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    Knocking noise coming from fork/headset/headtube

    Hello all about a month ago i bought a scott scale 730 carbon hard tail. The bike as of late has been making a knocking noise every time i hit a large root or obstacle when riding. It also makes this knocking noise if i slam the front brake very hard randomly. If i pop the front tire up and bring it down hard it will also make the noise. I have tightened the stem 3 times and it still makes the noise. Do you guys have any insight on what it can be? The noise seems to be coming from fork/headset/headtube area thanks!

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    From your description I'm thinking you tightened the stem before tightening the headset top cap first, so loosen the stem then tighten the top cap just enough so there's no play in the fork and finally tighten the stem.
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    Re: Knocking noise coming from fork/headset/headtube

    Quote Originally Posted by jojemoruga View Post
    From your description I'm thinking you tightened the stem before tightening the headset top cap first, so loosen the stem then tighten the top cap just enough so there's no play in the fork and finally tighten the stem.
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    And/or the top cap is bottoming out on the steer tube and needs another spacer.
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    nope i tightened the top cap first and then the two side ones. And the bike is 100 percent stock so doesn't make sense that it would need a spacer it came from the factory like that

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    Re: Knocking noise coming from fork/headset/headtube

    Quote Originally Posted by chippedgti View Post
    nope i tightened the top cap first and then the two side ones. And the bike is 100 percent stock so doesn't make sense that it would need a spacer it came from the factory like that
    May not make sense (to you) but it is entirely possible and easy to check.
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    it the noise apparent only when you have the brake applied? will it happen when your hands are off the brake levers?

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    I have a 2013 genius that does the same. I'd describe the noise as a 'tick' rather than a knock however. I think it's in the fork in my case, a 29er 32mm fork is probably on the weak side for this bike. I'm replacing the seals/oil soon and will inspect the fork while it's off the bike.

    My brother has a 26er fox fork that does the same thing.

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