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Old 06-27-20, 07:47 PM
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Wheel question

I have been riding my Warbird for the past month or so and noticed that the front wheel is starting to make a squeaking noise. The wheel looks true side to side in a truing stand, but i'm wondering if it could be a spoke tension issue? How do you fix this?

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First thing, toss a different wheel on there and see if the noise is still present, if it isn't then you have to look at the bike and find where the noise is traveling from otherwise..
If it looks true its not likely a spoke, give pairs of spokes a light squeeze, if they feel uniform its probably not them. Pull the wheel off, remove the skewer(if it was real easy to flip open its a possible source) and spin the axle and see how it feels; if it has cartridge bearings I would first suspect one of these, I'd also remove the axle and feel the bearings if possible. If the cartridges feel good or its loose ball and they feel lubricated, spoke tension is consistent and the skewer wasn't loose I've got no clue.
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Originally Posted by Russ Roth View Post
First thing, toss a different wheel on there and see if the noise is still present, if it isn't then you have to look at the bike and find where the noise is traveling from otherwise..
If it looks true its not likely a spoke, give pairs of spokes a light squeeze, if they feel uniform its probably not them. Pull the wheel off, remove the skewer(if it was real easy to flip open its a possible source) and spin the axle and see how it feels; if it has cartridge bearings I would first suspect one of these, I'd also remove the axle and feel the bearings if possible. If the cartridges feel good or its loose ball and they feel lubricated, spoke tension is consistent and the skewer wasn't loose I've got no clue.
The wheel in question is thru-axle. Unfortunately I only have one thru axle wheel to try. Will have to take it off and spin it on the thru axle to see what I can find out.

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Brake rotor rubbing? The front rotor on my bike will scrape the pads when I stand and throw the bike from side to side while pedaling. The fork flexes just enough to allow the rotor to hit the pad on one side. It's annoying, but there is not much that can be done about it.
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Is the noise at one part of wheel rotation or all the way around. I have a bike that the Easton EA70 SL Disc wheels made a noise at one spot right from new. Initially thought it was a disc rubbing but it turned out it was every time the rim joint was at the bottom. Front was worse than the back. The shop tried to fix it but ended up getting me new wheels on warranty. The new wheels are the same ones but don't have the noise. I was told that some Race Face Wheels have the same issue.
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Originally Posted by dsaul View Post
Brake rotor rubbing? The front rotor on my bike will scrape the pads when I stand and throw the bike from side to side while pedaling. The fork flexes just enough to allow the rotor to hit the pad on one side. It's annoying, but there is not much that can be done about it.
Rode 36 miles tonight, and the sound is completely gone. Best I can figure is that maybe the brake pad was rubbing the rotor and riding around wore the pad down a little bit.

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