Shimano XTR Hub

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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.

User Reviews (85)

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What&son   Weekend Warrior [Jun 03, 2011]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Seal coud be better, freehub not serviceable anymore.

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.

Similar Products Used: XT, XTR Rim (reviewed a few posts down), Ritchey,XT first series...
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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
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Mutantclover   Cross Country Rider [Jan 23, 2010]
Strength:

Cheap, lasts, quality look, fairly quiet freewheel

Weakness:

Low engagement if it bothers you, not especially light

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

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
nagatahawk   Weekend Warrior [Jan 21, 2009]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

expensive but you get the finest hub

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!

Similar Products Used: Shimano Hone, Shimano Deore XT
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
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Navid tahamtani   Cross Country Rider [Jan 10, 2009]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: XT and hope proII and chrisKing.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Hank Hill   Cross Country Rider [Jun 18, 2003]
Strength:

Looks great, light weight, smooth action, wonderful integration

Weakness:

NONE

The 2003 XTR Disc hubs are fantastic. Mine are laced to Mavic X317 Disc rims. Andre is the man. These wheels are stiff and light. The hubs are silent. They spin smoothly and engage instantly. I love the buzz and performance of the King hubs, but these are just as good. The new Disc interface makes a great performing wheel.

Similar Products Used: Chris King Classics
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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MOI   Racer [Sep 15, 2007]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

NOT THAT LIGHTWEIGHT!!!

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!!!

Similar Products Used: SHIMANOT, LX, DEORE, ACERA, MAVIC....
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Paul   Cross Country Rider [Jun 25, 2007]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Older XTR, King, Rolf, Bontrager
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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tim yao   Cross Country Rider [Dec 21, 2006]
Strength:

ultra smooth and quiet, affordable price

Weakness:

none

no time needed to break in, ready to spin fast

Similar Products Used: Tune, DT
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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5
Ryan   Cross Country Rider [Feb 23, 2002]
Strength:

Low maintenance, good looks, easily rebuild-able, good parts availability.

Weakness:

Nothing worth crying about.

I honestly don't know what some of these people are whining about. The XTR hubs hold up fine if you take care of them. We’re not talking mad maintenance here, just basic care.

I raced the 99’ season on the hubs, which included about 90 miles of training rides per week, along with the races on the weekends. I went on to use the hubs all winter, riding in snow and mud and never a problem. My wife stole my wheels for her bike and has been riding them for the last 2 years and no problem.

I have owned several “boutique” brands like King, Hugi, Syncros, etc, and with the exception of the syncros hubs, which I couldn’t get to stay tight (king hubs do that to but not nearly as bad), have liked them all.

If you ride in nasty conditions, you have to maintain your gear better. I rebuild my XTR hubs every 6 months or so. In winter, I use a good marine grade bearing grease and in the summer I use Bullshot. It works for me.

If you race, and are a fairly competent mechanic, then XTR are a good deal. If you want good value and aren’t as concerned with weight, then get XT. If you want the pinnacle of coolness, get King (make sure to check them to make sure they are tight every couple of rides) If you want hubs that hold up under any conditions, get Hugi. If someone offers to give you some Syncros hubs, run away!

Similar Products Used: Hugi, King, Syncros(junk), All the high end Shimano stuff.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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charles   Cross Country Rider [May 30, 2007]
Strength:

light, smooth rolling, reasonably stiff.

Weakness:

2007 freewheel engagement is a disaster. Dull looks.

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.

Similar Products Used: XT, Chris King
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1
VALUE
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1
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