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noisy headsetmike r
Aug 19, 2002 6:45 AM
got a new bike 3 weeks, de rosa merak with a FSA internal headset(campag tpe)
on rough roads it can get a bit noisy, knocking sound.
the headset seems to be properly adjusted, could not detect play when sitting on frame and rocking back and forward with front brake applied.

any ideas??
Sure it's the headset?Silverback
Aug 19, 2002 10:07 AM
If you don't feel play, it's hard to see where the sound could be coming from. Sometimes noises can "telegraph" from somewhere else--I've been chasing a crank creak that turned out to be a saddle loose on its frame. With a bike that expensive, though, I'd run that sucker back to the dealer for a diagnosis and fix.
Aug 19, 2002 1:51 PM
A clunking sound but no play in the headset doesn't sound right. I had a metallic clicking sound that popped up when I was climbing. When I stopped pedaling it went away. I traced it to my saddle rails, I just stopped in the middle of a climb and cinched up the rear bolt of my Thomson Elite seat post and it went away. Sometimes it's hard to tell where a sound is coming from....
yep..mike r
Aug 19, 2002 4:14 PM
i'm pretty sure its from the headset, was stuck for time earlier and left out a few details.
its hard to adjust properly, either too tight or too loose.
on friday i adjusted it so it wasn't stiff but with no play, headset was fine over all but the roughest ground. after two days riding there is play in the headset.i don't want to tighten the stem(deda magic) too much as the fork has an all carbon steerer. is the headset bedding in or should i tighten the stem a bit to stop the headset loosening?

will be bringing it in to my lbs tomorrow morning. be nice to have a couple of possibilities for him to consider.
Carbon steererKerry
Aug 19, 2002 5:10 PM
This noise has been reported by those with carbon steerers. I think the consensus is that the tube flexes enough to hit the inside of the head tube. At any rate, it scares the crap out of people the first time they hear it, but it appears to not be a problem, so they get used to it.