Whyte 46 driving me INSANE! Creaking problems – HELP!
Hi everybody! I know you lot will help me….
2007 Whyte 46 creaking its ass off. In time with the pedalling, believed to be travelling through the frame from the big gripper.
Its NOT the seat, seat post, quick release
Its NOT the bearings / pivots / linkages
Its NOT the rear wheel hub
Its NOT the crankset
Its NOT the cassette / drive train
Will a frame crack be obvious? I can’t see one?
Some articles on the internet talk of bobbins? Whats a mucky bobbin?!
The problem did cease for one ride, where I oiled the Big Gripper components, but since then it has returned. I tried greasing them for longer lasting result, but still creaking. Can anyone nail it down to a specific component? Should the axle/gripper contact be greased? it doesn’t move when clamped, so it makes me think that it’ll just gunk up if I do?
Thanks for your help
Pre-emptive beer on me!
TimPosted 6 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Welcome to 46 ownersville. Mine creaked from day one for a full year. Then it stopped creaking and I was happy for a fortnight. Then it snapped. Moral of the story, if it’s creaking it’s OK.
Slightly more helpful… try taking the big gripper apart and cleaning it properly before greasing it all back up. The cups on the axel (maybe what people are calling bobbins, they are total and utter bobbins and maybe the worst design in the history of bikes) were another problem for me, they work loose and dirt gets in there. Take those apart and clean/grease/tighten. I had real problems with that, my Dad has the bike now and he has issues too.Posted 6 years agobobloMember
The bobbins are the two……bobbins on the ends of the m5 threaded rod that the big grippers err grip. They are a major faff to get the wheel in and out for sure but if you can manage away the creaking they do work.
You might also check the m5 bolts are nipped up (not gorilla tight or you kill them) as this also causes sqeeeeeeeeeeeeking and creeeeeeeeeeaking….Posted 6 years agopumperMember
I had the same problem on my 905 mate…after months of re-greasing and replacing parts It was the Getta Grip seat post clamp.I had to strip and re-grease it after every ride.Also might be worth checking the plastic washer thingy that the clamp lever(cam) slides on.Mine had worn down so replaced it with a section of cateye reflector clamp plastic.Hope this helps.Posted 6 years agoLimySubscriber
Hi i have the exact same problem. I even spent a fortune on the correct SKF anti Fret paste that Whyte recommend.
You need to take everything apart on the big gripper. Remove the retaining springs so can get the barrels (levers) out. Even take the hanger off by tapping the pin out. Clean everything, grease then put them all back together. GT85 doesn’t really help though. The SKF anti Fret paste does work but costs about £80 (tub is big enough to last you a lifetime).
This worked for me but in the end I did away with the big gripper system and had a 12mm through axle system made as the barrels kept opening up. Bike has been silent and working great for 6 months now.
Good Luck with it.Posted 6 years agoPJM1974Member
My Wolf Ridge creaked endlessly and despite removing the dropouts and liberally greasing them it still creaked.
It creaked if I pedalled sat down or stood up.
I removed the cranks and greased them. It still creaked.
Next up I removed the seatpost, bars and stem which were treated to grease.
Yep. It still creaked.
I finally gave up and learned to love my bike for all it’s creakiness. Last week, I treated myself to a new pair of Charger grips.
Guess what? No creak…Posted 6 years ago
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