TQ HPR50 Grinding Noise

Borut

Member
Mar 21, 2021
100
53
Slovenia
i got my motor replaced at around december 2023. Grinding noice stopped. Frame ticking is still there and no noticeable difference in power or any other miracle revalations.
Is that frame ticking? That ticking was driving me nuts and i sold the bike. Tick tick tick......i hate that
 

AMbmb2168

Member
Aug 9, 2022
12
24
Canada
Well my 9.5 Fuel Exe started making the clicking noise after 1100 kms (purchased in fall 2022).
I had just taken it to the LBS for an annual tune up and firmware update.

First ride out the ticking/clicking from the motor area started. Especially noticeable when going uphill.
I do not ride real hard nor fast and do not work the motor really hard - most of my rides are in the first 2 assist levels.

The chain ring does not feel tight. There is a bit of wiggle there so I am hoping that is the problem. The shop may have taken it off and failed to tighten it properly.

I read somewhere on this forum that loose chain rings were causing some problems and that it was recommended to tighten them more than specified in the set up guides. (60nm vs 50nm?) Is that true and did it help anyone get rid of the ticking noise?
 

Free_Tibet

Member
Aug 30, 2022
37
21
Australia
Well my 9.5 Fuel Exe started making the clicking noise after 1100 kms (purchased in fall 2022).
I had just taken it to the LBS for an annual tune up and firmware update.

First ride out the ticking/clicking from the motor area started. Especially noticeable when going uphill.
I do not ride real hard nor fast and do not work the motor really hard - most of my rides are in the first 2 assist levels.

The chain ring does not feel tight. There is a bit of wiggle there so I am hoping that is the problem. The shop may have taken it off and failed to tighten it properly.

I read somewhere on this forum that loose chain rings were causing some problems and that it was recommended to tighten them more than specified in the set up guides. (60nm vs 50nm?) Is that true and did it help anyone get rid of the ticking noise?
Hi.
The EXe chainring locking rings were originally stamped with "30Nm" as the tightening torque spec. But Trek found it was insufficient so they changed the spec to be 50Nm. I asked my Trek store to send me a new locking ring with the 50Nm marking, which they did.

Regarding a VERY quiet ticking noise I had when pedalling when I first received the bike in Sept 2022 - it was hard for my Trek shop to hear or replicate in their noisy location ... - so I removed the motor completely, greased all the bolts and made sure the Compensation screws were adjusted properly, and of course checked the chainring and crank arms were tightened to spec. The noise was then gone and has not reappeared after 1600km.
Hope this helps!
 

DBSwiss

Member
Oct 25, 2022
105
86
United States
Well my 9.5 Fuel Exe started making the clicking noise after 1100 kms (purchased in fall 2022).
I had just taken it to the LBS for an annual tune up and firmware update.

First ride out the ticking/clicking from the motor area started. Especially noticeable when going uphill.
I do not ride real hard nor fast and do not work the motor really hard - most of my rides are in the first 2 assist levels.

The chain ring does not feel tight. There is a bit of wiggle there so I am hoping that is the problem. The shop may have taken it off and failed to tighten it properly.

I read somewhere on this forum that loose chain rings were causing some problems and that it was recommended to tighten them more than specified in the set up guides. (60nm vs 50nm?) Is that true and did it help anyone get rid of the ticking noise?
I have a 2022 9.8 XT and have had the lock ring come lose on me over time. I can replicate the clicking noise at a standstill just by pushing down on the cranks. Tightening them back to 50nm has always resolved the issue when I had it.
 

volts

Active member
May 15, 2018
342
262
DK
My clicking isn't chain ring or compensation screws. I have no idea what it can be. Very annoying.
 

volts

Active member
May 15, 2018
342
262
DK
Is that frame ticking? That ticking was driving me nuts and i sold the bike. Tick tick tick......i hate that
It's either the chain ring or main pivot on.my particular bike. I am on the verge of selling too
 

Johnny Javelin

New Member
Mar 28, 2024
6
1
Cambridgeshire, UK
Hi. My Trek Fuel exe 9.8 has started to make the grinding/growling noise after 50km. Like others have said, it happens at low watts, less than 20 and a fairly high cadence usually when I'm in the wrong gear.
Is anyone just living with the grinding noise? I was wondering how long the motor will last.
 

DBSwiss

Member
Oct 25, 2022
105
86
United States
Hi. My Trek Fuel exe 9.8 has started to make the grinding/growling noise after 50km. Like others have said, it happens at low watts, less than 20 and a fairly high cadence usually when I'm in the wrong gear.
Is anyone just living with the grinding noise? I was wondering how long the motor will last.
I am living with it. Got my first bike in Oct 22 and i asked Trek to replace the motor before the warranty ran out. Since the frame had a warranty issue, they gave me a new bike which they had in stock and was built a year earlier with my original bike. The second motor also has the same grinding noise but otherwise runs fine so I just kept it for now. It seems to not get worse or impact the performance.
 

Johnny Javelin

New Member
Mar 28, 2024
6
1
Cambridgeshire, UK
I am living with it. Got my first bike in Oct 22 and i asked Trek to replace the motor before the warranty ran out. Since the frame had a warranty issue, they gave me a new bike which they had in stock and was built a year earlier with my original bike. The second motor also has the same grinding noise but otherwise runs fine so I just kept it for now. It seems to not get worse or impact the performance.
Thanks for the reply, good to know that it doesn't affect performance and hopefully won't cause premature failure.
 

prolix2

Member
Aug 21, 2022
58
29
United States
I am living with it. Got my first bike in Oct 22 and i asked Trek to replace the motor before the warranty ran out. Since the frame had a warranty issue, they gave me a new bike which they had in stock and was built a year earlier with my original bike. The second motor also has the same grinding noise but otherwise runs fine so I just kept it for now. It seems to not get worse or impact the performance.
 

prolix2

Member
Aug 21, 2022
58
29
United States
My experience is pretty much the same as DB Swiss. I was one of the original reporters and did most of the writing and probably was the first one to figure out that it was grinding with low power output and spray gears not meshing properly. My second, swapped, motor started producing the grind at about 30 km but at much quieter and lower level and less frequently and you kind of subconsciously learn never to apply only 10 to 20 W, so that I rarely notice it. It is not getting worse than the last 1000 miles. Overall, the motor is so perfect now I'm afraid to get a firmware or software update. Originally TQ said they were working on some kind of software fix, but I never saw that that came out, at least nobody said so. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE NEWER MOTORS STILL HAVE THE GRIND?.
 

ghostrider777

New Member
Jul 7, 2024
1
0
Canada
My experience is pretty much the same as DB Swiss. I was one of the original reporters and did most of the writing and probably was the first one to figure out that it was grinding with low power output and spray gears not meshing properly. My second, swapped, motor started producing the grind at about 30 km but at much quieter and lower level and less frequently and you kind of subconsciously learn never to apply only 10 to 20 W, so that I rarely notice it. It is not getting worse than the last 1000 miles. Overall, the motor is so perfect now I'm afraid to get a firmware or software update. Originally TQ said they were working on some kind of software fix, but I never saw that that came out, at least nobody said so. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE NEWER MOTORS STILL HAVE THE GRIND?.
I just bought one that's 1 year old with 1000 km, 250 hrs on it. I experience exactly this: TREK FUEL EXE motor noise, and sometimes motor drag. I'm thinking of getting the motor replaced. Does anyone know if Trek's second owner warranty covers the motor?
 

EMTB Forums

Since 2018

The World's largest electric mountain bike community.

536K
Messages
26,753
Members
Join Our Community

Latest articles


Top