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How to silence freehub on DT Swiss Spline wheels?

The hubs in your wheels are DT Swiss 370 using an 3 pawl system. It is possible to upgrade the 3 pawl hub to the star ratchet system. The 18 tooth ratchet is pretty quiet. Here is the official ...
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How to silence freehub on DT Swiss Spline wheels?

For the most part you've bought the wrong hub for your stated priorities. You might be able to bring down the noise a bit by running a more viscous lubricant inside the freehub body or a greater ...
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How to silence freehub on DT Swiss Spline wheels?

I would assume that these hubs use DT Swiss’ star-ratchet engagement system. From research, ensuring they are greased is the ONLY method I am have come across. Many sources recommend not over-...
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How to silence a creaking cassette/freehub body

I have chased these noise gremlins (when loaded up while climbing) on an 11-28 Ultegra 11-speed cassette a number of times. Correctly torqued cassette lockring, clean surfaces, clean, fresh, and ...
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Safe to replace cross pattern spoked front rim brake wheel with radial-spoked?

Criggie does correctly point out this question a subset of what is answered in the link he provided. The short answer to your specific question (which you basically answered for yourself) is yes, it ...
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What type of bikes have a steel frame with 135mm rear dropouts spacing?

Most but not all mountain bikes from the 1990s were using 135mm spacing, which I believe was introduced in the 2nd half of the 1980s, maybe. The steel rockhoppers pretty much all have this spacing. ...
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What type of bikes have a steel frame with 135mm rear dropouts spacing?

In my garage there are two. One is a BSO, but the other is a tourer (Genesis Tour de Fer). Halo Wheels say "135mm rear – QR MTB, Most QR disc road bikes" - and sure enough my tourer is QR, ...
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Does a z-shaped cone wrench exist?

Such a tool might be convenient. I wonder if you could cut one from a stout teaspoon or dessert-spoon. I've never seen one in person or for sale anywhere though. I've come across rear wheels built ...
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Does a z-shaped cone wrench exist?

No, its not not needed. Remove the cone from the non-drive side, and the axle slides out the drive side. Assembly means setting the position of the drive side cone and locking it with the lock nut, ...
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Front wheel squeak

Answering this question in case it is helpful for those struggling with a similar problem in the future. This problem is caused by a hairline fracture in the rim. You can see it below: However, I did ...
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Is it safe to ride on wheels with rusted spoke eyelets?

Yes, the rust is not a safety issue. It's fine. They're not replaceable in any kind of practical sense. Double eyelets or sockets such as those pictured are formed to match a specific distance between ...
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29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels?

The ground clearance is usually better on 29". In places like turns or approaching the low edge of the sidewalk, you are much less likely to get a pedal strike.
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29" wheels - what advantage do they provide over smaller wheels?

The only noticeable difference between a smaller and larger diameter wheel is that larger wheels roll over obstacles slightly easier (~5%). Everything else, including speed, is negligible. Otherwise, ...
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Is 650b a better platform than 26" or 29"?

The only noticeable difference between a smaller and larger diameter wheel is that larger wheels roll over obstacles slightly easier (~5%). Everything else, including speed, is negligible. Otherwise, ...
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Wheel not straight in dropouts - can this cause brake rub?

Logically there's no proof here that the dropouts aren't straight. To measure the alignment of the dropouts you need either dropout alignment tools, which measure their alignment relative to each ...
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Deriving formula for spoke lengths

Okay, I decided that uploading the document as a series of images would be better than having to individually copy all the diagrams and render the equations separately (Bicycles StackExchange does not ...
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Help finding diameter for WTB ST i30

I emailed WTB the ERD of the 29 st light i30. Is 605 mm. I confirmed that by measuring mine
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

Crappy Chinese spokes. Most likely heat/cold has set off a fatigue failure. No. Probably not. If you are using traditional steel spokes, it is probably an old wheel so it might be time to rebuild it ...
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

Spokes break at four main points at the J bend becuase they've been ridden too loose, undertensioned In the rear wheel, about 10mm along from the J bend because the chain has jumped the big cog and ...
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

I've dealt with a number of wheels where there were inexplicable failures at the mid-span of the spokes (far away from the elbow or threads). I haven't heard of instances of this where the failure ...
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Can I convert a rim brake wheel to a disc brake wheel?

I did it, 140 mm disc and it's working. Stabel with 4 bolts. Front one it's not possiable, too narrow.
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Will this modern road bike hub fit in my 1990's MTB (130mm restoration)

Yes, it will work without issue. To make it work with 7-speed you'll just use a 4.5mm spacer that's made for the purpose behind the cassette.
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

I get that noise briefly when I true a wheel, then ride on it without "stress relieving" the spokes. Stress-relieving can be as simple as squeezing each pair of crossing spokes so the ...
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

That's a sign of a poorly built wheel. Either the wheel was built by an incompetent human, or it's a machine-built wheel and the engineer who created the machine was cutting corners to save money or ...
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

I think you have found the answer to your question, about the cause and meaning of the pinging. I would suggest however that to assert the wheel invariable needs re-truing (at that answer does) is ...
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