DT Swiss RR 1450 Mon Chasseral Wheelset

DT Swiss RR 1450 Mon Chasseral Wheelset DT Swiss RR 1450 Mon Chasseral Wheelset

DT Swiss RR 1450 Mon Chasseral Wheelset

DT Swiss is a reliable component manufacturer with a great reputation. If you have been riding for a while and have decided to upgrade any of the components on your bike, the chances are you’ve come across the name of DT Swiss. Wheels are a very competitive market, however, with many specialist wheel manufacturing companies that frankly don’t really do anything else. That means they put millions into every detail of research, design, and manufacture of wheels, and only wheels. Can DT Swiss really compete in this market when it’s also making all kinds of other bike parts?

Basic technology

Well, yes and no. At the very top end of the market, ultra light all carbon race wheels, discs, and other pricey specialist wheels, then probably. If you can throw money at a problem, chances are a pretty nice wheelset will roll out the other side – like the DT Swiss RR 1250. When it comes to producing top quality wheels at bargain prices, that’s a little trickier, and that’s what DT Swiss has tried to do with the RR 1450 Mon Chasseral wheelset.

On first inspection, DT Swiss is off to a good start. The Mon Chasseral wheelset looks great, is carefully hand built, and comes with a nifty set of wheel bags. Looking more closely at the elements of the wheels though, and the price points start to show. The rim is nothing to write home about, serviceable and light enough - the wheelset comes in at a respectable but not earth shattering 1450g. The hubs are a bog-standard stainless steel set up, although they do roll well. Spokes are what you’d expect, and nothing more. In short, there’s no bargain to be had here; these wheels look like exactly what you paid for.

Test ride

Under the strain of the test ride, the DT Swiss RR 1450 wheelset started to show a few weaknesses. The hubs were a pleasant surprise; they spun much better than we expected, giving a silky smooth ride. The wheels didn’t feel especially aero (which they aren’t), and on the climbs our rider would have appreciated a lighter wheel, although these earned a comment again of ‘better than I thought they’d be’.

Under pressure, on hill sprints and a race to the street light, the wheels offered a little flex, again not surprising at this level but when you spend less you often expect a little more durability in place of all the technological frills and shaved off weight. This led us to conclude that lighter, gentler riders are a better match for the DT Swiss RR1450 wheelset than our 200-pound powerhouse. Sure enough, when we got back, the wheels needed truing already, and after the second test ride, they needed adjustments again. Having to true your wheels after each ride sure takes the fun out of it.

For lighter riders who put out less power, we’d expect this wheelset would be pretty good, but frankly for their $850 price tag you can find tougher wheels that are lighter too. If you got these wheels on your stock bike, ride them out by all means, but when you are fed up with truing them (and sticking the decals back on – seriously, decals peeling after only two rides?) or you plan to get a better set, keep the hubs and build yourself a nice new training wheelset around them.

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