Cranks and pedals :/

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    • #78165

      So I just bought my Cannondale F7 Disc. I’ve ridden it about 14 miles so far and the pedals are beginning to really creak. They’re not the best, made out of plastic and metal….I was thinking about just replacing them with the pedals from my Diamondback Skindog. But also would like to look for a good set to put on my ride. Any suggestions?

      Also, I am 6’4" and weight 190 pounds. My cranks always seem to…i guess….move and become very un-firm (if you get what i’m saying). Is this normal? Is it because of my weight (I don’t think its that). Or are they just beginner cranks, and are suppose to do that…? I also like to jump it, not too much, just the normal XC and AM riding….any good tips on a descent crank for a reasonable price?

    • #78166

      Depending on your level of experience and style of riding you may want to go clipless but that’s totally up to you. I’m a dirt jumper and I prefer platform pedals. Other than that as far as platform pedals go Azonic makes some of the best pedals around but they get pretty pricey. As far as a good crank for a newb the Truvative Iso-Flow can be picked up for about $60 to $70 and is a good bottom line decent crank. I’ve been riding one on my K2 for over 6 months with no problems. Another good crank is the FSA Gamma Drive and can be picked up for $70 to $80. I ride a Gamma Drive in my Iron Horse Warrior and I absolutely love it. Hope this helps you out a little 😄

    • #78167

      is creeking really bad? or something i can over look? mine have been creeking for a while. my ride style is small jumps i got a drop off in my back yard thats maybe 2 ft thats the most extreme im doing so far

    • #78168
      "Mongoose" wrote

      Is it the bottom bracket bearings or the pedals that are creaking. The cranks do not creak, just the bottom bracket bearings or the pedals on the cranks. I bet a million to one it is the pedals, and they are most likely stock pedals without sealed bearings. A major squeaking and grinding sound with stock pedals. To solve this, just lubricate then as much as possible or just get a pair of sealed bearing pedals to alleviate the entire issue. Hope this helps brother!

      I’ve gotta agree with Goose on this one… Most likely the looseness and creaking your experiencing is in your pedals. However checking for any slop (side to side or up and down movement) in your bottom bracket as well as checking to make sure your crank arms are tight is not a bad idea. A good set of sealed bearing pedals is a must. This will most likely eliminate most of your problems. BUT… Just out of curiosity what kind of crank does your bike have.

    • #78169

      If your bottom bracket has gotten wet it will creek I’m pretty sure.You might have to take it apart and make sure it is dry and then put it back together dry and see if that helps.Plus aluminum frames just like to creek for the hell of it.My aluminum frame creeks all the time,I pretend its the same creeking sound a leather horse saddle makes and then I think it sounds really cool and then it doesnt bother me.hahahahahaha.sorry,bad joke,I dont even ride horses.Anyway,thats my two cents worth.

    • #78170
      Dude, that is pretty scary knowing your frame creaks!

      You should seriously have it checked Steve, maybe it is not a sound frame. I have rode may many different kinds of metal alloy frames, including a carbon frame and I have never heard of any of them creaking nor heard this from any other rider besides you brother. Only under a lot of heat application and then a sudden cool down will a sound constructed frame make any kind of creaking sounds.

      I think what makes it creek is the bearings in the suspension pivots,the frame is not broke anywhere that I know of.After you posted my riding buddy helped me listen to the creeking noise to try and pinpoint where it was coming from and it really sounds like it is coming from the pivots.I have also had the suspension apart over the winter and some of the bearings are not in perfect shape,I do plan on replacing the bearings before to long,just need to get them ordered.But I think your advice is good and I will take my bike into a repected LBS and have them listen to the creeking noise as well.If it is the frame and it isnt right,then I’ll be rebuilding the bike with a new frame through the warrenty.thanks for your input mongoose.

    • #78171

      Well. The crank is a FSA CK-306… I tried looking it up on google, but didn’t find anything really….I’m guessing its a real real stock product. I think you guys are right, its the pedals that are creaking. Like I think I said earlier, the pedals are plastic and aluminum or alloy, and the plastic part of it are creaking (thats what i think). The pedals are Wellgo alloy plateform. (not too educated in this area/ part of the bike).

      I’ve only had the bike for less than a month and have ridden it only 14ish miles. I did take it off a pretty reasonable jump a few times. I guess I will need to upgrade to a stronger crankset that can withstand more hardcore XC riding….?

