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Weird Creeking coming from Rear Suspension

jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
edited June 2014 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi, dont normally like posting in this section, as that means i have an issue :(

Went for a little ride on my Mondraker Foxy XR MS 2013 today in the local woods to give it a ride, as I hadnt used it in like a week and a half (I felt guilty), and I noticed an odd creeking noice coming from the rear suspension linkage (i suspect). It doesnt creek when you are freewheeling down a trail or anything just when you are cycling uphill and doing abit of an "aggressive pedal". Its abit disturbing to ride with as it sounds like it may just be destroying but I can't seem to find where it is coming from.

Anyone had this before with the same bike or a similar bike?
2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
2015 Merida Ride 4000

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  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Check it is all tight
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    Often in this weather just dry and dusty.
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  • WindyGWindyG Posts: 1,099
    As above check it's all tight, my Anthem starting creaking and it was just the rear skewer that needed to be tightened a little bit.
  • jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
    I thought that just as I woke up this morning, I do jet wash it when finishing riding it most times, it has probably dried all the linkages out. What do you guys use to keep them lubricated? I just use lubricating spray on everything really around the house but don't particularly want to use the wrong stuff on my bike.
    2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
    Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
    2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
    2015 Merida Ride 4000

    "Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    jackk1992 wrote:
    I do jet wash it when finishing riding it most times.
    Yep, blasting all the grease out the bushed pivots and bearings will end up making the bike creek, I'd suggest a full rear end strip and rebuild so you can correct all the damage, even if it is just regreasing you could have failed cartridge bearings etc as well.
  • jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
    Ill give all the linkages a good inspection and spray tonight and see how it goes i think. Dont particularly fancy stripping all thenrear linkage just yet as the bike is only about 4 months old and its abit complicated.
    2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
    Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
    2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
    2015 Merida Ride 4000

    "Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    What are you spraying it with?
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  • jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
    Just some lubricant spray thats in the garage haha.
    2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
    Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
    2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
    2015 Merida Ride 4000

    "Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Which is more or less useless. Probably worse than doing nothing.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    jackk1992 wrote:
    Just some lubricant spray thats in the garage haha.
    Which would be?

    Hint - there maybe something written on the tin.
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    ps if by lubricant you mean WD40 or similar, don't. It isn't.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    Yup, the WD40/GT95 (or similar) IF it gets into the joint at all will only dilute the grease that survived the jet washing.

    Sorry, but this has to be done properly or you may as well sell the bike before you do permanent damage....
  • jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
    I'm not by the tin at the moment so i cant remember what its called exactly. 3in1 lubricant with PTFE rings a bell.
    2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
    Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
    2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
    2015 Merida Ride 4000

    "Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
  • jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
    The Rookie wrote:
    Sorry, but this has to be done properly or you may as well sell the bike before you do permanent damage....

    Probably abit of an over exaggeration
    2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
    Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
    2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
    2015 Merida Ride 4000

    "Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    If its creaking only when you are on the pedals id be looking elsewhere. All the pivots still move when you are freewheeling.

    As somebody else said, check the rear wheel is fitted correctly and tightened properly, also check the cranks, bottom bracket and pedals.

    Creaks are hard to locate as the noise can sound like its coming from somewhere it isn't. Use your brain and think about what things are moving when you hear the creaking and what stops the noise etc.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    jackk1992 wrote:
    The Rookie wrote:
    Sorry, but this has to be done properly or you may as well sell the bike before you do permanent damage....

    Probably a bit of an over exaggeration
    Actually not, if bushes are dry or bearings starting to seize then wear of expensive components (like the frame or rear triangle parts) can occur such that they need to be replaced.
  • CitizenLeeCitizenLee Posts: 2,227
    Sounds like it could be cranks / bottom bracket if only happening when peddling hard.

    Just strip the bike down and rebuild it with proper grease. Sounds like it needs it anyway.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I had a very similar creak in my downhill bike last week. After striping, cleaning and lubing the rear suspension linkages I realised it was just a loose chain ring bolt.
  • Pesky JonesPesky Jones Posts: 2,986
    jackk1992 wrote:
    The Rookie wrote:
    Sorry, but this has to be done properly or you may as well sell the bike before you do permanent damage....

    Probably abit of an over exaggeration

    Ha

    As someone said I would check the pedals as well. If you have another set it's well worth swapping them over to check
    :D:lol::)cooldad :shock: :? :cry:
  • jackk1992jackk1992 Posts: 141
    Gave everything a good spray then and it seems to have stopped. Giving it a better look over at the weekend. Cheers for your assistance
    2013 Mondraker Foxy XR MS Mountain Bike
    Giant TCR-1 Custom Road Bike
    2013 Merida Big Nine TFS 500
    2015 Merida Ride 4000

    "Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
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