Perpetually loose headset
My first thought was an ova listed head tube too.
Don’t take this the wrong way 🙂 bat as you’re asking if it’s a tapered steerer, are you not esp bike-techy?
It’s times like this that a good LBS can save you a lot of time. Any chance the headset wasn’t fitted correctly?Posted 4 years ago
Don’t take this the wrong way bat as you’re asking if it’s a tapered steerer, are you not esp bike-techy?
Non taken, your right, but i’m getting there…. to be honest when its been in before recently they new it was like this i’m sure, they mentioned they didn’t have the headset in stock, but I’d rather just get the new bearings and do it myself
I’ve left it too long really, but bombing down the hills at the long Mynd at the weekend at what must have been close on 30 miles an hour with my front end rattling and shaking has put life into perspective… 🙂Posted 4 years agoeuainSubscriber
You might need another spacer on the steerer?
If the steerer is up against the top-cap, when you tighten the preload screw, you’re not pre-loading the bearings but just trying to compress the steerer. You should have the stem or top spacer with a couple of mm clear above the top of the steerer.Posted 4 years ago
I’m tightening correctly, the headset bearings need replacing too, but would that account for a lot of play in the headset, or is there something else up?
I don’t even know if the steerer is tapered or not, never had reason to check? If it isn’t could this account for it, if there is a widget in there for adaption?
I plan on taking it apart tonight… to take a look anyway…Posted 4 years agotiredjohnSubscriber
One more suggestion, check the star nut (the thing down the fork you screw the top cap into before you tighten the stem) is firmly in place. I had exactly the same problem and it turned out mine was slipping up and hence not compressing the head set array to the correct pressure when I was tightening the stem.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
1. check there is enough spacers under the top cap so any lips are not bottoming out on the top of the steerer.
2. check the star nut is low enough in the steerer so that the base of the top cap isn’t bottoming out if it has a stepped bottom.
3. if the steerer is tapered make sure that the taper finishes well before the split taper ring that sits down into the top bearing as if this sits on top of the taper and not into the bearing it will prevent the headset from tightening or cause it to losen (depending on how close it is).
4. Make sure all the bits of the headset are there.
One way to check if it’s a tapered headset is look at the crown on the fork. It will be bulkier to accommodate the 1.5 inch section of steerer and looking underneath you should see the steerer pass through the bottom.Posted 4 years ago
The topic ‘Perpetually loose headset’ is closed to new replies.