"Click sound" under high load.

Sonve

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Aug 22, 2019
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I have a specialized Turbo Levo Comp 2020, with GX 11-speed rear derailleur.

The bike makes click sounds under high load. It almost sound like the chain is jumping between the gears, but the rear derailleur is adjusted as accurately as possible. When i try to locate where the sound is coming from, it sounds like it is coming from the motor or the chainring.

Anyone having the same issue? Are there a quick fix i dont know about?
 

Sonve

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Aug 22, 2019
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Norway
Hi @muzzman1.

It is not quite the same noise. My noise only comes 1-2 times in a climb, and it is the same sound as when your chain tries to jump out of gear but then jumps back in the right gear. Like one loud "click".
 

Zimmerframe

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It depends on the sound, but if it's a random "click/clunk" when you're on the power (pedal hard), then there is a thread about it .. I can't remember any keywords to find it in search though. It was referred to as some other sound.

For a lot of people it went away. For me, it went away after I changed tyres so I'd had the rear axle out. So you could try removing the axle, checking everything and putting everything back.
 

muzzman1

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Mine comes and goes. I installed a new set of tires and the noise continues.
I went on a 50km 1500m ride and it went away for most of the ride.
I'm about to go on a ride, I will report back to see if it comes back.


Again, I want to add, if I switch the motor off, the sound STOPS
 
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Could it be the pawls in the freehub not locating properly? I've had a similar thing on a different bike and it needed the freehub cleaning out and relubing
 

muzzman1

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Could it be the pawls in the freehub not locating properly? I've had a similar thing on a different bike and it needed the freehub cleaning out and relubing
Funny you should ask. When I replaced the tires, I had new bearings and rebuilt the freehub.

Let me explain:
It makes that sound when the motor is ON.
If I switch the motor off, the sound goes away.
If I switch the motor on, it comes back.

I just completed a quick 1hr ride.
It did NOT make any sounds, except for about 10 seconds during the 1st 10 mins of the ride.

It is definitely less consistent now since I did that big ride yesterday.
 

outerlimits

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Things that have made mine make a random click noise in the last 2 years.
Rear wheel bearings
Broken rear axle
Free hub prawls broken
Bent cassette teeth
Stiff chain link
Loose and dirty motor mounts.

Most likely the drive side inner axle bearing.
My first set of bearings lasted 650km
 

Jeff McD

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My 2020 levo also did that when new and now it's gone. I think it might have taken about four months to go away. Never could tell where it was coming from, but chainring was my biggest suspicion. I have a Sram XX1cassette with no pawls so I don't imagine that is the answer. Hope this helps.

At least never broke a chain which I was thinking might happen. It's a scary sound. Question whether the chain is too stiff in the beginning and once it loosens up a bit it doesn't start to climb up on the edge of a chainring tooth, then pop off the tooth under extreme torque, while turning and climbing steep stuff with cadence bogging down in Trail or Turbo assist, which is where it would happen to me.
 

muzzman1

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My 2020 levo also did that when new and now it's gone. I think it might have taken about four months to go away. Never could tell where it was coming from, but chainring was my biggest suspicion. I have a Sram XX1cassette with no pawls so I don't imagine that is the answer. Hope this helps.

At least never broke a chain which I was thinking might happen. It's a scary sound. Question whether the chain is too stiff in the beginning and once it loosens up a bit it doesn't start to climb up on the edge of a chainring tooth, then pop off the tooth under extreme torque, while turning and climbing steep stuff with cadence bogging down in Trail or Turbo assist, which is where it would happen to me.
In the case of my video above: The clicking is directly related to the power button for the motor. No sound when OFF, only clicks with the motor in ECO, TRAIL , or TURBO.
The sound lasted for about 70 miles. The bike has about 800 miles on it at this point. It's my 2nd 2019 levo and I got this one Jan 2020. (I ride about 100 miles a week)
The motor was silent until mile 700. Then started clicking until about mile 780.
I did not feel the clicking in the pedals.
To diagnose it I replaced the chain, chain ring, cassette, bearings and rebuilt the freehub. Then I finally figured out it is related to the power being on/off on the motor.
 

outerlimits

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So,.. went for a ride today, and low and behold, the bike developed a random click just as you described.
One totally destroyed inner axle bearing on the drive side. So up to set number 4 in the rear wheel in 8000km ?‍♂️
 

Fridge

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My mates had a faulty cassette from new, clicking like mad for the first week, it was swapped on day seven and now 10 months its still not returned
 

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