A strange ticking noise has developed...

Dec 5, 2019
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#1
When riding under load (even light), my motor seems to have developed a strange ticking noise when pedalling. It’s a bit of a random pattern though and I can confirm it definitely isn’t the chain/sprocket. I’ll be taking it in soon to get checked but just wondering if anyone had experienced something similar.
 

MrTeno2U

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My rear brake rotor bolts came loose causing a similar random clicking. I thought it was a bearing, but once the wheel was off i noticed the disk had slop. Easy enough to check.
 

MinusPrevious

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I would re-set your front & rear calipers as they can tick as well.

Just loosen both calipers & lock up the brake, then re-tighten while the brake is still locked
 
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Different bike, same symtoms for me as well. Two of the motor bolts had come loose and caused the ticking (creaking). Check for loose bolts 😊
 

SquireRides

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I've had this caused by three different things:

Bolts holding the *cover* over the motor (not the motor mount itself) needed tightening.
General gunk in the drive-train seemed to cause creaking around the motor/crank area.
Shoes laces slapping against the crank arm! Took me a while to work that one out!
 
Jun 16, 2019
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I would re-set your front & rear calipers as they can tick as well.

Just loosen both calipers & lock up the brake, then re-tighten while the brake is still locked
This and I’ve found Sliding in strips of paper either side before you pull the lever helps line up the caliper
 
Jun 16, 2019
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#8
When riding under load (even light), my motor seems to have developed a strange ticking noise when pedalling. It’s a bit of a random pattern though and I can confirm it definitely isn’t the chain/sprocket. I’ll be taking it in soon to get checked but just wondering if anyone had experienced something similar.
Could maybe be the freewheel? Mines random, Aussie Perth Dealer denied hearing the noise
 
Dec 5, 2019
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Could maybe be the freewheel? Mines random, Aussie Perth Dealer denied hearing the noise
I‘ve tried riding again and when the noise appears, lightly applying the brakes individually but that made no difference at all to the sound so I think the brakes are ruled out.
 

poppy

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Not something simple like a broken cable tie where the rear brake line or wire comes out from around the motor area and runs along the swingarm and the brakeline/wire reacting with suspension bob and slapping on the rear triangle or frame?

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Dec 5, 2019
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Not something simple like a broken cable tie where a cable comes out from around the motor around the swingarm area reacting with suspension bob?
Thanks for the suggestion but by a process of elimination, it definitely only happens only when I am pedaling and under load (light or heavy, makes no difference). No load, no noise.
 

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Maybe try peddling no handed and see if it still speaks.

I once had a click, I was sure was the cranks. It turned out to be the headset.

I finally identified it when I noticed it went silent peddleing no handed.
 

KennyB

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I had a click on my analogue bike, eventually found the drive side chain stay had a crack half way through. It had been hidden by the chain ring.
 
Jun 16, 2019
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I‘ve tried riding again and when the noise appears, lightly applying the brakes individually but that made no difference at all to the sound so I think the brakes are ruled out.
I Meant the freehub.
Sounds like a trip to the dealer and they need to ride it. If they experience none of the clicking noise then at its on record for if it becomes worse I spose
Mike
 

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