DT Swiss has unveiled a easy Ratchet LN improve package that may convey your low-cost DT wheels as much as Star Ratchet high-performance. The package consists of all of the elements wanted to swap out the 3-pawl engagement of entry-level DT hubs, and exchange it with their signature Ratchet engagement.
DT Swiss Ratchet LN hub improve package: from pawls to Star Ratchet
Lengthy a secret improve carried out within the darkness of YouTube, changing a lower-cost DT 360/370 collection hub with a 3-pawl freehub to DT Swiss’ signature Star Ratchet is a comparatively easy course of. The difficulty had actually all the time simply been getting ahold of the precise spare elements, and entry to DT’s two hub-specific instruments. Now, the elements dialogue simply obtained simpler. And you’ll drop your wheels & package in at your native bike store or customized wheel builder for the easy improve.
How & why to improve? Tech particulars
Even DT’s lower-spec’d 3-pawl hubs on many inexpensive OEM wheels thread their Ring Nut (the tooth the pawls interact) into the hub shell similar to their premium hubs. So, swapping that out with a Ring Nut that enables the spring-loaded Star Ratchet system to interact & disengage means you get sooner efficiency & improved sturdiness.
Whereas tons of hubs work advantageous with pawl engagement and solely 3 factors of contact to switch pedaling torque from the freehub into the wheel itself through the hub shell, the Star Ratchet system totally engages your entire floor space of the ratchets and their tooth with each pedal stroke ahead. Which means higher distribution of drive, and in the end elevated reliability. It additionally makes additional upgrading engagement attainable.
The DT Swiss Ratchet LN improve package comes normal with an 18T pair of ratchet rings, however because it makes use of the long-established Star Ratchet system, you might even improve it additional to 24, 36, and even 54 tooth ratchets for even faster freehub engagement.
DT Swiss Ratchet LN hub improve – Pricing, choices & availability
The Ratchet LN package consists of all of the elements wanted for hub improve: the brand new threaded Ring Nut, a pair of ratchets with 18 tooth, springs, shim ring, spacer, grease, and the freehub physique of your selection – normal Shimano, SRAM XD, or Shimano Micro Spline. To hold out the conversion you will have each DT-specific ring nut removing instruments.
The package with the usual alloy Shimano freehub is the most affordable improve at $92 / 70€, or a bit extra with alloy XD or MicroSpline our bodies at $105 / 80€. Kits with heavy-duty stainless-steel freehub our bodies are additionally out there for $26 / 20€ additional. Get them not from any DT Swiss bike store or wheelbuilder close to you.
Replace: DT Swiss has expanded Ratchet LN upgrades to highway bikes now too, and has added sooner 36T MTB improve package choices, too. Learn all of it right here.