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click, click. click, or lack there of(9 posts)

click, click. click, or lack there ofCartman
Nov 2, 2002 3:41 PM
Why do some bikes click, click, click when you coast, and others don't? My Bianchi has 105 and doesn't. My Cannondale has Ultegra and does.
because some are cooler than otherscollinsc
Nov 2, 2002 3:47 PM
clicking = coolness no matter what anyone else might say.

Different hubs have different pawl engaging mechanisms and sound very different when freewheeling. shimano stuff is generally near silent, i have a pair of 105 hubs too that are almost noiseless.

What wheels are on your cannondale? im betting its not an ultegra hub if it makes noise.
You're rightCartman
Nov 2, 2002 4:23 PM
The hubs are Cannondale. I kinda like the click, click sound, it reminds me that I have to peddal.
If you're spinning at 90+rpm it won't click. Don't stop! nmhycobob
Nov 2, 2002 4:27 PM
One vote for the sweet sound of silence.(nm)TREKY
Nov 2, 2002 4:06 PM
Quiet = stealthy = good!!!hycobob
Nov 2, 2002 4:09 PM
I just went from a quiet Ultegra hub & Mavic wheelset on my old C'Dale to an earily quiet Velomax wheelset on my new Sampson and love it. IMO clickety clack sounds belong on RR tracks...not bikes. Nothing like hearing 5-6 noisy hubs clicking as a paceline slows. I used to think that it was cool, but I like to know instantly if there is a strange noise emanating from my bike. Most of these noises I've heard are clicks. Its also nice to be quiet while setting up for those sudden mid-ride attacks around the outside of the paceline...except, of course for the sound of the others gasping trying to catch up!!!
Quiet = stealthy = good!!!wooglin
Nov 2, 2002 5:22 PM
I've always found those "5-6 noisy hubs clicking as a paceline slows" a comforting thought. I'll take all the warning I can get.
re: click, click. click, or lack there ofMcAndrus
Nov 3, 2002 8:18 AM
Different hub manufacturers use different pawl mechanisms. Shimano (and others) are very quiet while Campagnolo (and others) click when you coast.

Since there is a continuous Campy vs Shimano stylin'-feud it sometimes becomes a clique thing with riders announcing their brand preference by the hub's noise or lack of noise.

In my experience, Hugi hubs (or is it Chris King? I forget.) are the loudest. They make an absolute racket until they wear in.
re: click, click. click, or lack there ofrdbkr
Nov 3, 2002 1:21 PM
Sometimes it depends on how much lube is inside the freehub body. There's a little tool called a "Free-Hub Buddy" that can be used to inject lube into the freehub body. I would only recommend using it if the noise bothers you, or if you have problems with pawls sticking or skipping (which is what I had).

I used it to lube my dura-ace freehub, and it runs smooth and quiet now. Incidentally, I used 90w gear oil (as suggested by Lennard Zinn). My mechanic had previously pumped it with a light grease, but that's what caused the pawls to skip in the first place, as grease may be too thick.