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wellgo v8 copy, creaking

andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
edited June 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
had a really annoyin creaking for last two weeks. just tighthened everything an still creaking. borrowed some cheap pedals off some old bike and it still creaks

was worried it was the crank so took pedals off and sat on bike and put all weight on just the left crank and lent over on the left side which was when it creaked worse, and no creaking, done same on right crank arm aswell

greased the threads of the pedals and put them back on the cranks, and still bloody creaking just with putting the least amount of force on. i struggle to get it to creak at all if its in the stand, but as soon as i start riding it creaks, it even creaks if i just sit on the bike and put foot on the pedal.

now this bike was a new build by myself, ive had the cranks and bb serviced just to get it checked from the lbs and they say they are fine

there is no play in the crank or movement combined with the creaking so could it be the pedals are knackered, just wondered why it still creaked with the other pedals in, but didnt creak when no pedals in, its getting really annoying now, doesnt effect my riding just noisy

shall i take it back to the lbs??


  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    forgot to say does this answer my question ... odelID=563

    im a 16stone lad and ride quite heavy, just cant understand why it creaks with other pedals in, mind these are a cheap pair of one of them freebe bikes with washine machines etc lol. would a new pair of say shimano dx solve the prob??
  • LarokLarok Posts: 577
    maybe its your seat creaking. Have you tried tightning the rails and the seat clamp?

    Or riding off the seat to see?

    Also, what bike do you have?
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    it's a gt aggressor 3 wih deore xt set up. forgot to say i tried without t seat in and still creaked
    could it be t crank or bb as these appear fine and i had bb and cranks go on other bikes and this problem is different as doesn't effect riding
  • LarokLarok Posts: 577
    maybe try it with a mates rear wheel in to see if it is the rear hub?
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    really dont think that its anything to do with back wheel as canhear and feel it coming from t pedal

    after reading t review on crc looks its new ones

    still baffled as to why other pedals I do ride heavy but surely 3 weeks and pedals shouldnt have bust

    cranks are deore hollowtech if thats any help

    thanks in advance
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    took back wheel off and tightened everything up, thought may be cassette so tightened that up and it gave the scary but satisfying creak, although when i heard this it did sound very similar

    not seat post as creaks without sitting on seat and also with no seat in lol

    only time i got creaking to stop was without the pedals in the cranks and was putting all my weight on the crank arms, i do walk on the outside of my feet and also cycle this way so my feet lean over towards the outer part of the pedal when riding, which i spose would put some extra strain on the pedals

    im starting to go mad with creaks lol

    the riding is fine, just annoying creak which makes me think its not the cranks or bb etc

    any advice would be appreciated

  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    just a thought could it be summin to do with my rusty forks?? it was the only part and the frame i used from my old bike, they werent in the best condition. could it be the headset not tight enough as that looked on its way out aswell lol. just werent creaking straight away but started after bout 2 weeks

    also these are a few photos of the bike in current state if anyone can see any glaring errors ... a-problem/
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    could it be my crank or bb is loose, shop said they are fine so cant see it eing that either and also when i put it on nearly killed myself i put the much force to get it tight lol

    anyone help

    main thing is should it be safe to ride??
  • the occassional creak or noise can sometimes just vanish on its own but if it bothers you that much I would try to borrow some pedals that are known not to creak ie have a go on someone elses bike with no creak then transfer these pedal to your bike, if the creak is still there it is not the pedals, if it has gone then it is time to buy new pedals.
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    sometimes its a lot worse than others, and doesnt effect my riding

    could it just be a creaky bb or crank and i need to live with it, its the first time ive rode with hollowtech cranks

    and clues from any of the pics??
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Look at park tools for a guide on diagnosing creaks. It is a process of elimination - could be one of many things.
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