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    Acquired used bike, but drive train has clicky sound

    Hi all, third post only but I ended up with a 09 Specialized Enduro Comp SL

    The owner upgraded the shifters to SRAM X9 in the rear, but there seems to be a clicky click sound only when I'm all the way in the highest gear. Are there any adjustments I can make?

    Really new to this, but I don't feel safe to start riding with that drivetrain noise.

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    it probably needs to be adjusted.. if you are new, take it to you LBA and have them adjust it. that's what u should do when u buy a new bike anyway, to make sure its trail ready. or u can go through the plethora of youtube vids on how to adjust drivetrain components and see if u can get it fixed
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    My bet is that the high limit screw on the rear derailleur is screwed in too far. Try backing it out a quarter turn or so.

    I like the maintenance articles on parktool.com. They're clear, well photographed, and I trust the source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    My bet is that the high limit screw on the rear derailleur is screwed in too far. Try backing it out a quarter turn or so.

    I like the maintenance articles on parktool.com. They're clear, well photographed, and I trust the source.
    My thoughts as well. Take a look at the "How to adjust a rear derailleur" procedure on the Park site; very helpful!

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    a drivetrain is very, very hard to diagnose over the internet. there are at least a dozen reasons that a drivetrain might make a "clicky" sounds. what did the mechanic at your local bike shop say about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    a drivetrain is very, very hard to diagnose over the internet. there are at least a dozen reasons that a drivetrain might make a "clicky" sounds. what did the mechanic at your local bike shop say about it?
    Agreed. Take it to a LBS

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    Just saw a bunch of videos and read some how to's. I might get a complete tune up this weekend.

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    Clicky sounds are probably the noise the chain makes when it contacts the teeth of the sprocket and settles into it, maybe due to approaching the cog teeth at an angle or just simply not being centered, such as if you're in the middle (or single) ring up front and the largest cog in back, with a narrow 10 spd chain. All you can do is just help center the chain onto the cogs better, perhaps by tuning the RD and tuning your chainline. Some bikes have chainstays that are so short that it worsens the problem of the chain being angled when at extreme ends of the cassette, to point you'd need to compromise somewhere if the noise bothers you that much.

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