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  • Premier Icon cb
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    Anyone explain what they do and why?

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    grumm
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    You mean a tapered steerer?

    I think they are supposedly stronger and save weight, but it seems like another marketing ploy to me. MBUK was saying recently that standard steerers will be 'obsolete' soon. 🙄

    On these, is the actual steerer tapered, or is it just stepped at the bottom?

    How does a headset take into account the angle the bearings need to be at for the taper given that head tubes are different lengths?

    west kipper
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    I got challenged on the last similar thread for pointing out that (most) 'tapered' steerers arent really tapered but step down a short distance into the head tube. The larger lower bearing may be beneficial,as is a larger headtube, but the small amount of tapering to the steerer isn't doing much.
    My opinion, of course.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    The force on the bottom is greater than the force on the top, so the concept is bang on… Whether it actually makes the slightest bit of difference, I don't know. It seems like the big headtube offers construction advantages for bikes though, not to mention having space for headbadges the size of a knight's shield.

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