The DT Swiss Hugi FR hub is a great choice for the freeride and downhill enthusiast and racer that wants a bombproof hub backed by 10 years of proven design and manufacturing. The Hugi FR hub features an oversize disc brake optimized design that spreads torque evenly across the wheel. The Hugi FR hub features proven DT Swiss technology including the proven Hugi ratchet system, high quality stainless steel components and bearings, an optimized labyrinth seal system and is maintenance friendly.
The Hugi FR hub is available in front hub configurations of 100mm quick release and 110mm in both 32h and 36h. The rear hub is available as 135mm quick release version as well as 150mm and 165mm 12mm thru axle versions. The Hugi FR hub is maintenance friendly and easily serviceable through the DT Swiss worldwide dealer network, and is 100% produced and hand built in Switzerland.
from DanVegas, Va. USA
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2007
Strengths: Completely bombproof, Only one true in 2 years.
Weaknesses: weight, but it's hard for me to sacrifice lightness
The best freeride hub I've ever owned. Had shop mechanic build this rear wheel for me after I had to have to stock shimano bearings packed four times within first couple of months of owning the bike. Carl built my wheel up with the DT Swiss FR hugi laced to Mavic 729. Bad to the bone. Can handle 6-8 foot flat drops, and extreme downhill in West Virginia and Western North Carolina..
Bike Setup: 2005 Kona Coiler deelux, 66, fox dhx 4.0, raceface
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2007
Strengths: No problems in 3+ years!
Weaknesses: Heavy by todays standards. No 10mm bolt-on for rear. If there was a 10mm rear, I'd not be buying a new I9.
I've beat these hubs hard for over 3 years. I learned to FR and DH on these rims, so they've suffered many bad landings, many bad lines, etc... At least 5,000 miles on these humbs! Had the rear serviced once.
If thre was a 10mm bolt-on for the rear, I'd just lace new rims to it.
I really have no complaints, other than Hub splitting in two seperate spots. Just a matter of time I guess... Going to see what the warrenty people will do for me, hope to get something outa it since I paid a pretty penny for them.
I am writing to add an update to my last post. I called DT Swiss directly and spoke to their warranty department. I explained to them the age and the situation with the cracked / failed rear hub. DT warranted the hub and is shipping out a new one. I was told that on the older hubs, they used anodizing which can cause aluminum to become brittle. They are no longer using this process apparently.
While disappointed with the hub failure, I was very happy to have DT step up and warranty their product, keeping me as a customer in the process.
I've purchased 2 sets of these hubs in 3 years, they were flawless until the 3 year old rear hub split across the hub body last week. I was shocked to come here and see that 3 other people had this problem with their rear hub as well.
I have another brand new set of these rolling on my VPP Free, and I hope the hold up. They are way to expensive to be replacing.
I would not buy another set of these after paying $320.00 cost and reading about the rear hub cracking problem.
Similar Products Used: Dee Max, Shimano XT, Marzocchi
Bike Setup: Bulllet w/ Mavic 321's & VPP Free with 721's
from calgary, albeta, canada
Date Reviewed: January 2, 2006
Strengths: spins like a dream, huge size, never have to adjust, indestructible
Weaknesses: does not make sweet sound like a Crhis King, Formula, Sun ringl'e or hadley
if you do not want to get your rep. up by having a loud hub or a coloful hub, then look no further. if you are about proformance and racing and winning races, this is the hub for you. it will keep spinning until you put the brake on.
Bike Setup: devinci wilson 2004, X.O trigger and derailure, 2006 swinger 6-way, easton everything
Date Reviewed: July 25, 2005
Strengths: Smooth operation. Great sound. Modular - can use with either QR or 20mm TA!!!
In contrast to what others have said here, I've beaten these hubs on countless rockpounding sessions. Additionally, I tend to ride right at the edge of my ability, so I'm NOT what you'd call "easy" on the bike - I hammer always and wreck often.
Also, internal ratchet mechanism is VERY easy to rebuild when the time comes.
Similar Products Used: Many including WTB - beware WTB! The WTB Speed Disc hub boke after ONLY 8 rides! WTB would not honor their warranty and either repair / replace at all - evean after months of giving me the runn around about it!!!! The worst customer service I've ever recieved on any product I've purchased in my entire life.
