Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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It's possible that the frame is still fine, and you're hearing movement of the BB cartridge or cups in the shell. Otherwise the only good news here is that a failure of that joint isn't likely to cause any kind of accident or injury.
There are a number of people who do these types of repairs here in the USA, or you can contact Look to see if they'll handle it as a warranty, or who they recommend you send it to. BTW- it's possible that warranty isn't an option until it's clear that the joint is failing, manifested by visible movement, not just creaking. In that case consider putting up with the noise a bit longer until it meets that standard.
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