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    Creaky Frame

    Hey readers,
    My 2011 Trek Remedy 9.7 C makes a weird sound. The sound occurs when the pedals are pushed down with hard force (when riding up a short hill where there is no need to shift down.) The noise is also present when pushing on a pedal, dismounted from the bike, with the brakes pulled so that the bike does not move. The sound is not my bottom bracket, saddle or brakes. Also, when I flex my frame (by pushing away on the pedal when the bike is leaning away from me) the bike is silent. Also, there are no visible cracks in the frame. This leads me to believe that it is not a cracked frame. I have spent lots of energy and time trying to figure this out. I am wondering if you have any suggestion or idea on what is making the sound or how to fix it.
    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Creaky Frame

    I would try:

    Remove, regrease, retorque pedals, and make sure they have pedal washers

    Next if you're sure its not the bb or crank, move on to remove, clean , regrease and retorque the lower pivot, and then other pivots

    Hope that helps

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    I had a similar issue with my Giant Anthem and found the axles/bearings in the lower pivots were worn out and digging through the metal of the axles. Another symptom I had besides the creak was the rear wheel felt a lot less stiff. Ended up having to replace everything in the pivots.

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    Ok, I will look into it. Thank you very much for the answers, I really appreciate it!

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    Had the same issue but different bike.

    Ended up being one of the pivot points in the frame needed to be tightened.

    Just tighten everything a little.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I was going nuts a month ago trying to chase a creak (but alloy frame). I did everything; greased all bearings, tightened, torqued, etc. Then from a suggestion, I greased my seat post.

    That did it. Hasn't made a creak since.

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    Just normal white lithium grease?

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    I used Slick Honey, but only because I already had it, but it's a million dollars per container, so I'd just use whatever grease you have available. Axle / bearing grease would be fine and what I would use as my second choice.

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