QuickStep trio for Le Samyn; Swiss Side launches new tech: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 27, 2018

Gilbert, Terpstra and Stybar combining for Le Samyn success; Astana says it’s ‘calm and confident’ as budget woes drag on; INRNG assesses the Astana difficulties; Swiss Side updates its wheel range for 2018 with help from DT Swiss; Swiss Side strives to bring real-world aerodynamic measurements to all riders; Video: Kwiatkowski braves the elements

Swiss Side updates its wheel range for 2018 with help from DT Swiss

by Matt Wikstrom

New Hadron wheels

Swiss Side’s 2018 Hadron wheel range has been launched with the announcement that all will feature DT Swiss hubs and spokes. The new all-carbon aero wheel range will feature three rim depths – 42.5mm, 62.5mm, and 80.0mm – to suit rim and disc brakes along with a choice of two builds, Classic and Ultimate, that differ in terms of weight and price.

DT Swiss’s iconic 240s hub and straight-pull Aerolite spokes will serve all of Swiss Side’s Ultimate Hadron wheels. By contrast, Hadron Classic wheels incorporate DT 370 hubs and j-bend Aero Comp spokes that add 8-11% to weight of the wheels yet save ~25% on the asking price (€1,498 versus €1,998).

The new Hadron wheel range is strictly clincher, however Swiss Side has added tubeless compatibility to every rim profile. The company also claims that it was able to further refine the aerodynamic performance of its rims for 2018 so as to minimise drag and maximise stability.

The new arrangement between Swiss Side and DT Swiss is not the first time the two companies have worked together. The two began collaborating in 2016 during the development of DT’s next generation of carbon wheels. In what is now described as a “strategic partnership”, DT Swiss will not only supply hubs and spokes for Swiss Side’s newest wheels, the company will be responsible for all manufacturing and will provide Swiss Side customers with access to its service centres around the world.

For more information on the new Hadron wheel range, visit Swiss Side.