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Shimano XTR Hub

4.26/5 (85 Reviews)
MSRP : $31.49


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The redesigned XTR hubs offer improved durability & increased rigidity. Angular contact bearings and 20mm through axle. Precision bearing adjustment and easy maintenance.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by What&son a Weekend Warrior from spain

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011

Strengths:    Smoooooth, reliable, serviceable bearings (see weaknesses too),titanium freehub shell and axle, centerlock interface.

Weaknesses:    Seal coud be better, freehub not serviceable anymore.

Bottom Line:   
I reviewed the non disc 960 here before, and though essentially the same as the disc ones (see strengths) there are a couple things I though were worth mention.
-Seals are not as good as I expected. I have used older XT hubs (the first ones, I believe) and the seals were amazing. Not that this ones need constant maintenance, but the Xt´s still had original grease inside when I opened them after 15 years, really amazing. Shimano has lost quality here for sure.
-Shimano doesn´t sell the tool for getting into the freehub mechanism anymore. This has turned it non-serviceable, and that´s not nice at all. Pawls inside can´t be kept as fresh and properly contamination-free as before. An eventual replacing will be expensive and since the interface pattern btwn the hub shell and freehub is xtr specific you just can´t fit anything cheaper.
These are the reasons for taking away one chilly from both value and overall ratings.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR Rim (reviewed a few posts down), Ritchey,XT first series...

Bike Setup:   RM Blizzard, xtr 970 levers, goodridge hoses, dt butted spokes, 717 rims.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mutantclover a Cross Country Rider from Maine

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap, lasts, quality look, fairly quiet freewheel

Weaknesses:    Low engagement if it bothers you, not especially light

Bottom Line:   
Model FH-M950, have used for two years and no problems yet.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nagatahawk a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2009

Strengths:    Beautiful finish, cnc machined lip, smoooth bearings. the front wheel spins like my Campy road bike front wheel. light weight and strength with 20 mm thru axle.

Weaknesses:    expensive but you get the finest hub

Bottom Line:   
awsome wheel when built up with the Mavic 321, and the XTR disc brake rotor. rotor alloy centers are painted met. grey and CNC'd machined. the rotor centers, Mavic 321 and frame are all met. grey color. Nice!

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Summit Ski and Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Hone, Shimano Deore XT

Bike Setup:   KHS AM2000 Rock shock Pike 545 front fork, Fox DHX Coil 5.0 rear shock , custom built wheel with Mavic D 321 rim

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Navid tahamtani a Cross Country Rider from SaoPaulo Brazil

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2009

Strengths:    Quite and silky smooth, like all older (2006 and earlier) XTR stuff. That smoothness may lead you to believe they are not reliable or strong, Wroooong. They are unbelivably reliable and easy to service and maintain.

Weaknesses:    They are not as light as some hubs with industrial bearings.

Bottom Line:   
Some people show-off their rear hubs by spinning it to make the ratchet sound. The higher the sound the better the hub???? That is stupid. These are quite and smooth and although heavier, they last longer and if you do real trekking and need light wheels that last and can be serviced in every corner of the world these are it.
If want to race, then buy ready wheels from Mavic.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   XT and hope proII and chrisKing.

Bike Setup:   hard tail with mavic 317 rims and rigid front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Bayne a Racer from Annapolis, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2008

Strengths:    Durable, Seal Quality, Grease Quality, Smoothness, User serviceable

Weaknesses:    Heavier than other high end hubs, Slower engagement than other high end hubs

Bottom Line:   
As a budget oriented racer I want parts that are durable, light, and have a good price point. I need to be able to train and race on the same gear.
XTR hubs more than satisfy. Other high end hubs can be lighter and have better freehub engagement, but for almost twice the price.
Bearing adjustment and replacement is very easy, you just need to know how to use a cone wrench and keep things clean.
I got this particular set of hubs in 2002. I never adjusted them or opened them up until 2008. I was afraid it would be a mess inside. These hubs were raced 8-10 times a year plus riding in all weather. The balls, races, and grease were all perfectly clean as if they had just come from the factory. I've never seen an adjustable item sealed this well! Plus the freehub still engages perfectly, no skips at all. I can't recommend these enough. The only reason I would go to the really high end stuff (King, AC, etc) would be for weight weenie purposes.
Buy these if you want a pretty light, user serviceable, super durable hub for cross country riding and racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco and Michaux

