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    Element 999 Ticking Sound

    I have developed some sort of ticking sound when I pedal and the suspension is moving. All my pivots seem good so I'm not sure what is going on. I can't find a reason for the drivetrain to be giving me an issue. I had a similar ticking sound with my alloy 970 and it turned out i cracked a weld. I can't see anything going on with this frame.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Is it more related to the pedaling or the suspension moving? If it primarily happens with the pedaling (regular cadence of tick matches the pedaling) then check chainring bolts, a stuff link in the chain, BB bearing and pedal bearings. If the tick relates to the suspension moving then check for dirt around the cable stops on the cables around the BB and rear swingarm or the possibility of dry pivot bearings.
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    Element 999 Ticking Sound

    Thanks for the response.

    I thought you weren't supposed to grease the pivots?

    I checked the chain ring bolts and most of the drivetrain. I can't recreate it in a bike stand. Seems to be when I pedal and the suspension is moving. I thought bb but wouldn't that not tick?

    Cables are all new and clean now.

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    All the metal to metal contact points in the pivots need to be greased, and Rocky have expanded the service instructions to include greasing the ABC bushings to improve water infiltration and reduce stiction.

    If the bearing is dry in the BB, a tick can happen when a bearing rolls over the top.

    Is the tick periodic in relation to a left or right pedal stroke?
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    Element 999 Ticking Sound

    Will look at rocky instructions. Need to ride in the morning and watch pedal stroke. Again wish it happened in the stand.

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    Also check for grit around the seat post clamp and clean it up - mine was clicking quite a bit last week - I thought it was chain ring related at first.
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    Element 999 Ticking Sound

    Did some research. My spider on my cranks was loose. Tighten and now all good! Thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Is the tick periodic in relation to a left or right pedal stroke?
    I'm becoming crazy!
    I've checked every pivot, WD40 and white grease but still now when I pedal hard (most of all with a 36 ring front) and the left pedal is down a metallic sound starts even id if stand up or sit on the sadlle.
    I've checked also chainrinf bolt but they are all hard thightened.
    BB is almost new (1000 km done), chain new rear derailleur (XTR shadow plus) new.

    I hope any advice. Thanks

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    What cranks? My rings were tight but the spider wasnt

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    I have aerozyne X-one with 22/36. No spyder......what to do?

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    I'd look for a crack in the chainring or chainring tab on the crank if it is a loud metallic sound that happens at the same point in the pedal stroke.
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    I didn't see anythingh. I'll check again!
    It isn't very loud,but it is metallic only during uphill if I pedal hard, always when the left pedal is down!
    thanks

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    pull your cranks and check the BB berrings. if they have any play or are dry at all they will make noise. Also check the rear wheel, see if the cassette and free wheel are tight. or an extra little bit of turn for the though axel. and if all else fails jut put in the headphones and turn the music up.
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    I have a 999.First the seatpost collar will drive you nuts.after cleaning and using tri-flow grease it is better.I use carbon paste on the post.Second. My ticking sound was the upper link bolt.I carried a tool and loosened each bolt until I located it. Just loosen the blot(dont ride) and push up and down. Also I did use tri-flow with teflon on all the bushing and no longer have an issue .It is the same stuff that K2 (with the same type of bushing) used.Wd is not a lubricant and could attack the carbon.

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