LBS couldn't fit crown race..
I was told it would seat itself after a few rides so might need adjusting.
Hmm. If they just pushed it on by hand, maybe, but then why not fit it fully? If they hammered it on and that’s as far as it went, it won’t go any further with riding, but they really should have taken a crown race cutter to it first.
I take a cutter to all forks before fitting anyway.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t think it was installed by hand. Is there a specialist tool which should have been used? The fork is a couple years old so might have become misshaped slightly.
Assuming it was hammered on and wouldn’t go any further, is there anything to worry about re it not being fully seated? Was a FSA headset btw.
Just to add, I did catch him hammering the headset with a wooden brush handle and hammer to get the headset “seated” before using the press. Apparently it would go on due to too much paint on head tube.
Not sure how much I can trust this LBS..?Posted 4 years ago
If the race is realy tight I just cut it, never had a problem doing this.
The proper way is to cut the crown race seat on the fork – cutting the race alters its diameter which could cause problems*.
It amazes me how many bike shops don’t have frame prep tools, though.
*I realise this is a controversial opinion on here, so in advance I’d like to say that you’re all wrong 😉Posted 4 years ago
Apparently it would go on due to too much paint on head tube.
Which is why you use a head tube facing and reaming tool first too.
Sounds like an amateur to me.
Assuming it was hammered on and wouldn’t go any further, is there anything to worry about re it not being fully seated?
Yes, without it fully seated onto a flat crown seat, you’ve got no guarantee that it’s straight.Posted 4 years ago
did they consider that the crown race might ‘settle’ down the steerer unevenly so you end up with the fork going into the frame at an odd angle and putting unusual side loads on the bearings, headtube etc?
I’d be getting it sorted properly. Either by them or someone who could do it right.Posted 4 years ago
Is it worth trying to get the thing seated myself? If so, how would I go about doing that?
Piece of plastic drain pipe over the steerer and wallop down on it – plastic so you don’t damage the race.
But I’ll doubt you can move it – the diameter of the steerer is probably a fraction larger than optimal, and they didn’t have a cutter to sort it. Or it’s hung up on a burr of aluminium.Posted 4 years ago
Just picked up my bike from the LBS who were fitting a new headset / crown race for the bike I am building.
I was told when picking it up that they had real difficulty trying to remove the old crown (fork is from an old bike) and installing the new one. The crown is about 1 ~ 2mm too high and not fully seated on the fork. I was told it would seat itself after a few rides so might need adjusting.
Should I be concerned about this? Will it slid down eventually or should I try fix it before riding?Posted 4 years ago
Ben, assuming it cant be moved it and that its completely level, can you see any reasons to not ride it?
Not really – worst case your headset will loosen up. Just check for stiff points when you rotate the forks, to make sure the bearings aren’t being squeezed.
It’s a bodge job, but not a dangerous bodge job…Posted 4 years ago
Just spoke with LBS, they said they used a crown race slider tool which apparently was on the max limit. I’m assuming my fork was damaged from use on my old frame.
Again they advised to ride it in for a few weeks and tighten when necessary.
Will get some pictures up tonight.Posted 4 years agobellefiedMember
montarius – Member
Yes, the steerer is very long as its come from an XL frame with a long headtube.
The guy seems honest and willing to help which leads to believe it was a difficult job. Am i being too kind?
I’m finding this thread hard to follow although I’m a complete amateur so what do I know, but how the hell does a LBS not have a facing tool for levelling off the headtube to take the new headset, come to that, how can they not seat the crown race? regardless of the length of the steering tube?
I’m surprised they didn’t just hammer the steering tube onto the headtube with a few nails.
BTW – yes, you are being too kindPosted 4 years agowalleaterMember
Good call on the long steerer. I’ve never come across this but then there is long and there is looooooong and by design the tool will only fit steerers up to a certain length. The LBS’ lack of ‘thinking outside the box’ is strong though. They do have the adapter that fits on the race to stop it getting damaged which is really all you ‘need’. BITD before I had all the tools, I’d just set an adjustable spanner so the jaws fitted on top of the flat parts of the race, with the handle at 90 degrees to the steerer, and then just whack the spanner with a hammer! Using a plastic pipe was way too pro 😉Posted 4 years ago
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