The PR 1600 SPLINE 32 is characterized by its super stiff and lightweight medium profile aluminium rim. Stiffness is generated via the big cross-section and thanks to the 18mm internal width and the tubeless ready design, it is ideally equipped for the use of modern road bike tyres. The PR 1600 SPLINE 32 is a wheel that excels on any terrain. It transfers every bit of energy into forward momentum and takes every corner with Swiss precision.
Accurately made with a superb hub, bearings replaceable with industry standard ones widely available at low cost. Little on the heavy side, but that's what comes with semi-aero alloy wheels. Roll beautifully and sound just great! Recommended for training / amateur racing on flats.
I will start by saying I really like this wheelset. They look fantastic and perform well above the sale price at Merlin Cycles. At 235lbs, I have had my wheels built with 32 spokes front and back for years. And with enough money, I can get the weight pretty low and the durability pretty high. So hand built wheels are my baseline for assessing the PR1600s. I opted for the 32mm wheelset because I wanted an aluminum wheel with more rim depth and need the added durability DT Swiss claimed in their product marketing. It was also for looks and I expected no performance gain at 32mm over the 27mm I have been riding. DT Swisss reputation, the wheels appearance and claimed weight support for 130kg made these my first choice. Merlins price sealed the deal.
The out of the box experience was very good. The wheels were flawless and straight. I had issues with tightness mounting a pair of 25mm vittoria corsa g+ tires but my continental 4 season, also 25mm, mounted without tools and little effort. I thought about going tubeless but recalled several afternoons spent scraping sealant off my bikes post ride and getting pissed when my tires lost 20osi overnight. Tube it is for me for the time being. I also replaced the 18t ratchet with the 36t ratchet immediately. This was breeze and required no tools. I cant speak to the performance of the 18t ratchet but have read many complain about delays on engagement. I am not a racer or climber so this decision was purely based on my experience with the engagement performance on my hope rs4 hubs.
The wheels ride a nicer than I expected and feel livelier than I imagined with their 1700 plus kg stated weight. First ride was a flat 35 miles over varied road conditions. Smooth, rough, downright broken. The front wheel deflected a bit but the wheels held up well. No spoke pings or anything to indicate a less than perfect build. My second ride was a 45 mile ride with 2200 feet of climbing. 2200 feet over 45 miles is what we in south Texas would consider mountains, especially on a windy day. They performed extremely well in the hills, again feeling stiff and lively. After two fairly rough rides with a heavy pilot, the wheels are still flawless. The ratchet system has a bit more resistance then the hope rs4 pawl hubs I am used to but reading indicates there is a break in period and they seem a bit less resistant after two rides than they did out of the box.
In summary, I am very pleased with the set, especially considering the price, brand, appearance and performance. These are an absolute value at Merlins price and I would not have felt them a bad deal at their msrp. Shipping took a little longer than expected but considering they crossed an ocean and changed shipping companies two or three times, I feel no need to complain about it. They arrived when they said they would and thats good enough for me. I have already recommended them to friends and recommended they buy them from Merlin or pay twice as much for the same item. Its a no brainer in my opinion.
Fantastic wheels - skewers a lovely touch but a bit weird at first ... wheels look stunning and a perfect upgrade for my bike from the standard wheels it came with.
Quick delivery and well packaged from Merlin.
On first ride my average speed is up (assume its due to the rolling resistance).
Merlin helped me with a couple of queries before ordering and were very helpful. Once ordered the delivery was prompt and the updates were useful.
Just one ride on these wheels so far and they feel responsive and quick, they are keen to roll and a definite upgrade on the stock aksiums that came stock with my bike.
Great Wheels, have done about 4.500km and they still run true and easy, like the day I got them. I fitted Hutchinson Fusion Performance tubeless which went on with the usual "bang" using an "Airshot" bottle. Tyres are sitting good in the rim. The wheels are extremely well balanced. The only thing is they left a spoke nipple in the front wheel which comes loose sometimes on the rough New Zealand roads and disrupt those "stealth wheels". It took about 3 to 4 days to arrive in Auckland (about half the world around) and another week to get to Dunedin (about 1.5h by air), due to slow system at customs. Good tracking, and of course great service from Merlin Cycles.
These wheels are strong, stiff, fairly light and look great too. No problems flexing. Rear spoke nipples started making clicking noises after a while, so I lightly lubed them with silicon lube. All silent now.
Well built solid wheels. No tubeless nightmares with these wheels. Instant inflation with floor pump. I used Schwalbe tubeless Pro One. Definitely an upgrade from my RS10.
Nice hubs spin forever and quiet freehub. Decent overall weight and spin up nicely. Rims are semi deep and decent width for 23 or 25mm tyres. My only criticism is that bracing angle on rear wheel could be better, non drive side should be further outboard. Some brake rub when cranking or cornering hard, but I am 100kgs. Front wheel has great bracing angle, and 20 spokes so is very solid.
Great set of aero alloy wheels. Really quiet and smooth free hub
Great wheels for the money, good depth and feel relatively stiff the rim is also a decent width works perfectly with a 25mm
Silky smooth hubs and nice wide rims, feel pretty rugged and I'm hoping they survive the millions of pot holes that we have to contend with these days. Only negatives, to say the rims are pretty wide it was a battle getting GP4000s 25mm on and the DT Swiss QR skewers are not to everyone's fancy. Otherwise if you want some solid training wheels these could be your ticket.