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TCR composite evil noise ..help!(12 posts)

TCR composite evil noise ..help!kenyonCycleist
Jun 10, 2003 8:41 PM
my TCR frame recently started makin evil creakin and popping sounds when climbing..my local wrench friend say it the frame..i only weigh 165..i am stuck with these sounds...do all TCR composities have this prob?
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!Hereford Flyer
Jun 11, 2003 2:45 AM
Creakin/poppin noises are sometimes a pain to track down. So do it by elimination.

The obvious thing is to check for cracks splits.

Had some noises coming from my own TCR Composite a couple of weeks back (when climbing out of the saddle) - in this case it was obviously a stem/steerer/bar problem. Turned out the expanding wedge in the steering tube had come a little loose. Stripped it all down made sure everything was clean and grease free, re-assembled making sure to grease (very carefully) the sliding parts/threads of the wedge (you don't want grease to come into contact with the carbon steerer). Put it all back together and had no more noises.

The other obvious place to check is the the BB/chainset area. Cranks tight? BB adjusted ok/loose? Chainring bolts loose? Front mech mount loose? Pedal bearings? Pedals loose?

I also found that the two small bolts on the frames rear mech mounting bracket had worked loose - this caused some noises when climbing hard. Get some loctite on them.

Hope this might help a little.
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!kenyonCycleist
Jun 11, 2003 7:41 AM
thanks will have wrench lookie at it :O)
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!kenyonCycleist
Jun 11, 2003 9:33 AM
when standing over the bike i notice that leaning the bike left and pressing on the right side of bars only, produces a creak each time pressure is applied to the bar...this creak resonates down the fork/head tube area. i have the fork cut so there is no need for extra spacers an it sits right above the headtube..there is 1 small spacer but height it gives is negligible...any more ideas??
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!cycling6500
Jun 11, 2003 8:55 AM
Also check the tightness of your front QR.
nipples!Frith
Jun 11, 2003 11:33 AM
now that I've got your attention :)
the only noise I've heard from my TCR I managed to get rid of by lubing the spoke nips.
nipples!kenyonCycleist
Jun 11, 2003 5:53 PM
changed wheels an it still does it
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!sydneyrider
Jun 11, 2003 11:42 PM
I had the same problem, as did two others with the same frame. Problem was solved by tightening the bottom bracket
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!kenyonCycleist
Jun 12, 2003 9:37 AM
sweet.... thanks :O)
re: TCR composite evil noise ..help!kenyonCycleist
Jun 12, 2003 10:25 PM
tighteed BB but to no avail...sounds like there is a creaking/popping noise coming from fork area..any more ideas...anytime i get out of seat and sway bike it happens..even when i feather the bars..
TCR Composite=Taiwan, OCLV110/120=Wisconsin.......BIG RING
Jun 13, 2003 9:36 AM
I may be talking out of my a$$, but, the fact that the TCR Composite which I was considering along with the Trek, was made in Taiwan, worried me. Something about the words American made, when talikng about bike frames just sounds good. Who makes frames better than Trek, Merlin, Litespeed, Cannondale, Serotta, Specialized? Just my opinion.
TCR Composite=Taiwan, OCLV110/120=Wisconsin.......clintb
Jun 13, 2003 8:50 PM
That is talking out of your a$$ and awfully closed minded. It's also buying into the marketing hype designed to draw in CONSUMERS. It's like walking into a grocery store...everything has been designed/placed to get you to buy what they're selling. Point is; There's nothing wrong with a Taiwanese made frame if it's built right. Clicks and creaks happen on even the prized Litespeeds.