    • #78172

      Hi folks just adding my two cents.

      Like Mongoose mention noises can be generated from a few places.

      Obvious noise generators are:

      Seatpost rails, seat clamp, seat angle adjusters
      Loose bottom bracket cup (Sealed bearings as well as loose)
      Loose crank arm ( X type, Octalink, Spline and tapered square)
      Pedals (reguardless of brand)

      Not as obvious are:

      Pivot points (lack of lubrication,loose)
      Shock mounts (lack of lubrication, bent,loose)
      Headsets (loose)
      Loose wheel either QR or even a loose axle (play in the bearings)

      I have seen on some high end bikes like (but not limited to) Intense,Santa Cruz and Ibis where the bolts that hold the rear shock have bent slightly due to large drops and generate noise there..
      With bikes that have sealed bearings over time please look at them individually they do dry up. Riding in mud, water will over time remove the lubrication from the bearings in the pivots and start to seize.

      Each time you go out make sure the wheels are on tight and steering and brakes are torqued properly
      A rule of thumb that i use to prevent these noises is a through nut and bolt check every 25 hours of ride time
      A rebuild of the bike every 100h (take appart and lube everything, fresh fluids and greases)
      New cables every 200h ride time.

      Cheers

    • #78173

      Thanks alot bro(s)!
      no need for apology on the excess chatting. its all good!
      I’ll probly just grease up the pedals for now and look for a nice pair for the future.

    • #78174

      OK! So after writing my last reply to this thread, I went for a 11 mile ride. Before I went out I tightened the pedals. As soon as I got on the bike and started pedaling, the creaking kicked in!!!!
      So I have come to the conclusion that it is the bottom bracket that is creaking. So what do I need to do exactly? just take it apart and make sure its dry and tight???

      Thanks for the help!

    • #78175

      well i just got some odessy twisted pcs pedals and that took away the creeking so good deal whats your opinions on thes pedals?

    • #78176
      "NismoFreak69" wrote

      well i just got some odessy twisted pcs pedals and that took away the creeking so good deal whats your opinions on thes pedals?

      Never used em before but I’ve been considering buying a set. Let me know how they work out for ya. After you’ve given them a "battle test" post a review for us.

    • #78177

      well i upgraded from stock and these are already better i like that they arent meat cleavers like my last and there more comfortable but yeah this is day one but ill put them through hell.

    • #78178

      I just got Demession Alloy pedals, not to bad for $40, even when they were muddy and wearing muddy skate shoes today they had plenty of gription(professor made it up and it stuck) to keep my feet planted

    • #78179

      hey man i love these odessy twisteds no problem with my foot slipping and ive been goin hard this last week trying things i wouldent have… even cerashed and throw the bike off a loading dock

    • #78180
      "Bigdave08" wrote

      So I just bought my Cannondale F7 Disc. I’ve ridden it about 14 miles so far and the pedals are beginning to really creak. They’re not the best, made out of plastic and metal….I was thinking about just replacing them with the pedals from my Diamondback Skindog. But also would like to look for a good set to put on my ride. Any suggestions?

      Also, I am 6’4" and weight 190 pounds. My cranks always seem to…i guess….move and become very un-firm (if you get what i’m saying). Is this normal? Is it because of my weight (I don’t think its that). Or are they just beginner cranks, and are suppose to do that…? I also like to jump it, not too much, just the normal XC and AM riding….any good tips on a descent crank for a reasonable price?

      Hey there hoss. I was checking out your post and go tto the end and saw that you still got the creaks. Didn’t notice if you said that the creaking comes with every stroke of the pedal or while riding the bikes has some form of pressure other than your own weight is forced upon it? If it happens with each stroke of the pedal then it will mostly likely have something to do the crank set. To say exactly which part would be kinda far-fetched. I would go through the process of elimination. One thing I have encountered before to is that each time I would really put some umph into a stroke the BB of the frame would creak a little from the stress, but this was on and older bike I had. If it is this or some other form pressure on the frame it would depend on the construction quality of the bike or how old the bike is (didn’t notice if you said what type of bike you had). Welded joints on aluminum frames do get weaker as time goes on and the more you ride or how hard you are on the bike.

      Just some food for thought. It might help, it might not

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