Arlberg wrote:PawPaw wrote:Some ideas to troubleshoot creaks:
apply carbon paste, grease, or talcum powder to the seat post, and torque to spec.
grease and torque the seat post clamp.
Some have mentioned greasing the seat post quietened down the creaks. I wonder if the seat tube has not been fabricated well, and is slightly oversized, allowing excessive post movement.
if you have another saddle, put it on and tighten it firmly, and see if that gets rid of the creak.
if it does, then put the original one back on tightening the rail fasteners firmly. As a troubleshooting step, grease the rails. (you can clean them later)
I had a creak once that came from a stress fracture that developed in the saddle base layer.
You could turn the saddle upside down and spray all suspect bits with wd40 or grease.
The creaks on my bike don't originate solely from the saddle because they also occur when I am riding out of the saddle.
On my bike at least they seem to be coming from the steerer or head tube or somewhere around there, maybe the front forks...?
It is very random, the bike can be perfectly quiet on a bumpy road one minute and then creak when the surface is perfectly smooth the next. Overall the incidence of creaking is increasing however.
I think I will get some of this carbon paste stuff and put it every surface where there is contact between two parts and see how that goes.
Grease your head set , checked mine the other day , and it had just about zero grease in it.
5 minute job , undo top cap , slacken off stem clamp bolts ,remove stem and handle bars , and drop forks down or even right out.
Carefully hang bars and stem on the cables/wires.
Clean and grease bearings etc , reverse first process.
Simple and quick process.
Have been meaning to do mine for a while , as said previously , factory built bikes always come with the bare minimum of grease.
Had the creaking seat post with mine early on as well , quick grease fixed that as well.