DT Swiss EX 5.1d Rim

DESCRIPTION

  • Number of holes: 32, 36
  • Range of application: Enduro
  • Value: Top end
  • ERD: 539 mm
  • ETRTO: 559 x 21
  • Material: Aluminium

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 28, 2012]
giant_in_a_trance
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

good quality

Weakness:

none so far

I bought these fitted to hope pro 3 hubs and read loads of reviews after i had bought the wheelset.

There is no issue getting my Schwalbe nobby nics on, i used a cheap plastic tyre lever and my fingers to get these on.

And through research ive discovered its only the fat riders that have problems with this rim being too soft, im 5.10 and 65kg so these should hold up through whatever i put them through. if your a heavyweight then look elsewhere.

[Nov 08, 2011]
jwerts
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light and durable

Weakness:

Could be a little wider but not bad

I bought a wheel with this rim used (was probably over a year old then) and have ridden it hard for over a year for all mountain, freeride, and downhill. After all that abuse, its only slightly out of true. I probably wouldn't trust it as a rear wheel for light freeride/downhill, but its still going strong on the front.

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[Jun 20, 2011]
leepatrick33
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

lightweight

Weakness:

- Too light... explanation below!
- Hard to get Maxxis UST Highrollers on/off - the techs at my LBS confirmed they often have had problems w/ DT Swiss rims & Maxxis tires (they said most Maxxis, but I only ever had the Highrollers on them).

When I was building up my bike, I was looking for a nice all-mountain wheel that would take my heavy-a$$ (I'm right at 200 lbs), and still be light enough for regular climbing. I felt these fit my spec (budget, wgt, durability... supposed durability that is).
When I first put them on they rode great! I loved them, I still changed to my beefier Mavics when hitting the DH/jump parks, but I ran the DT's everywhere else. They held up to a lot of hard riding (I'm pretty aggressive rider & I prefer the harder, more technical & rockier lines)... that is until I had to change my first flat.

***This is important: there were NO dents, dings or scratches on these rims prior to changing the first flat... so anyway, I was using PLASTIC tire levers (that came with my Park tools set), the rim deformed immediately!!! I repeat, I was using PLASTIC tire levers and the rim deformed!
Now, if I had bent these riding, I would say "oh well - it's just me being too aggressive again" - but no rim should deform under a plastic lever... the lever should break first!
Nevertheless, if you buy these or already have them, be very careful about what tire you're running. Obviously, don't put Maxxis UST Highrollers on them. However, one shouldn't have to worry about putting all-mountain tires (i.e. Highrollers) on an all-mountain wheel!! Boo DT Swiss

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[Mar 31, 2011]
Bring Back Buck
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Good width, not too bad for weight.

Weakness:

Too soft. Rim ever slightly too big for UST tyres. DT rim strips don't last - because you need to use a metal lever to get the tyres on and off.

Replacing with Stans Flow. Just too soft a rim.

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[Oct 11, 2010]
MultiRider
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light and durable

Weakness:

None

Great rims. I ride lots of rocks and they have held up well. I don't huck; if my bike gets 2" between the tires and the ground, that's "big air" for me. No issues at all, they have held up for a couple of years in pretty aggressive trail bashing and racing.

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[Jul 04, 2010]
tlefko
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none really. they are really light, which can be a strength to some but they proved to be too light for me.

Weakness:

super, super soft. i completely flattened the rim with only 5 rides on the wheel. when i say flattened, i mean the rim completely collapsed and the bead edges folded in and rendered the wheel useless.

i owned these rims for only three weeks before they broke. i read numerous reviews about the ex500's (5.1's) being soft and their reputation for being lousy rims for aggressive riders is spot on.
they came on my bike with the factory freeride pro build kit so assumed they would be fine. when i picked them up i was astonished at how light they were. i had doubts given some of the stuff i ride and it turns out i was right.
as much as i hate mavic stuff their rims are much better and i'm going back to the ex823 - it's much heavier but takes some nasty abuse.
the DT Swiss EX500 (5.1) rims SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR ALL MOUNTAIN OR FREERIDE BIKING! these rims would be great XC race rims and that's about it.

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[Apr 30, 2010]
muvro
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very light for an aggressive AM wheel-set and light FR. With Hope Pro 2 hubs, these are an awesome bit of kit! I do about 40kms a week, mixing up trail, single and drops ranging from 3ft to 6ft. Just eats it all up and rolls really fast. Will definitely buy again!

Weakness:

They might be a little soft on the sidewalls, but only after very aggressive riding and experimenting with low pressures. Any dent that occurred resulted in a very large pinch-flat and lower than 25psi pressure. I'm about 90-95kg with gear so no feather weight.

If you want a do it all rim, from XC to FR these are the rims to get. Their weight is great and they take a beating. At a sub kg wheel-set with hope hubs they can't be beaten!

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[Apr 16, 2010]
Spongebob
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, strong, didn't need truing much, even under my 230lbs.

Weakness:

none

I have 2 wheel sets. When it gets serious, I use these. They hold up to my weight through descents and rock gardens here in the N.E. Never had a flatspot, and I check my wheels regularly, along with the rest of the bike.....its called maintenance guys! Only jump small table tops, but slam into lots of rocks. These rims are great and keep a line much better than my Synergies, but then, they're not in the same use category. Also, if you want tubeless, the conversion system is just the best! So easy to pump up with a floor pump.

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[Mar 30, 2010]
johnmongo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Bends rather than cracks, as it is a softer compund than others, eg Mavic

Weakness:

Bends easily

It bent within 6 months, has 2 irrepairable flat spots, and cannot be trued. Still runs as it is on a disc, but it is like riding an egg.
I ride 100km per week in the UK Peak District. It is fast and rocky, but no major drop-offs.
Expensive, over-rated, easily knackered.
Not as durable as the mavics I have had, which lasted a couple of years.

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[Mar 28, 2010]
Nomadic Buckeye
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

reasonably strong and reasonably light for a decent price

Weakness:

They're a tad difficult to get tires off without a lever.

I've had no issues with these rims. I originally wanted Sun Equalizer rims, but they were too new to find. I wanted something that wasn't french, so I had to go with something Swiss. I'm happy with the performance:weight ratio of these rims. I've landed 7+ foot drops on these and they're still round. I'm 190lbs. They get routine use on some very rocky trails. They're still straight and hop free. I would seriously consider these rims for a future purchase.

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