These new DT Swiss 350 Street hubs look so much like the most recent DT mountain bike 350s. That’s as a result of they’re just about the identical factor, simply tailored for street spacing and drivetrains. However let’s face it, the bike business wants extra high-quality, reliable parts that aren’t essentially combating to be the lightest, fanciest, or most costly. And whereas a set of DT Swiss hubs isn’t the most cost effective possibility on the market, the 350s are DT’s lowest-cost aftermarket hubset, and so they simply acquired a premium efficiency and reliability improve.
Need extra premium, fancier tech? You may at all times go for the newer, costlier Ratchet EXP 180 & 240 hubs.
DT Swiss 350 Street bike hubs upgraded
Let’s face it, this was a very long time coming. DT Swiss already upgraded their 350 mountain bike hubs from 18-tooth to 36-tooth SL Star Ratchet engagement normal, virtually two years again. In reality, full alloy DT MTB wheels already had the brand new centerlock hubs even 9 months earlier. On the time they had been solely supplied MTB normal sizes, so whilst you may get a centerlock & 6-bolt hubset for traditional mountain bikes, fashionable Enhance mountain bikes, and even fats bikes… should you had a rim brake bike, or simply wanted a 12mm thru-axle entrance hub… you had been out of luck.
So, what’s new?
Identical to on the path, DT Swiss 350 Street hubs are their on a regular basis workhorse on street, gravel & cyclocross, too. So DT provides them the identical upgrades to maintain your wheels spinning longer. For essentially the most half, the brand new 350 Street hub isn’t truly very new, reasonably a way more refined evolution of the long-proven 350s. This technology does appear to look much more just like the higher-end 240s, simply with easy black & white graphics and the confirmed Star Ratchet tech inside.
Beginning off, they do get a bit extra in depth machining than the outdated 350s, in an effort to shed a pair grams. In reality, the DT weight declare on the brand new 350 Street Basic hubset begins at 383g, making them lighter than the outdated pre-EXP 240 Basic hubset which began at 401g.
Our 350 Street Basic Centerlock hubset weighs an precise mixed 400g with a Shimano freehub & 12mm thru-axles (142g entrance, 258g rear).
Inside, as a substitute of upgrading to the newer Ratchet EXP internals, the 350s stick with tried-and-true Star Ratchets, however do get quicker engagement with DT’s light-weight machined-out 36T SL metal ratchet rings inside.
The brand new 350 Street hubs additionally characteristic the identical simple tool-free swaps from one freehub physique to the following as the remainder of DT’s premium hubs. That makes swapping two completely different cassette ranges for a similar drivetrain simple with out instruments, or the identical factor when swapping, for instance from Shimano to SRAM cassettes when shifting one wheelset from bike-to-bike, once more with out instruments.
That additionally contains the brand new tool-free endcaps we first noticed on the prime 180 EXP hubs. They get a delicate notched finish profile that’s simpler to understand along with your hand so that you gained’t have to drag out my Unior Hub Genie each time you wish to pop a cap off. OK, perhaps that’s a disgrace. However they’re nonetheless a very tight match, so the Hub Genie is less complicated on my fingers.
Inside, these upgraded 36T SL Star Ratchet pairs double engagement, right down to 10°. However in fact, you possibly can nonetheless at all times swap out completely different units of Ratchet rings (for ~$50-120 / 40-95€) to get the engagement angle that’s best for you, your bike, and your type of driving. DT breaks down why the countless hunt for quicker engagement isn’t at all times the right resolution for everybody. And so they supply 6.7-20° engagement choices so determine.
DT Swiss 350 Street hubs – Choices, pricing & availability
The actual distinction although between the most recent DT Swiss 350 MTB hubs and these new 350 Street hubs comes right down to extra choices.
The brand new DT 350 Street hubs are available each Basic medium flange hubs for conventional J-bend spokes and machined-down StraightPull hubs for straight-pull spokes.
Each variations are available a Centerlock-only disc brake model or conventional non-disc model for rim brake bikes. All 4 of these separate combos seem to spin on the identical sealed stainless-steel bearing and outsized alloy axles, which means all are appropriate with both traditional street QR axles (5×100/130mm) or fashionable 12mm thru-axles (12×100/142mm). Basic flange hubs are supplied in 20, 24, 28 & 32-hole drilling, Straightpull hubs in simply 20 & 24-holes.
Formally, all the new 350 Street hubs can be found with Shimano Street 11sp & SRAM XDR Ratchet freehub our bodies and endcaps, however solely the thru-axle variations are proven to be appropriate with Campagnolo N3W Ratchet our bodies. However primarily based on the in depth Conversion database on all of DT’s present 240 & 350 street hubs, there must be a traditional Campy possibility potential for all new 350 Street hubs.
The brand new DT Swiss 350 Street hubs can be found beginning right this moment out of your favourite wheel builders and DT retailers, with entrance hub pricing from $113 / 85€ and rear hub costs from $285 / 215€. That’s a noticeable enhance from the outdated street 350s (at the very least a 30% bump for European patrons). However with materials and vitality price inflation, these street 350 are even a bit costlier than the MTB model was after they debuted in 2021.
I assume, snap ’em up now to construct a bulletproof street or gravel wheelset, earlier than they inflate even additional. I’ve acquired a set laced right into a set of GR531 alloy rims with AeroLite spokes & brass nipples, arrange as a bulletproof gravel wheelset for bikepacking and journey driving.