Rolf Prima Vigor Creak?
Hi, I have a pair of the Rolf Prima Vigor Tandem wheels on my Co-Motion Co Pilot. My riding partner and I are doing the Lotoja Bike Classic this year. We went out for a 120 mile ride last weekend and developed a creak in the rear hub. Listening to this creak for 206 miles is going to drive us nuts.
I pulled the rear hub apart when I got home and noticed that the pawls in the free hub body were bone dry. I put a couple of drops of T-9 oil on the pawls, greased the axle shaft, slid it all back together and thought I was good to go. We did another 160 miles over this last weekend. The bike initially was super quiet and then the creak came back with a vengance. We expecially notice the creak under power whether we are seated or standing. I took the rear hub apart again and noticed that one of the cassette bearings now had a "gritty" feel to it. I am going to replace that this week. The rest of the bearings are like butter. There does not seem to be excessive wear in the axle itself. The creak is almost rythmic. It doesn't matter if the left or right foot is in the power postion. I really don't think the chain is involved. It is a Sram Chain on Shimano 10 spd. The chain has been fine for the last 400 miles. The creak sounds like it is from the rear hub.
I recently (400 miles ago) replaced the chain and installed a new cog set. A local bike shop suggested a while ago for a seperate creak that I put some grease on the rear drop out, QR interface. I have also recently made sure that the S+S couplers were teflon lubed and tight.
My question is this. Has anyone else developed a creak in their rear hub using Rolf Prima Vigor Tandem Hubs? What did you do to silence the demons? Is there anything thing else that I am not thinking of that I should try?
I weigh around 158 and my riding partner is around 125.
I appreciate all and any thoughts except, not doing the race and eating ice cream instead.