Headset adjustment...

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Graham Triggs, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Hi, when I pull on the front brake, and rock the bike forwards and
    backwards there is a tiny movement of about 2mm inside the headset.
    I'm running a marzocchi drop off comp on a kona frame, so its not
    cheap stuff. I've tried a few times to take the stem off, and jiggle
    the steering tube around so it snuggles into place, but there's still
    a tiny movement.

    Help appreciated...
     
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  2. Graham Triggs composed the following;:
    > Hi, when I pull on the front brake, and rock the bike forwards and
    > backwards there is a tiny movement of about 2mm inside the headset.
    > I'm running a marzocchi drop off comp on a kona frame, so its not
    > cheap stuff. I've tried a few times to take the stem off, and jiggle
    > the steering tube around so it snuggles into place, but there's still
    > a tiny movement.
    >
    > Help appreciated...


    Could be the steerer tube too long. In which case, slacken the handlebar
    stem, remove the top cap and bolt and try adding a spacer or two
    initially and tightening the star-fangled nut up a bit. Re-tighten the
    stem and try it.

    Could also be the star-fangled nut needs replacing 'cos it's moving or
    has moved, in which case replace it, or use a 'wedge' type fastener.

    Could be a lost bearing or four in the headset, check and replace as
    required.

    There are other possible causes too, but the above are where I would
    start to troubleshoot.

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  3. Werehatrack

    Werehatrack Guest

    On 19 Jan 2005 11:09:43 -0800, [email protected] (Graham Triggs)
    may have said:

    >Hi, when I pull on the front brake, and rock the bike forwards and
    >backwards there is a tiny movement of about 2mm inside the headset.
    >I'm running a marzocchi drop off comp on a kona frame, so its not
    >cheap stuff. I've tried a few times to take the stem off, and jiggle
    >the steering tube around so it snuggles into place, but there's still
    >a tiny movement.
    >
    >Help appreciated...


    Looen the clamp on the stem, snug down (NOT tightening as though you
    were trying to bolt the bike together, just *snug*) on the bolt in the
    top cap, retighten the clamp, and check again. If that doesn't take
    the slop out, then most likely either you need a thicker shim under
    the stem, or your starfangled nut has slipped up in the steerer.
    There are other things that might be possible, but those are the most
    common. It is not unusual for a little slop to develop in threadless
    headsets after a while, since many of them employ "resilient" parts
    that collapse with time.

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