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sound coming from front wheel when pedaling hard

Old 02-06-09, 08:39 PM
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sound coming from front wheel when pedaling hard

I'm hoping to get some helpful advice.

When pedaling hard (like while standing) i get a low toned squeaking sound from my front wheel (stock jalco 460 on a Specialized Allez elite). First thing i did was take the wheel off, then made sure i securely put it back on -> no change. I then got off the bike and pushed on the handlebars every 1/8th turn of the wheel while slowly walking the bike forward and found that the sound is created only when the wheel is in a particular position.

I looked closely at the spokes and they all look fine.

any tips on what to do to solve this problem?

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Old 02-06-09, 09:00 PM
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Brake rub?
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spoke tension


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Make sure you correctly know how to close a quick release. (Hint: It's not a wing nut.) If it's an external cam type, lightly grease it. The headset could also be knocking. Grab the breaks and push the bike forward and back, not allowing the wheels to move.
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Same thing happens to me on my allez, but my sound is from the wheel rubbing against the brake pad like another poster said.
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Old 02-06-09, 09:48 PM
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its not rubbing the brake pad, i checked that from the start

i also greased the quick release and held the brakes and pushed the bike forwards and backwards; that didn't make any sounds and the bike felt very solid.

went for a really short ride and it still makes the sound
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I agree with Kleng, spoke tension. If you have any doubt as to whether they are tight enough have the LBS check them out. If you have a spoke loose and put weight on the wheel, it will cause minor deformation, thus the creaking. It can fatigue the wheel and cause failure over time.
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