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    Creak in Moment

    I have a bad creak and crackle sound in the front of my moment. One of those noises you get during front braking or hard standing climbs. I checked stem tightness to handlebar and steerer tube, lock on grips, headset preload, headset cups, front wheel, QR's, I see no cracks in the frame (thank god)... I spent 6 years as a bike mechanic...you would think I could find this damn thing. The rear suspension is silent, I suppose it could be the fork creaking, but I hope not. I switched handlebars, did not help.

    Give me some ideas on what else to check...its driving me nuts.

    Setup...moment, CC S8 headset, fox RLC 140 fork, truvativ carbon handlebar, thomson X4 stem, juicy ultimates...etc.
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    maybe internal in the fork?

    I also had a carbon bar that would creak under hard climbing. There wasn't anything wrong with it and I still have it. Turned out to be dirt under my lock on grips.
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    I had a creak recently that I thought was coming from the bottom braket.
    It turned out to the seat post. The sound in an aluminum frame can be really tricky to locate. I would suggest checking everything... Maybe try seat and seat post next. Then move to bottom bracket, if you have already checked the front. Good luck.
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    I had a creak in my Moment that was driving me crazy too. I know you said it seems like it's in the front of the bike but like Jimbo said...the al frame can make it travel. Mine was my upper shock mount bolt. It was loose. Now I check them often.

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    Here in the Northeast, I'm lucky to get plenty of chances to beat the snot out of my Moment. In air and on land. Thankfully I have yet to hear the frame make even a peep.
    I'd guess it's the last place you'll check, and will only need a dab of grease.(as you know being an ex-wrench)
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    One thing to try, put a little grease between your headset spacers.

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    disc brake & rotor bolts? I had a creak or two & that was the culprit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djb55
    I had a creak in my Moment that was driving me crazy too. I know you said it seems like it's in the front of the bike but like Jimbo said...the al frame can make it travel. Mine was my upper shock mount bolt. It was loose. Now I check them often.
    Checked the suspension hardware first thing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefe74
    One thing to try, put a little grease between your headset spacers.
    Good idea, and I have had this problem before especially with carbon spacers (although grease would not solve this issue with carbon...)
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    Creak found...kindof

    Replaced the fork and handlbar with some parts I had in the bin last night and the creak went away... So I assumed the creak was in the fork. I mounted the fork on my hardtail to check...no creak. Neither handlebar shows any creak on any of my bikes... Whatever I did solved the problem. Only issue is that the pike I put on the moment rides better than the fox...hmmm
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    Chris King headsets have been known to creak with long travel forks, if you have one of those. Now that you have the Pike on there, perhaps it's putting less stress on the headset?

    I recently did my own creak search and found it to be the rear Hope QR. The dry, dusty desert riding I've been doing just seemed to finally take its toll on this part.

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    Am currently in the same boat trying to analyze my creaking . It comes with pedalling up steep stuff : I already did the following but the creaking is still there :

    a) Swapped Pedals ,Cranks and BB (from my XC bike)
    b) Swapped BB again
    c) Cleaned and greased ( even the bolts) my Thomson post
    d) Changed saddle
    e) tightened and loosened pivots , shock bolt
    f) tightened rear QR ( The E QR sucks BTW )

    My next attempts in solving the problem will be

    a) Change the pivot bearings
    b) Overhaul headset
    c) Change rear QR

    Any other suggestions on how to get rid of this creaking ?

    I originally was going to post to ask the industry bearing size/code of the frame bearings , Does anyone have the data ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydg
    My next attempts in solving the problem will be

    a) Change the pivot bearings
    b) Overhaul headset
    c) Change rear QR

    Any other suggestions on how to get rid of this creaking ?

    I originally was going to post to ask the industry bearing size/code of the frame bearings , Does anyone have the data ?
    I would rebuild the headset before investing in bearings...BTW Boca bearings has a rebuild kit for the moment, or at least they used to.
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    Re-grease the headset

    Agreed. I had to re-grease the chris king headset on mine and it went away.
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    Could be lots of stuff

    But I did have bearing creak on the seatstay bearings (top and bottom). I got a full refresh kit from Ellsworth for about $30. I dont know if they were cutting me a special deal or what. Customer service was awesome and delivery was super quick.

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    for replacing pivot bearings

    look at enduroforkseals.com products... i just got a set of bearings for my Truth... will try them sometimes this season...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydg
    Am currently in the same boat trying to analyze my creaking . It comes with pedalling up steep stuff : I already did the following but the creaking is still there :

    a) Swapped Pedals ,Cranks and BB (from my XC bike)
    b) Swapped BB again
    c) Cleaned and greased ( even the bolts) my Thomson post
    d) Changed saddle
    e) tightened and loosened pivots , shock bolt
    f) tightened rear QR ( The E QR sucks BTW )

    My next attempts in solving the problem will be

    a) Change the pivot bearings
    b) Overhaul headset
    c) Change rear QR

    Any other suggestions on how to get rid of this creaking ?

    I originally was going to post to ask the industry bearing size/code of the frame bearings , Does anyone have the data ?

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