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I've been using my custom build steel hardtail for little more than 6 months now and for at least 3 of those there has been a creaking coming from the front end of the bike. I've been through all the usual stuff, i.e. BB, headset, bar/stem interface, seatpost, dropouts ... you name it I've checked it. At one point I had an issue with a set of carbon bars that weren't correctly torqued, but I wrote them off in a crash a month ago and now have a set of aluminium ones.

The issue I have seems to be fairly unique as I can't find it any forums. The main difference is that it only occurs while track standing the bike and turning the bars at through at least a quarter turn at the same time. I managed to reproduce it repeatedly by holding the wheel in between my legs and twisting the bars with a fair amount of force. I decided to clean the dropouts again, and check the bars and stem. I then did this without any pre-load through the headset to eliminate the bearings and sure enough the noise was still there.

If anyone can help me with this I'd be very grateful.

If it helps the kit up front is a 2013 Reba fork with a 9mm dropout, a hope hub based wheel with a 9mm rws axle, a hope stem and Spank Spike Evo 777 Bars.
 

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Being an RWS bolt instead of a normal QR they don't get much tighter and as for the wheel I'd be very surprised as its relatively new and hope. I did try twisting the bars with the fork clamped rather than the wheel and was able to produce the same noise.
 

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Take the headset, stem, bars and wheels out, clean everything with degreaser where appropriate, if you have press in cups, I would make sure they are pressed in all the way, up a super thin layer of grease in the races, if it is sealed. Grease all your threads, and torque everything. If it persists, I would try your saddle. Make sure the post is cleaned, and then regreased take your saddle off and drip some light lube on the place where your rails attach to the seat and where the clamp attaches to the post and the seat/clamp arear is lubed too.
 

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If he can do it while standing over the bike and holding the tire between his legs I would think that effectively rules out anything with the seat post.
 
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