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New Specialized Roubaix is Noisy

Old 07-20-16, 08:08 PM
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New Specialized Roubaix is Noisy

I recently bought a new Specialized Roubaix Sport SL4 (a little over 400mi on it so far over 3.5 weeks or so) and it's been making a lot of noise. Any riding out of the saddle (especially steep climbs) produces a clicking noise that goes right along with my cadence, and there's a rattling coming from either the shifters or the internal cable routing when I go over anything remotely bumpy.

I took it to the LBS to have them check it out. One mechanic thought it might be the headset and made sure that was tightened correctly - still clicked. Another mechanic thought it might be the bottom bracket. He took it out and regreased it - still clicking (and maybe some slight creaking now).

The sounds are driving me nuts and they're all I can think about when I'm out riding. It doesn't seem like a $2,000 bike should produce this much noise, but I feel like a giant pain going in there all the time asking them about it. They've been awesome and willing to help, but I feel like I'm being annoying. Am I being too picky or unreasonable?
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Old 07-20-16, 08:09 PM
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Did either of the mechanics ask you if your shoes had laces?
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Old 07-20-16, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by 2lo8 View Post
Did either of the mechanics ask you if your shoes had laces?
Nope, that wasn't brought up. My shoes have two velcro straps and a ratchet. They never made any noise on my old bike and they swapped the 105 pedals from it onto the Roubaix.
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Old 07-20-16, 08:21 PM
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Try pulling your pedals off and greasing the threads. That fixed a once-per-revolution click that was driving me nuts on my Defy awhile back.
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Old 07-20-16, 08:23 PM
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It's more that if a mechanic is good at diagnosing noises, questions like that should be at the top of their list in order to not waste their time, or bill you for labor doing nothing.

Right a long with your cadence could be anything, not just the drivetrain. You're shifting the bike side to side, loading many of the parts with alternating left/right forces. Pretty much the only thing an out of saddle noise confirms is that it's not the saddle or the seatpost.

As far as cable rattling goes, that actually could be the external runs of housing as well, hitting each other where they cross over bumps, and most bikes have a mess of 4 housings crossing each other in front of the headtube these days. Lots of things possible.
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Old 07-20-16, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 2lo8 View Post
It's more that if a mechanic is good at diagnosing noises, questions like that should be at the top of their list in order to not waste their time, or bill you for labor doing nothing.

Right a long with your cadence could be anything, not just the drivetrain. You're shifting the bike side to side, loading many of the parts with alternating left/right forces. Pretty much the only thing an out of saddle noise confirms is that it's not the saddle or the seatpost.

As far as cable rattling goes, that actually could be the external runs of housing as well, hitting each other where they cross over bumps, and most bikes have a mess of 4 housings crossing each other in front of the headtube these days. Lots of things possible.
I did think of the external housing pieces rattling and held them all together over bumps - still had the rattling.
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Old 07-20-16, 08:30 PM
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Could be things like a lose bottle cage bolt.

It's usually quicker to just make sure every bolt is greased and torqued properly to eliminate that as a possible source of noise than to try and figure out where it's coming from. And if you still have the noise, then it was a useful diagnostic test to eliminate those things.
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Old 07-21-16, 06:23 AM
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other things to check - the stuff in your seat bag hitting the saddle rails. the little end of the front derailleur cable sticking out and getting hit by the crank.

good luck, tracking down rattles is hard.
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Old 07-21-16, 06:34 AM
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check the quick release skewers
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Old 07-21-16, 11:19 AM
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Or ice cubes in your water bottle
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Old 07-21-16, 11:27 AM
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#1 is pedal hitting front derailleur cable. Will make a small clicking noise every pedal stroke and more likely to happen in small ring when less tension on the cable i.e. when you are climbing.
#2 is cable housing ratting against headtube or cables inside frame


Those are my guesses. Every bike makes noise, they are not all the sign of a problem
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Old 07-21-16, 11:32 AM
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To make you feel a bit better: this is absolutely normal for a new bike. Many, if not the majority have small noises. Only after a bike has "bedded in" a bit do things quiet down.

GCN has a great video on tracking down noises.
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Old 07-21-16, 11:38 AM
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Clicking sounds like headset, possibly the top cap. As long as the stem clamps are properly torqued, you can unscrew the top cap until it's lightly in place. That solved my clicking problems.
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Old 07-21-16, 11:56 AM
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I do not envy you.

I once basically tore down & rebuilt a bike in an effort to excise a noise that only ever happened under load.

I realized afterwards that I only needed to grease my right cleat.

Madness.
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Old 07-21-16, 12:25 PM
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Tighten the chainring bolts. If that doesn't do it, then it's probably your bottom bracket.
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Old 07-21-16, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by btd23 View Post
I recently bought a new Specialized Roubaix Sport SL4 (a little over 400mi on it so far over 3.5 weeks or so) and it's been making a lot of noise. Any riding out of the saddle (especially steep climbs) produces a clicking noise that goes right along with my cadence, and there's a rattling coming from either the shifters or the internal cable routing when I go over anything remotely bumpy.

