- Flexy front end to my road bike – suggestions please
Possibility it may also be the quickrelease not done up quite tight enough allowing the wheel/dropout interface to flex a bit.
Personally only ever noticed flex in bars when riding in the drops and pulling on them abit,have never noted flex in any drop bars whilst riding in the tops or brifters.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve tried a bit of static testing, although am no expert on road stuff. There is movement as I push down on the bars, although could be a combination of wheels/stem/bars. It’s all pretty basic kit, but I guess you’re probably right Al, it’s unlikely to be the frame/fork.
Cripes road wheels are expensive though! I’d really like to keep any upgrades as cheap as possible though, as I do a fair few miles on it, but don’t race, and don’t know jack about roadie kit, so am a little unsure what would be a good cost/benefit upgrade.Posted 5 years agooldnickMember
^^ X2. Squeeze pairs of spokes that cross to see if they are excessively loose (compare to as many other wheels as you can to get a feel for it).
If they are then tighten every spoke a quarter turn and reassess, wheel ‘tuning’ is a piece of p*** if you just give it a go.
**Awaits tales of death and suffering caused by home maintenance**Posted 5 years ago
Wondering what to do to stiffen up the front end of my Trek Madone. It’s a 4.7 from about 2008-09. I really notice it moving around on steep climbs, particularly when I’m climbing out of the saddle. It’s running the oem Bonty Race stem (120mm), Race wheels and 44cm bars.
I’m guessing a bar/stem upgrade could be part of a solution, and a lot cheaper than new wheels, but not really sure what to go for.
Any good suggestions?Posted 5 years ago
No, its an aluminium steerer. I’ve checked the headset too, as I wondered if that was even slightly loose, it might allow a bit more side to side movement.
Oh, and yup, OS bars too.
Am I just being a bit unrealistic here, expecting things to be as stiff as my mountain bikes?Posted 5 years ago
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