The Batt man introduced us to the DTC wheels at Keira and Newtons. He won the top ten shootout on them, which was very impressive. These wheels have been around for a while, the Hopkin team first saw them on the 2008 European Tour, Alex Ulrich, founder of DTC, placed on the podium at Almabtrieb (watch to the end to see podium). We were impressed in 2008 with his performance on DTC wheels, and we spoke about selling them in Australia, however the quantity required was just not possible back then. How things have changed. DTC Wheels are exactly what the market is looking for, skaters want a high performance longer lasting wheel. We have high performance decks, trucks, bushings but why not wheels? Why is there not a premium wheel. A wheel designed to out last and out perform any other wheel. Would you be willing to buy a wheel that cost twice as much but lasted ten times longer? We know there is a market for these wheel, purely because everyone that works in the Hopshop wants at least one set. They will be in stock soon. Patrick Hurel reviews the DTC Wheels These wheels come in a 70mm (Victory), 80mm (Concept), and now in a 75mm (Gecko). Each size comes in three types: The Grip (all rounder), The Speed, and The Drift. If you want to know the Duros for each of them you will need to interrogate Alex the DTC mastermind, but from the man himself the actual duros for the thane are soft almost super soft. Since the cores are so hard they feel normal. They are offset. The contact patch increases with the diameter. The wheels have a beveled lip on both sides. These wheels grip like Centrax, no lie I swear. Slide like butter and grip back up very smoothly (even during the first slide). For all those non believers and wheel skeptics out there, listen up. I took these to Beat the Bastard (BtB) freeride up on Mt Stuart, Queensland. This track is well known for destroying wheels, I had not ridden these wheels apart for one run down Newton's and they gripped like a mutherf@ckr. I decided to ride a more familiar wheel my 83a InHeats, at the start of the BtB freeride event. They died within 4 runs.
83a Inheat (on the right) after 4 runs at BtB freeride, next to a fresh inHeat
I pulled out the DTC's out (Victory Grip 70mm). After about 5 runs Mathees asked me if I had been sliding, the wheels showed no wear. At 37 runs later ( a whopping 42 runs in total) the wheels had been finally worn! I was stoked at the damage I had managed to do to the wheels.
DTC Victory Grip wheel after 42 runs at BtB freeride (on the right) next to a fresh wheel (on the left)
Height profile of the same DTC Victory wheels
The concept behind the wheel is simple, a super strong and precise core that supports the urethane and therefore does not allow for deformation of the wheel at high speeds and through corners. Okay, I can hear all the people yelling out saying if the wheel can't deform at high speeds through the corner how can you get that super grip that you get with wheels like your InHeats, Bigzigs and Centrax. Well because of how strong the core is they can't have a square lip or otherwise you will get thrown off your board, this info from the Batt Man and Nicholas Robert, this is due to the amount of grip they gave. So with the bevelled lip, they slide smoothly and still grip like hell. Now due to the super strong core the wheels don't cone. The wheels just stay true like a freeride wheel, and they don't wear since you are sliding on the urethane, not shearing off urethane to scrub off speed. We also found out something really cool at BtB, the lips on these wheels sharpen as you slide. When you go for a heelside your toeside sharpens and therefore when you get to the next toeside corner you have a clean lip to grip with. This can be verified by Sakamoto himself, we couldn't believe it! So I know these are going to sell at around $120 (Australian) a set, this seems like a lot but when you think about it these will last infinitely longer than your average set of wheels, and these should be considered like premium wheels. The world's first precision wheels have arrived.