Alternatives to DT Swiss Star Ratchet Grease?

prhymeate
prhymeate Posts: 795
edited May 2018 in Workshop
I need to service a 240s hub and all I have at home is Wledtite TF2 grease. I'm a bit reluctant to pay £35 for a DT Swiss service kit (can't seem to find the grease on it's own). Can anyone recommend an alternative? I would have just used the TF2 but someone on the mtbr forum didn't seem to think it was good enough. http://forums.mtbr.com/wheels-tires/dt- ... ost7857712

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  • canamdad
    canamdad Posts: 165
    You have to be careful about the thickness of the grease because the star ratchets need to still contact each other or you will just be spinning you pedals. I've had a Hugi rear hub for many years and never had any luck with anything other than DT grease. I think you can find just the grease avail in UK/Continent. I live in Canada and get it from the US. You don't have to use very much and the small tubs should last many years.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,234
    Any grease
    left the forum March 2023
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,515
    the dt swiss 'special' grease is a mix of grease and mineral oil, it's lighter than many greases

    you can get it from many places, even amazon sellers...
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/LU-DT-Grease-f ... B004KZY3I6

    the dts order code is HXTXXX00NSG20S you may find it cheaper if you seach

    as above it's a small pot but will last for years, otherwise use a light grease, whatever you use, don't put too much on
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • prhymeate
    prhymeate Posts: 795
    Awesome, thanks. I've just purchased some of that. I'm sure any grease might have done the job but I guess £13 isn't too bad if it goes a long way. Rather be on the safe side.
  • surfercyclist
    surfercyclist Posts: 894
    Prhymeate wrote:
    Awesome, thanks. I've just purchased some of that. I'm sure any grease might have done the job but I guess £13 isn't too bad if it goes a long way. Rather be on the safe side.

    Where did you get it from as that link to Amazon now shows it's not available. Thanks.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,515
    just search with google for the order code or terms such as...

    dt swiss star ratchet grease

    for instance...
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DT-Swiss-Sta ... 2641344366
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Andymaxy
    Andymaxy Posts: 197
    Mavic copied dt Swiss' rachet hub, they make their own grease too, I'm sure they are similar.
  • surfercyclist
    surfercyclist Posts: 894
    sungod wrote:
    just search with google for the order code or terms such as...

    dt swiss star ratchet grease

    for instance...
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DT-Swiss-Sta ... 2641344366

    Thanks but that comes from the USA(!). Might take a few days plus it seems crazy none a bit closer to Blighty.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,515
    the point is that you search
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • canamdad
    canamdad Posts: 165
    SJS is showing this grease if the OP hasn't found any yet https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lubricants/ ... -freehubs/
  • Nick Payne
    Nick Payne Posts: 288
    I've used Weldtite TF2 teflon grease when servicing DT star ratchet hubs, and had no problems with the ratchet not engaging: http://index.weldtite.co.uk/products/detail/cycle-grease-with-teflon-tube-150ml. I think quite a lot of bike shops sell this.

    I did try ordinary automotive grease, and had problems with the ratchet skipping when pedalling after freewheeling.
  • surfercyclist
    surfercyclist Posts: 894
    Nick Payne wrote:
    I've used Weldtite TF2 teflon grease when servicing DT star ratchet hubs, and had no problems with the ratchet not engaging: http://index.weldtite.co.uk/products/detail/cycle-grease-with-teflon-tube-150ml. I think quite a lot of bike shops sell this.

    I did try ordinary automotive grease, and had problems with the ratchet skipping when pedalling after freewheeling.

    I have some of that so will try it otherwise I see SJSCyles sells the DT stuff so will get some from there.
    Regular grease is too thick so likely to cause loss of engagement.

    Cheers folks.
  • Andymaxy
    Andymaxy Posts: 197
    Update: sorry this mighty be too late but I just used a standard park tool ploylube 1000(very thick), and mixed it with a bit of finish line wet lube. Working very well, seems to be a bit quieter than when I got the wheels.