DT Swiss already ready with Micro Spline hubs for new XTR

Shimano made no secret that there would be Micro Spline compatible hubs coming from DT Swiss, and now we’ve got the first photo. DT says it will be available on most of their ratchet hubs, which means aftermarket availability of the Micro Drive freehub body, too. So, buy a new hub or DT-equipped wheel set, or just order the new freehub body and you’ll be all set for XTR M9100 when it starts shipping. We’ve inquired about actual ship dates, but until Shimano starts shipping (slated for Fall 2018), it would just be sitting there taunting you anyway.

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Dodo
Dodo
4 years ago

Lovely!

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

Complete with earth shattering, 18 points of engagement!

CHKPNT
CHKPNT
4 years ago
Reply to  Charles

Upgrade-able to a mind blowing 54 points for just one benjamin

JNH
JNH
4 years ago
Reply to  CHKPNT

A $475 hub should not require a further $100 in upgrades to render it competitive with the rest of the market. As much as I like DT hubs the 54 point ratchet rings should be standard fit.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
4 years ago
Reply to  JNH

The 54t ratchets are LOUD AF, if you’re into that sort of thing. Premium hubs also should not have stickers on them, with the front facing the wrong way.

JNH
JNH
4 years ago

As a decade plus user of King hubs I am not overly bothered by the noise, although my Kings are now worn to the point of being actually very quiet, it only took several thousand miles. Maybe the 36t rings as a compromise between strength, engagement and noise.

Tyler
Tyler
4 years ago

I agree that the 18-tooth ratchets are anemic and have too much rotation before engaging, but there’s also the 36-tooth option that’s not as expensive as the 54, and it has larger teeth. The teeth on the 54 are minuscule, so larger riders may want to think that one through. Plus, even DT admits there’s slightly (SLIGHTLY) more drag with the 54 because there’s more contact points rubbing together.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  Tyler

Smaller teeth may actually be stronger, especially if each tooth is point loaded on any of the tooth counts. Just food for thought.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Nevermind…too early. Forgot how DT swiss engagement “gear” looks. Not sure 54 will be weaker, but yeah its not a typically pawl system.

Shafty
Shafty
4 years ago

It’s funny that DT even bothers announcing this. For all the whining that we’ll be hearing until XTs budget friendly revision is available, most people seem to forget that the bicycle component industry is driven by OEM sales NOT aftermarket.

Shimano isn’t releasing specs to other brands until their patent is approved. For the time being it’s patent pending. DT is likely the only partner that can match their required quality and production needs, so it’s no surprise Shimano would start with them.

I’m laughing at everyone whining about price right now, since all of this just debuted YESTERDAY and none of it will be available until fall or winter. Does everyone forget the whine fest that happened when XD was announced? Many seem to also forget that this is all cyclical, there’s no end point to the upgrades, so don’t expect finality with any of this.

Tim
Tim
4 years ago
Reply to  Shafty

#forsooth

Jeff Carter
4 years ago

Will DT also make hubs with the silent freehub Shimano debuted with this new XTR?

bedampft
bedampft
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Carter

Sure Sure.
They also will be manufacturing they’re own XTR Cassette, XTR Rear Derailleur and Shifter.

Jeff Carter
4 years ago
Reply to  bedampft

It would make sense that if DT are licensing the Micro Spline they can also get the silent freehub mechanism as part of the same freehub. Then the consumer could get a DT hub that has cartridge bearings (compared to Shimano’s cup and cone bearings) that’s both lightweight (compared to Onyx) and silent.

M
M
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Carter

Cup and cone will run smoother and longer then ANY cartridge bearing hub

John
John
4 years ago
Reply to  M

But with cup and cone, when the races get worn you throw the hub away. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Mint Zebra
Mint Zebra
4 years ago
Reply to  John

No, the cones are replaceable and so are the races inside the hub shell.

Feeltheberm.com
4 years ago

I was hoping they would release a freehub body for their current hubs and DT didn’t disappoint! I know I’ll be using the new XTR…one day.

And shimano stuff is always available at less than retail and also often on sale.

John
John
4 years ago

You spelled “less than wholesale” wrong.

VeloFreak
VeloFreak
4 years ago

Great. I calulate XT will be available like same time of the year as Ultegra… So for early summer 2019. For that time I think aliexpress will have hubs with this cassette standard, and a decent pawls system. Swiss has already lot of money from white collar thiefs, not gonna make it bigger. I rather give it directly to the chinese.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  VeloFreak

Were you going for a rational argument? If so, you missed.

cousin it
cousin it
4 years ago

I wonder if DT will ever wake up and start DESIGNING hubs and not simply engineering them. The new XTR hubs are works of art compared to this.

Double ZZ
Double ZZ
4 years ago

Cycling component manufacturing is going the way of a sport called “Cornhole”. Market the functioning parts as something new in an old kind of component way. I mean “Cornhole” was originally called “Lawn darts”.