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Hugi Hubs Hub

3.85/5 (130 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00


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Suspension hubs produced by DT Swiss from 1995-1999


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbhead a Downhiller from San Joser, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2010

Strengths:    Totally freakin bulletproof. High quality. Looks great. Even the freehub sounds cool...

Weaknesses:    None. OK, maybe it doesn't have the instant engagement of the 72-pt Hadleys or Chris Kings...

Bottom Line:   
These are marked "Hayes" on one side, and "DT Hugi" on the other. Fronts are 20mm thru-axle. I've figured out that these are also known as the "98/99 Hugi" hubs, and they share the same rear axle as the modern DT 340 hub (perhaps much of the 340s are the same as these?). I've rocked the same wheelset on my DH bike for 10 years. I admit I don't race it much anymore, but it still sees park time at Northstar at least once a year with these wheels. I've done zero maintenance to them, and they just keep on working. Big drops, doubles, railing corners, mud, rain, double-black diamond rocky-as-heck downhill runs, etc. They just keep on working... I'm impressed even more with the Mavic D321 rims that these are mated to, but that's another review...

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Favorite Trail:   bow chica wow wow

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   kalo mtb (remember t

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Shimano, Ringle, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Karpiel Disco Volante - 10 years old

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mark Dionne a Weekend Warrior from Newton, MA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2010

Bottom Line:   
The ratchet action started skipping on the Hugi hub on my tandem. It had no service in the 5+ years I've had it. I found instructions here and at the DTSwiss.com site. They all said to pull off the "adapter" piece (the outermost part of the axle) and also to pull off the entire freehub (the part that holds the cassette.)

I managed to pull off the adapter on the left side, but the adapter on the right would not come off. I came pretty close to ruining it trying to get it off. Finally I realized that it is THREADED onto the end of the axle, and it came right off. It actually has flats for a wrench, though they are small and easily missed. I had initially tried turning the thing, but it just rotated because at that point I still had the adapter on the left side, and the axle was spinning where the adapter mounts.

So the bottom line is: if you have this kind of hub, pull off the left adapter, grip the axle there, and remove the right side adapter with a 17mm wrench.

The reason the ratchets were failing is just that the old grease was gumming things up. I also noticed that the "gear teeth" on the outside of one of the ratchet pieces was worn, so I swapped the two ratchet pieces which are identical.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Tandem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by msujedi a Cross Country Rider from Macomb, MI. US

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2010

Strengths:    Light & Durable

Weaknesses:    a bit loud

Bottom Line:   
I built my 'dream-ride' part by part from '94-'96 as I had money in college. Ahh, so light & quick! The Hugi hubs glide smoothly! After 1 month of riding, my bike was thrown from its rack during a highway car accident...only to be run over by 2 big rigs before I was able to get back to it! The rims, spokes, and tires were trashed. The stem, handlebars, and brake levers were tweaked. But, everything else was fine! Ok, so the frame had a few minor dents & scratches, but no structural damage. I replaced the front end parts & had my Hugi hubs re-spoked with a lower-grade rim due to financial constraints. 14yrs and many many mountain & road miles later I need to replace my rims...but I plan to continue to use my Hugi hubs. From my experience, they're BOMB PROOF! I don't understand why some of the others have had a different experience.

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Favorite Trail:   Poto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   don't recall

Similar Products Used:   deore XT, deore LX ...many yrs ago.

Bike Setup:   '96 Cannondale CAAD3 hardtail, Raceface BB & cranks, Real rings, SRAM X9 shifters/rearderaileur, King HS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by old school dave a Racer from Shelby Twp., MI

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2009

Strengths:    Never had a problem with these. Although mine are about 10 years old, or so...

Weaknesses:    None, that I've ever had.

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding on mine for about 10 years now, and was informed by the tech at Colorado Cyclist that the hubset that I was having built up for mountain use, was actually a road hub. But I had them build them up anyway. I've been running them on a Rocky Mountain Team Only Vertex (aluminum hard tail) and a Specialized carbon/ti suspention fork (80mm) with no problems at all, and would have to say that these are probably the best hubs I've ridden (20 years experiance). Colorado Cyclist builds up some great wheelsets. My rear tire locked horns with a pretty big branch last year, that bent one spoke and knocked it slightly out of dish, but nothing wrong with the hubs. Maybe the production standards have changed since I've purchased mine.

