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DT Swiss launch a new bombproof rim for DH and freeride

DT Swiss FR 541 rim
(Image credit: DT Swiss)

DT Swiss has launched their new FR 541 rim which is designed to take the roughest downhill tracks and biggest freeride hits.

The FR 541 has a welded alloy construction that features a 30mm internal rim width just like the FR 560 that it replaces. However, DT Swiss have developed a new profile that is said to improve the impact resistance and pinch flat protection, whilst still saving weight.

The new rim has taken inspiration from their existing EX Enduro range and added additional material to strengthen the rim. It's not just a beefed-up enduro rim though, the rim hooks have been reshaped and now feature a slight bulge. DT Swiss says that the widening of this surface area allows the distribution of impact forces over a wider area which reduces tire damage.

DT Swiss FR 541 rim

(Image credit: DT Swiss)

Strength is always an important factor when building the best mountain bike wheels for downhill and freeride, but so is weight. DT Swiss say they have managed to drop 65g off the rim weight, with the new rim weighing in at 570g.

The FR 541 rim comes in black with red DT Swiss stickers but includes three different sticker colors with the rims so you can customize the rims to your bike. In the box you get gold, chrome, and black that you can apply yourself. 

The rims come in both 27.5in or 29er options and are available in either 28 or 32-hole versions.

A single rim will retail for £99.99 (US price TBC) and should become available in the next few months.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg