All About Zwift’s DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62 Wheelset

All About Zwift’s DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62 Wheelset

Last week’s Zwift update included a new wheelset: the first DT Swiss hoops in game! Called the “DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62”, these virtual wheels are based on the newly-released DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62 DB. DT Swiss describes these IRL wheels as “all-round aero”, and that summarizes their in-game performance quite nicely.

These new hoops cost 184,600 Drops and require level 6. Here’s how Zwift’s Drop Shop describes the wheelset:

“Built around the iconic 240 hubset with its ratchet system for rapid engagement and DT Swiss’s own aero comp spokes and hidden nipples, the ARC 1100 62 is a mid-depth wheelset that offers a windtunnel-proven aero advantage at a weight that won’t slow you down when heading uphill. The ARC 62 is a do-everything wheelset that features the latest in-house technology from this historical and history-making company.”

Stargazing

There are only two wheelsets in Zwift which have a 4-star aero rating coupled with a 3-star weight rating: these new hoops from DT Swiss, and the Zipp 454’s. Presumably, both sets would deliver strong performance at high speeds while climbing well.

But experienced Zwifters know that the star ratings don’t provide a precise view of wheel performance. So we’ve run our standard flat and climbing tests to learn precisely how the DT Swiss ARC 62’s stack up against the other wheelsets in our garage. Here are the results!

Flat (Aero) Performance

These wheels turn in solid performance on flat and rolling courses, but they just aren’t quite slippery enough to make our list of Zwift’s most aero wheelsets. Overall they are ranked in the 75th percentile on our wheel charts, meaning they performed better in our flat test than 75% of the available wheelsets.

On our ~50-minute flat test, the DT Swiss ARC 62’s are 18 seconds behind the very fastest wheels available (Zipp 858/Super9), and 8 seconds behind the Zipp 808’s which are commonly used by Zwift racers.

Climb (Lightweight) Performance

These wheels perform surprisingly well in our climbing tests. “Surprisingly” because they are deep-dish carbon wheels (62mm deep), and those don’t traditionally perform well on climbs outdoors due to their increased weight.

The DT Swiss ARC 62’s, though, perform well enough to tie for 4th place in our ~50-minute Alpe climb test. And that’s just 1 second behind tying for 3rd place! Given their strong performance in our flat tests, we’ve ranked them as the third best overall climbing wheelset.

Conclusions

The new DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62 wheelset on Zwift in an excellent performer if you’re looking for a wheel that climbs well without slowing you down too much on the flats. In fact, in our stacked percentile rankings, this wheelset comes in at the top, just edging out the Zipp 454s which are only available at a much higher level!

Don’t read too much into this wheelset being ranked above the 454’s – the two wheelsets are basically tied in terms of overall performance, with the DT Swiss climbing the Alpe 1 second faster, and the Zipps finishing our flat route 1 second faster. With GPS rounding errors of 1 second being commonplace, it’s safe to say both wheelsets perform in nearly identical fashion. They have the same star ratings, after all, so this makes good sense.

In fact, any of the wheelsets listed above will turn is solid all-around performance on flats and climbs. It’s just a question of where you want the advantage – want some help on the flats? Go with the 858’s. Want help on the climbs? Consider the ENVE 3.4’s. Want a balance? The DT Swiss or Zipp 454’s are a good choice.

Your Thoughts

Will you be rolling these new hoops on Zwift? Why or why not? Share below!

About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Steven jode
Steven jode
1 year ago

How to they compare against the lightweight wheel set you get from the wheel climbing the alpe??

Benjamin
Benjamin (@benjamin_pitt)
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven jode

Read the link posted

Dan Connelly
Dan Connelly
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven jode

Lightweights are the best climbers but are 0.64% slower than the best flat wheels (Zipp 858/Super9) on the flats. On Bologna, which is 50% climbing and 50% flats, they’d be 0.32% slower than the best choice (Enve 7.8). The DT Swiss wheels are 0.24% slower climbing than the Lightweights, and 0.42% slower than the 858/Super9 on the flats. They’re 0.10% slower than the Enve 7.8 on average, so 0.22% faster than the Lightweights. My present favorite wheels are Zipp 808’s. Those are 0.12% slower than the Enve 7.8’s average. So DTs are 0.02% faster than the Zipp 808’s on mixed… Read more »

Max W
Max W
1 year ago

What level do you have to be to unlock them and how many drops?

