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Old 05-16-21, 06:31 PM
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Front wheel strange noise

Hi. I have a problem with my front wheel. Only when I am rolling on the bike, there is a strange noise continually; "tic, tic, tic...".

The break pads are never touching the rim unless I press the brake lever (of course).

The rim is not loose if I move the rim from left to right, so there is no cone problem. I would have how to fix this, with 2 slim wrenches.

What could it be ? Is changing the grease inside the hub will solve the problem ?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-16-21, 06:43 PM
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Could be from interface of spoke nipples and rim or interface of spokes and hub. Some oil can help if so.
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Old 05-16-21, 07:21 PM
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Small ticks can be annoying... Tire molding "hairs" or "flash" can contact the pad edges, fenders and other close items and make noises. Valve base nuts can be loose and tick as the valve is wiggled by the tire casing shape deforming as it rotates across the contact patch with the ground. Rarely a tire casing internal threads can be heard as they wiggle against each other. Rim seams sometimes have a splice/wedge between the rim ends that can come loose (my touring bike's rear Mavic rim has this, as long as I ride faster then about 5mph it's quiet. But a steep hill and I hear it clacking about in the rim). Then there's the non wheel, sources like indexed shift casing that has steel end ferules. The casing wire strands can scrape and tick the ferule's insides as the handle bars are turned. More examples of sources exist. Andy
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Old 05-17-21, 09:52 AM
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I had the front wheel tick sound on 2 different bikes too - one was due to loose valve base nut (on aluminum shimano wheel). The other was zipp fc 404 - this one I’m still diagnosing as it comes and goes....
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The clear plastic on Panaracers that comes loose.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
Small ticks can be annoying... Tire molding "hairs" or "flash" can contact the pad edges, fenders and other close items and make noises. Valve base nuts can be loose and tick as the valve is wiggled by the tire casing shape deforming as it rotates across the contact patch with the ground. Rarely a tire casing internal threads can be heard as they wiggle against each other. Rim seams sometimes have a splice/wedge between the rim ends that can come loose (my touring bike's rear Mavic rim has this, as long as I ride faster then about 5mph it's quiet. But a steep hill and I hear it clacking about in the rim). Then there's the non wheel, sources like indexed shift casing that has steel end ferules. The casing wire strands can scrape and tick the ferule's insides as the handle bars are turned. More examples of sources exist. Andy
I spent something like 20 minutes to pull off every hair on my tires with my fingernails because they are rubbing against the fork, as there was only 2-3mm of clearance.

Also, if you have a bike computer with a magnet, the sensor clicks whenever the magnet passes over it.
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Old 05-17-21, 03:53 PM
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Also, if you have a bike computer with a magnet, the sensor clicks whenever the magnet passes over it.
Or the magnet has been knocked askew, and tickles the sensor with every revolution. I've seen that enough that it's the first thing I check now.
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Thanks for all your answers.

It is not because of a speedmeter magnet or tie wrap, I don't have any of it. Could have been.

I oiled everywhere around both sides of the hub. I still have the problem. I think the noise come from inside the hub. Next thing I am gonna do is to open the hub and clean it all inside, put some new grease and add the bearings balls one by one over the grease. What's the best reasonable price grease do you suggest ? I can't afford "Muc Off". Do I really need a grease gun ? I will very rarely use it if so.

Something weird is that the rim seems to be a little bent when rolling on the bike but straight when rolling in my hands for test.

I thought the problem could be the quick release but I changed for a new one and it did not fix.

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Old 05-17-21, 05:34 PM
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Have you checked each spoke to see if any are loose? Could be the cause of the noise and "bent" rim.
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Old 05-17-21, 05:51 PM
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Have you checked each spoke to see if any are loose? Could be the cause of the noise and "bent" rim.
Nothing is too loose.
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