Resurrecting this thread in the hope of enlightenment.
I've got a new bike with DT Swiss Spline wheels, having used exclusively Shimano for many years. The wheels are light, and run fast and true, but with the irritating (to me) characteristic of a loud tick-over; think Campag, Hope etc. OK, I can perhaps get used to the clockwork sound, but more disturbing is the occasional (perhaps a couple of times per ride) cracking/clicking sound, usually, but not always, as I take up the drive after freewheeling. It seems to come from the ratchet/pawl mechanism, and is something I have heard very occasionally from Shimano hubs. I can't detect any sign of the mechanism 'missing' as I pedal. The wheels remain dead true, so it's not a broken spoke - although the noise is sharp enough to suggest that possibility. Also, the hub bearings are smooth and free-running. And it's perhaps worth adding that I'm a lightweight 76 yo who uses low gears - no Andre Greipel pushing 2000w throught the transmission!
Any ideas what is causing it? Should I be concerned? How about lubricating the freehub body, with the possible added advantage of quietening the tick-over?
Thoughts and suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.
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