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Question Whine from the front or lower...

I don't know if it is normal or not, but as of late there seems to be a new noise coming from my bike. I can't precisely tell if its from the front--specifically the wheel--or somewhere near it. The high-pitch whine comes on at about 50-55 Mph and goes away at/around 60-65 mph--almost only in sixth gear as I am crusing away.

There is a subtle whine, but hardly noticable before this speed bracket. I believe it is from the wheel, and have checked around it, cannot find anything abnormal.

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How many miles on the bike?
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Chain too tight?
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Chain too tight?
No, the chain is at about an inch of slack. I didn't clean it for the longest time, but that was a couple months ago and I know clean it every 400-500mi, as suggested.

There are about 10,500 miles on my bike.
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Check your wheel bearings?
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It is not the tires, is it.

I agree, ck bearings..
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tires are brand new (pilot road 2), and the noise came on before I changed them. when I pulled the wheel off the spacers seemed liek they had normal wear and tear. Are the spacers the same as bearings?
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tires are brand new (pilot road 2), and the noise came on before I changed them. when I pulled the wheel off the spacers seemed liek they had normal wear and tear. Are the spacers the same as bearings?

No. Grab the front wheel and see if you can wiggle it. If there is any play (you should be able to feel it, the wheel will sort of wiggle on the axle a tiny bit), the bearings are bad and need to be replaced. Easy job, shouldn't cost too much.
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great, thanks. hopefully I can isolate what may be a potential problem.
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You think it could just be the intake? I noticed some intake noise yesterday at that speed.

If your wheel has no play, try to get it off the ground and turn it. Feel and listen for defects. Let us know when you figure it out.
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I got the same thing. I am starting to think it is intake, or, as some have mentioned, a centrifugal hum of the front sprocket. I seems to diminish if I remove the front sprocket cover. I went through the whole thing. Bearings are good, tire is good, wheel is round, sprocket and chains are new, slack is good, lube is good. Some have mentioned it on the forum. Without another V to compare it to, I gotta think this is the norm, with slight variations on some of the bikes.
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