Troubleshooting a clicking sound

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Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby crrimson » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:05 pm

I've been trying to figure out what's causing the clicking while I pedal and think I've narrowed it down to the rear wheel (hopefully), the wheel has some issues already but before I spend the money to buy a new wheel or build a new one I wanted to see if a different wheel would negate the sound..

Does anyone have a spare 29er wheel laying around? I would just need to put it on for a minute, and put some weight on the pedals.

- might as well throw this in as an aside, what 29er rim/wheels does anyone recommend? I'm considering getting Mavic TN719 rims http://www.bikebling.com/ProductDetails ... N-719-29er & re-using my hubs.. Right now the rims I have are DT Swiss 470 SL's pretty much the same as these: http://www.dtswiss.com/Products/Compone ... X-470.aspx

I would prefer to upgrade if I'm replacing something.. another thing to keep in mind is that I don't think I can use super wide rims/tires on my frame atleast on the rear..
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby Jaxon » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:16 am

I had a random ticking noise on a road bike years ago that ended up being the rear skewer. The noise never came back after putting a little grease on the middle part of the skewer that goes through the hub. You could try swapping skewers. Try looking for loose spokes or loose wheel bearings too.

I have these rims and like them so far. For road bikes, I've concluded that wide rims and narrower tires are better than narrow rims and wider tires, but I haven't yet determined if that's also true for mountain bike wheels.

http://salsacycles.com/components/semi_29er_disc/
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby Garasaki » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:26 am

Can't help with your click, but I've seen a lot of recommendations for this place

http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby OnlyInAJeep » Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:06 pm

29er Rims I have known...

Stans Flows and Arches seemed to be pretty strong rims for their weight (525 & 475g), they built up really well. Kinda pricey at around 70-75 bucks. I think you'd be happy with these. Arches are 24mm wide and Flows 28mm. Jaghouse is running Flows if I recall correctly...

WTB DD XC's seemed pretty weenie, a little frustrating building. My bro says he can feel 'em flex in corners.

WTB DD FR and Halo Freedoms have worked well for my weight and less than graceful riding :). They both also were hassle free builds. A bit heavy around 630gr. Both are around $35

Sun RhinoLite, I have one set built by Mike Curiak that has held up very well. Another set built by SpeedGoat, rear is going strong, front one I bent the crap out of endoing in the rock garden a couple years ago :) We got it reasonably true whacking against a tree stump and torquing it between two rocks, the tensions are all over the place but I'm still riding it :) Not a sexy looking rim, strong, but I think the WTB DDFRs are stronger.

Alex TD17, my first wheel build...four years back, these things have held up to some stupid riding :) Still have 'em, though are on my cement/asphalt/gravel bike...These things are cheap! Twenty bucks, good bargain rim.

Salsa Semi - Just built these, seemed pretty strong, built up easy, have yet to abuse them.

Kris Holm Unicycle rim - crazy strong! wide! heavy! Overkill for a normal sized rider...

Great wheelbuilding book -> http://www.wheelpro.co.uk/wheelbuilding/book.php

Awesome pricing on Sapim Spokes -> http://www.danscomp.com/products.php?ca ... how=Spokes


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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby crrimson » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:04 pm

Thanks for all the good info Steve! I'm leaning towards the Mavic TN719s or the Flows. Still not sure I'm getting or buying new wheels just yet though, I have to figure out which part of the wheel (hopefully the wheel) is causing the clicking, I'd hate to re-use my hubs if they're causing the issue :).
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby crrimson » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:46 pm

I'm pretty sure I got rid of the clicking sound. I noticed I had some play in my headset, tightened that down and I realized I had a bit of play in the rear wheel too. My bike has an unusual hanger/dropout that is secured with bolts to the frame and allows you to easily switch to a singlespeed. The drive side had loosened up.

I still need a new rear wheel though. Who is the best wheelbuilder around the area? I have heard Halls is good, but I always feel like some kind of outcast bringing my Specialized in there.

I'm pretty sure the dish is off on my rear wheel, as well as being untruable (according to the last time I had Halls work on it) and tire/mud/rocks have worn a nice smooth gouge right into my chainstay from it rubbing :(. I need a new wheel soon before I ruin my frame even more.

The result looks something like these: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=570950.
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby Farmboy » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:01 pm

Like I've said before, I have a set of wheels that Hall's built on my commuter that have taken the abuse of many potholes, been ridden on flats for miles, and many a drunken curb hop miscue. On the other hand, I've also had a wheel built there that has not fared as well. Who knows. It is my own personal belief that Northtowne does not employ someone who has mastered the art of wheelbuilding. That is just my opinion based on truing jobs I've given them. I could be wrong.
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby crrimson » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:07 pm

Any legendary tales of indestructible wheel builders? I'll sacrifice a goat and pay well if I can get a strong wheel built that is not going to cut through my $#@! frame!
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Re: Troubleshooting a clicking sound

Postby Jaxon » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:18 pm

I have had several sets of wheels that were built by QBP (Handspun) that have been durable and needed minimal or no touching up in a truing stand. You can order standard wheels or custom builds. Most bike shops can order them from QBP for you.

http://handspunwheels.com/products/29er%20Mtn/
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