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Help!!! Need a fix for creaking Bontrager Race lights.(5 posts)

Help!!! Need a fix for creaking Bontrager Race lights.trailjerky
Jul 31, 2002 7:35 PM
I'm having a problem with a Bontrager Race Light that came on my new Trek 5200. The front wheel is creaking extremely bad. I know it's the front wheel because it went away when I switched the front wheel.

The shop could not fix it (tried twice). They said it just needs oil between the fork and hub (didn't work). What can I do to fix this? I had the same problem with my Rolfs on my LeMond and no one could help.

Its a brand new bike and only has about 400 mikes on it. I did get stuck in a rainstorm the day before the noise started, if that helps.
Grease the front fork dropouts.Uncle Tim
Jul 31, 2002 7:46 PM
This "wheel creaking" is a well known phenomenon with the Rolf Wheels that used to come with the brand new Trek 5200's. It could be the same problem: the front wheel creaking rather loudly usually when doing out of the saddle climbs.

Try this: remove the front wheel from the fork. Wipe the fork dropouts clean. Add a thin layer of grease (not oil) to the inside of the front fork dropouts and replace the wheel. Any kind of grease (like white lithium) will do.

This is well worth trying.
Second that. Worked for my K's. An idea from a posterPaul
Aug 1, 2002 8:21 AM
suggested using an inner tube to fit between the forks on the skewers. Haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a neat idea.
re: Help!!! Need a fix for creaking Bontrager Race lights.DavidS
Jul 31, 2002 9:41 PM
My Bontragers did the same thing. I cured it by dripping a small droplet of oil into each spoke nipple, actually into the rim/nipple joint. This cured the problem 100%. The creaking noise in my wheel would happen when I was out of the saddle or hemmering hard. When you oil the nipple hole in the rim, I found the best way to be: Drop a small droplet in each nipple hole from the inside, then spin the wheel as fast as you can for about 2-3 miinutes. The centrifugal force of the spinning whhel forces the oil to find its way deep inside. Make sure you clean the rim very well afterwards, paying special attention to the braking surface.

Hope this helps.

Darn, still creaking.trailjerky
Aug 5, 2002 6:32 PM
Didn't work. I tried the greese on the dropouts and putting oil on the nipples and spinning. I even tried it on the bike. Neither worked. When I had this problem with my Rolfs I tightened the nipples just a little and that worked. I don't want to mess up my new wheels (I've been known to do that) and I can't get a shop to even check the tension on them. Much less check the barrings. The noise did start after getting stuck in a very heavy rain. Any other suggestions. I hate riding an expensive new bike that makes more noise than I do.