I took it to the LBS to have them check it out. One mechanic thought it might be the headset and made sure that was tightened correctly - still clicked. Another mechanic thought it might be the bottom bracket. He took it out and regreased it - still clicking (and maybe some slight creaking now).

The sounds are driving me nuts and they're all I can think about when I'm out riding. It doesn't seem like a $2,000 bike should produce this much noise, but I feel like a giant pain going in there all the time asking them about it. They've been awesome and willing to help, but I feel like I'm being annoying. Am I being too picky or unreasonable?
You're not being unreasonable, I hate little clicks/squeaks but it is a full-time job tracking them down because as soon as you solve one, something else will pop up.

My method of isolating the noise is squirting a little bit of water at a specific part while riding. It acts like a temporary lube and if the squeaking stops, you know you've found the right part. That's how I isolated my shoe's strap buckle and upper as the cause of my most recent squeak even though i was sure it was the pedal.

Obviously, if the rattling is the internal cabling, the water bottle won't help you, but it will at least help narrow it down to that.
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Old 07-21-16, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
check the quick release skewers
Especially the front if it's getting louder out of the saddle.

Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
#1 is pedal hitting front derailleur cable. Will make a small clicking noise every pedal stroke and more likely to happen in small ring when less tension on the cable i.e. when you are climbing.
Yep, bend that Front DR cable inwards a little.

Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Tighten the chainring bolts. If that doesn't do it, then it's probably your bottom bracket.
This one got me for a bit too.

All of that said, my Roubaix was noisy from day one til the day I sold it. It also had to have some of the internal cabling redone about a month in as well. But don't fret too much, almost every carbon fiber bike I ride with has some rattling or creaking as they go down the road. Hit especially rough chipseal and they start ejecting water bottles and rattling off water cages and such. The only ones I haven't heard make noises on the road were a $13,000 Trek Project One and a custom built $15,000 Pinarello Dogma F8.

That's one of the things I love about my steel bikes. They are ninja quiet on the road.

That reminds me, I need to carry a pannier bag to Hotter'n Hell this year to pickup all of the ejected water bottles from the CF bikes

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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
#1 is pedal hitting front derailleur cable. Will make a small clicking noise every pedal stroke and more likely to happen in small ring when less tension on the cable i.e. when you are climbing.

Heh. I had that happen to me once. It wasn't a new bike so I must have somehow bent the end of the cable. It was driving me nuts for a few days until I found the source. It was one of those "Duh!" moments. Now, it's the first thing I look at.


OP: How old are your pedals? Could be shot bearings.
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My SL4 buzzes a bit going down a rough road. I suspect the internal cable routing.
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Thanks everyone for all the ideas. I'll check the FD cable, but the clicking is on every pedal stroke, not just the right. I'll regrease my cleat bolts and see if that helps, but the pedals are less than a year old and I watched them grease them at the LBS when they swapped them over. I made sure the quick releases were nice and snug last night, but I will check the top cap before tonight's ride.

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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
other things to check - the stuff in your seat bag hitting the saddle rails. the little end of the front derailleur cable sticking out and getting hit by the crank. good luck, tracking down rattles is hard.
This reminded me of a misadjusted front derailleur. It used to stick out in the big ring just enough to allow the right crank arm to come in contact with it. Could also try cleaning and lubing the chainring bolts assuming that the LBS did this properly to the BB. If you think its still the BB, then remove, clean, lube and reinstall it as well. Don't feel too bad. I deal with this often since I also ride in the rain. Most of creaks and clicks for me are in the stem and handlebar, BB and seatpost binder bolt.

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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Or ice cubes in your water bottle

Ha- I had that recently,

rarely have ice, thought the bike was falling apart for a bit.
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It's possible the bottom bracket itself is bad, a little more grease isn't going to fix it. And would make sense if it gets worse with more load when you're out of the saddle up a hill.
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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
This reminded me of a misadjusted front derailleur. It used to stick out in the big ring just enough to allow the right crank arm to come in contact with it. Could also try cleaning and lubing the chainring bolts assuming that the LBS did this properly to the BB. If you think its still the BB, then remove, clean, lube and reinstall it as well. Don't feel too bad. I deal with this often since I also ride in the rain. Most of creaks and clicks for me are in the stem and handlebar, BB and seatpost binder bolt.
I've had something similar happen. The FD would flex across the top of the big chain ring when I stood up and pushed hard and make a noise akin to a maladjusted RD as it barely contacted the top of the teeth.
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Originally Posted by vinuneuro View Post
It's possible the bottom bracket itself is bad, a little more grease isn't going to fix it. And would make sense if it gets worse with more load when you're out of the saddle up a hill.
The frame is BB30 so it doesn't actually have a bottom bracket just bearings
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