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We are proud to announce a winner in the DT Swiss / Vital MTB #livetoridemtb Instagram photo contest. It was not easy to make a selection out of over 1700 entrants, but after a good, long look we kept coming back to the photo below by Instagrammer and MTBer, workingoutinjeans.


There is a certain ethereal nature to the photograph that resonated with us as a lone rider descends into the dark woods. It's a feeling we know well and is one we often try to achieve on our rides. A feeling of solitude in nature with the opportunity for some sick riding ahead . We also appreciate the noisy, grainy, blown-out quality of the image. This is not a pro-looking image with perfect technical merit. Combine that lo-fi feel with the vintage filter and border, and we felt the photo represented exactly the kind of entry we were looking for in an Instagram contest...something spontaneous, something natural and not set up to win a contest.

workingoutinjeans says, "this was on an early morning ride before work on Tiger Mountain, outside Seattle. Pretty awesome day." Thanks to his early morning ride,  he will receive a pair of DT Swiss Spline One XM wheels for the snap. Well done!

Thanks to everyone who participated. Your entries truly provide the stoke to #livetoridemtb


Check out some of the latest entries and hashtag your Instagram bike pics with #livetoridemtb.

Check out DT Swiss' new SPLINE ONE wheels below...


All-new and very much improved, the SPLINE ONE wheels are a combination of all the best technologies from DT Swiss. From the unique Squorx nipples to the Ratchet Freewheel system, they're among the most advanced aluminum hoops on the market. The XM 1501 wheels are designed for all-mountain and enduro use.


XM 1501 SPLINE ONE Highlights

  • 26, 27.5, and 29-Inch Versions
  • 22.5mm Internal Rim Width
  • Tubeless Ready
  • 28 Double Butted DT Competition Spokes Per Wheel
  • DT ProLock Aluminum Nipples
  • Straight Pull Hubs and Spokes
  • Upgraded 36-Tooth Ratchet Freewheel System
  • Strength Boost Welding Technology at the Joint
  • Convertible 15mm or QR Front Axle and 12x142mm or 135QR Rear
  • 1545 Grams per Set (26-Inch)
Have a gander and learn about everything that makes them awesome in this in-depth First Look feature:

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