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Problem with Mavic Open Pro rims and CLICKING. Help!(6 posts)

Problem with Mavic Open Pro rims and CLICKING. Help!boy nigel
Jun 12, 2001 9:45 PM
Open Pro users,

I've put about a thousand miles on my new Open Pros since early April. The things have been great--light, smooth, and quiet--until just recently, when the rear one's started a click, click, click with each revolution.

I think I remember reading something a while back about these rims giving others the same problem, and it having to do with the seam and some pin or other. Anyone out there know how to silence them? I've heard/read somewhere that DRILLING will fix it, but I'm not into drilling the rims on my bike (Yikes!).

Any suggestions from anyone out there? Spoke Wrench? TJeanloz? Anyone?

Big thanks, as always,
re: Problem with Mavic Open Pro rims and CLICKING. Help!gwilliams
Jun 13, 2001 5:00 AM
Is the problem on your rear wheel? I had this problem now with two rear wheels. The problem I have seems to be the spokes on the non-drive side of the wheel, you can actually hear these spokes popping when you inflate the tire. I just bought a pair of open pro wheels from Excel a couple of months ago and the rear wheel has the same problem. I contacted Excel and they said the problem was with the eyelets on the rim and that I could return it and they would rebuild it. I personally am not going to buy anymore open pro rims.

Rims and Pinsmuncher
Jun 13, 2001 6:59 AM
You remembered right - the post was about the connecting pin on the join in the rim working loose and making the noise. However, I have OPs too and (luckily) have never had a problem - I remember looking at mine last time I had them down to the tape, and thinking that I has no idea what anyone was talking about. Perhaps they have changed the design?

Good luck anyway - M.
re: Problem with Mavic Open Pro rims and CLICKING. Help!JohnG
Jun 13, 2001 8:51 AM
I vaugly remember the "solution" was to drill a very small hole (0.05" or so) through the "inside" wall of the rim right near the weld. Injecting a small amount of RTV like material into the joint area would keep the pin from moving around. Personally, I wouldn't worry about a tiny hole..... the rim is full of them. ;)

Oh, this subject was originally posted about 6 months ago so you might have to search a bit to find the original post.

My OP's have been fine and I've got about 2K on them.
re: Problem with Mavic Open Pro / Before you drill and??TC
Jun 13, 2001 10:03 AM
Take the rim strip off and drop 2-3 drops of a good lube on the spokeheads and let it dry over night and see if that doesn't help. I just got finished with my squeaking problem. I tried lubing where the spokes cross and that worked for about 1-2 rides and then the problem was back. Then I took the strip off and lubed the spoke heads and that seemed to fix it.

We may have different "squeaks" but I have real reservations about drilling a rim. I would venture to say that that might void a warranty?

Funny, but I considered doing the spoke-lubing thing.boy nigel
Jun 13, 2001 4:06 PM
I initially thought that where the spokes cross each other was the problem (they do make a squeaking when you press them with your hand).

However, my problem is the infamous Mavic Click. Open Pros are made with a special, small pin which reinforces the weld which holds the rim together. The problem is that this pin, with riding and/or stress, can loosen and rattle around a bit. With each wheel revolution (when there's weight on the wheel, it seems), it CLICKs enough so that people around you can easily hear it. Kinda embarrassing, really; makes it look like I don't give a damn about my bike, and it's falling apart. The click sounds pretty serious, but I don't think it'll do anything bad, since the rim is welded together like most other rims, anyway.

Sounds like the drilling thing is the only way to go, but I'm still quite reluctant to doing this. I may have to learn to love the click (or maybe I'll simply hum a tune along in time to it, like a metronome). I may even, with time, be able to tell how fast I'm moving just by listening to the click! I LOVE THE CLICK!!! :(

Creaking like you've experienced may be remedied with lube, like you've done. Best of luck with your sounds--and keeping them at bay.