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Ksyrium spoke noise(5 posts)

Ksyrium spoke noisetri
May 6, 2001 7:28 AM
I just picked up a used pair of ksyriums, with about 1000 miles on them. I took them out for a ride the other day, and noticed that there is a slight creaking sound coming from the rear wheel when cranking hard on the flats or out of the saddle. It is not very noticeable except when conditions are very quiet. I pushed on the spokes on the rear wheel, and found out that if I slightly squeeze together the spokes on the non-drive side (laced 2x), that this is the source of the noise. I also noticed that these 2x non-drive spokes do not touch each other as on a conventionally spoked 2x wheel. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and it is normal, or maybe I am a little heavy for the wheels-175 lbs. Thanks for your help
get it checked out...keith m.
May 6, 2001 9:01 AM
I would definetly have them looked at by someone who knows these wheels inside and out. Some of the earlier ones had a problem with the drive side hub exploding on climbs or sprints. It's probably nothing, but better safe than sorry.
re: Ksyrium spoke noisetr
May 6, 2001 2:47 PM
I don't think you are to heavy for those wheels. Too many guys heavier than you have talked glowingly of ksyriums.
re: Ksyrium spoke noise- 2 cents9WorCP
May 7, 2001 1:47 PM
I have no Ksyrium experience, but "spoke creak" is a relatively common experience. I've fixed it in the past with just a drop of oil or grease on the spoke where it contacts the other. I don't know jack about Ksyriums but can't imagine you're too heavy for 'em.
My Nickelgrz mnky
May 7, 2001 5:26 PM
Usually you get spoke noise when the tension is too low and the spokes cycle between being loaded and not loaded. I put a drop of TriFlow at the spoke ends - I didn't have noise, but I needed to true my rear wheel from a crash. I've riden mine for many 1000's of miles. You may run the risk of this allowing the special nipples to un thread, but I haven't seen this problme yet. It would be best to take it to a qualified Mavic LBS so they can make a determination on your wheel. Have you also checked the bearing adjustment, just to rule out any complications? There is a special tool and it's done with the wheel mounted in the bike.