At DT Swiss it is all about small details. Details which appear unimportant but make our products the epitome of quality and performance.
DT Swiss engineers are always looking for ways to further improve our products and to make them faster, more stable and higher quality. How can you build a wheel to make it as fast as possible?
How can you construct a hub to make it as long-lasting and durable as possible?
Think Ceramic...SINC ceramic
Silicon Nitride Ceramic bearings
How can you get the maximum out of your DT Swiss wheels and get the decisive advantage over your competitors?
Ceramic bearings are not new in the cycling industry. Several notably manufacturer are offering ceramic upgrade kits for bottom brackets, pulley wheels and hubs. The advantages of these ceramic bearings can be seen in a lower friction and increased durability over conventional steel bearings. Obviously our SINC Ceramic hybrid bearings also offer these advantages but what is it that makes SINC Ceramic truly special and unique?
"Bearing clearance" is the magic word...
SINC Ceramic hybrid bearings are planed, engineered and tested by DT Swiss. They are made for DT Swiss hubs with absolute precision. Ceramic bearings of other manufacturers may be used in our hubs too – provided that dimension are compatible - but they will never develop their full potential in contrast to SINC Ceramic bearings. Our ceramic hybrid bearings offer the following advantages:
optimum clearance between the ceramic balls and the steel cage („bearing clearance“) prevents wear and secures maximum efficiency
absolute precision of the bearings, which are made for DT Swiss hubs only. Besides the bearing dimension all characteristics of the bearings are perfectly adjusted on the DT Swiss hub shells
improved bearing seat due to optimum integration into the hub shell
combination of ceramic balls and steel cage (hybrid bearings) increases service life of the bearings
sealing is offering an easy service and secures the optimal operation as well as a low friction of the bearing
perfect alignment of all components in the hub for a noticeably easier riding experience
What is the difference between our ceramic balls and conventional steel balls?
Silicon nitride (Si3N4) is characterized by a high strength and a low density. The material is very resilient and has a very high wear resistance and corrosion protection. These characteristics make it perfectly suitable for the use in high-quality bearings.
Only the highest quality ceramic balls made in Japan are used for our SINC Ceramic bearings.
Perfect roundness of the ceramic balls is achieved through a unique production process. While the surface of conventional ceramic balls is not a 100% smooth, SINC Ceramic balls feature an extremely high smoothness and secure the lowest possible friction due to their perfect roundness. With the combination of these ceramic balls and high quality steel cages the full potential of the bearing can be realized.
As the name already suggests: Think ceramic! The decisive advantage over your closest competitors will be also decided in your head ... it is no surprise that world-class athletes like Nino Schurter or Sylvain Chavanel trust on SINC Ceramic bearings:
"...I can really feel the difference with the SINC Ceramic bearings ... it feels a little bit like constant tailwind. For me it is really important to know, that all my power comes 100% onto the asphalt and no seconds are lost!"
Jonathan Fazan - headmechanic Team IAM
"...our riders always ask for the very best and perfect products. Our job is to fulfill their needs and prepare the bikes to be 100% ready and perfectly equipped everyday. What I like most on your SINC Ceramic bearings is the fact, that they are really service friendly and very long lasting! As a matter of fact the riders love them!"
"... no way ... the wheels just don’t stop spinning!"
Yannick Gyger - Chefmechaniker Team Scott Odlo
"... we’re having quite close contact with DT Swiss regarding technical developments and testing of prototypes. Our riders can give a direct feedback to your products and support you with valuable experience. When the team first tested SINC Ceramic bearings, the feedback was clear ... no one in the team wants to race without them anymore!"
SINC Ceramic is available as upgrade kit in 8 different versions:
Set No. 1: RRC and RR Dicut wheels up to MY 2015
Set No. 2: 180 hubs
Set No. 3: RC Spline wheels & 240s non disc-brake hubs
Set No. 4: Spline One wheels MY 2016, 240s disc-brake hubs
Set No. 5: 240S disc-brake IS-6 classic hubs
Set No. 6: XRC 1250 Spline wheels
Set No. 7: RRC and RR Dicut wheels from MY 2016 on
Set No. 8: Spline Mon Chasseral, Spline 1200 wheels and Spline ONE wheels from MY 2017
The set contains 4 bearings, as well as a manual and additional product information. We recommend the assembly to be done by a certified DT Swiss dealer using original DT Swiss tools in order to feel the outstanding performance of SINC Ceramic bearings.