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    Squeaky headset

    When I turn the bars it sounds like an old door creaking. Bars move freely and I've tried loosening the preload and stem then retightening. With everything completely loose there's no noise so I guess it's the spacers rubbing. Should I be concerned?

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    Mine did the same. It was the rubber gasket at the bottom of the spacers rubbing on the head tube. A little lube and its gone.

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    Every part of the head set assembly should get a coating of grease. If you think the spacers are squeaking, lightly grease them too.

    Also, check the installation guide to ensure everything is in the right place and oriented correctly.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Thanks for the advice, will lube

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    Also check your fork, if it is a creaking sound could be the guides in the for leg on the non sprung side, assuming it is a coil sprung fork.

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