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    My new bike has DT Swiss E1800 Spline wheels and the hub ratchet noise when I'm not pedaling is annoying. It is an 11 speed hub.
    I've taken the hub on other wheels apart and had good results with Tri-Flow in that area.

    I now only have T-9 & ProLink lube, & I think they would be too watery. Is there a better lube than tri-flow for this & is there anything I should be aware of.
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    DT Swiss freehub grease

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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    My new bike has DT Swiss E1800 Spline wheels and the hub ratchet noise when I'm not pedaling is annoying. It is an 11 speed hub.
    I've taken the hub on other wheels apart and had good results with Tri-Flow in that area.

    I now only have T-9 & ProLink lube, & I think they would be too watery. Is there a better lube than tri-flow for this & is there anything I should be aware of.
    Any lightweight grease, or grease mixed with oil. 90w gear lube would be quieter too. If the grease is too thick, it could inhibit engagement, particularly in cold weather.

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    DT Swiss 'special' grease and nothing else. Not much of it. Apply some to the ramps on one ring, and some to the notches on outside of the rings, that's it. If you overdo it the rings won't engage properly. If you use oil it will leak out. Depending on how much you ride you'll have to do it every 2-8 months.

    You can obviously use different grease if you can't get DT but nothing heavy or really 'webby'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    DT Swiss 'special' grease and nothing else. Not much of it. Apply some to the ramps on one ring, and some to the notches on outside of the rings, that's it. If you overdo it the rings won't engage properly. If you use oil it will leak out. Depending on how much you ride you'll have to do it every 2-8 months.
    I believe these wheels use those DT370 hubs like in that hub-conversion thread. No star ratchets, just traditional pawls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    I believe these wheels use those DT370 hubs like in that hub-conversion thread. No star ratchets, just traditional pawls.
    You are correct. DT 'normal' grease for those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    DT Swiss 'special' grease and nothing else. Not much of it. Apply some to the ramps on one ring, and some to the notches on outside of the rings, that's it. If you overdo it the rings won't engage properly. If you use oil it will leak out. Depending on how much you ride you'll have to do it every 2-8 months.
    Grease every 2-8 months just to keep my freehub quiet? I'll stick with my good old reliable quiet Shimano hubs, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    i now only have t-9 & prolink lube..........
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