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    Headset Creaking

    My headset has been making some creaking noises so I took it into my LBS. They removed the fork and greased it up some. On the first ride it was pretty quiet and on the second ride it is creaking again. It does it riding but now I can slowly turn the handlebars and get the sound. The bearings do not seem rough or loose. To the best of my knowledge it is a sealed headset. Not sure the brand as it is the stock one on my RIP 9. The dealer that did the adjustment was not my purchasing dealer as my closest Niner dealer is about 1.5 hrs away, So I took it to where I purchased my last Trek at. I don't question their work and I may call them tomorrow to have them recheck it out. I will be making a trip to my purchasing dealer Saturday. Anyway educate me on why head sets can make creaking noise. Could I have a faulty headset?
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    Remove all your cable clips, let them hang free and then rotate the bars. You may just be hearing the cables working against the guide.
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    I will try that again. It seems you can hear the sound from the head tube. Looking at the niner website specs I should have a cane creek 40 series.
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    I have a trek and it was creaking. All I had to do was loosen the stem bar bolts, tighten the headset bolt and then retighten the stem bar bolts. You probably did that though.

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    If its a cane creek headset, get use to it. especially the 10 and 40 series. In my experience, no matter how tight I torqued the bolt I could never get rid of the creaking. They use a plastic split ring.
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    Re: Headset Creaking

    Quote Originally Posted by Man from Utopia View Post
    If its a cane creek headset, get use to it. especially the 10 and 40 series. In my experience, no matter how tight I torqued the bolt I could never get rid of the creaking. They use a plastic split ring.
    I have been using Cane Creek 40s for years with ZERO creaking. They replaced a Chris King that creaked constantly.
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    Re: Headset Creaking

    Of you have a creeking cane creek, I feel really bad for you.
    Mine have all been solid as can be.

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    I'm running the CC 10/40 on my Fargo and contacted CC about adjustment issues. They indicated that I needed to use a higher preset (more torque on the cap) than I would normally use. Works fine now.
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