Been very frustrated with this. On my genesis croix de fer (less than 1 year old) I get a squeak or squeal that gets progressively worse as I ride. Particularly when going over rough ground or when I'm out the saddle. It almost feels as if the wheel is loose but that could be my imagination. Certainly worse when I put weight over the front of the bike.

I took it into the local shop who couldn't find anything wrong, just tightened up the QR send sent me on my way - lasted about 2k before starting up again.

Then was able to get a different wheelset (same QR skewers) and it works absolutely perfectly. New wheelset is road rather than gravel and significantly lighter with a smaller brake rotor.

My feeling is that the axle is not sitting correctly in the dropout or it's coming loose but no one believes me.

Essentially, I know the skewers are fine, I know the fork is okay, there's no misalignment on the brake pad that I can see (it's not a scraping noise and it doesn't happen all the time). Shop says the wheel is mechanically fine. Totally stuck and very frustrated.

Any assistance much appreciated!


Hopefully this video of the issue works/is useful!

  • does the squeal happen when you apply the brakes or even when the brakes are fully open?
    – Paul H
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 19:23
  • Thanks Paul - squeal is totally independent of what I'm doing with the brake as far as I can tell. Noise more frequent when turning slowly or going quickly over rougher ground
    – Ally M
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 19:26
  • when you take the wheel out of the fork, how smooth do the bearings feel as they spin?
    – Paul H
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 19:27
  • They seem fine to me and the guys in the shop say the wheel is working as expected
    – Ally M
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 19:29
  • Hi, welcome to bicycles! Is there any way you could get someone to ride along with you and get some video of this?
    – DavidW
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 19:46

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Got to the bottom of it. Was the mudguard! Tyres are thick and pretty knobbly and it was rubbing and squeaking against the mudguard.

Not what I expected but just glad it's resolved. Will invest in some thinner tyres

  • Glad you figured it out! Tracking down a "weird noise" on a bike is one of the great challenges. FYI, you can mark your own answer as the correct one. (the check mark near the upper left corner of your answer).
    – SSilk
    Commented Sep 1, 2023 at 6:30
  • Some mudguards also allow some level of adjustment, that can be better than replacing the tires. Based on the video: the plastic part that attaches to the fork often have a bolt that allow to move the rod connecting this part and the mudguard.
    – Rеnаud
    Commented Sep 1, 2023 at 9:22

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