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Rattle inside Lemond/Icon Air Rail fork: Won't come out! HLP(6 posts)

Rattle inside Lemond/Icon Air Rail fork: Won't come out! HLPSpunout
Aug 29, 2002 10:03 AM
Okay, just received my E-bayed Zurich frame. Not so bad, but there is a rattle inside the fork! It is a sealed unit! It actually sounds like a ballbearing, but the headset is a Cane Creek S2?!!

Any fixes? Junk it? I have called Lemond/Trek, but I am not the original owner and may be out of luck there. Also have taken up with the seller, I'm steamed a bit right now.

Suggestions appreciated, thanks!
A trick I've used...biknben
Aug 29, 2002 10:51 AM
I bought a frame that had a rattle in it when it arrived. I'll assume that a piece of weld inside the tubing had broken free. It was in the driveside chain stay. Sounded like something similar to a ball bearing, like you describe.

I tipped the frame to ensure the piece was towards the rear of the frame. Then shot a little crazy glue in through the weep hole near the dropout. Glued that sucker in place...rattle gone.

If your rattle is inside the fork leg, and it has a weep hole near the front dropout, this may work for you.
They use the same technique for golf clubs...Bruno
Aug 29, 2002 11:28 AM
Some hollow golf clubs have the same problem. The solution is to inject (when manufactured) some glue like the type used to trap insects so if small pieces of metal separate they get trapped and do not rattle.
Was it a C'Dale? I had the exact same problem. (nm)czardonic
Aug 29, 2002 11:34 AM
Forget about itpmf1
Aug 29, 2002 1:02 PM
My C40 frame had what sounded like a little BB or carbon fiber chip rolling around inside of it when I got it. I tried to get it out, but couldn't. Once the bike was built and I ride it, I never notice it. Unless its a real large ball bearing, I bet you won't either.
...forgetting about it....Spunout
Aug 29, 2002 6:33 PM
Okay, so it doesn't fly around that much, I just had it out for my first ride. I don't have a breather hole, it is a carbon fork.

Yes, this is what happens to golf clubs, my golf clubs. I just finished an ordeal with a tacky epoxy to nail down a chip inside a metalwood. Didn't really work, and I sold it.

I can't get inside the carbon fork, even if I drill a hole in it the whole thing will unwind. My LBS assures me, he's sold enough Lemonds that he can send it back for me, for a new one on warranty (whose, I don't know, but not mine!). Such a nice guy! I drop such big bucks there for that reason.