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Mavic click in rear(5 posts)

Mavic click in rearAD14
Aug 5, 2001 7:01 AM
I have Mavic prebuilt hubs(fts) and on a ride this morning the rear started clicking rythmically. When I stopped and picked up the bike and spun it with no load it would not make the noise. As soon as I got on it the clicking resumed. The clicking occurs whether I pedal or not and is tied only to wheel speed. Is it the freewheel?
re: Mavic click in rear12x23
Aug 5, 2001 3:27 PM
My Classics Pro rear does the same thing. It is annoying as h*!! when I first go out, but I kind of tune it out after a few minutes. I must say it motivates me to pick up the pace so I can't hear it. Maybe Mavic is trying to make me a stronger rider. ;-)
PinningChris Foster
Aug 6, 2001 8:43 AM
When Mavic builds their wheels they pin the wheel together before completing the hoop by welding. At first the pin stays pleasantly in place. Eventually it works lose and sits in a small compartment within the wheel and rattles. Some wheels don't develope this but for the most part most mavic wheels do. I have a set of open pro hoops that do it and owned a set of 517 mountain wheels that did it also. Good luck!
Try this ...bianchi boy
Aug 7, 2001 12:49 PM
I had a similar clicking or creaking sound in both bikes with Mavic Open Pro wheels. I had heard that a potential remedy was to put a small drop of lubricant on each spoke nipple, so I did that using Tri-Flo. Solved the problem right away. My problem may have been due to just the nipples needing oil, rather than the infamous Open Pro click from the loose pins. But, what the heck, give it a try. It might just work.
Cement is supposed to work for this annoyance.boy nigel
Aug 8, 2001 11:41 AM
I've been suffering with this for a while now. I posted this question some time back and got a few possible solutions; only one, though, is what I believe to be The Solution.

It's certainly that no-good (anymore, since the rim's been flash welded) pin, and my rear Open Pro does the exact same thing.

You'll need to strip the rim down to the rim, removing the tire, tube, and rim strip. Find where the pin or seam is. The pin shows up as two little dimples, one on either side of the seam. Simple inspection will reveal where the rim's been welded. In the nearest spoke opening which leads to the inner chamber of the rim itself, pour some strong adhesive (I've heard of Barge Cement, Shoe Goo, or Silicone Sealant household glue--check your local hardware store) into the area (into the inner chamber) in the direction of the pin/seam. The object is to attempt to surround the pin with cement so that it'll either stick to the inner chamber of the rim or be surrounded with a soft, rubbery "shell" which'll silence it. This is supposedly what shops do for this problem when their team riders complain about that infamous Mavic Click.

Best of luck. I've been too lazy to do it yet, but I'll probably do it very soon, now that you've reminded me. Kinda sucks that nice, pro-level rims (like the Open Pros) make your bike sound like it came from Kmart. :(

Nigel