DT Swiss expands Ratchet LN upgrade to road bikes, adds faster 36T MTB kit option

DT Swiss brings their Ratchet LN DIY upgrade kits to more riders with new road-specific options. Just like on the LN MTB kits debuted earlier this year, now road, gravel & cyclocross riders with DT pawl hubs can step up to Star Ratchet internals with the straightforward conversion kits.

Plus, due to popular demand, DT Swiss has added a complete MTB kit option with a 36T Ratchet for faster off-road engagement.

DT Swiss Ratchet LN Road hub upgrades

The same rationale from mountain biking transitions to drop bars here. Upgrade from 3-pawls to a DT’s signature Star Ratchet for faster hub engagement (and the ability to upgrade further), more secure power transfer, and much-improved durability.

Now, most old 350/370 series road hubs and 1600/1800 series complete road wheels can get upgraded to 240-level performance. Bring OEM spec wheels up to aftermarket performance levels.

What’s different for the road?

shimano 12 speed road group setup and installation tips

Well, not much really. A lot of cyclists with older DT road hubs & wheels could have already upgraded using the MTB kits. But now, 18T Ratchet LN Road upgrade kits include the correct modern road freehub body standards: Shimano Road HG 11-speed (which semi-confusingly, but thankfully works with their new 12-speed groups) and the longer SRAM XD-R drivers for 12-speed AXS drivetrains.

DT Swiss Ratchet LN Upgrade Kit Road, XDR exploded

The Ratchet LN Upgrade Kit Road includes all the parts (but not the tools) needed for the hub conversion: the new Threaded Ratchet Ring, a pair of 18T ratchets, springs, shim ring, spacer, grease, and the freehub body of your choice. The Shimano Road 11 kit sells for $92 / 70€, and the SRAM XD-R kit sells for $105 / 80€ – both available now.

New 36T Ratchet LN MTB upgrade kits

DT Swiss Ratchet LN hub upgrade kit, from 3-pawls to Star Ratchet, kit contents

Just like the road, those original Ratchet LN MTB upgrade kits launched back in April included 18T ratchets for 20° engagement. But many mountain bikes want quicker engagement than that. So on top of the $92-105 / 70-80€  for the LN kit, DIYers could easily spend just as much extra if they wanted more teeth. DT heard you, and is making it simple.

DT Swiss Ratchet LN hub upgrade kit, from 3-pawls to Star Ratchet, exploded

Now, Ratchet LN MTB kits are also available with 36T ratchet rings from the start, for $52/40€ extra.

Standard alloy Shimano freehub 36T LN kits are still the cheapest upgrade at $144 / 110€, then alloy XD or MicroSpline for $157 / 120€. Heavy-duty stainless steel freehub bodies are also available with 36T LN kits for $26 / 20€ extra. All are available now through multiple DT Swiss retailer & service center channels.

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Mayhem
Mayhem
11 months ago

Hey DT Swiss, where is the road version of the new 350?!

Jaap
Jaap
11 months ago

Seems like they are the road version already, I’ve been using a new set of 350 hubs on my road bike for a few months now.

Seraph
Seraph
11 months ago

I’m confused how the new “Ratchet LN MTB” kit differs from the old Star Ratchet kit that’s had 18t, 24t, 36t, and 54t options forever and ever.

Jaap
Jaap
11 months ago

Ratchets are the same, cassette body and hub spacing/dimensions are different. Only the “old” SRAM XDR bodies would be transferable, shimano and campagnolo bodies don’t work.

Jaap In de Betouw
Jaap In de Betouw
11 months ago

The star ratchets are the same, the cassette body and hub dimensions/spacing is different. So ratchet kits are transferable, the “old” SRAM XD(R) bodies work fine, Shimano and Campagnolo bodies do not work on LN hubs.

Mayhem
Mayhem
11 months ago

So Jaap, where do I get a set of new 350 road hubs, considering they’re still not even on DT’s own website? While yes one could use the MTB hubs on a road bike, the two problems are that the rear is not available with road freehubs (XDR, Shimano 11-speed, Campagnolo) and the front is not available for 12 mm axle. I’d love to be proven wrong though as I need a pair or two and would rather not buy the old version at this point in time!

Jaap
Jaap
11 months ago

Bike24 has loads of Shimano 11-speed rear hubs in 12x142mm thru axle, both 28 and 24 hole. They also offer conversion kits for 12x100mm front axles. For an XDR build you can use your old XDR bodies, or buy the new ones on Bike24.

Seraph
Seraph
11 months ago

@Jaap that still doesn’t explain how DT is branding the 36t ratchet as “new”, since they’ve had 36t ratchet kits for years now.