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Handlebar creak help7up
Mar 8, 2003 1:10 PM
My new ride is great (seven axiom) only i finally figured out where a creak is coming from. Is this just tightening down the bolts more on the stem or are the bars flexing or is it something else? Any help would be great. They are Deda Magic bars and stem. Thanks.
Mar 9, 2003 6:20 PM
Depending on how good a grip your system provides, you may want to put a thin layer of grease on the bar and on the steerer under where the stem clamps (not on carbon steerer, but some GripShift "Jonny Snot" would be OK there). You're the one who has to tell us if it is the bars, stem, brake levers, front hub, QRs, spokes, rims, saddle, seat post, cranks, pedals, BB, chainring bolts, cleats, cleat bolts, etc. that are creaking. These noises have come from all these places on the bike and more, and you've got to diagnose the location. If it is the bars themselves, and they are not a sleeved design, then you've got incipient metal fatigue, highly unlikely on a new bike.
re: Handlebar creak helpkai-ming
Mar 12, 2003 1:48 AM
Does it creak when you are torqueing the bar out of the saddle. These happen to my TCR ONCE. I have tried tighten all bolts of the stem with no luck. I still could not find out exactly what make the noise but it is definitely from the bar/stem/headset. The fork has 1" carbon steerer, most likely it is from the spacer/stem/headset due to flex of the steerer. Is yours a carbon steerer ?
re: Handlebar creak helpkai-ming
Mar 12, 2003 1:56 AM
P.S. I have seen discussions of this web site saying that the creak may come from the carbon spacers. Since I don't own the TRC anymore, there is no way to find out if it is right.