The front area...
For the past few weeks my fork / headset area makes noise when I ride. Its kind of a squeaking / grinding type noise and happens whenever I get out of the saddle or lean towards the front. This is my first Carbon Fiber bike, and I'm not sure if its normal, but it sure is annoying. I'm wondering if the fork was installed to tightly or something else is causing it. At this point I'm at a loss and sometimes wonder if the frame is making the noise because of a crack, but I checked and its all good. Could it be the headset is too tight? or should I be concerned about the fork or frame?
Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
Does the steerer tube turn pretty easily? The compression bolt might have been tightened down a little too much if it feels like its fighting back when you try to turn it. It also might actually be a compression bolt thats too loose, so check for that as well.
If you still can't figure out whats wrong with it, bring it back to the shop and have them find out.
How old is the headset?
When was the last time it was greased?
I could be possible the stress from your different pedaling styles flexes the body of the bike just enough to cause you brake to rub against the rim.
If it is a road bike you can undo the QR to the brake and see if that helps. If so, then perhaps a brake readjustment is in order.