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Ritchey WCS stem creaking....hey grz mnky & other WCS users(7 posts)

Ritchey WCS stem creaking....hey grz mnky & other WCS users12x23
Apr 10, 2001 5:11 PM
I've installed these on my bikes. All are perfect but one. All are on 1-1/8" steerers but one. The stem on the 1" steel steerer creaks like h*!!. I was using two 1cm carbon spacers and noticed a little 'rub' on the surface where the two meet and thought that might be the problem. I greased everything up real good (again), also the shim, and reinstalled. No change. I removed the carbon spacers and replaced them with aluminum, lubed everthing up real good, reinstalled, and no change. When I originally installed this stem I lightly greased the bar at the faceplate so I don't think that is the problem. Any other ideas? Do 1-1/8" stems with the shims used to make them compatible with 1" steerers tend to creak?
re: Ritchey WCS stem creaking....hey grz mnky & other WCS usersgwilliams
Apr 11, 2001 1:57 AM
I have one on a 1" steerer and have not heard any creaking yet.

Hmmmm.....grz mnky
Apr 11, 2001 9:12 AM
I've run both the normal Ritchey stem (1" bore) and the WCS (1-1/8" bore w/shim) on a 1" Reynolds Ouzo with a stack of aluminum spacers and have had zero creaking, but this is a carbon steerer. I'd say the problem has to lie with the steel steerer and the shim. Local high end bike shop strongly urges that you stay away from shims if at all possible if you want to avoid noises. I'm assuming that you've got good pre-load and that the bolts are snug. Have you tried a non-WCS 1" stem yet?
Apr 11, 2001 1:43 PM
The frame is OCLV, the headset is Chris King, and this just started after a couple of weeks of creak-free riding. Btw, I have the other two on OCLV's also and both are quiet as a mouse. I think I will remove the faceplate, regrease the stem and bar, and reinstall. I had a similar problem on my classic a couple of yrs ago using a Syncros stem and this turned out to be the problem. If that doesn't work I suppose it will be foam earplugs with a NRR of 30dB.
I found it dadgummit.....12x23
Apr 11, 2001 5:25 PM
I hate sheet like this, but enjoy solving these problems. However, this one makes my feel pretty dadgum stoopid. After my ride this afternoon (other bike) I straddled the bike and torqued the bars while listening. The noise appeared to be from below the stem/headtube. The #$@# front wheel skewer (Helium wheel) needed about one more quarter turn, if that much. Embarrassing.
Don't feel dum......Sydnie
Apr 12, 2001 8:10 AM
...I had a similar problem with a threaded fork and quill stem. Nearly tore the whole bike apart till I discovered the same thing....It pays to listen....verrrrry closely!
And, ALWAYS....12x23
Apr 13, 2001 2:51 PM
check the easy stuff first.