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    Trek 3700 Disc - Help

    Yesterday I went to the Trek store of Chattanooga and bought a 3700 Disc. So far I'm loving the bike but I had a question about the front wheel.. if I turn the bike upside down and spin the front tire it doesn't spin nearly as long as the rear wheel and it makes a noise from time to time. I was curious if it was something I'm doing wrong putting the wheel back on (I don't see how that would be possible because it's pretty simple, but this is my first good bike and I'm pretty new to the sport). Anyone else have any idea if I'm doing anything wrong?

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    Probably the disc brakes dragging. Check your pad clearance.
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    Sounds like it could possibly be normal drag... I would check to see that your front wheel is properly seated in the fork drops. If it is.. it could be just a break in period is needed..if there is alot of drag, you may want to take the bike back to your lbs for an adjustment.. or check this vid.. pretty simple..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zFiORtQrlA
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    It sounds like the front disc is warped and rubbing the brake pads. Hence, the "noise from time to time". Take it back to the store. It only take a few minutes to true a disc. You may want to watch and learn something.

    The front wheel should spin much longer than the rear because the added friction of the free hub on the rear. If it still come to a stop sooner than the rear after the disc is not rubbing, the bearings are probably too tight.

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    Try loosening the front tire lock, the lock that you're able to loosen to remove the tire. If i tighten those to much, it will drag the tire and not let it spin as freely. Make sure the tire bolts are sitting and aligned freely on the front fork.

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    i took it off and reset it again, it's running a lot smoother now and the brake hardly ever drags, thanks guys!

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    Sweet
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