Bike Setup: 6x6 38lbs
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2005
Strengths: Does what a hub is supposed to do. Never had any problems until...
Weaknesses: Rear hub split
Riding xc at first, I began doing more freeriding. Bikeparks and stuff. Nothing really big (used a crossmax as backup wheel and worked fine) Had the wheelset for almost 2 years, when the rearhub splitted. This may not happen with an expensive hub meant for FR and DH. For this year, they made the hub even lighter. Beware! Let's hear what they have to tell me about warranty... Front hub is fine though. Riding xc at first, I began doing more freeriding. Bikeparks and stuff. Nothing really big (used a crossmax as backup wheel and worked fine) Had the wheelset for almost 2 years, when the rearhub splitted. This may not happen with an expensive hub meant for FR and DH. For this year, they made the hub even lighter. Beware! Let's hear what they have to tell me about warranty... Front hub is fine though. Riding xc at first, I began doing more freeriding. Bikeparks and stuff. Nothing really big (used a crossmax as backup wheel and worked fine) Had the wheelset for almost 2 years, when the rearhub splitted. This may not happen with an expensive hub meant for FR and DH. For this year, they made the hub even lighter. Beware! Let's hear what they have to tell me about warranty... Front hub is fine though. www.pinkbike.com/modules/photo/?op=view&image=498218
Similar Products Used: Shimano deore, Mavic Crossmax
Bike Setup: SC Heckler at first, now SC Bullit
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2004
Extremely lightweight hubs. Front no problem. Rear hub split, which is very disappointing given the cost of these hubs and the fact that it had not had any heavy usage to speak of. I estimate that I've ridden approx 200 miles with no jumping whatsoever and I'm not particularly heavy at around 12 stone.
a Cross Country Rider
from suwanee, ga, usa
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2004
Strengths: Smooth action and rolls forever
Weaknesses: Rear hub split 2 times
These are great hubs until they break. I've split 2 rear hubs in a year. No jumping just cross country riding. The first one I though may have been built wrong but the 2 was built by Hugi warranty. sigh... Front hub is great and have never had to true it.
Bike Setup: Cannondale F2000. 36 Hole Hugi FR with SUN single track rims.
from noyal, brittany, france
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2003
Strengths: Light, stiff, reliable, low maintenance, good looking. It's possible to switch it from 9mm axle to 20mm.
I associated this hub with a mavic d521 rim and it's great combo, kick ass!!!! Before with my previous, I was always worried about the stiffnees of my front wheel, not anymore now. I ride fr/dh and a little bit of street. And this wheel is amazing. In a couple of days, I'll receive the same for rear since I blow my shimano LX and bearings are dead. The hub are a little bit pricy, but not too much compared to hadley stuff. Buy it, they last up the end of the world.
I just got a new wheelset tonight (Mavic EX729 + DT Hugi FR hubs).
After carefully checking everything, I bought it and when I got home and hour later, I saw a damn crack in the flange. The wheelset is pretty old but it's supposed to be new (bought from a particular). There is not a sc ... Read More »
I asked for info about DT Hugi FR hubs last week and went to buy the used wheelset.
After carefully checking everything, I bought it and when I got home and hour later, I saw a damn crack in the flange. The wheelset is pretty old but it's supposed to be new. There is not a scratch on ... Read More »
I've spent quite a few hours online and talking to bike shops to get info about the DT Hugi FR hubs. People seem to have mixed experiences with these hubs : they're super reliable or they're creaking. It seems like they have updated them a few times but I can't find any history about the ... Read More »
I'm running this hub with a 20mm through-axle.
Kind of expected bulletproof performance, but I'm suddenly on my 3rd set of brand-new bearings in under 6 months. Oddly, brand new bearings seem to go only about 5 rides before a tiny bit play develops. The free play doesn't progress too quickly fr ... Read More »
I'm looking for my next wheelset and I'm not sure which way to go. I'm a clyde (around 280 right now) who rides mostly AMish type stuff, maybe more on the XC side of things. But my weight and riding style has meant that I seem to be particularly hard on wheels. The reason I need new wheels is I'v ... Read More »