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Should I be concerned?(6 posts)

Should I be concerned?REPO42
Nov 18, 2002 11:35 PM
I have a Giant TCR zero with the carbon fiber steerer tube. I bought this bike used, it's a 2001 model still in great shape, but recently I have been hearing a noise coming from the headset. It sounds like the carbon fiber steerer tube is stressing. No pops, clicks, or creeks, just a stress sound especially when I pull on the bars like for a climb or so. Is this normal for carbon fiber?
YES!!! have your LBS check it out.....nmMrCrud
Nov 19, 2002 2:01 AM
I believe there was a recall on those...Tony2010
Nov 19, 2002 5:22 AM
Because of cracks developing from stress which would eventually lead to them snapping off (havent heard of any fatalities yet), You sent them back and they replaced the steerer tube with an aluminum one.
Nov 19, 2002 5:51 AM
Na, just shoot some WD40 down there.Ken of Fresno
Nov 19, 2002 10:17 AM
Oh, wait. This is carbon. Scratch that. (double entendre intended)

A quick, cheap test firstTig
Nov 19, 2002 5:57 PM
To be sure it's the steerer and not the front wheel's spokes (mine make noise and I've checked everything else) borrow someone's front wheel and take a ride. It won't take long to find out if your old wheel or the fork is making the noises if the sound continues or doesn't.

This may be barking up the wrong tree, but I'd hate to replace a fork only to find out it was something else. Also grease the stem bolt threads and the cable ends where they meet the frame's stops. There are several things that can cause mystery noises up front. Like the others said, if its the fork steerer, get it replaced!