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DT Swiss Onyx Disc Hub

3.61/5 (41 Reviews)
Weight : 192 grams MSRP : $157.00


Product Description

The Onyx 6-bolt disc hub features DT Swiss proven technology, including the DT Swiss quad bearing system, high grade seals, optimized flange geometry and spoke hole chamfering, and utilizes a proprietary 2-pawl system with eighteen points of engagement. DT Swiss Onyx hubs are priced at the lower end of the DT Swiss lineup, yet offer better quality and performance than most OEM Hubs. Onyx hubs offer a great alternative as a hub upgrade.

The Onyx disc hub is maintenance friendly and easily serviceable through the DT Swiss worldwide dealer network, and is 100% produced and hand built in Switzerland.



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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by noames a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2011

Strengths:    Almost trouble free.
Easy to maintain (needs only a plastic hammer, hair dryer and, a socket of the right size).


Weaknesses:    Bearings are on the small size, especially the one on the rear drive side, which is tiny and wear rather quickly!
Advise - replace the bearings once you start hearing noise from the hubs.


Bottom Line:   
Spins very quite, easy maintainance but bearing needs replacement more often than Shimano hubs.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Several Shimano hubs

Bike Setup:   GT idxc parts on GT avalanche frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cliff a Cross Country Rider from Southern Arizona

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2010

Strengths:    Review is for front hub only. Smooth, fairly light, spins up easily and rolls forever. Six bolt 32 hole. Low maintenance. Durable for a 180 pound xc rider who does not avoid the rock gardens and does 2 foot drops into flat sand dry washes. I paid about $75 a couple of years ago and now it's available in silver for about $60. $40 for non-disc.

Weaknesses:    Maybe a little heavy for a weight weenie but at the hub you don't notice it so much and for the price you'll be looking a long time to find anything better. I just checked DT's online site and the Onyx is gone and may be discontinued.

Bottom Line:   
Thanks to the riders posting here on MTBR, I went with this front setup and it's been great!!! No problems; took the wheel down to the local shop a couple of weeks ago for a checkup and the mech (top mech overall and an expert wheel builder) said the hub was good to go. For the value, low/no maintenance and overall rideability, it's a winner. Five flamers across the board.

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Favorite Trail:   Any single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   XTR, Hope, XT, Bonti Race lite, and some low end junk.

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Pro - XTR level, Marz Bomber Marathon SL XC 29er front end with WTB dual duty (wide FR) rim, Wheelsmith db spokes laced 3x to the Onyx hub. WTB Weirwolf 29x2.55 front tire. BB-7 6 bolt disc up front. Rear is XTR hub, 26" Mavic rim, DT db spokes, XTR rim brake, Kenda 2.6 Stickee tire.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DHmonkey123 a Downhiller from San Anselmo, California, USA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2010

Strengths:    Light, smooth rolling

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Buy it, you won't regret it!

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Sunshine Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   too many to list...

Bike Setup:   sadly a cannondale f400

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by n/a a Racer from Boring OR USA

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2009

Strengths:    smooth rolling, simple to pull apart for cleaning and overhaul.

Weaknesses:    I'm a little worried about the seal on the flange side of the free-hub body.

there is a little wobble to the free hub as well but in this price range its expected
(this has not caused any shifting issues and there is less wobble than on the wheel that came on with the bike)


Bottom Line:   
I like the hub a lot, I'm giving it a 4 because of the dirt sneaking in to the free-hub body... but this did not happen under normal conditions, it was at a cross race on an insanely muddy day. It was just soupy shi*... so if your riding in lakes of mud just pull it apart and repack the free hub at the end of the day. I would recommend these.

The rec assumes you work on your own bike.

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Favorite Trail:   mud pits

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Fuji cross comp 105 rear, with a Sram "missing tooth" cassette, the hub is laced to a DT Swiss Tk 7.1 rim.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by byknuts a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2008

Strengths:    seems to be good quality, used to have no prob with dt/hugi products, light

Weaknesses:    freehub wobble, shot pawls?