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Favorite Trail:   Potto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Shimano, Pulstar

Bike Setup:   IBIS steel MOJO, Hugi, Race Face, XTR, Avid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from North Van

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2009

Strengths:    Strong hubs, high flanges allow shorter spokes which equals stronger wheels.

Weaknesses:    I have two sets, one are Hayes/DT the other DT/Hugi. The former are standard lengths while the latter required use of spacers to make the disks centre correctly.

Bottom Line:   
Great hubs which require a little more finesse to setup and maintain. If you keep the ratchets lubed correctly (I use a sticky fully synthetic spray made by wurth) they'll last just about forever!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Hope, Formula, Shimano etc.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Blizzard/Santa Cruz Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Oriol Garrote a Cross Country Rider from Barcelona, Spain

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2007

Strengths:    Precision, durability

Weaknesses:    None as far as I know

Bottom Line:   
I've had one rear hub for several years now and I have no complain at all. I've never had any problems with them. I have the steel cassette version, not the alu one. I was a heavy rider some years ago and had no problems, now I'm a more light weight and smooth rider and this hub is extremely effective.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano's XT and LX


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ken Atkinson a Weekend Warrior from Thailand

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2007

Strengths:    Looks good, bearings can be replaced from a bearing shop. easy to mantain, very good pickup on ratchit. can change spokes on freewheel side with out tools!

Weaknesses:    I had a rear hub split, with standard spokes and full suspension, but have had no problem for the last 3 years ( I am 100kg)

Bottom Line:   
They could be stronger, and cheaper, I like the way you can service them without many tools. don't over grease the star ratchit. the sealed bearings can be regreased by removing the plastic covers with a small pin

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Favorite Trail:   Kow Eto

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Jumpots shop

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Tank

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler Hope Mini disks brakes rear gear XTR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Patrick Jonte a Weekend Warrior from Indianapolis, IN

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007

Weaknesses:    Piece of CRAP!! Hub split right down the middle like everybody else. Cheap die cast aluminum hub with spoke holes right next to hub OD, no wall thickness. No way to service the cassette.

Bottom Line:   
Stay away from HUGI products all together FOREVER!! These hubs were actually branded and laced up by Magura.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Kenny G a Cross Country Rider from Signal Mountain

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2006

Strengths:    Light.

Weaknesses:    Durability. Lack of ability to handle the forces associated with its intended use.

Bottom Line:   
My rear Hugi hub body cracked in half lenght wise after less than 1 year of normal xc use. I might normally say that this is was an isolated, freak occurance - but look at all the similar reviews. Hugi (or DT) need to re-design this product as it is obviously not capable of withstanding the forces of normal cycling.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Mavic

Bike Setup:   You probably only care about the hubs.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by s a Cross Country Rider from oxford ma

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2006

Strengths:    its light.

Weaknesses:    ripped two hub shells apart. Dt warrantied it twice

Bottom Line:   
The magura wheelset I bought came with ST 240 hubs. The rear shell split. dt warrantied it, I laced it up and road 3 times with broken wrist. the hub split again. Not sure if I am gonna lace this hub up again or try something else.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   magura

Similar Products Used:   nothing similar used since other hubs did not break

Bike Setup:   2004 enduro set up with xc stuff, I dont jump studd just pedal and try to get my heart to stop

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bill Phillips a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2005

Strengths:    Reputation

Weaknesses:    Broke after a little over 1 year of casual use.

Bottom Line:   
I used to race hard tails before now and always used either Shimano XT or XTR and never had a failure. The Hugi 240S came on my Epic and it actually broke after a year of casual rides. Not only that, I probably only rode it 20 times.

I was also dissapointed that the make you pay for the shop to unlace the hub and send it to them. Next time, I would apply that money to switching back to XTR. I don't have any confidence in this hub now and I don't want to get stuck out in the middle of the desert again.

