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    magic link creaking

    Has anyone else experienced a creaking noise coming from the crank/magic link area.
    My cadabra is just over a month old and is an amazing ride.
    But after rtiding for 15 or 20 minutes it developes a creaking noise when pedalling hard.
    the noise goes away when the bike has sat overnight but comes back when it's ridden hard and gets warm down in that area.
    I noticed the grease nipple, has anyone regularily put grease into it.

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    Pull apart all the linkages, give everything a good cleaning, grease, and reassemble. You can try and add grease through the nipple and see if that fixes the creak.

    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    Has anyone else experienced a creaking noise coming from the crank/magic link area.
    My cadabra is just over a month old and is an amazing ride.
    But after rtiding for 15 or 20 minutes it developes a creaking noise when pedalling hard.
    the noise goes away when the bike has sat overnight but comes back when it's ridden hard and gets warm down in that area.
    I noticed the grease nipple, has anyone regularily put grease into it.
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    thanks I'll give it a shot.

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    I have same creaking on my bike. Its the bushing where the magiclink-spring is connected to the frame that is moving. I will try to fill some thick grease in the bushing, might help for a while. But I will also order a replacement bushing and ask for one that have acceptable tolerance so it wont move.

    I have not manage to fill grease into the nipple. Any suggestion on what adapter to use? The nipple-connection are 45degrees so a regular grease-press wont connect properly unless i disconnect the magiclink-spring. Have toght about changing the 45degree nipple for a 90 degree, or something inbetweene..

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    Greas in the bolts on the coilspring solved the creaking.

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    I have had the same problem and basically found the same solution as what has already been posted... completely disassemble the magic link assembly, including the RP23 DU bushings, clean thoroughly, re-grease with a heavy lubricant and reassemble. I used the Park Tool polylube 1000.

    The squeaking has stopped and the bike feels like new, very plush and responsive. One thing I did find when the magic link was disassembled was a few parts that were getting worn... the spring bushing mentioned above and the plastic part that fits underneath the end cap on the front of the spring assembly. Oh and that grease nipple? Didn't think that was for the magic link system. Bottom bracket?

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    I have tryed to press greasinto the greasniple on the magiclink. But no matter how hard i press, nothing goes in. Do I have to undo any of the bolts to let the old grease out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axa View Post
    Greas in the bolts on the coilspring solved the creaking.
    I had the same creaking, and that does solve the problem. I do really recommend to disassemble magic link parts for greasing, and cleaning all the extra grease away, otherwise grease collects all the dust, and it just gets worse.

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    i managed to find a small grease gun that fits nicely so getting the grease in is no problem.
    also oiled all moving parts and the creaking seems to have gone away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    i managed to find a small grease gun that fits nicely so getting the grease in is no problem.
    also oiled all moving parts and the creaking seems to have gone away.
    Pic's or it didn't happen

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