DT Swiss TK 7.1 Rim

DESCRIPTION

  • Torsion-resistant
  • CNC outside-turned sides
  • Special surface treatment

USER REVIEWS

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[May 22, 2018]
Remedy111


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Was built a new rear wheel using this rim by my LBS way back in 2010 ? to replace a bontrager rear wheel one on my Trek 7.5 Hybrid that was to weak and kept breaking spokes. My bike is 700C wheels from factory and these wheels seem to be Mountain bike 29-er wheels but the size must be the same cos it fits fine on my hybrid. I use schwalbe marathon and continental touring plus tyres width approx 25mm to 35mm - not mountain tyres. Wheel has been super and not needed a true or anything since I got it - has done probably thousands of miles including heavily loaded touring and carrying me a large guy of 100kg. Just looking on here cos front bontrager wheel has bust a spoke and is also worn so I probably need a replacement for that and am looking at getting The tk 7.1 for the front as well. Excellent wheel. I I can afford it I'll probably get one to replace the stock front wheel too. 👍

Weakness:

No weaknesses at all IMO - that's why the wheel is still true and rideable!!

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2010
[Dec 03, 2014]
Les

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strength

Weakness:

None so far

I have these wheels on my touring bike. I have ridden the Golden Triangle area of Thailand (dirt and road), Cambodia too, fully loaded and ride around Tucson running errands. The wheels seem to be as true as when the builder built them.

[Jun 12, 2009]
creekchubb
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

strong. stays true

Weakness:

a little heavy, but worth it for the strength.

Dan at bike masters builds a great wheel. I have been riding these wheels for almost a year now. I am heavy 205 pounds, and these wheels stay true.

Similar Products Used:

WTB laser disk

[Jun 19, 2007]
Charlie Meienberg
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

This is final update to previous two reviews.

DT Swiss would not warranty the rim so it cost me about $75 to have my LBS replace it with the TK7.1D and rebuild it. They gave me back the old twisted rim. I put in on the ground with two blocks of 2 x 4 under the low spots and stood on the high spots. I jumped up and down on the rim. It still held its shape. No spokes to give it strength and it still wouldn't bend. I can't figure out how it taco'd in the first place. Anyway, I've ridden the new replacement for a while and so far so good. As the manager of my LBS said "Sh*t happens." I hope it happens to someone else next time.

[Apr 19, 2007]
Charlie M
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong and stays true.

Weakness:

None so far.

This rim is laced to a DT Swiss 340 6 bolt disk (rear). I had ordered the TK7.1d rim (Disc specific) but when the wheel arrived it was the TK7.1 with silver sidewall. The only difference in the two rims is that the "d" version has black sidewalls. Anyway I decided that I might possibly use this wheel in the future with caliper brakes instead of disk, so I kept it. I immediately noticed the difference in how well balanced the wheel is. I thought I had an out of balance tire. Turns out it was my old wheel. This rim and hub are fairly expensive, but I think worth the cost.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager stuff

[May 14, 2007]
Charlie Meienberg

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

This is a (sad) update to previous review.
Strengths? Light and really well balanced.

Weakness:

Weakness? Well it was weak. Rim taco'd, had to carry bike 2 miles back to my truck.

I loved this rim right up until it taco'd. I took a very minor fall (ran out of steam on a climb, didn't unclip quick enough, fell over sideways from a standstill). I got up and the rear wheel had taco'd so badly it wouldn't even turn in the frame. In fact, I'm not sure if the wheel taco'd before or after my fall.

This was a 100% DT Swiss wheel. The TK7.1 rim was laced to a DT Swiss 340 hub using DT Swiss Comp double butted spokes with DT Swiss nipples. It was built by DT Swiss. I will now wait to see how good the DT Swiss customer service and warranty are. The owner of the LBS said he'd call me with a cost estimate to repair. I sure hope it is $0 or I will be one very unhappy customer.

I'm wondering if what I'm reading about 29er wheels may be true. Is it really hard to build a strong one?

I'm changing the rating to 3 chili's pending outcome of DT Swiss response.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager

[Feb 20, 2008]
Paul
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Lightweight

Weakness:

Too narrow for wide tires

I run with tubes, and I could not get any tires to stick to this rim. It's a monkey puzzle to get a tire onto this rim because it is so loose to get the tire installed. Once mounted on the rim, I found my rear tire slid along the bead causing the valve stem on my tubes to break off. I was breaking 2 tubes per ride using this rim. This was with a Geax Saguaro tire.

I swapped this out for the WTB LaserDisc Trail 29er and put on a WTB Exiwolf tire, and I've had no troubles since. Wide rear tires with low pressure and tubes require a wider rim than this one. Or at least one with a larger inner diameter so there's more grip on the tire. If you run tubeless and use snot to glue the tire onto the rim, then you probably won't have this problem. But don't use this rim with tubes.

Similar Products Used:

WTB LaserDisc Trail 29er

[May 08, 2006]
Nick

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, strong, stays true

Weakness:

silver sidewalls

These are laced to DT 340's, the combo is very light and strong. No need to true as of yet after 6 months of hard riding.

I love these rims so far, no problems at all, very happy with them.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

[Aug 29, 2006]
Chris
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong, fairly light

A well made rim that holds its shape. Although it's not the lightest rim available the strength of this rim more than compensates for the added grams.

Similar Products Used:

bontrager 29er rims, mavic 29er rim

[Mar 20, 2006]
Jody
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Solid, light, round, well finished rim

Weakness:

Machined brake track only

I'm suprised nobody has reviewed this rim. I've been running them laced to Industry 9 hubs and aluminum spokes for close to a year and they have stayer true, round, stiff and tight. Good product if you don't mind the silver sidewalls.

Now where's the 29" tubeless kit DT?

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