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DT Swiss 350 Road Hubs Bring Lighter, Faster Star Ratchet Performance to Drop Bar Bikes

These new DT Swiss 350 Road hubs look a lot like the latest DT mountain bike 350s. That’s because they are pretty much the same thing, just adapted for road spacing and drivetrains. But let’s face it, the bike industry needs more high-quality, dependable components that aren’t necessarily fighting to be the lightest, fanciest, or most expensive. And while a set of DT Swiss hubs isn’t the cheapest option out there, the 350s are DT’s lowest-cost aftermarket hubset, and they just got a premium performance and reliability upgrade.

Want more premium, fancier tech? You can always opt for the newer, more expensive Ratchet EXP 180 & 240 hubs.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs upgraded

Let’s face it, this was a long time coming. DT Swiss already upgraded their 350 mountain bike hubs from 18-tooth to 36-tooth SL Star Ratchet engagement standard, almost two years back. In fact, complete alloy DT MTB wheels already had the new centerlock hubs even 9 months earlier.

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At the time they were only offered MTB standard sizes, so while you could get a centerlock & 6-bolt hubset for classic mountain bikes, modern Boost mountain bikes, or even fat bikes… if you had a rim brake bike, or just needed a 12mm thru-axle front hub… you were out of luck.

Until now…

So, what’s new?

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hubset upgrades

Just like on the trail, DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are their everyday workhorse on road, gravel & cyclocross, too. So DT gives them the same upgrades to keep your wheels spinning longer. For the most part, the new 350 Road hub isn’t actually very new, rather a much more refined evolution of the long-proven 350s. This generation does seem to look a lot more like the higher-end 240s, just with simple black & white graphics and the proven Star Ratchet tech inside.

Starting off, they do get a bit more extensive machining than the old 350s, in order to shed a couple grams. In fact, the DT weight claim on the new 350 Road Classic hubset starts at 383g, making them lighter than the old pre-EXP 240 Classic hubset which started at 401g.

Our 350 Road Classic Centerlock hubset weighs an actual combined 400g with a Shimano freehub & 12mm thru-axles (142g front, 258g rear).

New DT Swiss 350 MTB hubs, lighter faster still affordable 36T Star Ratchet, tool-free swaps

Inside, instead of upgrading to the newer Ratchet EXP internals, the 350s stay with tried-and-true Star Ratchets, but do get faster engagement with DT’s lightweight machined-out 36T SL steel ratchet rings inside.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub upgrades, tool-free service

The new 350 Road hubs also feature the same easy tool-free swaps from one freehub body to the next as the rest of DT’s premium hubs. That makes swapping two different cassette ranges for the same drivetrain easy without tools, or the same thing when swapping, for example from Shimano to SRAM cassettes when moving one wheelset from bike-to-bike, again without tools.

That also includes the new tool-free endcaps we first spotted on the top 180 EXP hubs. They get a subtle notched end profile that is easier to grasp with your hand so you won’t have to pull out my Unior Hub Genie every time you want to pop a cap off. OK, maybe that’s a shame. But they are still a really tight fit, so the Hub Genie is easier on my fingers.

New DT Swiss 350 MTB hubs, lighter faster still affordable 36T Star Ratchet, ratchet engagement options

Inside, those upgraded 36T SL Star Ratchet pairs double engagement, down to 10°. But of course, you can still always swap out different sets of Ratchet rings (for ~$50-120 / 40-95€) to get the engagement angle that’s right for you, your bike, and your style of riding. DT breaks down why the endless hunt for faster engagement isn’t always the perfect solution for everyone. And they offer 6.7-20° engagement options so decide.

DT Swiss 350 Road hubs – Options, pricing & availability

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub details

The real difference though between the latest DT Swiss 350 MTB hubs and these new 350 Road hubs comes down to more options.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub upgrades, rim brakeClassic rim brake (l) & Straightpull rim brake (r)

The new DT 350 Road hubs come in both Classic medium flange hubs for traditional J-bend spokes and machined-down StraightPull hubs for straight-pull spokes.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub upgrades, centerlock disc brakeClassic centerlock disc brake (l) & Straightpull centerlock disc brake (r)

Both versions come in a Centerlock-only disc brake version or traditional non-disc version for rim brake bikes. All four of those separate combinations appear to spin on the same sealed stainless steel bearing and oversized alloy axles, meaning all are compatible with either classic road QR axles (5×100/130mm) or modern 12mm thru-axles (12×100/142mm). Classic flange hubs are offered in 20, 24, 28 & 32-hole drilling, Straightpull hubs in just 20 & 24-holes.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub upgrades, tool-free freehub bodies

