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    Headset Creaking?

    does any one have any suggestions on how to fix a creaking headset? I just got a new Pig Headset for my DEMO 8 II w/ 888 forks ( 1 1/8 )( cut to 7.75 w/ three spacers ) + funn 888 headset, and it creaks alot. Should I add more grease to the headset? Not really sure what to do..

    Im not sure if its metal on metal grinding or something wrong with the cups/bearings.Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem

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    bran new headset....loosen it up a little might be too tight

    take apart and regrease if the headset been used for a while
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    I doubt you're getting a squeek from the bearings themselves. Light grease on the stem/handlebar area, all the bolts, in between spacers, and between spacer and stem. Some say no grease on the stem/steerer but I've done it for years w/o problems so try that too.

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    Was it really easy to press the new headset in? Maybe a bit loose...
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    thanks, i just picked up more grease, so hopefully this will fix it. The cups are super tight and i think it might be the sleeve that spreads /aligns the tube and the bearing. do you think there is any danger in riding the bike if it creaks? Im positive there are no cracks.

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    I have the exact same prob with my new tank hit headset let me know if greasing it works out for ya
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    I would doubt that it is the headset creaking and more than likely the fork lowers creaking which is not really a problem if you don't mind the creaking noise and depending on how old the fork is they might cover it under warranty? but you would have to call marzocchi
    1-(661)-257-6630. hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by yakuzaaniki
    I have the exact same prob with my new tank hit headset let me know if greasing it works out for ya

    I went to the Path Bike shop today and the guys said that it is a problem with certain headsets, they said that sometimes 1 1/8 headsets dont sit correctly and that the tolerance on the cups/bearings is off ( or the sleeve spacer that holds the fork tube tight ). they suggested a Chris king headset (expensive )or a cane creek s-3 or s-8 ( $45 bucks ). They were reffering mainly to a demo 8, but it should apply to any 11/8 tube thats similiar in height.

    I tried greasing the head set and resetting the stem headset, etc, but it still creaked, theres something with the sleeve spacer that is off by a couple Millimeters and it moves and pops. its a little creepy riding down a trail when ur bike sounds like its gonna fall a part.

    is anyone else running a FSA pig DH pro with 888 on a demo 8?

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    demo 8 creeking headset

    I am having the same problem with my headset. I just got rid of my Chris King headset on my demo 8 because the tolerance was not compatible. I picked up a Cane Creek S3 which is the brand that Specialized is recomending instead and I am still having a bit of a problem although not as bad. It is only creeking now when I turn my handlebars to the maximum turning radius points. It is still very bothersome and it will creek and pop a bit on certain angles. This whole thing is really ticking me off though because I am having to spend a ton of time taking my bike to the shop. If the shop that sold me the bike is not able to fix this I am taking it in to the Path as they will hopefully have a fix. Does anyone else have this problem or have any solutions?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjdthunder
    I am having the same problem with my headset. I just got rid of my Chris King headset on my demo 8 because the tolerance was not compatible. I picked up a Cane Creek S3 which is the brand that Specialized is recomending instead and I am still having a bit of a problem although not as bad. It is only creeking now when I turn my handlebars to the maximum turning radius points. It is still very bothersome and it will creek and pop a bit on certain angles. This whole thing is really ticking me off though because I am having to spend a ton of time taking my bike to the shop. If the shop that sold me the bike is not able to fix this I am taking it in to the Path as they will hopefully have a fix. Does anyone else have this problem or have any solutions?????
    the path said the had the best luck with the cane creek s-8 version on the demo 8, but the 1 1/8 plus / chris king works too ( im not really sure what one this is ) I just picked up a s8 and am going to install it on friday, hopefully it will install correctly, because i dont want to ride my bike till the creaking goes away, freaks the **** out of me.. haha. Let me know if you have any luck with your s3. Does your headset also creak when you stop with your front brake really fast?

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