New bike and insane death creaking from the frame after 700km. Time to get to the root of the issue.

Repairs and upgrades

Ended up changing the bottom bracket and headset to some choice upgrades from UK masters Hope Technology. Then serviced the XT Trail pedals and fitted rubber grommets on the cables.

Repairs and upgrades

Still creaking.

Then stripped, cleaned, greased and reassembled the pivot bearings.

Repairs and upgrades

Still creaking.

Finally stripped off the shock to find the bushes had been dry fitted. Greased and reassembled and creak gone. Expensive fix, but silent running and some smooth bearings to replace some graunchy old ones. Bottom headset race was particularly bad.

Repairs and upgrades

All done and just enjoying the rumble of chubby rubber on dry trails…

Repairs and upgrades

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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