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Old 12-08-20, 03:39 AM
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DT Swiss 350 rear hub tool

Was thinking of working on a DT Swiss 350 rear hub, and see that you need a tool to unscrew the "ring nut". Going on line I see it offered with varying provenance from about $20 to $100. What's up with that? Or for about $250 you can get a complete maintenance kit. Think I would just buy a new hub. But for most of the "kit", except for that one tool it's just what the DIYer digs around for the right sized socket or section of pipe.

So is there some reason to avoid the $20 tool? I guess maybe it isn't machined well so the fit isn't great.

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Old 12-08-20, 03:55 AM
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Industry goes towards "discouraging" people from fixing their own stuff. More and more expensive pro tools needed to do the job- so it's hardly sensible for home/occasional use.
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I guess my real question is all these different brand tools look pretty identical, yet have widely varying prices.

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Old 12-11-20, 05:41 AM
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I suppose it depends on how tight you think that hub is, how many times you plan to use the tool and whether you can fix it if it breaks.

I am planning to remove a rear gear set, and my guess is that after 20 years of hard use (bent cranks, bent derailleur, bent rear mudguard and replaced front wheel) it is going to be very tight.
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I'd buy the $20 and try it. I have only used shimano hubs, but have never worn out a freehub body. If that ring is to be replaced often then it is poor quality or a poor design.
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The 20 dollar tool is likely to be softer steel and won't last as long as the more expensive versions. However if you are only doing this once every few years, it might last you long enough. Even if it only last long enough for one hub, you'd still be better off price wise till you do your fourth wheel or so.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
The 20 dollar tool is likely to be softer steel and won't last as long as the more expensive versions. However if you are only doing this once every few years, it might last you long enough. Even if it only last long enough for one hub, you'd still be better off price wise till you do your fourth wheel or so.
It claims to Chrome Vanadium and should be hard enough to last a while.
Amazon.com: Keenso Bicycle Hub Tool Chromium-Vanadium Steel Bike Rear Hub Lock Ring Nut Removal Repairing Tool for DT Swiss DT 350 240 440 540 Ratchet: Sports & Outdoors
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