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I'm going nuts trying to stop this creaking in the BB area of a Salsa Campeon frame. I'm using an Ultegra splined BB and have tried greasing the threads, UN-greasing the threads, torquing the cups to specs, going a little tighter and a little looser but to no good.

I've even tried a new BB. The only thing that has helped a little, at least for a little while, was greasing the BB threads heavily. Even then, after about twenty miles, the creaking comes back. Its a very loud , almost "popping" like creak that will drive you mad.

I have very closely examined the entire frame with a magnifying glass to assure myself that there are no cracks or flaws that could be causing this, at least not visible ones anyway. I love the ride and characteristics of this frame, but the noise is irritating.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 

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It might not be the BB. It is fairly common to have clicking noises, but ticks and clicks are very hard to eliminate sometimes. What seems like it is tied to the pedals may be coming from the seat post, etc. Sometimes things like temperature and humidity can affect noises as well. Clicks tied to your pedaling can come from the BB (grease all threads in contact with the frame and BB, and torque it to the recommended settings, which can be quite high), crank bolts (grease threads and washers), the chain ring bolts (take them all out and grease the threads, the faces where they contact the CRs, and the CRs where they contact the crank spider arms), the pedals (grease the threads, get some wax etc. on the cleats, grease the bolts into your shoes, squirt some lube into the guts of the pedal machinery if possible), the chain (clean and lube), shoes/cleats (loose cleat nut rattling around in the shoe sole, shoe/cleat interface, cleat bolts, cleats touching pedals), your seat post and saddle (grease the post, seat post bolts, saddle rails, and add some oil to where the rails go into the saddle body), your bars and stem (grease the stem, stem bolts at both ends, h'bar bolt if quill stem, and h'bar where it goes through the stem, steerer tube spacers if threadless), replaceable derailleur hangers (remove, clean, grease all parts and threads, reassemble), the nuts on threaded Presta valve stems (throw the nut away), reed switches in computer pickups, the front derailleur cable hitting the crank, and your wheels (check for spoke tension, particularly on the rear non drive side, put a drop of lube where each pair of spokes cross, grease/tighten QRs, tighten cassette lock ring, check for loose metal bits or spoke nipples in the body of the rim). Needless to say, you want to try these things in what seems like the most likely place the noise is coming from, but there are plenty of stories about "I was sure the noise was in the handlebars but it went away when I tightened up the spokes in the rear wheel," so keep trying different things until you have success.
 
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