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Old 06-30-15, 08:13 AM
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New Trek Emonda

About a week ago I bought a new Trek Emonda, and the bike seemed great. I havent had the funds to get pedals for it yet so ive just been riding casually 3-4 miles every couple of days on the stock pedals with street shoes. I had an issue though where I was getting a clicking noise from the drivetrain. I brought it back to the store and they indexed the gears and I brought it back home and went for a ride the next morning. The bike seemed fine but then after about 3 miles I hit a massive climb. Upon reaching the top I started hearing the clicking again, and it always comes when I pedal but is almost random and never follows a particular pattern. I'm planning on bringing it back to the store today, but Im just worried because this was an expensive bike and to have two recurring issues when it hasn't even gone over 10miles total is troubling. I wanted to gauge the internet and see if anybody else has experienced this issue, or if anybody had any ideas as to what it might be.
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Originally Posted by dice999 View Post
About a week ago I bought a new Trek Emonda, and the bike seemed great. I havent had the funds to get pedals for it yet so ive just been riding casually 3-4 miles every couple of days on the stock pedals with street shoes. I had an issue though where I was getting a clicking noise from the drivetrain. I brought it back to the store and they indexed the gears and I brought it back home and went for a ride the next morning. The bike seemed fine but then after about 3 miles I hit a massive climb. Upon reaching the top I started hearing the clicking again, and it always comes when I pedal but is almost random and never follows a particular pattern. I'm planning on bringing it back to the store today, but Im just worried because this was an expensive bike and to have two recurring issues when it hasn't even gone over 10miles total is troubling. I wanted to gauge the internet and see if anybody else has experienced this issue, or if anybody had any ideas as to what it might be.
The chain hitting the front derraileur would be my guess.

If you try climbing hard with the chain on the large ring in the front, it's common for the chain to hit the derraileur when on the large cog in the rear.

It isn't a problem per se', but it is annoying.
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I would venture to guess this is just the bike settling in. I would expect all new bikes to require multiple adjustments as cables stretch and such... The shop you bought it from should stand by it and continue to make the adjustments until the bike is settled in. I would put some more serious miles on it before having it adjusted again otherwise you will be back again at the 100 mile mark getting another derailler adjustment.
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Old 06-30-15, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 69chevy View Post
If you try climbing hard with the chain on the large ring in the front, it's common for the chain to hit the derraileur when on the large cog in the rear.
You should avoid this gearing. It is referred to as cross chaining and is bad for your chain and drive train. You should also avoid being in the smallest chain ring in the front and the smallest cog in the back at the same time.

You can achieve the same effective gear using other chain ring/cog combinations so there is no need to be in either of these positions.
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Old 06-30-15, 08:33 AM
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Yea I'm pretty good about keeping the gears out of cross-chaining combinations, and during my climbs especially the harder climbs im almost always in the small ring and somewhere from middle to largest cog in the rear cassette.
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What model Emonda?

S - SL - SLR ?

What components?
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
What model Emonda?

S - SL - SLR ?

What components?
Émonda S 5 - Trek Bicycle

Shimano 105 groupset

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Old 06-30-15, 10:19 AM
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Nice choice. Which color did you pic?
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This is going to sound silly, but it happened to me, so I will throw it out there. When I got my bike new from the LBS, within a few rides I was hearing a clicking noise intermittently. Finally during a ride when it started, I stopped and rotated the crank a few times while looking carefully at it. It was the little extra tail of the rear derailleur wire sticking out and catching the inside of the crank arm. Apparently, it was twisted slightly and would move in or out depending on which ring I was in. When I was in the big ring, it was out just far enough to catch the crank arm.
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Intermittent noise coming your bike is quite annoying and frustrating to figure out. Check this out from S. Brown:

Creaks, Clicks & Clunks...
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It could be the bearings in the pedals...do you feel a clicking when you are pedaling or just hear it?
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Old 06-30-15, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
Nice choice. Which color did you pic?
Thanks, I went with white.
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Originally Posted by RJM View Post
It could be the bearings in the pedals...do you feel a clicking when you are pedaling or just hear it?
I really only hear it when I pedal, and usually when I'm in the motion of pushing down on the pedal.
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Originally Posted by dice999 View Post
I really only hear it when I pedal, and usually when I'm in the motion of pushing down on the pedal.
I would suspect pedals or bottom bracket (or flex and the chain is hitting the front derailer (spelled the way it should be).

Try a different set of pedals and see if it goes away...that's my opinion.
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Originally Posted by dice999 View Post
Thanks, I went with white.
Nice! Post pics in the Emonda thread when you get a chance.
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Since you're riding it with $10 "tester" pedals, i'd say its the pedals.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Since you're riding it with $10 "tester" pedals, i'd say its the pedals.
Okay, I'll try swapping them out. Thanks all.
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