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Item # DTS000U

The best gets better.

If you're looking for quicker engagement on your pedal stroke, DT Swiss offers a Star Ratchet Upgrade Kit to make its stock 18t hubs more responsive. The kit comes with a set of two of DT's signature ratchet rings, along with a pot of the grease that the manufacturer recommends for installation. Upgrade a set of 190 ceramic, 240, 350, or 440 freeride hubs with the kit to take advantage of quicker engagement for covering attacks on the road or popping across obstacles on the trail.

Tech Specs

Material:
aluminum
Hub Type:
DT Swiss
Recommended Use:
road cycling, mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Easy Upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

DT Swiss makes it really easy to improve freehub engagement with this kit. It only takes a few minutes to install, and the quicker engagement will improve your riding experience.

Engage

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgrade my stock DT Swiss hub to the 54t ratchet after a few days riding with the stock 18t ratchet hubs because I was lacking engagement and l wanted a more responsive feel. The 54t ratchet upgrade was easy to install and preforms great; offering a responsive and quick engaging hub.

Engagement

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Any upgrade to make climbing easier is worth it. You'll notice the increased number of teeth on those techy climbs. You'll also notice this little guy makes you way louder so fellow riders will FINALLY respects your send.

worthy upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you run any DT star ratchet hub on your mountain wheels, the option to upgrade to better engagement is definitely worth it.
190 ceramic, 240, 350, or 440 freeride hubs

Easy and cost effective upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of the easiest and most cost-effective upgrades you can get out there for your DT swiss hubs!

I went with the 54t upgrade on the DT Swiss 350's -XM 481 wheelset that came stock on my Yeti 5.5 and very happy with the upgrade so far.

When I demo'd this bike earlier this year... the lack of engagement was my only worry. For right around $100 I was able to resolve that and come pretty close to the I9 Torch hubs I had on my last bike (Santa Cruz Hightower with Trail S I9 wheels). Although it isn't the same... I am very stoked with the additional engagement so far.

Hit me up if you have any questions on what upgrade kit might be the best for you and your wheelset.

Easy and cost effective upgrade

The perfect upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently got a pair of DT swiss wheels with an 18 tooth ratchet. Instantly I got this to upgrade. I went with the 36 tooth upgrade as it doubled the engagement from 20 degrees to 10 degrees, and works flawless. The kit literally takes 3 minutes to install. Pull off your free hub, remove the old springs and gears, drop the new ones in, and you're good to go. They include a small bottle of grease, which will last as long as you have the wheels. Servicing is a breeze, and the grease lasts quite a while between services. You can control the sounds from the hub by how much grease is applied. The more grease, the quieter hub. Once the grease breaks down and the hub starts to get a bit louder, I know it's a good time I think to clean and regrease.

Feel free to reach out to me if interested, or have any questions about the product.

Phone - 801-736-6396 extension 4695
Email - jehall@backcountry.com

Upgrade from 18 tooth

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The engage is very noticeable, well work the cost. Plus it sounds great. Using on DT 240s hubs, easy to install.

Sweet Upgrade!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently got a set of DT Swiss wheels with 350 hubs and it came with an 18t star ratchet. I knew after the first ride I needed an upgrade!

The swap to the 54t was a breeze. I didn't even need to take the cassette off. Just to make sure I was doing everything correctly I watched this video before hand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tog0RMNR4wA

DT Swiss gives you a tub of grease to use so I definitely have some left over to use mid summer when the ratchet needs to be re-greased .

Now that I have the 54t upgrade I can make it up those technical climbs! The hubs are a little bit louder than most stock hubs but not annoying loud by any means. I can feel a slight increase in drag versus the 18t but I would rather be able to pedal up the technical climbs!

I would recommend this upgrade to anyone!

So. Much. Engagement!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Grabbed a 54t for my 240s, and love how they feel now. Makes technical climbs a breeze, as the power to your wheel becomes almost instantaneous. Quieter than an I9 hub, but definitely louder than the other options!

54 tooth "Upgrade"...?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well, the swap was easy, but as always with a DT 240, ...where does all the water come from?? Anyhow, after getting all the water and grit out of the freehub and hub shell, the old 18 tooth ratchets were in perfect shape, so i just threw them in the toolbox and put in the new 54s. Well, first, it is tough to really grease something with SOOO many little corners, and points. So, I went as light as possible with the DT grease, but felt like it was tricky to get all of it without over-greasing. Well, I put it back together, and it is pretty awesome. I was a little scared of it being "draggy" but I cannot feel a difference. Also, it is not incredibly-annoyingly-loud and abnoxious like I9(Awefully annoying) or CK(less annoying) hubs. It does make the 240 louder, but not much. It is slightly louder, but with a super high frequency "Buzz." If you want silent, stick with the 18 tooth. If you want wicked engagement, get the 54 tooth. Its that simple. I love the engagement, and will grease it constantly to keep the noise down. Good upgrade...As long as the EXTREMELY TINY teeth hold up!!!

Avg. ride time: 9h 41m per week
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Makes a Difference

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

An easy upgrade to install. Made an engagement difference on my PowerTap GS hub!

Excellent upgrade!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upgraded from an 18 ring to this 36 ring ratchet and it really makes a difference on the climbing.