Officially, all of the new 350 Road hubs are available with Shimano Road 11sp & SRAM XDR Ratchet freehub bodies and endcaps, but only the thru-axle versions are shown to be compatible with Campagnolo N3W Ratchet bodies. But based on the extensive Conversion database on all of DT’s current 240 & 350 road hubs, there should be a classic Campy option possible for all new 350 Road hubs.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub upgrades, gravel wheel build kit

The new DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are available starting today from your favorite wheel builders and DT retailers, with front hub pricing from $113 / 85€ and rear hub prices from $285 / 215€. That’s a noticeable increase from the old road 350s (at least a 30% bump for European buyers). But with material and energy cost inflation, these road 350 are even a bit more expensive than the MTB version was when they debuted in 2021.

DT Swiss 350 Road bike hubs, bring affordable durable lightweight Star Ratchet hub upgrades, gravel wheels

I guess, snap ’em up now to build a bulletproof road or gravel wheelset, before they inflate even further.

Myself, I’ve laced up a set of the new 350 Road hubs into a pair of DT Swiss GR531 alloy rims with 24 shiny silver AeroLite spokes, ProLock brass nipples & spoke washers. They tip the scales at 1756g for the pair, and should serve me well as a bulletproof gravel wheelset for bikepacking and all-around adventure riding.

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72 COMMENTS

  1. I hate to burst your bubble, but those hubs wont magically turn your bike into a rocket. Upgrades can improve performance, but dont expect miracles. Focus on your riding skills instead of relying solely on fancy gear.

    • Ive tried those hubs, and theyre nowhere near as good as they claim to be. Overpriced and underwhelming performance. Save your money for something better.

    • I couldnt agree more! The DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are the epitome of awesomeness. Upgrading to these hubs will undoubtedly elevate your cycling experience to a whole new level. Enjoy the ride!

    • I couldnt agree more! DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are the epitome of awesomeness. Upgrading to them will surely elevate your riding experience to a whole new level. Enjoy the ride!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, buddy, but bike parts arent going to turn you into the next Usain Bolt. Sure, the DT Swiss 350 Road hubs might be solid, but lets not get carried away with the hyperbole. Its all about the rider, not just the gear.

  2. Finally, a hub upgrade thatll make my drop bar bike feel like a rocket ship! Cant wait to try these DT Swiss 350 Road hubs and leave everyone in the dust!

  3. Wow, these DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to see the faster performance in action.

  4. Wow, these new DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like the perfect upgrade for my bike! Cant wait to test them out and fly like the wind!

    • Sorry to burst your bubble, but the DT Swiss 350 Road hubs wont magically turn your bike into a rocket ship. They may improve performance, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Keep your expectations in check and enjoy the ride.

  5. Wow, these new DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to see the lighter, faster performance in action.

  6. Wow, these DT Swiss 350 Road hubs seem like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to see how they perform on the road!

  7. I hate to burst your bubble, but DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are overrated. There are plenty of other options out there that offer better performance and value for money. Dont get caught up in the hype, do your research before making a decision.

  8. Wow, these DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like the real deal! Cant wait to try them out on my bike and feel that lighter, faster performance!

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but the DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are overrated. There are far better options out there that actually live up to the hype. Dont waste your time and money on these.

  9. Wow, these new DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to try them out and feel the lighter, faster performance.

  10. Wow, these new DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to see them in action. #NeedForSpeed

  11. Wow, these DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to see the performance boost they bring.

    • Im sorry to burst your bubble, but DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are just another overhyped product. Dont expect them to magically transform your bikes performance. Save your money and invest in something more worthwhile.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but calling them a turbo boost may be a bit of an exaggeration. While DT Swiss 350 Road hubs are great, they wont magically transform your drop bar bike into a speed demon. But hey, give them a go and see for yourself!

    • I tried those hubs, and to be honest, they didnt live up to the hype. Maybe its just me, but I didnt notice a significant difference in speed. Save your money and stick with what you have.

  12. Wow, these DT Swiss 350 Road hubs sound like a game-changer for drop bar bikes! Cant wait to see the improved performance in action.

  13. Anyone else excited to see the DT Swiss 350 Road hubs bringing the heat to drop bar bikes? Time to upgrade the speed!

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