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    Canadmos
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    So over the last few weeks I’ve noticed an annoying creaking noise coming from the stem area of my bars, but I cannot find where it is coming from. The creaking only happens when I pull up (or push down) on one end of the handle bar. I’ve loosened all of the bolts and re-tightened and the headset is pretty much brand new from last year and still runs as smooth as it did when I first got it (Cane Creek S3). When the noise happens, I can only feel the most slight of movement but everything is snug… ❓

    Any tips? Should I be putting a little bit of grease or loctite on the stem bolts? Would old bolts cause this?

    #641346

    intense
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    Couple things.

    How old are the bars, and what kind are they?

    Are you stem bolts properly tightened?

    #641347

    Canadmos
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    The bars are about a year old now and are Race Face Evolve DH. The bolts are all properly tightened on the stem, but the stem is probably about 3-4 years old.

    #641348

    MikeC
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    Put a light film of grease where the bars / stem contact each other.

    #641345

    Canadmos
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    Thanks for the tip. Finally had the time to try that out last night, but as soon as I put it all back together, it still creaked. I’m lost on the matter, perhaps it is the headset. The noise only seems to happen when I’m pedaling up hills, as I’m pulling back hard on the bars. It also happens every once in a while when there is a force applied perpendicular to the bike.

    #641349

    slope
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    I have the same problem?
    It has perplexed me for months? 🙁

    #641344

    Jon_Durham
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    What kind of grips are you using? If you’re using lock on grips, it could be your problem.

    Check out the whole front end of your bike out as well to make sure everything is tight and not making any noise. I’m talking about rotor bolts, fork pinch bolts, axle, and caliper bolts. If this still doesn’t solve the problem check to see if there is any play with the bushings in your fork.

    #641343

    slope
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    Will do, thank you much!

    #641350

    slope
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    What do you know. I was missing a bolt out of one of my lock-ons!
    Fixed and good to go, thanks for the advice.

    #641351

    Jon_Durham
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    @slope wrote:

    What do you know. I was missing a bolt out of one of my lock-ons!
    Fixed and good to go, thanks for the advice.

    Aha, I knew that that would be your problem, good work gettin rid of it

    #641352

    madman
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    could take off all bolts…clean all facings of every contact point and use a very small film of grease on the bolts.
    See if there is any noise before applying grease between the stem and bar

    #641353

    redtazz
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    I have ODI RUFFIAN lock on’s, and I just started getting some creaking. After cheaking bolts and stuff I cleaned under my ODI’S and now there is no reaking. My set up is around 6 months old with mew bars and a direct mount stem, yet if your setup is older it might be what was mentioned earlier, old stem, old bar, shi@#y bearings in your headset, or just needs a cleaning.

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