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   Variety of shimano, mavic, king

Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Deluxe, XT/XTR/SRAM mix. Marzocchi Mararthon 80mm.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Klass a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2008

Strengths:    Bombproof - does exactly what it is designed to do

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
Setup properly and provide some TLC and it will run fine for years, maybe only requiring some adjustment on the gear cables to be 100% accurate shifting. Replace chain and sprockets when they wear out eventually. Still works like it came out the box eight years later!

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Favorite Trail:   Tokai, CT

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Complete bike from distributor

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore (87-88)Shimano XT (90)

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tellico - Full XTR, titanium encrusted

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MOI a Racer from CANARY ISLANDS

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2007

Strengths:    BOMBPROOF STRENGTH, RIGID AS HELL, NOT THAT HEAVY, GOOD LOOK, PERFECT BEARINGS AND NO MAINTENANCE NECESSARY FOR MANY MANY YEARS

Weaknesses:    NOT THAT LIGHTWEIGHT!!!

Bottom Line:   
AFTER 3 YEARS (WITHOUT ANY REPARATION), 1 TRANSALP CHALLENGE (05)MANY XC RACES AND , FEW 24HRS, AND MORE MILES THAN A PLANE, STILL GOING SMOOTH LIKE THE FIRST DAY. I ALWAYS RECOMMEND THEM!!!

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Favorite Trail:   VANCOUVER NORTHSHORE

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   SHIMANOT, LX, DEORE, ACERA, MAVIC....

Bike Setup:   9.5 KG, KONA KULA, SID, CHRIS KING, LOADS OF XTR, TI AND ALU BOLTS, SELLE ITALIA SLR...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2007

Strengths:    For XTR 960 Hubs - quite, spins well, got them on the cheap, pretty easy to work on.

Weaknesses:    SlOOOOW engagement, rear hub wont stay properly adjusted, lack of dust protection on non-drive side of rear hub looks like a bad design but I've not had any issues.

Bottom Line:   
Ok hubs, just ok. My main problem with them is the slow engagement. Coming from King hubs, the difference is major. In fairness, I paid a TON less for these and I'm using them for training wheels only. Bearing adjustment on rear hub has required some regular attention but it is a simple thing to fix. For the price I paid, I am very happy with these hubs.

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Favorite Trail:   pinhotti

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Older XTR, King, Rolf, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Saltamontes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by charles a Cross Country Rider from holland

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2007

Strengths:    light, smooth rolling, reasonably stiff.

Weaknesses:    2007 freewheel engagement is a disaster. Dull looks.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the new 2007 xtr rear hub, fh-m970. The hub itself works fine, but the freewheel doesn't. Shimano has 'upgraded' it's freewheel with more pawls (and also smaller ones maybe?) to provide 125% faster engagement. Bad idea. Right out the box, the freewheel malfunctioned constantly, causing the cranks to slip about 1/8 of a turn with a loud 'clack'. The LBS tried to solve this problem by removing the grease from the freewheel body, this helped somewhat, in the sense that malfunctions occur only sporadic at temperatures above 18 degrees celcius(about every 10 miles). Below that, there's little improvement, if any. Hubs should not be temperature sensitive, and with a hub in this price range, this kind of malfunctions should not occur at all! In an attempt to keep up with fast-engaging hubs like Chris King, Shimano clearly has crossed 'a bridge too far'. Probably, with some tinkering, further improvement is possible, but with a new hub, this shouldn't be neccessary. In this case, Shimano deserves only one chili for effort.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   XT, Chris King


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim yao a Cross Country Rider from China

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

Strengths:    ultra smooth and quiet, affordable price

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
no time needed to break in, ready to spin fast

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle world

Similar Products Used:   Tune, DT

Bike Setup:   Giant MCM, SID,Mavic 717 disc, Hayes nine

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mitch a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2006

Strengths:    Fairly light @ 150g for front and 310g for rear (disc hubs).
Veeeeerrrry smooth, literally drag free.
Well sealed (not the greatest though).
Easy maintenance/adjustment.
Silent.


