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Litespeed Ultimate - creek in bottom bracket(6 posts)

Litespeed Ultimate - creek in bottom bracketitspat
Jul 24, 2001 10:28 AM
I have tried both grease and teflon tape. I've heard to use Ti Prep? Where can you buy this?
Suggestiongrzy mnky
Jul 24, 2001 4:50 PM
You should be able to take care of your problem with the things you've already tried. Did you completely remove both cups and reinstall with a torque wrench and the advised setting? Shimano advises 50 to 70 N-m.

Ulitmately your cups are "loose" and will stay that way, unless you use something like Loctite (not advised - but early Phil BBs came with little tubes of the stuff), until properly torqued.
re: Litespeed Ultimate - creek in bottom bracketDrD
Jul 25, 2001 3:15 AM
Ti-prep is essentially a grease - it's not going to do anything the regular grease or teflon tape didn't do.

Make sure it's the bottom bracket which is creaking - grease the outside of the bottom bracket shell where the cup slides over it, as well as using a couple of wraps of teflon tape on the threads. Take apart the crankset and grease the mating surfaces of the chainrings and the chainring bolts, then tighten it all back up. Also - check your saddle, seatpost, handlebar/stem, and pedals - there are lots of places which can creak whenever you are pedalling!
re: Litespeed Ultimate - creek in bottom bracketColnag40
Jul 25, 2001 6:44 AM
One of the most common sources of that creak noise is the crank itself. Remove the crank arms on both sides from the bottom bracket and clean the square socket with a clean rag VERY WELL to remove any grease that may be in there. Then remount the crank arms and tighten down to appropriate torque and you should be set.

Rarely, have I ever had a creak from the bottom bracket, but have, on occasion had to deal with the above.

Happy trails
re: Litespeed Ultimate - creek in bottom bracketsteveF
Jul 26, 2001 7:44 PM
As others have said, check other components. I had a creak caused by the pedals which were not tight enough. Before checking further, my LBS and I were absolutely convinced that it was the BB.
re: Litespeed Ultimate - creek in bottom bracketTEXBAZ
Jul 29, 2001 2:14 PM
Just a thought, 1. did your LBS build this bike frame and did they face the BB tube on the frame. If they have not squared the face of the tube the BB jam nut will never really sit fully engaged to the face. just a wild thought, if all else fails.