Hub and Spoke Technology
“As exact as a Swiss watch.” This saying is often used to describe precision, craftsmanship and reliability. Probably it is no accident that there is a company in Switzerland, which is famous for the part which one could describe as the watch of a bike wheel. To ensure smooth running, accurate traction and perfect resistance towards environmental influence of a bike hub, you need the same excellence as you need to develop and produce an outstanding Swiss watch.
DT Swiss hubs have proven their quality and performance for years in professional road and mountain bike racing. Contact free seals and high precision bearings guarantee that every bit of the rider’s energy is transformed into forward momentum. To make sure that this force transmission not only takes place without any loss of power but also without any loss of time, the extremely durable DT Ratchet System is the perfect addition.
To underline the high-end characteristics of the super lightweight straight pull hubs, we have given the hub shell a noble laser etched finish.
You need the same excellence as you need to develop and produce an outstanding Swiss watch.
Besides all the technical reasons, there are some more very important arguments for our collaboration with DT Swiss. Due to the ZEAL consumer-direct model, it is very important that the product offers maximum convenience and flexibility.
- The Ratchet System driver mechanism can be serviced without special tools in minutes.
- The press fit assembly allows working in almost any currently existing axle configuration by swapping the press fit end caps.
- The exchange of the freewheel system (Shimano/Sram, Campagnolo or Sram XD) is also possible without tools.
- Every DT Swiss Service Center offers service and support for your hub in a ZEAL wheel.
If you need any spare part or conversion kit for your hub, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
To create a perfect and sustainable relationship you need a well attuned connection between partners. In a bike wheel, the spokes act as the link between hub and rim and fulfill far more than just the function of connecting the components. Spokes carry the weight of the bike and its rider, they absorb the irregularities of the surface to increase the rider’s comfort and finally they transmit acceleration and braking power. To enable the spokes to perform at their best, it is necessary to define many parameters and that the spokes are laced and trued by experienced hands.
To create a perfect and sustainable relationship you need a well attuned connection between partners
With Sapim CX-Ray and CX-Sprint we are confident to have the best aerodynamic spokes available in our wheels. The high strength and flexibility of the European made spokes make the Sapim CX-Ray and CX-Sprint spokes suitable for almost every bicycle discipline. For all front wheels and the non-drive side of the rear wheels, we use the CX-Ray spokes. With a thickness of 0.9mm and a depth of 2.0 – 2.2 mm, these high-strength blade spokes provide a very small contact surface for the wind. To increase lateral and torsional stiffness of the rear wheel, we use CX-Sprint (1.2mm x 2.3mm) spokes on the drive side of all our rear wheels. Produced from high-tensile, fatigue-resistant 18/8 stainless steel, these spokes are almost as light as titanium. Our spokes are fixed in nipples with a special locking mechanism.