Weaknesses:    Slow engagement.
VERY FLEXY!!!!!!!!!! The axle diameter is simply too small + its made of Titanium instead of steel. I would get rear disc rub whenever I do hard corners with these hubs, I'm sure its not my frame thats flexy cos I never had this problem with my hope xcs.


Bottom Line:   
Would probably be the best hubs I've used if it wasn't so FLEXY!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   hope xc
xt
american classic (absolute POS never buy these!!)


Bike Setup:   Ti hardtail with float 100rlc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alejo a Cross Country Rider from spain

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2006

Strengths:    Smooth rolling,lightweight,quality built, titanium freehub body and axle,pewter finish...

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Cup and cone design and diamond polished races result in super smooth spinning. These hubs roll soooo smooth !Back hub doesn´t have that massive rubber cap dragging all the time that some other shimano hubs have...nice. Check freehub body healt often as replacing will be expensive (it´s titanium).It´s one of the few that are built with the cup and cone system, and that´s good for servicing and for adjusting to the right preload at the bearings.
They look very nice !
My value rating is high becouse bought second hand. New can be expensive.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   other shimano (xt, deore), ritchey

Bike Setup:   Cross country HT. V-brake, ceramic rims.Classic stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jackson a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2005

Strengths:    Very smooth rolling on the road,
crisp "tick tick" sound,
nice finishing,
center lock(for those using shimano disc brake),


Weaknesses:    Fewer engagement points than competitor,
Center lock(for those not using shimano disc brake),


Bottom Line:   
From the very 1st ride, i can feel the smoothness, it becomes smoother and smoother as it break in. Made cruising on the road a relax affair. I always wanted to install a center lock rotor to my shimano disc brake, after changing to this hub, i made my wish comes true.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $230.00

Similar Products Used:   Deore

Bike Setup:   Black Panther

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy a Cross Country Rider from Birmingham

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2005

Strengths:    Nice pewter color, price, extremely quiet freehub, light.

Weaknesses:    Dust cover on bearings is plasticesque, axle is threaded; I like the axle area around the drop out to be smooth.

Bottom Line:   
This is a amazingly quiet freehub . I can barely here the click, so it great for sneaking up on hikers or wildlife viewing etc.....This is a great hub for the money. one thing I have noticed is it does not always have instant engagment when ratcheting; feels like a half inch of slack has to be taken up. good bang for the buck.

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Favorite Trail:   Red trail loop Oak Mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Colorado cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Ringle, american classic

Bike Setup:   Litespeed ocoee....old school xc, king headset, king front hub, Thompson stem & post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Larry Mendoza a Cross Country Rider from Sunnyvale, CA

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2005

Strengths:    Fantastic bearings/real spinners, good looking, best value out there

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Sure it's not a mountain bike, but for a 20" wheeled recumbent, quality hubs/bearings are even more critical due to the increased wheel speeds. Couldn't have made a better choice than these XTRs - silent, seamless bearings that spin forever, at an unbeatable price point. Huge reduction in friction & noise from the previous wheels, and they even look great. Is clearly the most impactful upgrade I've made to the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Nor Cal pick 'em

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, Shimano STX-RC hubs

Bike Setup:   Recumbent RANS Tailwind, custom wheelset (Alex DA16 rims, XTR, Marwi spokes), SRAM X-7 rear, Sora front derailleurs, SRAM PC-58 chain, SRAM 7.0 halfpipe shifters

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