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Old 10-16-21, 09:43 AM
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Creaking seat

I know it's been asked but there have been so many threads, I can't sift through all of them. My saddle is creaking after I finally got it dialed in just right, but I can't take the creaking. The saddle rails are CrMo. How do I fix this for good?

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Old 10-16-21, 09:53 AM
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Are you sure it's the saddle and not the seapost creaking? I thought my bottom bracket was creaking, but it turned out that regreasing the seat post eliminated the annoying creak.
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Old 10-16-21, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuckles1 View Post
Are you sure it's the saddle and not the seapost creaking? I thought my bottom bracket was creaking, but it turned out that regreasing the seat post eliminated the annoying creak.
Hmmm...good point, no. I guess I can ride around with a phone recording sound in both area to figure it out.

Really, though, grease the seatpost?
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Old 10-16-21, 08:18 PM
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The best final solution for this sort of stuff is a take apart, cleaning of contact surfaces and reassembly with grease, lubes, anti seize. The challenge is to avoid the thinking that your initial assumptions are what is going on. Any clamped or joining parts of a component can be the cause. Start with the easy stuff first but don't be surprised if you find that some other assembly is the source. Andy
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Old 10-16-21, 08:22 PM
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Clean and grease EVERYTHING...post in the frame, if it's a carbon frame and/or post use carbon paste. Clean and grease every bolt and place where parts touch. Saddle rails, post clamps...everything. Then make sure you get that **** tight.
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Old 10-17-21, 01:33 AM
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Another possible issue with the seatpost is that it can creak if it goes down really far inside of the seat tube. My saddles are set a little lower than average and I've had a couple of really long posts that needed to be cut down a few inches to stop creaking.
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Old 10-17-21, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by pennpaul View Post
Really, though, grease the seatpost?
Yes, seat post should be greased if non-carbon frame. If not greased, it could seize and be difficult to remove or adjust in the future. The grease should be wiped off and renewed with fresh grease periodically, like when it starts creaking. Also note good advice from other respondents. I'll bet you a nickel it's the seat post creaking.
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Old 10-17-21, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuckles1 View Post
I'll bet you a nickel it's the seat post creaking.
Where do I send the money? Some grease on the seatpost fixed it.

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Old 10-17-21, 10:46 PM
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A good lesson folks, metal on metal contact does require grease or anti seize compounds and proper torque. You will be amazed at the noises you don't here when everything is put together correctly and you really don't need much and don't need to get super fancy a simple tube of grease (Phil Wood is my fave) or Anti Seize (Park's stuff is nice because it is silver and tends to match better with my ti bikes) and a good torque wrench (even an Park ATD-1 or CDI TorqControl would work). You can even buy tubs of grease or anti seize from automotive places pretty cheap if that is your jam. Also every once and a while especially on a well used bike pull components out and clean and re-grease to prevent any corrosion and check all of your parts and re-torque them. Never a bad idea and could save you down the line.
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