Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

No grease in headset on new Diamondback Axis Comp

Notices
Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

No grease in headset on new Diamondback Axis Comp

Old 08-12-14, 10:34 AM
  #1  
Getting Less Chunky
Thread Starter
 
ChunkyB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 974

Bikes: 2004 Raleigh SuperCourse

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
No grease in headset on new Diamondback Axis Comp

I just purchased a DB Axis Comp a couple months ago, and have put about 100 miles on it. I noticed a really bad squeaking from the headset yesterday. I took apart the headset to see what might be causing it, and it was dry and covered in rust. It was obvious that there wasn't any, and never had been any, grease on either bearing. It must have come from the factory this way. When I took off the bottom bearing, it came right off and half of the balls fell out.

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this?

Is there any chance I did any damage that won't be cured with new bearings and a proper amount of grease?

It says they're supposed to be sealed bearings, but it looks like the bearing cup is fused to the fork (on the bottom) and the head tube (on the top), and the bearings are just open ball bearings. Is this typical? Am I missing something?

I'm new to mountain bikes, so sorry if any of these questions are stupid and obvious.
ChunkyB is offline  
Old 08-12-14, 02:57 PM
  #2  
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 31

Bikes: 1990 Diamond Back Ascent

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Chunky, I'm just getting back into MTB's, but it seems to me if you just bought it new(?), mentioning factory would indicate that you did, I'd think it would have been covered by some type of warranty, I'm not sure, but by taken it apart yourself you may have screwed that option. As I said, I'm just getting back in after many, many years. So I can't swear for certain, but I'm certain others will chime in. Good Luck.
Parrothead1 is offline  
Old 08-13-14, 11:00 AM
  #3  
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Posts: 38

Bikes: Disc Trucker, Jamis Dragon 650 Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The lack of grease is no surprise. If you bought from a bike shop, I would think they would check before letting it leave their shop. I would expect them to have done that.
SCPaul is offline  
Old 08-13-14, 11:03 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,773
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 453 Post(s)
Liked 104 Times in 87 Posts
Originally Posted by ChunkyB
I just purchased a DB Axis Comp a couple months ago, and have put about 100 miles on it. I noticed a really bad squeaking from the headset yesterday. I took apart the headset to see what might be causing it, and it was dry and covered in rust. It was obvious that there wasn't any, and never had been any, grease on either bearing. It must have come from the factory this way. When I took off the bottom bearing, it came right off and half of the balls fell out.
That's what warranty is for, would be taking it back to the shop you got it from, for them to sort out.
jimc101 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
rapattack
Bicycle Mechanics
40
02-25-19 04:21 AM
ddeand
Bicycle Mechanics
14
08-11-17 06:54 AM
Gege-Bubu
Bicycle Mechanics
16
04-08-14 03:32 PM
RookDroid
Bicycle Mechanics
21
11-03-12 11:31 PM
Lawrence08648
Bicycle Mechanics
18
06-27-11 09:45 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.