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I have a new full carbon bike. Its been mostly great so far but I am curious as to why it occasionally creaks. I can be riding along on a perfectly flat smooth road and the frame or forks (I think its the forks) will give a short, sharp unmistakeable creaking sound for no apparent reason. I can also be riding on a roughish road surface, such as minor road corrugations etc and the frame will stay beautifully silent. So there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, it seems to just happen randomly. I have tried to make the bike creak by doing things like pulling hard on the handlebars while climbing, moving my position in the saddle, riding on rough surfaces etc but I can't pin it down to any one thing. It can happen when pedalling, it can happen when coasting. It does not seem related to the drive train or the pedalling action. It's not a continuous creak, just the occasional creak out of nowhere.
As this is my first carbon bike I am wondering if creaking is just a characteristic of carbon frames, or if I should be concerned?
I had a creak like this which I eventually figured out was caused by the cable housing rubbing agianst each other and the stem.
2011 Cervelo S2 | 2013 Specialized Langster | 2014 Cervelo P2 | 2014 Apollo Giro Disc
I would doubt it has anything to do with the frame itself moreso some component that is attached to the frame, i'd check things like the BB and the fork crown race to begin with, make sure they have a thin film of grease on all contact surfaces, hell i even put a very thin film of grease on my saddle rails so it's not a dry joint that could potentially creak later on.
Not to say it is the problem, but I had the same sound when I crashed my bike (came off around 60kph) and found small cracks in the forks, but I rode the bike to the LBS anyways, lol should of heard the noise!!
So maybe check your forks?
If you can't explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough.
Saw an interesting comment on a headset instruction somewhere, where it was stated that a headset can creak if the bar stem is not 'faced' (machined) where it contacts the spacer or headset, so it is not absolutely flat. The solution by the headset mfr was to provide a very thin plastic shim/washer to fit under the stem against the top of the headset.
Carbon bike are noisy. Don't let anybody tell you they are not! I have 3 "racing" bikes. A steel framed vintage Europa, an anodised aluminium framed vintage Alan and my race bike which is a carbon framed Avanti.
The carbon Avanti is noisy. It rattles and creaks on rough roads. I ride and race regularly with other riders on carbon bikes and they are all noisy. The steel Europa and the aluminium Alan are super quiet in comparison. Now I will get told that there are carbon bikes that are super quiet. There probably are but in general they are noisy.
The carbon bike is the fastest, the aluminium bike is not far behind but more comfortable to ride and the steel bike is like riding your favorite armchair.
By all means check everything, you should do this on a regular basis anyway but don't get too stressed if your carbon frame "creaks".
me too only it turned out to be my cleats
Thats what it seems to be on my bike. I removed the saddle and applied a thin film of grease to the opening of the seat post, reinserted the saddle and the creaking disappeared. This was OK for about 2 weeks but the creaking started up again. Instead of grease I then tried plumbers tape because it's really thin. This worked for about 6 weeks and the creaking started up again. I replaced this and went back to grease which worked for about 2 weeks and now it's creaking again. At this point I'm just trying to ignore it. All along I could have sweared the creaking was coming from the bottom bracket but thats not the case.
Sometimes a bike assembler may err on the side of caution when tightening (or torquing) screws and clamps around a fragile carbon frame.
I had a faint click on a Cervelo that I was sure it came from the bottom bracket bearings. I used a torque wrench to accurately tension the bottom bracket to manufacturers specs and the noise went away. The very slightest of movement with connecting parts to the frame will be hard to pinpoint when riding.
Variations with equipment can also vary too. Not every tool is calibrated precisely.
Seat and seat post clamps could also be under tensioned.
If you have a bonded rear triangle look for faint lines around the bond area although this is rare these days.
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