Swiss Side and DT Swiss in Tech-Collab Partnership

posted by Fabienne Dirksen
December 01, 2016

The ground-breaking Aero know-how from Swiss Side once again steps into the limelight in the cycling industry. For the last 1.5 years, the Swiss Side Aero experts have been working closely together with DT Swiss, to develop their new revolutionary AERO+ concept. The new ERC 1100 DICUT wheel set heralds the begin of a new aerodynamic era for DT Swiss.

DT Swiss, already an industry leader in wheel design and production, has the clear goal to establish themselves as a leader in the aero wheel sector. With this goal came the clear need for the best expert partner in aerodynamics. The resulting partnership with the Swiss Side aerodynamics team was the logical path to fulfil this ambitious goal. 

With over 50 years combined experience from Formula 1, Swiss Side is no.1 in aerodynamics, bringing the latest methods, technology and know-how from the normally closed world of F1, to the cycling industry. No stone was left unturned in the development of the new wheel ERC 1100 DICUT. All aspects of performance were considered including not just aerodynamic drag but also, handling and efficiency. Swiss Side employed it’s unique CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) processes, wind tunnel testing, performance simulation and ‘real world performance’ data from it’s instrumented bike in the development processes. The resultant collaborative engineering effort between DT Swiss and Swiss Side delivered a complete new revolutionary ‘AERO+’ concept, which has been the development base for the ERC 1100 DICUT wheel set. The ERC 1100 DICUT has been developed from scratch and is capable of running wider tyres up to 28c, whilst maintaining the ultimate in aero performance. “It has been a privilege to join forces with DT Swiss in the development of the new ERC 1100 DICUT, and through ‘Aerodynamics by Swiss Side’ partner projects, we have once again been able to demonstrate our unmatched aero capability”, says Jean-Paul Ballard, Swiss Side Technical Director.

The ERC 1100 DICUT is the first step in a new aero era for DT Swiss. “The partnership with Swiss Side was an obvious step to realise our planned Road Revolution. Our over 20 year experience as a leading wheel producer, combined with the outstanding aero know-how from Swiss Side is allowing us to lift road cycling to a new level”, says Alex Schmitt, Road Marketing Specialist at DT Swiss.

The AERO+ concept launch last week at the DT Swiss headquarters in Biel is the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two Swiss companies. Swiss Side continues their drive as an independent aero wheel brand, together with ‘Aerodynamics by Swiss Side’ collaboration projects, to revolutionise the cycling industry with the ultimate in aerodynamic products.

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 ERC 1100 DICUT Aero wheel set