In 2018 Shimano unveiled its MICRO SPLINE FREEHUB technology to accommodate its ground-breaking XTR M9100 12-speed mountain bike cassette.

With the advent of DEORE XT M8100 and SLX M7100 groupsets this year, demand for MICRO SPLINE licences continues to increase.

We are now pleased to expand our licence criteria to offer more wheel/hub brands the option to use MICRO SPLINE technology.

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Bicycle hub and wheel brands wishing to use MICRO SPLINE technology should contact their Shimano account manager either at Shimano Europe or via their local Shimano distributor/sales office.


1.       Embargo: Friday 13th September, 09:00 CEST

2. Brands already licensed to produce MICRO SPLINE hubs: DT Swiss, Newmen, Reynolds, Fulcrum and Industry Nine.


2.       About Shimano Europe: Founded in 1921, Shimano is dedicated to helping its customers get closer to nature, supporting people to realize their dreams and create new lifestyles. That comes with the desire to create outstanding cycling products and apparel. With almost 100 years’ experience in creating internationally renowned bicycle components, Shimano is proud to have developed products that continue to take countless athletes to victory and provide the means for limitless global bicycle journeys. For more information see

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