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The dreaded BB tick....HELP!!!
Last Post 06/01/2014 10:02 PM by Jim Crouch. 18 Replies.
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6ix

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06/01/2014 12:46 PM
Success!! The tick is gone. The solution was replacing the Mavic skewers with some American Classic ones. Think they just bite into the dropouts a little better. What part of the skewers should be greased on occassion? The axle, lever arm pivot? Little confused.

For now, the Blue is safe and will not be thrown in a dumpster. Thanks again for all the help!
jmdirt

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06/01/2014 02:09 PM
Glad you found the issue! Just a few other spots that can cause "ticks": seat post clamp-I chased a tick for a month, cleaning, lubing, and torquing everything on the bike, changing parts, etc. By chance, I noticed that the clear coat had "rolled up" under the seat post clamp. I wet sanded it and the tick was gone. The other one that eluded me for a long time was a loose head set. It wasn't enough to notice when I did the wiggle test, but a guy I ride with insisted that it could be the problem so I tightened it ever so slightly and tick gone.

dvs cycles

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06/01/2014 08:30 PM
Posted By Evan Solida on 06/01/2014 12:46 PM
Success!! The tick is gone. The solution was replacing the Mavic skewers with some American Classic ones. Think they just bite into the dropouts a little better. What part of the skewers should be greased on occassion? The axle, lever arm pivot? Little confused.

For now, the Blue is safe and will not be thrown in a dumpster. Thanks again for all the help!
I just put a thin coat between my fingers and rub the part of the skewer that goes inside the hubs axle.
Shaft if you want to use that term in this instance.
Make sure all is clean before greasing.
Don't know why this works but it does.
I'm guessing build up of minute dirt particles.


Jimmy

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06/01/2014 10:02 PM
Glad it's gone. I had an AC-1 and I had problems with the BB ticking. I could get it under control with lube / grease, but it would inevitably return after few rides.

I assume you intentionally or inadvertently greased the contact point between the skewer and the fork tips, yes? I had this problem on one of the white USPS Treks back around 2001 or so. Drove me nuts. In the end, it wasn't the skewer, it was the skewer and fork dropout interface. Once greased, the problem was gone for good.
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