- Hope Hed Doctor
Just out of interest has anyone else ever had difficulty when fitting a Hope Hed Doctor? I fitted one with a Hope headset on to my Rock Shox Revelations a few years ago and it was a struggle but I have had zero problems with it since. Last night we fitted one to my mates shiny new Revs and it took forever along with a bit of filing a chamfer on the steerer, and having to ‘carefully’ hammer the bloody thing in (using a piece of timber to protect it). As with mine the O ring got nipped. Then we had to use a dowel and said hammer to drive it into the steerer. We’ve got it in and it works fine. The guy at Hope in the Hopetech vid makes it look a breeze. Is it something to do with the difference between steel and alloy steerers?Posted 5 years agojuliansMember
i fitted one of these last night. I watched the hope video and thought that looks easy, so went out to the garage to do the same. What a faff!
In the end I had to loosen the wedges off completely, then compress the collar using a mole wrench to get it into the steerer, then whack it in with a hammer and a dowel before finally tightening it up as per the instructions.
It seems to do the job once its in, but its doesnt just slide in nicely as per the video.
I used it to replace a star nut because I suspect the star nut wasnt in square and was meaning I couldnt get enough tension on an angleset to stop it form moving slightly.Posted 5 years agojuliansMember
slide into steerer loose
Thats the point, it doesnt just slide into the steerer, even if you’ve loosened off the wedges and greased them up.
I’m sure it does on some steerers and on the hope video it just slides straight in, but on my steerer, theres no chance of it sliding straight in.
I even took mine apart so all I had was the collar (just so I could make sure the wedges werent engaged), but it still wouldnt fit in the steerer without using mole wrench to compress it a little.
The collar without the wedges in was of larger diamater than my steererPosted 5 years agojackthedogMember
Is this down to different steerer thickness or dodgy Lancastrian tolerances or something?
I’ve fitted two and they went in with such little thought and such simplicity that I can’t even recall off hand what they look like under the top cap, let alone imagine how anyone could have an issue.Posted 5 years agorhayterSubscriber
I had the same problem fitting into Fox F29s. Removing the O-ring (which tech support at hope told me was fine) solved it. The *good* thing about them (compared to SFNs) is that you can get them out of your forks very easily without risk of damaging the inside of the steerer.Posted 5 years ago
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