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Favorite Trail:   National Trail South Mountain Phoenix AZ

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Sold on Bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT and XTR

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic S-works

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Fleury a Weekend Warrior from Victoria BC Canada

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2005

Strengths:    Everything sounds looks works great

Weaknesses:    havent found it yet(except price)

Bottom Line:   
lil pricey but its pretty awsome everyone should buy it

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Favorite Trail:   everywhere

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $360.00

Purchased At:   Brentwood Cycle And Sport

Similar Products Used:   chris king shimano and real

Bike Setup:   Orange Zero trials set up avid juicy 7 rhino light rear wheel hs33

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Del Sharp a Cross Country Rider from Vail, Breckenridge, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2005

Strengths:    Reliable, smooth, bulletproof, servicable and the clicking rear hub makes riders in front of you anxious.

Weaknesses:    The old ratchet system failed. (I bought my hubs new in '95 when the Trek Y came out.)

Bottom Line:   
The Hugi's were built up by Pedal Power when I bought the newly introduced Trek Y bike in '95. In the second season, the ratchet system failed. It was replaced with the updated system which was quieter.

After a few years I flat spotted a rim (bunnyhop over a curb came up short) and I had Pope at Mountain Pedaler lace my Hugi's up with ti dyed spokes and Mavic 217's. Over the years I've broken nearly a dozen spokes, but the wheels have remained rideable even with v-brakes. After ten years of abuse, I'm passing them onto my wife so that I can build up my new Tracer I found on ebay with disc brakes.

As a cross country rider, I always liked the trademark sound of Hugi's and the way riders tend to move to the side of the trail when they hear me coasting behind them. I built up my Hugi/ti wheels for way less than what a pair of Crossmax's cost back then and they were lighter and cooler, too.

Hugi's aren't expensive and they're light, too. I have complete confidence in them, but I usually have my bike serviced every spring, too.

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Favorite Trail:   Two Elk (or any trail near Vail)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Pedal Power

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   20" Trek Y-22, Kooka cranks, Specialized ti bb, Kooka levers sub 24lb; 20" Cannondale Raven, Sweet wings 25.5lbs.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Geoff Husband a Cross Country Rider from Brittany, France

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2004

Strengths:    Looks? Qudos?

Weaknesses:    Failed hub

Bottom Line:   
2000 miles of gentle loaded touring on road and the rear flange failed taking three spokes with it. If it's important to you all the comments on sprockets welding on etc are also correct. DT didn't want to know about either fault telling me it wasn't designed for touring. I run a cycle holiday company with loaded touring bikes running hundreds of thousands of miles (www.bretonbikes.com) and I've had a few Shimano freehub bodies fail
but otherwise nothing in 10 years. Shimano Alivio is infinitely better than the DT's... I have contacts with a tandem manufacturer and he's stopped using them because of the failure rate.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Shimano (all types) Campag

Bike Setup:   Touring bike (sorry)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2003

Strengths:    Light, Well Made

Weaknesses:    Very difficult to service. "Tooless" concept is a joke, and specialized toolkit is expensive and incomplete.

Bottom Line:   
These are lightweight and have proven to be durable. That's the good part. Now, the bad part. All hubs, no matter how durable, need to be serviced occasionally, and servicing (dissasembling, cleaning, re-greasing) these hubs is a huge pain.

Hugi claims that the rear hub supports "toolless" partial disassembly (enough to service the ratchet drive, but not the bearings) - don't believe it. In order to service the rear freewheel/ratchet drive, you have to remove the axle end-cap (or "adapter", in Hugi-speak) and the rotor (the part that carries the cassette). Both of these are press-fit onto the axle, and thus can be removed without tools, *in theory*. Here's the reality: The end-cap/adapter will almost always require, at a minimum, an axle vise to get off. Axle vises are cheap, so this is no big deal, but it already throws the "toolless" idea out the window.

The rotor is much worse. I can almost guarantee that, if you have been using your hubs for a while, you will not be able to remove this "by hand," and the alternative is to use a removal adapter, which is part of the toolkit (which costs $85) and which must be used in conjunction with a gear puller, which is not included in the toolkit and will run you another $35 (more, if you want a decent-quality one - mine cost $100).

So, doing even basic service on these hubs will most likely require a $100+ investment in tools. Contrast this with Chris King hubs, which can be serviced to a similar degree with the help of two 5mm allen wrenches.

Bottom line: If you want hubs you can maintain, get Chris King.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim, Moab

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Chris King, Shimano Dura-Ace/XTR hubs

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight with Colorado Cyclist hand-built disk wheels (on the Hugi hubs).

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