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    Creaking frame/suspension, common causes?

    I only have 3 rides on my new to me 2012 SJ Evo. On my 2nd and 3rd rides I noticed a creaking sound. I can't exactly tell where it's coming from but it only happens when the rear (and I guess possibly front) suspension moves. This means pedaling or any bumps. I even bounced up and down with my feet off the pedals and it was there to eliminate bottom bracket/drivetrain.


    This maybe be a coincidence but I rebuilt the rear shock between rides 1 and 2 and that's when it showed up. Did I possibly torque the rear suspension too much? Any other common areas that cause creaking? The bottom bracket and drivetrain have less than 50 miles on them so I don't think it's that. In fact the whole bike is brand new besides frame and suspension.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Make sure you use grease on the bolts. Locktite creaks like crazy. Also i had my rear hanger creaking like crazy on a new bike. greasing the threads did the trick.

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    I greased the S-Link bolts and torqued them to spec. I nearly eliminated the problem but it comes back every so often... Annoying!

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    I hear you creaks sucks. If i dont tighten my rear Quik release down good it creaks. Its the dt swiss ratchet kind. Good luck man.

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    Creaking frame/suspension, common causes?

    Might wanna check the seat post as well. Any time I get some dirt in there it starts creaking like crazy. Gotta take it out clean the post and seat tube, grease up the seat post a bit, re install then it's good to go


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    Check cables as well as they can rub on the frame on compression, or against the wheel if the cable ties aren't done up or are missing
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    Had the same issue with my 2013 Enduro Expert. Creaked like a bed in TJ when climbing. I tried all the bolt thing...chainrings, BB, FSR links, Der. Hanger, etc. and nothing.
    Got pissed one day and WD-40'd the CRAP out of the BB area...GONE. Never returned at that was 3 months ago. Yes I know WD40 has a bad wrap...whatever...it worked!
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    The upper shock eyelet is usually the culprit. Make sure you grease the shock reducer/frame interface. Torque spec is 20-11 nm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar_Brad View Post
    The upper shock eyelet is usually the culprit. Make sure you grease the shock reducer/frame interface. Torque spec is 20-11 nm.
    The squeaking went away a few rides after I did this. But now I'm getting an obnoxious squealing sound while pedaling (even with the rear tire off the ground so it's probably strictly drivetrain related).

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    I have a 2011 SJ EVO. For me it's usually the drive-side Horst link pivot coming loose. Remove it, clean it, apply blue Loctite (242) to the threads and re-install.
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