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Rear wheel creaking

Postby mjbl » April 3rd, 2020, 9:51 pm

My 2 year old rear wheel started making an awful "creaking" noise recently. Rims are not carbon. Put bike on a stand and (think) I have isolated it to the wheel/hub. It "creaks" when I simply spin the wheel either forward and backwards not using the drive train. No broken or loose spokes, no visible cracks in the rim. Very apparent when riding and does not "creak" excessively when going through rock gardens or over roots/logs. Any thoughts or suggestions? Any know shops open?
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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby michiganclydesdale » April 6th, 2020, 8:56 am

Hard to say without hearing it and trying to isolate it, but It sure sounds like maybe a flange on the hub may be cracked. Be sure to inspect each spoke attachment point on the hub?
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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby mieljo » April 6th, 2020, 9:54 am

I’ve had a rear wheel creak due to worn wheel bearings


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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby mjbl » April 7th, 2020, 7:11 am

Thank you both for your replies.
I did not see detect any broken or loose spokes nor any cracks in the rim.
I researched (via you tube) and agree that I most likely have a bearing issue and or adjacent cone that is making the frequent but not 100% consistent "creaking" noise that resonates through the entire frame.
Very annoying. Hope I do not have to replace the entire hub = new wheel set. If that is the case I see a significant upgrade which I was planning on doing in the next year or 2 anyway. I loved the King hubs on my last bike.
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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby Critter7r » April 15th, 2020, 2:07 pm

Creaking hubs are usually only a couple of issues ... worn out, too tight, or in need of grease.
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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby DynoDon » April 15th, 2020, 2:35 pm

Critter7r wrote:Creaking hubs are usually only a couple of issues ... worn out, too tight, or in need of grease.


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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby mjbl » April 15th, 2020, 2:54 pm

I had the hub torn apart by a bike mechanic who cleaned and re greased, inspected the bearings and entire wheel. Only found it to be a bit loose. Tightened it up. Rode the next day and it still creaked but not hardly as bad (60-90% better), told him of this and he will be ordering new bearings.
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Re: Rear wheel creaking

Postby Roy » April 23rd, 2020, 10:56 pm

sometime spokes rub and creek.
The mechanic is taking you for a ride.
It not that hard to inspect wheel bearings and races, the first time.
Tighten the hollow bolt that holds the sprocket to the hub.
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