From Imperfect to Perfect Chainline = Lots of Noise?
I finally fixed my chainline on my Kilo TT today. It was 46mm or so on the front, but is now 42mm, which matches the rear chainline exactly. I also installed a new chain.
However, once I rode the bike, it made a TON of clacking sort of noise from the chain area. I double-checked all my measurements and my chainline should be perfect. I also lubed the chain liberally and it still makes tons of noise.
Do you guys think that riding on my cog and chainring with a bad chainline for about 1000 miles wore them down funny, so now it makes noise with a proper chainline? Or do you think it's a case of bent chainstays? Or something else?
'04 Kona Jake, '05 Kona Stuff, '07 Specialized Langster
I had the same issue when I too straightened out a chainline discrepancy: 45mm to 42mm. To remedy the situation I changed my chain and my cog, my cog was worn funny, actually it was just plain worn!
During the problem solving process I used a new chain on an old cog, and it made a ton of noise, the same clackity noise as yours. It's a very disturbing noise, and feeling. I kept the original chainring, and changed the cog, along with chain, with new ones and it rides quietly now. But at first it did make noise and felt a little bit crunchy, in the drivetrain. But over time the noise and crunchy drivetrain subsided.
you probably wore out the cog and/or chainring. its definitely noticeable when you install new drivetrain parts on older drivetrain parts. find out the problem, replace that particular worn part and that should make everything smooth and quiet.