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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?
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So maybe check your forks?
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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".
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RoFlmaTiC wrote:I had a creak like this which I eventually figured out was caused by the cable housing rubbing agianst each other and the stem.
me too only it turned out to be my cleats
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Possibly the seatpost too, I've heard of those creaking and people mistaking it for a pedal or BB or similar.
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.
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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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