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Old 09-22-11, 09:10 PM   #1
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Noise (clicking) from speedplay zero pedal

On my old bike I had some clicking noises at a particular point in the pedal stroke. I thought it might be the bottom bracket. Now I have a new bike, only thing carried over are shoes/cleats and Speedplay pedal. I wasn't sure if it was the cleat or which pedal it was, or even for 100% certain it wasn't just a new noise on a new bike.

Anyway, I decide it can't hurt to re-grease the pedals despite them being only about a month and a half old. The right side took more grease than the left before grease started coming out. The next day, the clicking is worse than ever. If I unclip my left foot and pedal only with my right foot, the clicking occurs, left foot only, quiet.

So I guess since the clicking got much worse with new grease it has to be something up with the pedal, not the cleat. My question is, is there something I can do to remedy this? Or should I just get in touch with Speedplay and try to get a warranty replacement since they are only a couple months old?

Thanks in advance for the help. This noise is driving me nuts.
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Old 09-22-11, 09:48 PM   #2
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Are you sure it is the pedals -- i had a clicking noise on the down stroke when pedaling and it was the seat and or seat post. I lubed the seat post where it is in the frame and where the seat clamps to the seat post, made sure all was tight and noise is gone.
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Old 09-23-11, 07:58 AM   #3
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Are you sure it is the pedals -- i had a clicking noise on the down stroke when pedaling and it was the seat and or seat post. I lubed the seat post where it is in the frame and where the seat clamps to the seat post, made sure all was tight and noise is gone.
Clicking occurs while standing as well. Also occurs while just lightly spinning, also it would appear the clicking is on the upstroke of the right pedal. I'm not 100% sure it is the pedal, but being I added grease and the very next day it was about 100% worse is somewhat of an indicator I think.

Also, it clicks at the exact same position that it did on my old bike.
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Old 09-23-11, 08:19 AM   #4
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can you feel any roughness or play when you spin the pedal by hand (just the pedal, not the crank)?
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It might be time to rebuild that right pedal. I don't know the details on the Zero, but through abuse which included paucity of grease, I had a Frog pedal whose bearings disintegrated on me. I think Speedplay has rebuild kits for all their stuff, although it's typically hard to find and get because of their distribution policy. However, it's a whole lot cheaper than a new set of pedals!
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It might be time to rebuild that right pedal. I don't know the details on the Zero, but through abuse which included paucity of grease, I had a Frog pedal whose bearings disintegrated on me. I think Speedplay has rebuild kits for all their stuff, although it's typically hard to find and get because of their distribution policy. However, it's a whole lot cheaper than a new set of pedals!
That's what I'm wondering. I did the left pedal first and the grease came out the other side right away. The right pedal, took quite a bit of grease before it started coming out. So I'm wondering if the bearings are shot.

The pedals only have maybe... 800 miles on them? 1,000? I kinda feel like Speedplay should take care of this. I haven't been in bad riding conditions.

If it wasn't a big deal to rebuild the pedal myself I would do it and be done with, but it sounds like it might be a process.

I'll call Speedplay and see what they think I guess. I was hoping that someone had a quick fix suggestion for me, but I guess it probably is the bearings are shot.
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