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Swiss Side Gotthard Wheelset


Replacement wheels are one of the biggest upgrades you can make on a mid-level bicycle. Original equipment wheels are an easy place for manufacturers to save a few dollars on complete bike builds, and are a prime place for performance oriernted riders to upgrade and save valuable rotating weight. Swiss Side is a direct to consumer wheel company out of Switzerland with a number of different wheel options available, with the $500 Gotthard being one of their higher end offerings. While $500 is a lot of money it’s not out of the question for a wheelset, and certainly nowhere near the stratospheric prices of carbon race wheelsets, and dpending on the wheels on your current bike perhaps the best upgrade you can make besides a whole new bike. 24 direct pull, bladed Sapim spokes per wheel cut the wind and look cool while keeping the wheel serviceable with readily available spokes (though perhaps not on every bike shop’s shelf) rather than spokes specific to a given wheelmaker. 27 mm deep rims lend some durability over rough roads — my experience with v-section rims convinces me that they stay truer, longer than lighter weight box section extrusions. At but 1465 g for the pair the Gotthards are pretty light, sure to save some weight on most builds out there. Campagnolo or Shimano compatible freehub bodies are available. Would love to take a run at these on my personal bike, certainly worth a look if you’re in the market for some lighter wheels. See more at www.swissside.com


  1. Crazy Joe DavolaSeptember 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I wonder how many wheel “brands”, not builders, use that same factory in Taiwan? 10-20?

  2. johnjSeptember 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Perfect timing for me. Just noticed I’ve maxed out my rear hub after 20k miles. But two questions before I buy a set of these. Does the Shimano compatible work with 9speed Shimano cassettes? And do those hubs look a little skinny to you?

  3. AdamSeptember 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I was going to ask a similar question: how wide are they? The factory site doesn’t say either.

  4. Swiss SideSeptember 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Swiss Side wheels are 9,10,11 speed compatible.
    Hub width front is 100mm, rear 130mm. The geometry is optimized for spoke tension and rim stiffness.

    Hope that helps,

    Swiss Side

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