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Old 05-08-14, 07:43 AM
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Headset Creaking

I have a 2013 cannondale synapse 7 with 1 1/8 threadless headset. I have played with the adjustment to get it just right but when it seems to swing the correct amount I can pull on the handlebars while riding and it creaks. If I tighten it enough to stop the creak it binds and doesn't return to center. Any suggestions or am I making a mountain out of a molehill ?
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the creak may not be in the headset. try tightening your handlebars. could even be the saddle, or seatpost. also possible that stem needs to be tighter on the steerer tube. i would also remove the top cap temporarily before riding. and maybe apply some lubricant to the steerer at the stem clamp. temporarily to see if i could isolate the creak. i would be concerned in finding exactly where the creak is occuring.

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Old 05-08-14, 01:33 PM
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some lubricant on where fork and stem meet as well as handlebars and stem often fixes creaks like this. As mentioned seat posts often creak as do pedals--sometimes these sound like they are in other areas but the fact that pulling on your handlebars makes the creak, try the first thing.
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Okie Dokie I'll try it thanks !!
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I have an extremely creaky handlebar on my hardtail, and it is (i'm certain) the fact that it's the old, narrower-diameter standard of handlebar and stem (2?.something=1"?). My commuter has the thicker handlebars (31.something?), and they are rock solid.
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