Is my Carbon frame shot? advise please

flyer Posts: 608
edited April 2012 in Road beginners
I bought a 2011 specialized carbon frame bike over the weekend.

I cleaned it up yesterday and went for my first ride today, and after just 100yds I heard a creaking noise.

This only does it when I am peddling and appears slightly worse when climbing a hill.

I have done some basic checks, tightened stuff up and checked wheels are not too tight etc.

It does not creak when I am free wheeling even if I move up and down on the bike.

I did give it a lot of water when cleaning yesterday, hose pipe and brush on end?

Probably nothing to do with it but I heard something loose in the frame and tipped it upside down and a small rivet came out, very tine half of it has a crew thread!!

do you think the frame is cracked and how can I check?

any help appreciated


  • snoopsmydogg
    snoopsmydogg Posts: 1,110
    Possibly other things to check too but how is the bottom bearing?
  • flyer
    flyer Posts: 608
    Sorry not really up with tech side, can you explain a bit more. do you mean is there any give?


  • snoopsmydogg
    snoopsmydogg Posts: 1,110
    edited April 2012
    Might be way off the mark but on an old ali framed mtb i had similar issues and it tuned out to be the bearing behind the front chainrings. The extra pressure applied when pedalling (esp uphill) caused the internal bearings to creak.

    Not really upto speed on the new style bearings though so maybe even a bit of adjustment could sort it (if that is the cause)
  • Gizmodo
    Gizmodo Posts: 1,928
    flyer wrote:
    Sorry not really up with tech side, can you explain a bit more. do you mean is there any give?
    Take it to your Local Bike Shop and ask them to take a look.
  • nathancom
    nathancom Posts: 1,567
    You can often get creaks from loose bolts - as above take it to your bike shop for a check but creaking doesn't sound like a busted frame.
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  • flyer
    flyer Posts: 608
    Good idea, thanks and thanks for all your comments

  • Crankbrother
    Crankbrother Posts: 1,695
    Try checking the tightness of your rear mech ... I had a squeaky 'bottom bracket' once ... It even fooled a few of the mechanics at the LBS and they were about to give up when one of them took it out, came back and said rear mech is loose ... it wasn't to look at or to even pull at but quarter of a turn of an allen key later and the squeak was gone forever more ...
  • Pickled Pig
    Pickled Pig Posts: 233
    I have a Spesh Roubaix and get creaks every 800 miles or so from L/H crank bolts working loose.Torque them up and the problem goes. Not sure why this recurs -it does despite correct torque settings- but at least it's easy to fix.
  • crescent
    crescent Posts: 1,201
    You mentioned washing it with lots of water - nothing wrong with that but did you dry and lubricate it afterwards? Could just be some oil or grease washed away that needs replenishing.

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