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    New question here. Which grease to use for front head bearings?

    Hi had creaking while compressing my fork, while climbing and whenever i put weight on the front of the bike. So I greased the bearings in the head tube and the creaking stopper. It's started again after a couple of hour on the first ride since servicing. I think the grease might not have been tough enough because grease was coming out a little at the bottom of the head. It was a really hot day and intense climbing. I used syntethic all purpose grease! What grease should I use? I will also look for cracks!

    By the way my bike is a specialized enduro comp XL 2012. And I'm a 230 pounds athletic guys! Might I be too heavy for the frame? I don't think so but i ask!

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    I also saw i little rust or wear inside the the head where the bottom bearing sit. I was also noticeable on the bearing itself. All located in the back or at 6 o'clock.

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    Pretty well any grease will work. The synthetic you used will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welric View Post
    I also saw i little rust or wear inside the the head where the bottom bearing sit. I was also noticeable on the bearing itself. All located in the back or at 6 o'clock.
    Just use any grease available out there, you should be fine...

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    I've typically used fancy grease marketed for bikes. Supposedly, it's just marine grease in smaller bottles with a bigger markup. I'd try that if I bought enough of it for the price to bother me.

    There's more than just grease to getting a nice, quiet headset - it needs to be adjusted correctly.
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    Ok but If the grease i use was suppose to be fine why did it start creaking again! The bike is a 2012 and a couple months old, but has been used as demo bike in a shop!

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    I'm also worried a little about the little wear on the bearing and frame! I might put a picture

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    Which grease to use for front head bearings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Welric View Post
    Ok but If the grease i use was suppose to be fine why did it start creaking again! The bike is a 2012 and a couple months old, but has been used as demo bike in a shop!
    Likely because the headset is not adjusted properly, as mentioned earlier.

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    Been using Lithium automotive bearing grease for my hub servicing every 500-1000km and so far it worked quie well. And I ride whatever nature throws at me. Snow, mud, dust and sand... makes very little difference. Overal it's much better than the original thick gunk that was in there.

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