Bottom Line:   
I figured an light off-road worthy hub would've been strong enough for road and hauling and general riding for someone of my size. Not this one.

Pawls are shot, freehub body is wobbling bad enough to ghost shift my damn bike under pressure.
I can limp it around by soft pedalling but otherwise I'm screwed.
I'd say you could use it on a lighter guy's bike but ultimately, if it goes south under load on what's basically a ROAD bike, well... I figure offroad it's going to get killed.

Built this wheel to haul my kids in a trailer, but no way I would consider this a dependable hub so it's gotta go.

You know I've chopped and generally messed with an original hugi compact hub for years, it's still running fine.
Why's this onyx suck, though dt swiss had improved the hub designs?

Going to end up either swapping over to the woodman or the profile I guess.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere is fine by me

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   chris king, shimano xt, woodman, older hugi stuff

Bike Setup:   heavy duty roadie w/ discs and built for hauling stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Monisky a Weekend Warrior from Saint Petersburg

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    Very Strong, solid haven't found any flaws yet after 6 months.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I you want a good all a round hub, Go DT Swiss!

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Favorite Trail:   Santos (Ocala,Fl)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Hope pro disc

Bike Setup:   Titus X-Racer,PUSH/Fox rear Shock,Still testing different front shocks,currently using Marzocchi Bomber

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rojomas from rancho cucamonga

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2008

Strengths:    Smooth running bearings, easy maintainance.

Weaknesses:    Freehub body disinagrated after 6 years of abuse, I guess that's not too bad.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden these wheels for over seven years and the only problem I've had with them is about a year ago the freehub broke and the pawls and all the insides where destroyed. I would have to say that's not too bad considering all the many miles of abuse I've put them thru. (Moab, Downieville, Noble, Tunnel plus countless runs at Big Bear and Mammoth)

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   2001 Foes Weasle Dual Sport, Marzocchi 66, RaceFace Atlas cranks, Hugi Onyx hubs w/20mm thru axle front on Mavic 519 rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DLH a Cross Country Rider from PACIFIC NW

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2008

Strengths:    Smooth, light, tuff, reliable... what more could you ask for...

Weaknesses:    Seem to attract quite a lot of whiney users.

Bottom Line:   
I have used these exact hubs as pictured above on many bikes. The current set has been on 5 different bikes, has had both rims replaced and has been in use with only sealed bearing replacement (once in front and twice in back) for 6 years! I ride in wet, rooty, rocky, singletrack in the PNW, and don't baby anything. I weigh 185, but I do "ride lite". I could not possibly have asked for a better set of hubs with which to build a wheelset.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Every thing from KK to XTR as well as other Onyx, Hayes and DT hubs and wheesets.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brett a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2008

Strengths:    spins forever, instant engagement, constant engagement even through hits and ruts, relatively light

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
i got these laced to a Mavic X717 off eBay, then put on the Stan's NoTubes (which is awesome). compared to my 6 year old XT hubs, these hubs are a like heaven. lighter, stiffer, better engagement in the freehub, and they'll spin until the end of time. with them setup like i have them i shaved full 5lbs off my bike.
these may be at the bottom of the DT lineup, but they are way better than any other hubs i've ridden on. i must qualify that statement with the fact that i've only had them for a few weeks, but i'll be damned if these things won't stand the test of time.

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Favorite Trail:   50 Year, Sweetwater, Reddington/Chiva Falls

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   XT, DT Swiss for Specialized, WTB

Bike Setup:   02 Giant NRS w/ Race Face cockpit/drivetrain, Mavic/DT/No Tubes wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Spokane

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2007

Strengths:    Weight is OK and they roll pretty well.

Weaknesses:    Durability. In 3 years of reasonably heavy use, I broke the freehub body 3 times.

