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Creeking sound in my headtube(3 posts)

Creeking sound in my headtubesnoopdog
Sep 18, 2001 1:22 PM
I have a problem with a creeking sound around the headtube of my AME Carbon/Carbon fork. It is a 1 1/8 threadless setup using a Ritchey WCS stem. I greased the handlebar and stem junction, I greased the threads of all of the bolts and the surfaces contacting them, I even greased the headtube lightly despite the manufacturers recommendation. BTW, greasing the headtube helped in decreasing the creeking sounds. The sounds occur primarily when I am stopping or climbing out of the saddle (i.e. when I am torquing on the handlebar). It doesn't take very much pressure to create this sound. Does any one else out there have this problem? Thanks in advance..

Similar problem here.JS
Sep 18, 2001 2:19 PM
I am using a Dia Compe C2 headset and the upper cup overlaps the race cup on the upper bearing assembly and when I would rock the bike while standing it would creak. Talk about a pain to diagnose, I naturally thought it was the bottom bracket but after much detective work I found these parts would rub together slightly and be amplified by the frame . A thin coat of grease solved my problem. You might want to put a thin grease coat on all aluminum to aluminum interfaces ( spacers etc) on your headset. Good luck
re: Creeking sound in my headtubemackgoo
Sep 19, 2001 10:35 AM
I don't want to be an alarmist but..... I was just talking to Bianchi yesterday as I have a carbon/carbon fork I'm thinking about installing and I wanted to get their take on failure rate. Any way in the conversation he mentioned that these forks do give signs before they go, one of them is a very weird sounding creaking. Another sign would be one day everything is very tight another it's loose. I guess I'm saying that this may be worth investigating exactly how I'm not sure.