The Mon Chasseral was DT Swiss’ first real complete road wheel, which was all alloy at its inception in 2005. Now, the name is back, but it’s gone to mostly carbon with all-new carbon hubs and carbon rims.
The hub is based on their 180 but with a new carbon fiber shell. The front hub’s shell is full carbon, and the rear is mostly so with an alloy spoke flange on the driveside. It’s packed with their top of the line SINC ceramic bearings. They designed the bearings, having them manufactured and sized specifically for these hubs rather than taking something off the shelf and building the rest of the parts to fit them. The cartridge is about the same size as others, but inside, the ball is made to their spec to control the tolerances. Altogether, the hub set is about 30g lighter than a stock 180.
The rim is their current tubeless ready carbon clincher that’s on the RC28 wheelset. The spokes are DT Aerolite, 18 front and 24 rear. Wheelset weight is 1280, and price is $TBD. Available in August.
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Most of DT Swiss’ road wheels went to tubeless ready rims for 2015 and come with rim tape and valve stems.
Their upcoming plus-sized rim with 30mm and 40mm inside widths. It’s unnamed as yet, but will come in 27.5 diameters.
The 30 is 550g, the 40 is 570g. It’ll come in 28 and 32 hole drillings, and eventually they’ll have a 29er for them, too.
First shown a couple days prior to Sea Otter, the limited edition DT Swiss OPM Race fork gets a new carbon fiber crown and steerer to bring 29er 100mm travel weights down to just 1490g. Our original post covers some of the other new technical features, and as the comments suggest it’s perhaps not exactly the “lightest production fork” as DT claims, but we clarified that the 1490g claimed weight does include the expansion plug, steerer cap, uncut steerer and 15mm thru axle…all of which add up and usually aren’t always in every brands’ claimed weights. That’s an 80g savings over the standard OPM alloy version.
The unique pattern in the carbon is thanks to its woven construction, made for them by a hosiery facility that specializes in this type of fabric making. The steerer tube is molded with a wider section at the base for 1.5″ bearing races. The rest of the steerer tube is narrower with an ovalized shape at the bottom to better control fore/aft flex and keep things stiffer.
Another unique aspect of DT’s new carbon uppers is the fact that it’s a two piece unit. The crown is molded separate from the steerer, then they’re bonded together. Those black decals on the sides of the crown are merely protective measures.
The lowers are their OPM (One Piece Magnesium) part that’s used on current forks. The ODL refers to the three-position compression damping adjustment – Open, Drive, Lock.