The Shimano M988 XTR front hub really embraces the trail, taking a departure from their standard cross country race style hubs. As with all Shimano products, everything is engineering based. The 15mm E-Thru design is setting the industry standard for a simple, rigid and reliable way to secure the hub using a thru-axle system.
Installing and removing a wheel is a snap. Cup and cone bearings with double contact seals keep the hub bearing and internals clean and fresh. The hub is completely serviceable and easy to overhaul. As with all Shimano mountain hubs, the CenterLock rotor mount system comes standard.