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Old 04-20-06, 01:37 PM   #1
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Wheel noise?

I recently purchased a new Look 585, with fsa rd600 wheels. After about the first 150 miles, I have developed a squeak that appears to be coming from the rear wheel. Those riding with me say that it is coming from there- when i stand up it does not go away, thereby eliminated the seat post, which is what i initally thought it was, nor does it get worse, thereby eliminating the bottom bracket. It only happens when i am pedaling, and the further along I go in the ride the worst it seems to get. fsa says most wheel noise with their wheels is caused by the axle end cap being loose- i tightened mine, did not seem to help- any ideas anyone has or experience with a similar problem would be helpful. These are the wheels with the large midling flange into which six of the spokes insert, and it almost sounds like the spokes or the flange flexing against each other. Probably not damaging or dangerous, but drives me and those riding with me nuts. Thanks
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I recently purchased a new Look 585, with fsa rd600 wheels. After about the first 150 miles, I have developed a squeak that appears to be coming from the rear wheel.
Is it like a bird chirp every now and then when you pedal hard? If so, you might want to service the bearings. It would be surprising from such a low mileage wheel, but I know when I hear birdies in my wheels, cartridge bearings need changing, and cup+cone bearings need servicing. You might want to try spin the wheel in a quiet room with your ear close to the hub: if you hear a low rythmic chaffing noise, your bearings are almost surely in need of attention.
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Old 04-20-06, 06:06 PM   #3
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no its more like a squeak than that, and i would surely hope with brand new wheels that wouldn't be the case. thanks though for the suggestion
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Try putting a drop of oil on the spoke holes in the rim at the base of the nipples, at the spoke holes in the hub flange and on every spoke crossing. See if that helps.
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When my Trek was new, the rear end squeek turned out to be dry derailleur pulleys. A couple drops of tenacious oils fixed 'em right up. Of course if you have idler pulleys with sealed cartridge bearings that probably isn't it.

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what about the quick release? Could this be another possibility?
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