DT Swiss Onyx hub for touring?
So being that this hub is not longer in production finding info on it is kinda hard. I got one of these super cheap recently and was considering using it as the hub for my new touring rear wheel. Everywhere I read on the net these days says to use either XT hubs or Phil. This seems like an awfully large gap in quality. I have had great luck 700c touring on my DT Swiss 240s hubs. These days I am more interested in touring with minimal gear (20-30lbs with food). I am also switching to 26" for more comfort.
Anyway, the rear build I am thinking is the DT Swiss Onyx I got (though mind you its only a 32h, hope I wont regret it, though my 240s hubs were 32 also) laced to Sun Rhyno Lite rim with Alpine III spokes. Does this sound like a good build or would I be better served by going with the XT hub, 36h and Rhyno lite rims? I weigh 250lbs btw.
Thanks you very much.
Originally Posted by Ken Cox
Originally Posted by 11.4
Originally Posted by carleton
I built some DT Onyx/Velocity Synergy/WS DB wheels back in 2005, after getting an excellent deal on hubs. At the time, DT Hugi were very popular (no longer made, replaced by current 240/340 series hubs). The Onyx were DT's "cheap" hubs. I built 3 wheels for use on 2 bikes: 36h disc rear, 36h disc front, 32h rim front. I used them for 6,000 miles, nearly all on pavement, and never had a problem.
I recall discovering a loose locknut (minor issue) on the rear hub at the end of this period, when I cleaned and regreased bearings. The rear hub has 1/4"/ 6mm ball bearings on the drive side, and a cartridge bearing on the non-drive side. All the front Onyx hubs use pressed-in cartridge bearings.
So, in my experience the DT Onyx were good hubs, suitable for touring duty.
A 36h Shimano XT hub may have a little advantage longevity-wise, built the same way with same rim/spokes. An offset-drilled rim like the Velocity Synergy would help even more, since it will take about half the dish out of a std 135mm XT wheel.
through fate, it may be in a wheel that gets damaged,
then since most shops would more likely have a shimano hub wheel
for replacements, in stock,
you can mail the DT hub home to be part of another wheel build..
My Hugis have lasted 40k miles with just basic servicing. I'd replace the (sealed cartridge) bearings, but I'd need a $170 tool kit.
The 32h should be fine if you stay on asphalt - especially with 26" wheels.