Since Shimano announced their new Micro Spline hub standard for their 12-speed cassettes, hub brands the world over have been scrambling to secure a manufacturing license from Shimano so that they can offer their own aftermarket alternative.
DT Swiss were the winners of that particular race (they were a launch partner because, after all, Shimano needed somebody to have hubs ready for their cassettes). Many, many others have since caught up, so it’s likely your favorite brand now has a Micro Spline option. The following list is every brand currently making Shimano Micro Spline freehub body options for their own hubs.
Which brands are making Micro Spline compatible hubs?
More brands are adding Micro Spline freehub body options, so we’ll continue updating this list as they come in. Brands with links go to Bikerumor’s coverage of that item for more information. Bookmark it for easy reference, and if you know a brand we missed, leave it in the comments and we’ll add it!
- Boyd Cycling
- Chris King
- DT SWISS
- Erase Components
- Factor Components
- Fun Works
- Halo X Identiti
- Hope Technology
- Industry Nine
- Newmen Components
- Project 321
- Race Face
- Revel Wheels
- RideFast Racing
- Scope Cycling
- Stan’s NoTubes
- Sun Ringle (SRC, SRX, and Bubba hubs)
- White Industries
Is it Microspline or Micro Spline?
Other things you’re probably wondering: Is it one word or two? Technically, it’s “Micro Spline” as two words, though searching it either way will probably get you where you want to go. And even some of Shimano’s own web pages show up with “microspline” in the search results.
Why do I need a Micro Spline hub?
Currently, Shimano only use Micro Spline for their mountain bike cassettes; namely, the XTR M9100, Deore XT M8100 and the SLX M7100, with the 10-tooth top cog. We expect a Micro Spline hub for road and gravel to eventually replace their traditional freehub body, too. Like SRAM’s XD system, it simply makes cassette installation faster, easier, and virtually eliminates gouging and stuck cassettes. It also allows for smaller teeth on the outer edge of the cassette.
Curious about all the other modern mountain bike standards? Check out our complete guide here.