Bottom Line:   
Decent hubs when they work. Not dependable enough over the long haul. Wouldn't recommend these to a heavy rider or anyone that does a lot of very steep climbing (puts a lot of stress on the freehub). In 3 years of XC use (no jumps/drops over 18") I basically destroyed the rear hub body 3 times. Front hub still going strong, but I'm much happier now with my new Hope hub in the rear. The DT340s on the newer Blur have been a little better, though I was able to break an engagement tooth in the freehub in about a year's time.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   DT 340s

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur Classic, SPX kit. Bike came with DT Onyx/717 wheels. 195lb rider, mostly XC.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad Sturtz a Cross Country Rider from TN

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2007

Strengths:    Looks Great, Roll Smooth

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These are great hubs. I also have a set of Chris Kings with UST rims, and they are about the same. For the money this is a GREAT hub. The perfomance and durability is well beyond the price point. I would recommend them for anybody.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Greenfish Sports

Similar Products Used:   Chris King, Shimano Deore, XT

Bike Setup:   Dean Colonel, Easton, Avid Juicy Carbons, Mavic UST rims, Manitou Minute 2:00.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Robert a Cross Country Rider from Chico, CA

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2006

Strengths:    The front hub rolls smooth and has replaceable bearings. Available in silver or black; these are fine for the price.
The rear hub has cylindrical bearings (don't loose them during diassembly) and the ONYX website has overhaul instructions and diassembly pictures. They are user serviceable.


Weaknesses:    When overhauling the rear hub, you'll find it useful to select a grease that suits your maintenance habits. I use a HEFTY amount of synthetic grease to hold up in dusty heat conditions. The pawls engage very smoothly when everything is clean, greased and adjusted.

Bottom Line:   
These are perfectly good hubs, but not the best, but a superb value. Overhaul time is about 25 minutes. Fronts rarely will need service.

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Favorite Trail:   Bidwell Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   Custom BLUR build up

Similar Products Used:   Chris King - still the best but $$$. Shimano LX and XT

Bike Setup:   SCruz BLUR original, full XT, Fox fork and rear shock. Easton carbon bar, Thomson stem, post etc Mavic rims, Avid juicy 7's, Nokian tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Hart a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, B.C.

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2006

Strengths:    Reasonable weight to price ratio. Highly reliable in all conditions:wet,dry,muddy.

Weaknesses:    None observed. There are lighter hubs out there but at a price.

Bottom Line:   
In a little over 2 years of use in all kinds of weather these hubs have never been serviced. The bearings still feel smooth. I have had issues with other components on my bike but these hubs have never called attention to themselves.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Deore XT hubs

Bike Setup:   S.C.Blur - SPX disc. Hubs came with the package.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Tyrol, Austria, Europe

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2006

Strengths:    Awesome bearings, stiff, strong, high endurance

Weaknesses:    After 2 years of excessive XC use, I did not find any weaknesses (front hub)

Bottom Line:   
This review considers the FRONT hub only. After a lot of problems with the rear hubs (see my review posted in category "DT swiss onyx hub") I disassambled the front hub to look after its condition. I was amazed - the bearings were completely clean, which must go back to a high-quality sealing; they run very smooth and fine. The front hub is highly recommendably for weekend warriors and racers as well.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Probike Schwaz

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   2004 Gary Fisher Ziggurat, Onyx hubs, Mavic rims, Rock Shox psylo race, XT components

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave a Racer from Waukesha, WI

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2005

Strengths:    Look nice, good name, good price

Weaknesses:    Poor freehub

Bottom Line:   
Crap. I used the rear disc hub twice - once to pre-ride the trail for a race two weeks ago and then on the very next day while doing the race. The bearing race in the freehub broke right in half... turning what may have been my best finish this season into my worst.
Now the LBS has had the wheel, and parts on order, for almost two weeks and says they have no idea when the new race will come in. Do yourself a favor and do not buy these hubs.

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Favorite Trail:   John Muir

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XT


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