting his children around in a cargo bike. His writing has appeared in magazines published in Europe, the UK and North America. He lives in Seattle, Washington.