I have a Hardtail 29' M Niner 2016, Shimano XT 10 speed, everything is perfect but I always wanted to have that sound from the hub when I go for a ride, so I want to know what I need to upgrade to have that sound?

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    A playing card and a clothespin. – Daniel R Hicks Mar 21 at 20:06
  • Do you know the brand of your rear wheel hub ? It may be written on the hub, or possibly on the side of the wheel's rim. – Criggie Mar 21 at 23:34
  • Pull apart your hub and wipe all of the grease out of the ratcheting mechanism. – Poquontchn Mar 26 at 9:29

It's the freehub rachet mechanism in the hub that makes a rapid repeated clicking sound when you stop pedaling. The cassette is not involved as it slides on the splined freehub body and has no moving parts. (Older technology freewheels combined the sprockets and rachet mechanism on on unit though.)

Silent or quieter hubs are usually considered an upgrade. If you really want a noisy hub you can but a replacement hub and have the wheel rebuilt. Wheel rebuilds almost always require new spokes and take a couple hours of labor so it's very often more cost effective to simply buy a new wheel.

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  • And if you do want to have a freewheel that sounds louder, some brands offer ratchets with more teeth and/or pawls, or more contact points that reduce the the degree of back play in the drive train so that your forward crank movement is more immediately engaged in forward thrust, which makes having a louder hub a real upgrade. look for brands like Chris King or DT Swiss. I love DT Swiss hubs. – bradly Mar 22 at 4:34

As Argenti Apparatus already mentioned, the sound comes from the hub. There are various kinds of springs and ratchets in different hubs. You can use this Youtube playlist with hub sound checks as a guide when selecting your hub. The videos also contain explanation commentary for the features of the sounds.

For example:

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  • One more thing , can these hubs fit my bike or what else should i upgrade ? – Fitim Mar 21 at 21:51
  • @Fitim search this site for questions and answers on rear wheel compatibility. It's not hard to work out. – Argenti Apparatus Mar 21 at 22:30

Instead of rebuilding a new hub to your rim, it will probably be most cost effective to get a new rear wheel with one of the louder freehubs or you could even go for a complete set of wheels so the front & rear wheels have the same spokes & rims.

BUT, Shimano XT hubs are excellent and yes Shimano is noted for making quiet freehubs. I have wheels from Mavic and Fulcrum Racing which are quite loud. Both of these brands make excellent wheels and charge accordingly.

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