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Look 381i: Clicking from Ritchey WCS Stem(11 posts)

Look 381i: Clicking from Ritchey WCS Stemed11
Oct 9, 2002 4:01 PM
The look 381i is a great bike, however, any solutions to a clicking sound that comes from the my ritchey wcs stem when pulling up on the handlebars while riding. It is either coming from the four bolt clamp on the handlebars or the stem attachment to the look hsc 4 carbon steerer tube. I greased all the bolts and it still happens. There is no play in the crane creek headset adjustment (it's an integrated system). Thanks.
My $0.02grzy
Oct 9, 2002 4:41 PM
It's not the stem. You didn't mention what kind of bars you're running or the specifics of exactly under what conditions the noise is produced, but there can be many subtle sources of noise. You'd be surprised at how many times things like skewers and seatposts are the real culprit. Think about it - if the stem is tightened properly and you lubed it then how can it be the stem? It can drive you a bit nuts looking for the source of a noise. I've been running the WCS for three seasons without a peep.
re: Look 381i: Clicking from Ritchey WCS Stemcogmaster
Oct 9, 2002 6:26 PM
Did you check the bolt tension on your STI levers. These can creak under force if too loose or tight. Try greasing them also.
Did you check the bolt tension on your STI levers. These can creak under force if too loose or tight. Try greasing them also.cogmaster
Oct 9, 2002 6:26 PM
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It's not the STI Levers. It's the stem.ed11
Oct 9, 2002 6:37 PM
The bars are also ritchey. The clicking happens when i pull up and down on the handlebars, even when not pulling on the sti levers. Happens when not riding and simply pulling on the handlebars and with the front wheel off. Is it o.k. to grease the carbon steerer tube. I read somewhere that greasing it is not recommended.
It's not the STI Levers. It's the stem.Raf1
Oct 9, 2002 6:54 PM
I believe you. I have the Ritchey combo and it creaks too. I haven't been able to do anything about it yet so I just live with it until I decide to upgrade.
Try degreasing stem-bar and stem-tube interface, very clean. NMSpunout
Oct 10, 2002 4:29 AM
Wowgrzy
Oct 10, 2002 12:59 PM
I've run a Deda 215 in my WCS for three seasons and it doesn't make a peep. Lots of other folks use the WCS stem with other bars also and I haven't heard of any problems, although there could be. I'd say the problem has to involve your handle bars which is strange considering it's from the same mfr. What does the dealer or Ritchey have to say about this? Personally I'd be really annoyed. I like my bike to run silently.
re: Look 381i: Clicking from Ritchey WCS StemLeroy
Oct 10, 2002 5:10 AM
The fork's steerer tube is probably flexing. I ended up swapping out a Mizuno carbon fork that was creaking like crazy; that's the only thing that would stop the noise on my [non look] bike. I greased every part under the sun, steerer tube, everything - nothing worked. It stopped when I went to a fork with an al steerer and haven't had a problem since.
re: Look 381i: Clicking from Ritchey WCS Stemed11
Oct 11, 2002 11:52 AM
FYI, I was informed by excel sports mechanics that you never grease carbon. I also heard this from other people. I'll take apart the headset and add a little grease and put it together again to see if the clicking persists. I also plan on greasing the handlebars a little to if that helps. I'll also check the tension on the bolts to see if this helps. After that, i'll try using a hammer to see if that helps. I'll let you know what works. Thanks, ed.
re: Look 381i: Clicking from Ritchey WCS StemLactate Junkie
Oct 12, 2002 8:28 AM
BE VERY CAREFUL!!! CREAKING CAN BE A SIGN SOMETHING IS GOING TO BREAK. If your stem fails it is not going to be pretty. Find the cause immediately. The WCS is a VERY VERY VERY light stem. There is a reason that no one else in the world makes a 125gm stem (with steel bolts to boot)and it isn't because Ritchey is smarter and knows something they don't!!