DT Swiss R24 Spline Road Wheel
DT Swiss's R24 Spline Road Wheels are the ideal all-around wheels, fitting perfectly into a broad range of riding styles and disciplines. With excellent stiffness and power transfer, the R24's Aluminum body is built to last. At a competitive weight, these wheels preform exceedingly well on road rides, and cyclocross tracks alike. Built around DT's proven pawl system and fitted with a Shimano HG 8-11 speed driver, the R24 was designed in the name of efficiency. With straight laced, bladed spokes laced to DT Swiss Pro Lock nipples these wheels are fast rolling and durable. Lightweight, competitive, and stiff, the R24 is hard to beat.
- Tubeless ready Rims compatible with clincher tubeless tires
- Shimano free wheel body Fit for Shimano HG 8-11 speed
- Tubeless valve 5mm RWS tubeless valve included
- Straight pull Radial and 2-cross front and rear lacing respectively with bladed aero comp spokes and DT Pro Lock nipples
- Aluminum construction Provides optimal lightweight stiffness
|Spoke Drilling||20H front, 24H rear|
|Front Axle||5 x 100mm QR|
|Rear Axle||5 x 130mm QR|
|Freewheel||HG 8-11 speed|
|Max Rider Weight||110kg|
|Intended Use||Road, Cyclocross|
|Weight||760g front, 965g rear|
I've been very happy with these wheels so far - unlike the Ultegra tubeless-ready wheels, these use a taped wheelbed and more conventional spoke assembly - though they are still bladed, straight-pull spokes. The rims have a nice (but not extreme) aero profile.
Speaking of the rims - I found that Kevlar-bead tires mounted easily by hand, which is not true of the Ultegra tubeless rim profile. Since I run tubes, I'm not sure what this implies for tubeless tire security, but for me, it was a definite improvement - fixing flats on the WH-6800 wheels can be murderously difficult mid-ride, especially if you forget your tire levers.
The wheels are matte black all over, with the exception of some rather large graphics on the rims. All the graphics are stickers (not silkscreened in ink), so they can be removed easily... I left the small DT Swiss logos, but removed the garish "R24 Spline" stickers, which cleaned up the appearance remarkably.
One very nice bonus with these wheels is the inclusion of the RWS skewers - these have a twist-to-tighten feature, with a handle that can be disengaged and rotated into proper riding position after tightening. While they are not as low-profile as typical clamp-type skewers, they are more secure, and they look great.
Also included are tubeless valve stems, and replacement tubeless rim tape (rear wheel only, I think.)
It's worth noting that the freehub on these wheels is a conventional three-pawl type, not the more famous "ratchet" type that is used on the Dicut-series wheels.
11 months ago
And then... while riding on trail a tree branch went through the wheel, bending a spoke and causing wheel to become un-true. Simple fix, right... NO... DT Swiss wheels require tire to be removed, and spoke adjustment using specialized wrench.
Seriously, why a wheel be design this way?
Cost $80 in shop for repair...
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