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What kind of frame is it? These days many frames have a replaceable derailleur hanger. The derailleur hanger is the little bit of metal that the rear derailleur bolts onto. The hanger is then in turn bolted to the frame. Often times the factory doesn't apply any grease where the hanger and frame interface. This dry interface can often result in creaking, ...


This type of cross gear configuration is frowned upon for normal riding. Mostly likely the creaking is caused by the extra stress caused by the chain putting stress on one side of the gears and chain. Lubing the chain and re-greasing the rear axle (if it is not sealed) could also help, as this creaking may be symptomatic that they are lacking. But the real ...

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