HELP! Squealing front wheel.

by redmeat   April 1, 2014  

My front wheel has developed a high pitched squeal at very low speeds ie when setting off or stopping.

I had the bike on the stand last night and here is what I've worked out so far:

1) It's definitely not the brakes
2) It only happens when the QR is tight (ie I can almost make it disappear if I set the QR looser but not really an option)
3) There doesn't appear to be any play in the wheel when the QR is tight, or at all for that matter
4) It only happens at very low speed
5) Although it is clearly the wheel it almost sounds as if the noise is coming from the juncture of headtube and fork?

The wheel is otherwise good, no grinding, spins freely and although it is very slightly out of true there isn't anything else wrong with it that I can tell.

Any ideas?

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make and model of wheel or hub ?

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [714 posts]
1st April 2014 - 10:55

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I would imagine that your bearings will be drier than an Arabs sandal. Get the hub serviced.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [305 posts]
1st April 2014 - 11:14

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therevokid wrote:
make and model of wheel or hub ?

Campag Scirrocco 35.

posted by redmeat [70 posts]
1st April 2014 - 11:19

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Redmeat - check the wheel by means of a visual inspection, and see if the squeal sounds when a particulat spoke is in the vacinity of the ground. Then look at the rim/ spoke area and see if a squirrel, hamster or mouse is attached. If so, remove it and administer first aid.

Good luck and blue skies!

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posted by Comrade [148 posts]
1st April 2014 - 12:24

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Have at look at the hub and see if there is a rubber seal at either end, if there is stick a screwdriver behind it and spray in some GT85. Used to be quite common on low to mid range wheels.

posted by drfabulous0 [349 posts]
1st April 2014 - 12:55

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drfabulous0 wrote:
Have at look at the hub and see if there is a rubber seal at either end, if there is stick a screwdriver behind it and spray in some GT85. Used to be quite common on low to mid range wheels.

As long as you only prise off/out the seal using the screwdriver... DO NOT stick the screwdriver into the hub! Smile

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [305 posts]
1st April 2014 - 13:16

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Comrade wrote:
Redmeat - check the wheel by means of a visual inspection, and see if the squeal sounds when a particulat spoke is in the vacinity of the ground. Then look at the rim/ spoke area and see if a squirrel, hamster or mouse is attached. If so, remove it and administer first aid.

Good luck and blue skies!

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posted by Cantab [60 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 8:27

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