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Old 04-06-17, 10:08 PM
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Creaking noise when climbing out of saddle

Hi, I'm looking for ideas. This is a recent development I'm getting a creaking that seems to be coming from the headset area when climbing out of the saddle. Spent a lot of time on the bike this week including very long steep climbs. Bugs me. I can minimize it some by trying to not put much torque on the bar. Bike is a carbon Orbea Opal, carbon steerer tube, carbon Easton EC70 stem, FSA headset, and FSA compact aluminum wing pro handle bar. Probably more information than necessary. I've already thought about the front QR, cleaned and lubed it and went tighter and looser. I'll probably pull the stem clean and lube it to see if that has an affect. Probably needs to be serviced anyway.
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There are dozens or previous threads pertaining to creaking. The common suggestion is to take everything apart and reassemble with good mechanical practices. Andy
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And inspect for cracks.
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Do not rule out the cranks. I know how you feel. Spent about 2 years with a creak on my Cannondale CAAD 10, and it turned out to be the bottom bracket. Eventually had to replace it with something different, as the Cannondale OEM set-up (BB30 I believe) was prone to this problem. Took a determined wrench to sort it out for me.
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I had a creak on my old De Rosa SLX a few years ago. I hadn't had the cartridge BB out in a long time and greasing the threads fixed the problem.
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I think I found creaking

I took things apart one at a time:
1 - took front plate off stem and cleaned everything, clamping surfaces and threads
2 - took steerer tube clamp off and did the same
3 - removed spacers and cleaned them as well
Using a bright flash light with my glasses on :-) I found two hairline cracks in the stem where it clamps steerer, one on the top and one on the bottom.
I don't think the cracks caused the creaking but I don't like riding with questionable parts so I ordered a (
).
I put a light coat of white grease on all parts and reassembled. Before disassembly I could stand over the top tube and instigate the creaking, not now.
John

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