DT Swiss 240 Oil Slick hubs jump on the shiny rainbow bandwagon with a limited edition version of their Classic MTB 240 EXP hubs, ready to be built up by your friendly neighborhood wheelbuilder. Limited both in number of actual hubs and limited options available, DT expects you to seek out a custom builder to lace their latest benchmark Ratchet EXP hubs into a trail or even enduro set of mountain bike wheels…
DT Swiss 240 Oil Slick Limited edition mountain bike hubs
It’s not an entirely new finish for DT Swiss hubs, and to be fair to DT, their first oil slick hubs pre-date at least another twenty-five “oil slick” components we’ve seen in the last year. But the DT Swiss shininess has never been easy to get ahold of.
Last winter we saw the ultra-limited edition Canyon Lux CF SLX 9.0 DT LTD, which debuted DT Swiss’ new 232 cross-country suspension, also get a set of wheels built up with oil slick hubs.
The straight-pull hubs in those XRC1200 carbon wheels were an OEM-exclusive finish (as were the two matching spokes), and the only way to get them was to buy one of the 32 complete bikes.
Starting last summer, a rare set of those Centerlock, straight-pull hubs would occasionally pop up. I saw a set with Belgian builder Stealth Wheels and another in German custom builder Light-Wolf‘s display cabinet, having already been claimed by a customer.
Now it looks like mountain bikers might have a more concrete shot at getting a new set. Globally 1000 individual hubs will be sold, available exclusively through DT Swiss dealers and wheel builders.
Classic MTB edition – Tech details
The limited edition 240 Oil Slick hubs appear to be limited to only one build spec of DT Swiss’ Classic MTB hubset. That means they will be Boost-spaced thru-axle, IS 6-bolt disc brake, and feature 32 hole drilling for J-bend spokes only. You do get to pick from either Shimano Micro Spline or SRAM XD freehubs.
All of the tech inside is the same as the set of new black & red 240s I built up into a trail wheelset last spring. That means the same lighter, simpler, lower-maintenance Ratchet EXP mechanism with its standard 36T ratchet and wider bearing spacing.
DT Swiss 240 EXP Oil Slick LTD hubs – Pricing & availability
The special edition 240 hubs will sell separately for $236 / 160€ front (142g), and $477 / 324€ rear (225g), just a bit more expensive than the lowest-priced 240s. Remember, a thousand hubs could go fast. Reach out to your favorite bike shop or custom wheel builder now if you have a mountain bike just begging for some shiny trial wheels.