Hey guys, in my pikes thread a few days back, we had a discussion about my headset.....and the problems i seem to have with it
heres the briefing, im running a tapered headset, hope headset, standard 1 1/8th fork and the lbs swapped it over to fit etc so i dont know for sure what cup from hope they actually used
anyways, here goes, today intrugied by that thread and what was said i decided to have a look....and something straight away didnt seem right
so firstly all i have on my steerer is what im guessing is the reducer, its black, chucky ish piece of metal and that is basically it
it doesnt appear to have a crown race or even a crown race outer seal! am i missing something or does this reducer thing not need it?!? it doesnt sit flush in the frame as there is a visible gap when everything is tightened up
so am i missing a crown race and a crown race outer seal for the bottom?
when i insert the forks at the bottom, the bit on the fork steerer sits directly into the lower bearing, so here im guessing there should be a crown race and a seal of some discription that will get rid of my gap?
im guessing somethings wrong as my bottom headset bearing was goosed after 4 months from brand new, and when fitting it together the bottom feels loose and doesnt sit in neatly until everythings tightened up
when everything is tightened up it seems to perform ok (other than wearing the bottom bearing out rather hastily), but i do keep getting crunchy/creaking type noises when climbing on rocky stuff (maybe moving slightly?)
anyways, i didnt fit this, this is how it came from the shop when they installed the new forks, so dont blame me for being a idiot, mistakes happen and they are a great shop!
but please tell me what the hell im missing