2 month old headset bearings done.

steven1988

Über Member
Location
Sheffield
I've had my scott speedster CX bike for the whole of 2 months, it's cleaned with a hosepipe after every ride.

Here's my issue the handle bars have gone really notchy with a squeaking noise when they are turned.

Question one could it be anything other than the headset bearings?

Question 2 do scott make their Bearings out of paper?
 

Spiderweb

Not So Special One
Location
North Yorkshire
I wouldn't touch any of my bikes with a hose or jet wash, water ingress may have caused your headset issues.
 
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User6179

Guest
It's only ever on the frame never near the forks or BB Area. I don't see how water has got near it
I just washed my good bike to put it away for the winter , gave it a dry down , I left it drying in the wind for a bit then I brought into the house where it hangs from a wall , as I hung it up water came running out the top of the headset , how it got in there I don't know as I washed the bike with a sponge but if I hadn't hung it up the water would of been stuck down there for the whole winter till it dried out.
 
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User6179

Guest
Are you kidding, I have been jet washing bikes for about 35 years

Your arms must be pretty sore :biggrin:
 

screenman

Legendary Member
Eddy, do you take your bike out in the rain? is so what is the difference between that and using a jet washer correctly.
 

I like Skol

Hold my beer and watch this....
Does anyone have any tips on removing the fork and greasing it or should I just LBS??
Yes, do it and use some decent grease. Sounds like your bike may gave been assembled with very little grease and poor quality/badly spec'd grease at that. If you are washing the bike so regularly you probably need to be servicing the headset every 6 months or so. Definitely worth learning to do this yourself as it is relatively simple.
Having said that, my all year, all weather commuter is now 5 years old and I think I have only done the headset twice and it is still working well. I have probably only washed the bike 3 times though.... :blush:
 
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User6179

Guest
Eddy, do you take your bike out in the rain? is so what is the difference between that and using a jet washer correctly.
You are arguing against a point I never made , I was saying maybe the difference between the OP and you was that his bearings were not sealed and somehow water got into them , it happens , in the rain or with a hose or a sponge like when I washed my bike today , usually there is enough grease in there to prevent water ingress to the bearings but if they are not greased properly to start with then they might rust .

I have took out plenty of sealed bearings where the case is rusted but bearings are fine so water definitely gets into the headset .
 
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