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Question for Trek 5200 owners...(10 posts)

Question for Trek 5200 owners...sntacruzSL
May 7, 2002 6:29 PM
Just bought a 5200 and I'm getting a lot of creaking from the head tube area. Thinking it's the Cane Creek headset. Any similar problems? Theories?

Are you sure it's the headset?Uncle Tim
May 7, 2002 6:38 PM
If you have the Rolf Vector Comp wheelset, which came with many Trek 5200, they are a more likely source of the noise which will, indeed, sound as though it's coming from the headset or maybe the spokes.

Usually this creaking sound, which can get rather loud, will come when you are climbing out of the saddle. If the problem is really bad, you can make it creak by just putting lots of weight on the front tire and turning the wheel back and forth.

If you think this could be the problem, try this:

Remove the front wheel and wipe off all of the dirt on the aluminum dropouts. then take just a little dab of grease and apply a thin layer to the INSIDE of the dropouts. Replace your Rolf Vector Comp wheel and the creaking should cease.
Are you sure it's the headset?gonzo77
May 9, 2002 8:52 AM
Here's a bit more info on that Rolf Creaking noise. The axle caps were made from aluminum originally, which creaked like hell when in contact with the fork dropouts. If you contact Trek or Rolf, they should send you, under warranty, end caps that are made of steel, and no they don't weigh much more. So with those steel end caps in place, no more creaking.
funny as it sounds, might be the gear cable, try grease it. nmQubeley
May 7, 2002 6:45 PM
Have the same problem exactlyMaartin
May 8, 2002 12:31 PM
I have a 2000 Trek 5200 that creaks from the front end when I unmount and climb. I have been unable to solve the problem.
Have you tried the necessary treatment?Uncle Tim
May 8, 2002 7:05 PM
Have you lightly greased the inside of the dropouts on the front fork? If so, did that solve the problem?
Have you tried the necessary treatment?sntacruzSL
May 8, 2002 7:28 PM
Just greased the dropouts and will let you know if that solves the problem. Stay tuned.
Have you tried the necessary treatment?the bird
May 9, 2002 4:44 PM
Uncle Tim is right!! Been there done that! I like that.... the treatment" Have a few "treatments" for the ole '52 myself,amazeing how noise transfers on "tupperware" frames.
Yes and you were correct ? Thank YouMaartin
May 20, 2002 10:04 AM
Sorry for the delay but your advice was dead on right. Thank you again.
re: Question for Trek 5200 owners...12x23
May 9, 2002 4:15 PM
I've had the same problem when I've not tightened the skewer quite enough.