When I rode the Komodo on that 18mi swoopy pedaly ride, I was hearing some noises. Nothing drives me nutz more than foreign noises coming from a Chinese frame.
I was hearing 3 seperate things.
1. once-twice per full crank rotation I was hearing an odd "tick" or "tack"
2. While I pedal, I would hear some "gear meshing" kinda stuff
3. Rear brake howl
#1. These are tough to track down sometimes. I cleaned my drivetrain, checked the torque on my crank bolts, BB, pedals, and chainrings. Still there. Seatpost needed a quick wipe and light coat of grease. **Noise Gone**
#2. This was fairly obvious...I checked my chain and it was just past .75% I usually don't replace anything on my drivetrain until it skips a tooth, but I had a nearly new chain that I took off for some reason in the past. I cleaned, lubed, and installed it. Quiet pedaling. **Noise Gone**
#3. Rear brake howl, hehehe. I've had some odd issues with brake noise, but this was nothing compared to the previous turkey warbling, shuddering issues that I had with the Juicy 5's and Code's on that old frame. Heck...brake noise and feel was the reason I ditched the old build and built the Komodo.
When I lightly feather the brakes...they're fine. When I clamp down on them, they're fine. Somewhere in between with medium pressure...they howl like a typical disc howl. I've noticed an increased resonance with Avid G3 rotors. I had a nearly new Hayes 6" rotor, so I switched it out. So far problem solved...but I'll keep this updated. I think I'm gonna get a 7 or 8" Hayes rotor for the front too...though the front is quiet. I just think the Domain is sorta silly with a 6"
I wouldn't mind a little more cooling up there too. Anyways...**Noise Gone**