DT Swiss has been progressing their rim product line steadily. At present, DT Swiss offers some of the best rims in the market place, if you were to take into account rim weight, strength, durability, easy of use, (tubeless tire setup), precision rim finish, performance, and aesthetics. Don't believe us, maybe you'll believe Terry Bradshaw. The DT R540DB, despite it's humble prduct catalog position, is quite an exceptional rim. It's strong, light weight, looks good, has attractive decals, and builds up smoothly. If you're into racing (Doh! not that kind of racing), training, or you simply prefer to buy really nice gear, this is your starting and finishing point. That's pretty straight forward.
We are building these wheels with Speed Tuned Super 6 2.0 Road centerlock disc or 6-bolt disc hubs. The rear hub features 36 points of engagement, (10 degrees) via a 4x2 pawl free hub. The drive ring and pawls are overbuilt in terms of diameter, (drive ring), height, (drive ring + pawls), and materials, (quality stainless). Their bearing placement is proper, in terms of overall design meant to promote hub function and durability.
In "stock" form, these wheels are built with DT Swiss Competition Double Butted 2.0/1.8/2.0 black spokes, available in a 28 hole or 32 hole (3 cross) configuration front and rear. DT Comp spokes offer legendary quality and performance. If you didn't know a thing about spokes, know that your wheels would come with a really top notch spoke product. That being said, we're offering a spoke upgrade option, in the form of Sapim DLight 2.0/1.65/2.0mm spokes. There are two great spoke manufacturers in the world, DT Swiss and Sapim, (in alphabetical order). Essentially, you might be able to find a spoke product that approaches their quality, but you'd be hard pressed to find a company that makes a better spoke product than these two. All their spoke products, from straight gauge to their elliptically bladed and butted products, are all the best of the best. Sapim Dlight spokes will perform at the same relative level as DT Competition spokes, but will shave off approximately 75 - 80g from the wheel set.
The DT Swiss R540db is a stellar wheel set option, in a field that's composed of some of the best aluminum alloy MTB rims ever. Given their level of performance, they are an unbeatable deal, (coupon codes here). We're not joking around here. If you don't have a lot of time to research all the rim options in the marketplace, if you don't have a lot of money, and if you can find this product page, maybe that's Magic.
-Comes with tubeless tape & valves installed.
-The DT Swiss R540db (sleeved joint), has an 24mm inner width, is 25mm tall, 28mm wide, and weighs about 560g
-Recommended for use with 700c x 35 - 56mm tires
-These wheels are built with internal stainless steel washers.
-Wheel set weights are approximately:
Wheel set weight will vary with end caps, freehub driver, and nipple selection. Tape + Valves adds approximately 40-45g for the wheel set, on average.