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Max W

Paragraph 2 ffs!

Harry
Harry (@harrytozer505)
1 year ago

Level 27 and 262,700 drops, these seem like good value formoney

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Hi Eric, you have the comparison with the 454s the wrong way round. The 454s are 1 second faster on flat DT Swiss 1 second faster up Alpe

Chris Benten
Chris Benten (@chris-benten)
1 year ago

I am playing a different Zwift…I see the DT ARC 62 at 184,600 drops and I can obtain at level 17…

samcooke
samcooke (@samcooke)
1 year ago

will definitely be picking these up when I level up to 26!

Terence J
Terence J
1 year ago

Would you recommend these for a long combo ride like the Mega/Uber Pretzel then? Or do people tend to switch their frame and wheels throughout the ride?

Terence J
Terence J
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Moreso than the 808s? I see they’re still ranked higher on the “wheelsets before level 30” but they weren’t included in this comparison.

sven
sven
11 months ago
Reply to  Terence J

For long rides with big climbs, don’t forget about the mid-ride bike/wheel change option!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Bang on …. If I don’t want to keep changing wheels for the alpe and go fast on flats this is the wheel.
Thank you for the review

Shawn Price
Shawn Price
1 year ago

Wow myself (and others who bought these wheels) may have just got burned as Zwift is hosting a weeklong DT Swiss festival where if you complete just one event you get I think these wheels unlocked for free. Wow (I should have waited).

Eric
Eric
1 year ago
Reply to  Shawn Price

Oh, interesting. When is that happening?

Shawn Price
Shawn Price
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric

Hi Eric Thank you for the reply/question and it starts this Monday at 1 AM Eastern (or 10 PM Sunday night Pacific) and runs for a week (Zwift haven’t “officially” announced it yet but it is already posted in the companion app). I am almost positive it is the wheels in this post. I am going to email support to see if I can get a time (my first and only time) refund of my drops spent on this wheelset and am hopeful that they approve of it. I know from now on I will wait to buy the new… Read more »

J Crume
J Crume
1 year ago
Reply to  Shawn Price

Ackkkk! I just picked up the SL7 Tarmac and these DT wheels. Oh, well….

Shawn Price
Shawn Price
1 year ago
Reply to  J Crume

J Crume If you haven’t already asked for a refund (since I think they may only grant one refund ever if they do) go ahead and email support to see if you can get your drops back (it is worth a shot). Also it will be interesting to see when this is announced how the reaction goes over when people realize the wheelset they own will now be free and if Zwift is forced to do an about face and refund the drops to people who have bought this wheelset (they don’t have to but it would be a kind… Read more »

Duke [6amer]
Duke [6amer]
1 year ago

Anyone else notice the discs stay on the wheels when you put them on a caliper brake bike… Bug???

And making them free by finishing an event is a bit cheeky Zwift.

Jason Maddox
Jason Maddox
1 year ago
Reply to  Duke [6amer]

Belts and suspenders!

Jon
Jon
1 year ago

I see there is a DT Swiss Reborn Faster Festival Event series where riders will be assigned the new wheels in-game for every ride and also unlock them. I wonder does unlock mean we get the wheels without spending the drops or just that anyone below Level 6 will be also be able to buy them post ride ?

Ian
Ian
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Yes they are added to your garage. I have just got them, after this mornings ride

ShakeNBakeUK
ShakeNBakeUK (@bakeuk_2)
1 year ago

dam these wheels are OP for lvl 6 ;D

Eddysan
Eddysan
1 year ago

I just added these to my SL7 Tarmac DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut 62 so combined you have the best weight / aero all rounder bike that I can think of? I am level 25 and can’t think of another bike that might be better than two items under level 10

Tim Schneider
Tim Schneider (@tasmobile)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eddysan

Agreed Eddysan, these are a fast combination to me also and work well on routes like Royal Pump Room 8 and the Everything Bagel.

paul webster
paul webster
1 year ago

I have these on my Canyon in real life and now I have the exact same bike in Zwift! Good times!

Dave T
Dave T
1 year ago

Unfortunately they look wrong on any rim brake bike because they are only rendered in the DB version. Oops.

Dusty Fillmore
Dusty Fillmore
8 months ago

I am at level 10 and am about to buy the Canyon Aeroad 2021. Should I wait to buy the Zipp 808s or go ahead and buy the DT Swill wheels?

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