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Have a 2004 Specialized Allez Pro w/ Ksryuim Elite Wheels, dura ace 10spd crank and chain and getting this creaking/clicking noise when I pedal hard. Its pretty predictable though. The weird thing is I also will hear it now and again going over bumps or uneven terrain.

So far I have.....

1.) Rode the bike with sneakers (use look cleats normaly) still get the noise

2.) Swapped the rear wheel out, still get the noise.

3.) Disassembled 10sp crank and BB, cleaned out everything put anti seize on the threads, re tightened to correct torque values. BB had some strange white powder in it

4) Took apart integrated headset and fork, cleaned, and greased with phil woods before putting back together. Was very clean...

I got some new old stock look a5.1 pedals, I have the tool to tighten them and did, they spin fine but there is this tiny amount of play in them. Are they supposed to have that?

Also could a warn out chain make the noise, I clean my chains often, could the chain make noise?

Running out of ideas, summing up slight metallic sound when I pedal hard (I'm a 200# guy), will go away when I coast but seems to be small delay, over bumps I also here the noise now and again.

Any ideas?
 

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Have a 2004 Specialized Allez Pro w/ Ksryuim Elite Wheels, dura ace 10spd crank and chain and getting this creaking/clicking noise when I pedal hard. Its pretty predictable though. The weird thing is I also will hear it now and again going over bumps or uneven terrain.

So far I have.....

1.) Rode the bike with sneakers (use look cleats normaly) still get the noise

2.) Swapped the rear wheel out, still get the noise.

3.) Disassembled 10sp crank and BB, cleaned out everything put anti seize on the threads, re tightened to correct torque values. BB had some strange white powder in it

4) Took apart integrated headset and fork, cleaned, and greased with phil woods before putting back together. Was very clean...

I got some new old stock look a5.1 pedals, I have the tool to tighten them and did, they spin fine but there is this tiny amount of play in them. Are they supposed to have that?

Also could a warn out chain make the noise, I clean my chains often, could the chain make noise?

Running out of ideas, summing up slight metallic sound when I pedal hard (I'm a 200# guy), will go away when I coast but seems to be small delay, over bumps I also here the noise now and again.

Any ideas?
It is fairly common to have clicking noises, but ticks and clicks are very hard to eliminate sometimes. What seems like it is tied to the pedals may be coming from the seat post, etc. Sometimes things like temperature and humidity can affect noises as well. Also, things like the front derailleur cage just hitting the crank or the front derailleur cable sticking out and hitting your shoe can seem like they are clicks but really aren't.

Clicks tied to your pedaling can come from the BB (grease all threads in contact with the frame and BB, and torque it to the recommended settings, which can be quite high), crank bolts (grease threads and washers), the chain ring bolts (take them all out and grease the threads, the faces where they contact the CRs, and the CRs where they contact the crank spider arms), a stiff link in a chain or a burr on one of the "break off" special links used to assemble the chain, the pedals (grease the threads, get some wax etc. on the cleats, grease the bolts into your shoes, squirt some lube into the guts of the pedal machinery if possible), the chain (clean and lube), shoes/cleats (loose cleat nut rattling around in the shoe sole, shoe/cleat interface), cleat bolts, cleats touching pedals, seat post and saddle (grease the post, seat post bolts, saddle rails, and add some oil to where the rails go into the saddle body), bars and stem (grease the stem, stem bolts at both ends, h'bar bolt if quill stem, and h'bar where it goes through the stem, grease/tighten QRs, tighten cassette lock ring, steerer tube spacers if threadless), replaceable derailleur hangers (remove, clean, grease all parts and threads, reassemble), any other bolt (bottle cages, derailleur clamps, derailleur bolts, shift cable casing stops, etc.).

Needless to say, you want to try these things in what seems like the most likely place the noise is coming from, but there are plenty of stories about "I was sure the noise was in the handlebars but it went away when I tightened up the spokes in the rear wheel," so keep trying different things until you have success.
 

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Saddle or seatpost? Saddles can get clicks. Take off your saddle/seatpost. Take your seatpost apart, clean it up. I might put a small amount of grease on the seatpost binder bolt, I leave the rails dry, some folks put a light coat of grease on the rails. Some saddles such as the Fizik Arione eventually break down and the shell might crack. MY Arione started to make a click-popping sound out of nowhere. You could also put some lube on the saddle rails where they go into the back of the shell.

Also check you chain ring bolts.

Chains can make noise.

Also check you al frame for cracks.
 
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