Join Date: May 2008
Location: North, Ga.
Bikes: Bernard Hinault Look - 1986 tour winner, Guerciotti, Various Klein's & Panasonic's
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Bontrager wheel noise
I have a sealed bearing Bontrager rear wheel that began to click( more like a loud pop) when climbing in the larger cogs. I changed my wheelset out for another set to confirm it was indeed the wheel & not something like a crank or seat post. I also checked the quick release. I finally decided the bearings must need adjusting. After disassembly & inspection the bearings seem nice, smooth and solid.
One thing i did notice was that the cassette lock ring was not at all tight & the freehub is pitted from the cogs. The cassette is a custom setup of loose cogs & not pined together.
I have not taken the wheel out for a ride, but i wonder if the clicking/popping was due to loose cassette cogs.
Anyone else have this experience?