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I've had this for years and couldn't find much on search. Not really a major issue, just gets a bit annoying. Creaking noise occurs when on the hoods and applying power out of the saddle i.e. mainly climbing. All contact surfaces are clean and everything sufficiently tightened up. Can this happen if things are over-tightened? ITM Alu bars and carbon wrapped stem (both fairly basic) and Tiagra 4400 levers.
No, definitely the cockpit area, I can generate the noise by pushing down hard on the hoods at a standstill. Bike also had a recent full strip down which didn't cure it (hence knowing all mating surfaces are clean and everything is tight)
Greased the bolts clamping the bars and the steerer tube, also the lever clamping bolts with no real joy. As its being going on so long I'm starting to think its just the bars flexing. They are cheap ITM Alu Super Europa 2 and I can feel slight give in them under pressure. That and they are not over-sized, so the stem clamping area is relatively small.
I remember in the 70s my alu bars used to creak like mad if I was heaving on them. Probably a combination of skinny bars and a quill stem with a single clamp bolt. Still going strong when the bike was nicked in the 80s. Modern stuff seems a lot stiffer / virtually silent by comparison.
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